Mormon Trail Lake
1 1/2 miles southeast of Bridgewater
Electric Motors Only
Amenities at Mormon Trail Lake include:
- Boat Access
- Fishing Jetty
- Picnic Area
- Good/Excellent Shorefishing
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Mormon Trail Lake has a good all around fishery with quality size largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, walleye, and channel catfish available. Largemouth bass ranging from 10 to 15-inches are abundant. The panfish are of quality size with bluegill up to 8 1/2-inches and 10-inch black crappie. Cage reared catfish are stocked during odd numbered years to provide abundant catfish in the lake. The Adair County Conservation Board purchases walleyes every year for Mormon Trail to provide diversity in the fishery. The fishery in Mormon Trail has not always been this good. Back in the early 2000's anglers noticed a decline in the numbers and quality of fish in the lake. A grass carp removal effort was initiated to restore aquatic vegetation and increase reproduction and survival of fish. By 2005 vegetation started to appear and the pounds per acre of bluegill in the lake had doubled and more consistant bass reproduction increased bass numbers. This has become a model for other lakes.
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