Best Fishing Hole

Jefferson Lake

To most fishermen, their favorite spot is sacred; it holds magical powers that must be protected at any cost. Anglers may pretend they're revealing their most beloved site when asked, but don't believe it: Another spot is still hidden in their minds, a spot that, once tainted by another man's reel, may never be so lucky again. Fortunately, though some may try, the nine-acre, fourteen-foot-deep Jefferson Lake is hard to hide. Located at the east end of Forest Park in the shadow of the BJC hospital complex, the lake is well stocked with catfish in the spring and summer and trout in the winter months. Only in the coldest conditions is the lake not fishable: Your best bet is to head over when the weather starts warming up in March, and you ought to be able to keep at it till May.

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