On a hot July afternoon, I stepped onto the bank of Stoner Creek in Clark County, and threw a chartreuse roostertail into the still, greenish water. Two seconds later, a healthy 8-inch bluegill was on the line. Within twenty minutes, three sunfish and two small largemouth bass had been landed and released, as well. Stoner was a quick break in the shade from a farm pond I had been fishing with friends, but the brief visit showed the potential of a healthy Central Kentucky creek.
Winding through Bourbon and Clark Counties, Stoner has a reputation for smallmouth fishing. Largely bordered by private property, access is an issue, though some access points do exist. Fryman’s Boat Dock on Spear’s Mill Rd. is one such point. Additional access can be gained in the town of Paris, KY.
Having visited for only a few minutes, I can’t say much about Stoner, but I have heard varying reports of success. Hopefully I will have a chance to visit again and report back soon. If you know anything about how to access Stoner, techniques, etc., please leave a comment below—Thanks!