Lake Springfield

 

Driving directions: On Highway 65, go west on James River Expressway to National Avenue and turn south. At Briar Street, turn east and continue as Briar becomes Kissick Avenue and tracks south to the dam. Clay Henshaw Memorial Access (on the west side of Lake Springfield) is just past the dam on the left. To reach Southwood Access (on the east side of Lake Springfield just west of the Highway 65 Bridge), take the Evans Road exit off Highway 65; go west on Evans, then north on Southwood. 

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Driving Directions:

From US Highway 65, go west on James River Expressway to National Avenue and turn south.  At Briar Street, turn east and continue as Briar becomes Kissick Avenue and tracks south to the dam.  Clay Henshaw Memorial Access (on the west side of Lake Springfield) is just past the dam on the left.   To reach Southwood Access (boat launch) on the east side of Lake Springfield, take Evans Road exit off of US Highway 65; go west on Evans Road, then north on Southwood.

 

Largemouth bass fishing will continue to be good in 2014 as the population's size structure has remained relatively consistent since 2003, providing bass in all size ranges. About one-third of the bass population will be in the 12 to15-inch protected slot which is similar to previous years and will continue to provide great catch-and-release fishing opportunities.  As for larger bass, a good portion of the largemouth bass will be greater than 15 inches with several largemouth bass exceeding 18 inches. Anglers will also have the opportunity catch a few bass that exceed five pounds. Spotted bass have also been observed in Lake Springfield, and several should be available for harvest. White crappie is the dominant crappie species in Lake Springfield. Crappie anglers can expect some success, especially along the north shoreline on the west end of the lake during the winter months. Several bluegill greater than 6 inches were observed in our latest electrofishing surveys, but angling success for bigger bluegill still depends on location as areas that are heavily fished have fewer bluegill greater than 6 inches. The redear sunfish population continues to develop with more and larger redear sunfish being observed in our samples. Channel catfish are preferred by many Lake Springfield anglers and should continue to provide good fishing. Flathead catfish are also present in the lake, but not as numerous.  Favorite baits for catfish include nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and prepared dough baits. Anglers also have an opportunity to catch a variety of other fishes such as golden redhorse suckers, bullheads, common carp, rock bass (goggle-eye), longear sunfish, and green sunfish. Community Assistance Program fishing facilities are available and include a barrier-free fishing jetty, disabled user fishing dock located near the dam, and a boat launching ramp on the east end of the lake. Lake Springfield has a 6-horsepower limit on boat motors. Lake Springfield is also part of the James River Water Trail, and canoes and kayaks are available (seasonally) for rent through the Springfield-Greene County Park Board at Lake Springfield Park.

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