Lake at Lexington-area church open for fishing

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The lake at Southland Christian Church on Harrodsburg Road in northern Jessamine County has been stocked with trout by state wildlife officials.

The 2.6-acre lake has been added to the state's Fishing in Neighborhoods program.

Dane Balsman, with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, says that the lake will help with the shortage of available fishing spots in the Lexington area.

“We stocked the lake with trout on Tuesday, Feb. 6,” said Dane Balsman, coordinator of the FINs program for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The lake is on the church property off Harrodsburg Road. This is a highly desired area. Lexington has limited public waters for fishing. This lake will help alleviate that.”

The lake will be stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout total in 2018. Two thousand channel catfish will also be added to the lake, starting in March, and it will get sunfish in early June.

Balsman says the lake already has a good population of largemouth bass. “We saw a couple of trophy largemouth bass over 20 inches in our population sampling,” Balsman said.

The lake will be regulated under standard Fishing in Neighborhood rules. Anglers may keep four catfish, five trout, 15 sunfish and one largemouth bass over 15 inches long daily.

“We are excited about sharing resources with the community,” said Jim Cox, campus operations director for Southland Christian Church. “This will be a place that families will come and enjoy.”

Cox asks people to not fish on Sunday mornings.

Southland Christian Church Lake is only open during daylight hours.

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