Fishing the Louisville metro park ponds/lakes

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  1. EKY.MTN.HUNTER

    EKY.MTN.HUNTER 12 pointer

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    I see that louisville has a host of fishing waters throughout the metro park system. I'm sure some of these waters aren't worth the time but I'm sure there are some worth their weight. I plan to bass fish the parks this spring and I have a kayak which I think will help expand my fishing to better areas within the pond/lake.

    Out of all these parks does anyone have any experience? I guess I'm just trying to narrow the list some so that I'm spending more time on better fishing waters.

    Cherokee Park
    Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road
    4.6 acre lake with accessible pier

    Chickasaw Park
    Southwestern Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
    1.6 acre lake

    Fisherman’s Park
    Old Heady Road near Hopewell Road
    8 lakes, 15.2 acres total

    Iroquois Park
    New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive
    1.1 acre lake

    Jefferson Memorial Forest
    Tom Wallace Lake, off Mitchell Hill Road
    5.4 acre lake with accessible pier

    Long Run Park
    Flat Rock Road off Shelbyville Road
    28.7 acre lake with boat ramp

    McNeely Lake Park
    Cooper Chapel Road off Preston Highway
    46.2 acre lake with accessible pier and boat ramp

    William F. Miles Park
    Shelbyville Road and Miles Park Way
    4 lakes, 5.5 acres total

    Thurman Hutchins Park
    River Road and Indian Hills Trail
    Accessible pier

    Charlie Vettiner Park
    Mary Dell Lane near Billtown Road
    1.2 acre lake

    Watterson Park
    South Wheatfield Drive and March Boulevard
    4.1 acre lake with accessible pier

    Waverly Park
    Arnoldtown Road and Clayton Terrace
    5.3 acre lake with accessible peir

    I also plan to fish the river some for catfish and see that there are many parks listed on the riverfront list. Lastly, I wanna check out the falls, I hear there is some good fishing in that area when the water is flowing at the right level. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 10 pointer

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    Cherokee Park
    Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road
    4.6 acre lake with accessible pier

    dont waste your time with it, over fished to heck, when the weeds havent taken over 100% of the water there is one spot where you sometimes to decent but like i said, the conditions must be perfect.

    Long Run Park
    Flat Rock Road off Shelbyville Road
    28.7 acre lake with boat ramp

    i never have done well there but last time i went i was younger and wasn't nearly as proficient as i am now, id say in a kayak out fishing deep structure you could catch some really nice largemouth.

    McNeely Lake Park
    Cooper Chapel Road off Preston Highway
    46.2 acre lake with accessible pier and boat ramp

    good lake, very little gets fished from shore so its not really over fished...

    William F. Miles Park
    Shelbyville Road and Miles Park Way
    4 lakes, 5.5 acres total
    talked to fish and game officers who told me they know of multiple 8 lbers still in the waters here...worth a try.

    Waverly Park
    Arnoldtown Road and Clayton Terrace
    5.3 acre lake with accessible peir

    there was an 11lber taken out of this one 2 years ago....may be another!
     
  3. EKY.MTN.HUNTER

    EKY.MTN.HUNTER 12 pointer

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    Thanks for the reply CRF, we'll have to get out and do some fishing as soon as this weather breaks towards spring. Man I'm getting cabin fever. I have fished cherokee but didn't do good. It looked really shallow and there was a lot of under growth allage in the water. Excited to try some of the other places.

    For some reason I keep getting drawn to the Jefferson Memorial Forest lake. From what I know it seems to be out of town a bit and I saw some pictures that made it look nice. Who know's maybe it doesn't get the pressure of the in-town ponds.
     
  4. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 10 pointer

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    jefferson memorial forest does loook good never heard much about it. im gonna start fishing towards the end of february, water is still a little too hard. if we get a warmer week that might change though. there are a few nice cats in cherokee park lake, ive seen some 30+ lb flatheads rolling on the surface, but they dont get that big in that lake by being stupid. the weeds in that lake completely take it over, ive never seen a lake with it that bad, im not sure how deep it is but all that vegetation sure makes it look shallow
     
  5. ryan hickey

    ryan hickey 12 pointer

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    keep us posted on how it goes
     
  6. anvil

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    They drained Iroquois Park pound years ago and I don't know if they ever put any fish back in it as for McNeely Lake Park it gets fished HARD but at one time it had some nice bluegills in it.
    Waverly Park has some nice bass in it but they are well trained and are hard to catch always has been that way that is one pound that needs to be drained and redone along with Cherokee ..Tom Wallace lake is another to try I remember when they drained it they said it had more bass per acre of lake then any other in the state but there again they were well trained and I have not fished it since I was a teen. watterson is another over fished pound.. I would give them all a fair shake and see what you come up with.Using a kayak may be the trick for these little sh!t holes..
     
  7. EKY.MTN.HUNTER

    EKY.MTN.HUNTER 12 pointer

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    haha. I found out how tough over fished public/residential ponds can be when I moved to lexington from Eky. I cut my teeth on a private farm pond growing up (Dad's buddy) and it took me awhile to figure things out in the city. A few things I have learned.

    a) Don't stand and fish were you see everbody else 'standing and fishing' when you drive by. Those banks are beat to death and the fish know. If you gotta bust through briars or take a hike through some scrub, thats what you gotta do to get on fresh fish. Hoping the Kayak will really help out in this department.

    b) Live bait is your friend 'where legal'.

    c) I don't catch a lot of bass in these public holes but I have found that you can catch a very nice bass from time to time in these waters and thats enough to make me go out and fish.

    CRF, when the weather improves I will hit you up man.
     
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  8. ptbrauch

    ptbrauch 12 pointer

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    One thing to note is that Louisville does not stock any of the lakes, only the ones in the FINS program get stocked. And they quit stocking bass for that program.

    Here's what I specifically know about some of them:

    Cherokee--the fertilizer from the golf course causes a big algae bloom. The few times I've fished there, turtles were an issue.

    Fishermen's Park--I've not seen a lot of fish come out of there except when its stocked with trout. Some of the ponds are real weedy when it gets warm. But last year it looked like they put in some grass carp.

    Miles Park--I've seen some decent ones come out of there. Its one of the original FINS lakes and was part of it when they were stocking bass. Also, Floyds Fork is in the park if you want to do some creek fishing.

    Tom Wallace Lake--I've been there when they've been shoulder-to-shoulder after it was stocked.

    Long Run Park--I've seen some decent sized fish there. But they appear to be well trained. I always thought it ought to produce more but then again, there's always other people there fishing as well.

    Watterson Park--Its a good place to go for comic relief. Watch people trout fish with large catfish poles. I've also seen grown men fish there with little Barbie poles. And you probably need to forget how to count when you're there because no one else there knows how.

    Charlie Vettiner--I've never really fished it, but I can't say that I've seen anyone else either.
     
  9. EKY.MTN.HUNTER

    EKY.MTN.HUNTER 12 pointer

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    ptbrauch, thanks a lot for the info!
     
  10. Rod S.

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    I would go to the river or wade Floyds Fork.
     
  11. EKY.MTN.HUNTER

    EKY.MTN.HUNTER 12 pointer

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    Yea I was looking at Floyd's fork on the map. I see that there all many different highways/roads that intersect with it. Where do you access Floyd to wade at? Every catch any smallies?
     
  12. parks76

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    I thought they just drained Waverly and reshaped it about 3 yrs ago.

    I fish Long Run quite regularly. I haven't caught anything of any size, but it is my go to lake with my 3 yr old. We can get out in the boat and catch 4 in sunfish on every cast which is a good days fishing to a 3 yr old.
     
  13. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 10 pointer

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    i know one thing avoid fishing near floyds fork park id try to get permission from someone to go in through private property to fish it next time i go. i went to the put in at floyds fork park and there were abunch of illegals living down there in vans in the parking lot and under the overpass. and one jumped out of a bush and tried to jump me and my friend. i pulled out my assisted opening and he turned right on around and we left as well.
     
  14. anvil

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    Maybe they did I have not been there in years.

    EDIT : Not trying to hijack your thred ..I just look up waverly on google and man has it changed were did all those houses come from? I thought that was a park? Shew man I dont mess the city..
     
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  15. Rod S.

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    NE of Jeff. Co. if you want to target smallies might try Little Ky. River. haven't fished there in a while but there are some good areas for wading.
     
  16. dxtsniper

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    Turn around!
    When I was a kid we used to fish there and catch some real nice cats. One night while fishing we saw a couple guys dumping some big cats into the lake. They would catch them from the river and turn them loose in there for kids to have the experience of at least having a monster on their lines for a little while. For the last few years a few people have kinda kept this up around the "metro" area. Lots of 10,15,20 up to 35lbers (the bigger ones are hard to transport in a rubbermaid container). All of these are river flatheads and blues, so I wouldn't recomend eating them if you catch them. But if you have a kid you wanna take fishing hit some of the local lakes at night during summer, use large live bait them take a few pics and put'em back.
     

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