Largemouth bass fishing will continue to be good in 2016 as the population's size structure has remained relatively consistent since 2003, providing bass in all size ranges. About 1/3 of the bass population will be in the 12-15 inch protected slot which is similar to previous years and will continue to provide great catch-and-release fishing opportunities. A good portion of the largemouth bass will also 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. Preferred angling spots for largemouth bass are along the edges of aquatic vegetation stands and along rocky shoreline areas. A few 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. Anglers fishing more remote areas of the lake will have a better chance at catching larger bluegill. The redear sunfish population continues to develop with more and larger redear sunfish being observed in our samples. Several redear greater than 8 inches will be available for harvest in 2016. Channel catfish are preferred by many Lake Springfield anglers and recent stockings of channel catfish should improve angler success. 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 and a disabled user fishing dock located near the dam. 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. The boat launching ramp on the east end of the lake will remain closed for 2016.