9/26/18 Prospect Report: Deer Ridge Lake

Associated Area

Driving Directions

From Lewistown, take Route H 5.5 miles north, then two miles northwest on Route Y to the conservation area entrance. Follow road signs from the entrance to the lake. 

This 48-acre lake, nestled among the timber on Deer Ridge Conservation Area in Lewis County, continues to be favored by anglers seeking solitude and a picturesque setting. Largemouth bass remain very numerous, although most are less than 15 inches long. A few bass over 6 pounds are present. Bluegill 6-8 inches long are plentiful, and the abundance of bluegill over 8 inches long has increased. Crappie anglers should continue to enjoy catching 8-10-inch black crappie, especially during springtime. In addition, summertime crappie fishing can also be good around standing timber and brush piles. Anglers seeking channel catfish should find fishing to be good; most catfish are 16-26 inches long. Area visitors may also want to take advantage of the primitive camping areas, hiking trails, and shooting range available at Deer Ridge Conservation Area.

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