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Small Water Gem… Right in the City!

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I often find myself heading to McNeely Lake for a quick trip especially when the creeks are blown out and I can’t chase the brown fish.  McNeely is a small lake inside the Louisville, Kentucky city limits.  It is often overlooked by bass fisherman because of its small size and motor restriction.  Only electric motors are allowed.  The lake also had a bad shad overpopulation problem back in the 80’s which made bass fishing and pan fishing poor at best.  

The City eradicated the shad in the attempt to improve fishing and the lake has seen resurgence in both the quality of fish as well as the number of people fishing.  Pan fishing is excellent and most people there on any given day are chasing the gills and redear.  Bass fishing on McNeely is probably the best kept secret in the area.  I can’t count on one hand the number of people I have seen bass fishing on the lake in the past three years.

Both abundance and size make this a great lake to fish.  On any given trip you can pull in large numbers of bass in the 10-14” size and the occasional large fish is always a cast away.  We have pulled several bass between 4 and 6 lbs. the past few years.  The lake has abundant cover and is always stained.  It also has a ton of shore line grass that extends up to nine feet from the shore by the summer.  Fishing is excellent in the grass especially the pockets near deeper water.  A large portion of the lake is very shallow (5’ or less) until you pass the public fishing dock on the way to the damn.  Once you pass the damn the lake get progressively deeper from 7’ up to over 20’ near the damn.  Once you hit the dam the lake doglegs to the left and it gets shallower the farther you get away from the dam.  The dogleg section has lots of timber.

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We catch bass on a wide variety of baits.  A wacky rig is deadly on the lake and is my go to bait and I caught my biggest fish on a 5” stickbait rigged wacky style.  My 7 year old daughter also caught her biggest bass on the wacky rig last summer.  Dark colors seem to work best in my experience.

Kayak access is excellent as there is a boat ramp that is easy to use for put in.  There is also a ton of shore line access for bank fisherman all the way up the ramp side of the lake.  There are several areas farther up toward the dam where you can park and it is a short walk down to put the kayak in the water.  

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All in all an excellent peaceful place to get out and enjoy some quality fishing close to home!

 


About the Author:  Joe Maione is an avid fisherman and is a Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com. He is addicted to kayak fishing and spending time with his son and daughter in the outdoors. Joe considers himself a novice writer and photographer.
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Joe Maione

Joe Maione is an avid fisherman,  Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com, and a Team NuCanoe member.  Joe is also a member of the Canoe Kentucky Pro Fishing team and an SHO baits pro staff member.  He is addicted to kayak fishing and spending time with his son and daughter in the outdoors. Joe considers himself a novice writer and photographer.

Comments  

 
+1 # FishinChix 2011-09-06 16:27
Wow how come Adam and Mark never post fish pic's like that from Kentucky? :P
 
 
# Hammerhead 2011-09-06 21:17
I'm going to leave the Mark and Adam comment alone, but I believe that's why Coach is now part of the ProStaff.

Nice article and that picture of your daughter is priceless!
 
 
# YakSushi 2011-09-08 08:53
Nice job Joe, I'm a little disappointed that the cat is out of the bag now about McNeeley.....
 
 
# Geno 2011-09-08 10:46
Let me know next time you go...it's only about 3 miles from my house.
Geno
 
 
# coachjoe 2011-09-13 05:32
Thanks for the comments.... I don't think the cat being out of the bag will be a problem as I would love to see more kayak anglers out there enjoying the water. Geno.. anytime I go I try to post in the Kentucky group, and I will send you a message next time I go too!
 
 
# johncochran 2011-09-13 18:37
McNeeley is 5 minutes from my house. I need to give it a chance from my kayak. I've never caught a thing from the bank there and it's so filthy. I've seen car hoods and God knows what in that lake. But my very first time out in my kayak was in Mcneeley Lake. I made it a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wrvi8UQ4CA I had never been down to the dam until thin. I looks very promising for bass fishing on that end and on the golf course side. I wiil try it again. I'll give a report this weekend. I'll be there in the morning.
 
 
# YakSushi 2011-09-13 19:39
Quoting johncochran:
McNeeley is 5 minutes from my house. I need to give it a chance from my kayak. I've never caught a thing from the bank there and it's so filthy. I've seen car hoods and God knows what in that lake. But my very first time out in my kayak was in Mcneeley Lake. I made it a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wrvi8UQ4CA I had never been down to the dam until thin. I looks very promising for bass fishing on that end and on the golf course side. I wiil try it again. I'll give a report this weekend. I'll be there in the morning.


Whacky rigged senko or yum dinger in dark green or purple. Joe made a believer out of me!
 
 
# JFW3 2013-07-17 17:13
Nice Fish!
 

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