STONEWALL JACKSON LAKE
Located just a long stone's throw from
Interstate 79, Stonewall Jackson Lake is one of the state's premier fishing
destinations. According to fisheries biologist Kevin Yokum, anglers fishing the
lake this year can expect to find both saugeyes and walleyes.
Stonewall Jackson Lake is a federal flood-control water. It covers 2,650
acres in Lewis County. There are no horsepower restrictions.
Fairly young when compared to many Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs in the
state, Stonewall Jackson was spared the hatchet job typical of most impoundments
of this type. When the lake was built, a fair amount of timber was left,
particularly in the backs of bays and coves. This cover is beneficial to all of
the lake's fish populations, walleye and saugeye included.
Though the DNR no longer stocks saugeyes, fish will be available for some
years to come. According to Yokum, Stonewall Jackson will be a good bet this
spring for latching on to a lunker saugeye. He said the lake contains average
numbers of walleyes.
Gizzard shad are not present in Stonewall Jackson Lake. Several minnow
species and young panfish provide an abundant forage base, though.
Boat access areas on Stonewall Jackson Lake include Georgetown, Glady Fork,
Jacksonville, Stonewall Jackson State Park and Vandalia Bay.