4 miles west of Brighton
No Size Limit at No Wake
Amenities at Lake Darling include:
- Boat Access
- Fishing Jetty
- Accessible Pier
- Boat Rental
- Picnic Area
- Accessible Facilities
- Good/Excellent Shorefishing
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
After 7 years of the watershed project the water clarity has improved from 7" to as much as 36". Average secchi disk during 2007 was about 27 inches. That combined with the Shad die-off in the winter of 2000 has greatly improved the fishery especially the bluegill fishery. Bass have done very well over the last three years with good growth of the larger fish (up to 8 lbs) and good natural reproduction which had not occurred on a regular basis before that time. Crappies have also responded favorably to the improved conditions with good growth and good number of fish over 9 to 10 inches.(2007)
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