Largemouth bass fishing will continue to be good in 2019 with bass in all size ranges. About one-fourth of the bass population will be in the 12 to15-inch protected slot providing great catch-and-release fishing opportunities. A good portion of the largemouth bass will be greater than 15 inches with several largemouth bass exceeding 20 inches in 2019. 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, and crappie anglers can expect to find a few crappie over 12 inches in 2019. Anglers have had success with crappie using minnows around cover in the old river channel and this should continue. Several bluegill greater than 7 inches were observed in the latest electrofishing surveys. Anglers fishing more remote areas of the lake will have a better chance at catching larger bluegill. Several redear sunfish greater than 8 inches will also be available for harvest in 2019 and they can be caught by fishing just off the bottom with worms or jigs.
Channel catfish are preferred by many Lake Springfield anglers. 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 2019.