Free event highlights angling potential of urban lake in north Springfield

Look beyond Valley Water Mill Lake’s aquatic vegetation and Springfield-area anglers will find a great “fishing hole” on the city’s north side.

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) current fishing regulations for the 13-acre Valley Water Mill Lake went into effect in 2012 and represent the latest chapter in a long tradition of angling activity at this north Springfield reservoir. Originally built in the 1850s as a pond for the operation of a grist mill, this body of water has a long reputation as a local fishing spot for Springfield anglers.

Valley Water Mill Lake on the north side of Springfield, Mo., provides great opportunities for anglers in the Springfield area.

In 2006, the Valley Water Mill property was incorporated into the Springfield/Greene County Park system and fishing at the lake is currently managed through a Corporate and Agency Partnership Project (CAPP) between MDC and the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.

Valley Water Mill Lake is fed by two springs (Sanders and Jarrett) and, thus, has an ongoing supply of clear water. As has been the case throughout the lake’s history, aquatic vegetation is an ongoing challenge for lake anglers. However, opportunities exist for catching fish from the bank and from two fishing piers. Largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish are among the species that can be caught at Valley Water Mill.

More information about Valley Water Mill’s fishing opportunities can obtained by calling the Missouri Department of Conservation’s southwest regional office at (417) 895-6880 or by calling the Watershed Center at (417) 833-8525.