Outdoor Living

Yonah Preserve Lake open to the public for fishing


(Cleveland)- Good news for area fishermen, the White County Board of Commissioners have voted to open the lake at Yonah Preserve, north of Cleveland,  for fishing. The 45-plus acre lake  is located in the middle of the one-thousand acre recreation area owned by the county.

Commission Chairman Travis Turner said this is another step in their efforts to offer more and more recreation opportunities for the public to utilize the area like fishing. “So folks will be able to go out on Thursdays through Sundays, fish from the banks, as long as you have your fishing license and you are able to meet the DNR requirements, “ he said.

Turner emphasized that no boats are allowed, at this time, and no swimming will be permitted.

According to Turner the lake should provide a good challenge for anglers. It’s had 25 years to develop a fish population. He says there’s a “variety of fish” including bass and trout. “I’m not an expert, but there’s a wide variety of bass we believe to the upper part where the fresh water creek enters into the reservoir,” Turner says.

Fishing at Yonah Preserve lake will be open to the public from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until Labor Day.

You can access the lake at the Hiking and Biking trails entrance located at 1054  Albert Reid Road north of Cleveland.

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