I took a Monday vacation day off, with a goal of fishing some new places in central Kentucky. White Hall Park Lake, located in Northern Madison County, is part of the Fishing in Neighborhoods program with KDFWR. I had seen it online, and wanted to check it out. The lake and park are adjacent to Whitehall Historic House.
The lake looks like maybe 3 acres, has a nice fishing pier, and cattails line about 80% of the banks. There are several spots to access the water, including the dam, which is clear of vegetation. The water is crystal clear, with patches of weeds. I didn’t hook anything solid on the bottom–weeds pulled clear that I snagged, and so never lost a lure. There is good handicapped parking & access to the pier, and a paved trail runs around the lake.
I arrived at 11:30 AM, not typically the best time to fish, but it was only 80°. Trout were jumping all over the lake, and the Fish and Wildlife fish stocking truck was there dumping a load of new catfish, about 10-11 inches.
I threw several lures from the pier, trying to hook a trout. Then I switched to a carolina-rigged tube minnow, and got a couple of uncommitted hits. Finally, I rigged a live nightcrawler, carolina style, and immediately started to see some action. A bluegill, followed by a 10 inch largemouth, not bad. Then a nice 14″ largemouth took the bait, and after a short fight, was landed.
White Hall is a very nice, clean little lake. The park is wide open, and has a picnic shelter and playground. The crystal clear water makes mid-day lures a difficult bet, but late-day and early morning might see some more action from spinners and crank baits.
From Lexington, take I-75 south, past the KY River, to exit 95. Turn right (west), past the Shell station. The road ends at White Hall.