On drizzly May Saturday afternoon, I decided to check out Danville’s Millennium Park Lake. Located in the relatively new park, behind Boyle County High School, the “lake” is really more of a large duck pond. The park is nice, and plenty of people were there doing a variety of things. The pond seems to be shallow at the edges, with maybe an 8 foot channel in the center. There is significant algae, but no serious underwater obstructions that I ran across.
I started out throwing a chartreuse blue fox spinner, since this is a FINS lake stocked with trout. No hits, plenty of algae. I tried a black and red mepps spinner; no hits. Finally I switched to a worm on a slip bobber, which allows the worm to sink to the bottom. Two hits in thirty minutes, then finally a stunted green sunfish. Other people fishing there seemed to be catching the same thing: 4″ green sunfish. These are generally a leftover from a stream being dammed; they overpopulate quickly, and offer little for fishing or the growth of gamefish.
So, with one visit, things don’t look great for fishing at Millennium Park, yet. Perhaps a few years of proper management will improve the situation.