Pike County lake opens for winter fishing

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 29, 2003

The cold weather is still here but it's not too cold for folks to fish or for fish to bite.

So, Pike County Lake will reopen Saturday, Feb. 1 with fishing from sunup until sundown.

Hiedi Henderson, lake manager, said when the lake closed, temporarily, in December the fish were biting and fishing was good.

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"We have every reason to think fishing will be as good when we open on Saturday," Henderson said. "It's crappie season and the bass and catfish should also be biting."

The lake will be open for night fishing until 10 o'clock on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fishing is great family fun and very affordable family fun.

Adults fish for $2.50 a day and seniors and children under 12 fish free.

Henderson recommends artificial bait for bass, artificial bait and minnows for crappie and chicken liver or worms for catfish.

A tackle and concession shop at the lake has almost everything needed for a good day of fishing - worms, minnows, tackle, snacks and beverages.

A picnic area if available for the public, so those who would like to come and spend the day can either bring a picnic from home or snack from the shop.

Boats are available for rent for a small fee. Boat rent for a day that includes trolling motor and life jackets for two is $16.

Those who bring their own boats are charged a $2 launch fee and only trolling motors are allowed.

A fishing license is required to fish at Pike County Lake for anyone over 16 years of age and can be purchased at the lake tackle shop.

"If you live in the county where you are fishing and fish with a cane pole, no license is required," Henderson said.

"We encourage everyone to bring a pole or rod and reel and try their luck at winter fishing beginning Saturday."