When I talk about small waters, I mean ponds and small lakes. Some are old farm ponds, and some are small lakes left by strip jobs. At some state parks there are public lakes and ponds to fish in.
I recently went to the Kingdom Come State Park near Cumberland and got to do some fishing. This is a nice little lake of about three acres or so. I have fished this lake for many years and always have a lot of fun. This lake has been here for a long time and has been a good little lake with several species of fish like trout, largemouth bass, grass carp, bluegill and catfish.
This lake is stocked with trout during the year and is just one of several state parks that have a small lake with good fishing. The reason many people like to fish these types of areas is because they have good parking, restrooms, a place to buy food and drinks most of the time, and are well lit after dark and are patrolled by police or rangers. This makes for a safe area to fish and enjoy yourself with your family and young children.
There are several such places within a two-hour drive of this area. Just because a body of water is small does not mean that there are not large fish in them. Several of the Kentucky state record fish come from ponds and small lakes. Some of the pan fish that are state records come from very small farm ponds. The state largemouth bass record is around 13 pounds and was caught out of Woods Creek Lake in Laurel County, which is a real small lake. So big fish can come out of small waters.
The next time you want something different to do in fishing give some small water areas a try. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.