Department of Fish and Wildlife
White Hall Park Lake in Madison County to remain closed to angling until spring due to low water

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 10, 2015  
Contact Information:  Dave Baker 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4454  

FRANKFORT, Ky. – White Hall Park Lake in Madison County will remain closed to angling until spring.

The park, located north of Richmond, closed earlier this year to allow for work on a natural gas pipeline that runs underneath the property. While the park recently reopened to the public, the lake remains closed to fishing because it remains at one-third of its capacity.

 Officials anticipate reopening the lake by April 1, after rains refill it.

White Hall Park Lake receives regular stockings of fish from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources as part of the agency’s FINs (Fishing in Neighborhoods) program. Because of the closure, the department will not stock trout in the lake as previously scheduled for October, February and March. The catfish stocking scheduled for March will occur if the lake levels are high enough.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologists plan to sample the lake this fall to determine how the lowered water levels affected fish populations. Department employees also plan to add plastic fish attractors to the lake to offset the lack of fish habitat.

For a complete listing of all FINs lakes in the state, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at and search under the keyword, “FINs.”