Department of Fish and Wildlife
White Hall Park Lake in Madison County to remain closed to angling until spring due to low water
Ky. – White Hall Park Lake in Madison County will remain closed to angling
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 fw.ky.gov and search under the keyword, “FINs.”