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Fayette County
Plum Orchard Lake

  Lake  Plum Orchard Lake 

  Acres  202 

  Directions  Plum Orchard Lake is a 202-acre impoundment in the 2,953-acre Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area located 5 miles north of Pax in Fayette County. It is accessible from Pax and Mossy via County Routes 23 and 23/1. 

  Description  The lake was built in 1962 with a maximum depth of 40 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. Boat rental and a concrete boat ramp are available at the lake. Unlimited horsepower boat motors are permitted, and special boating regulations are posted on the area. The use of live minnows as bait is prohibited. Two campgrounds provide 25 rustic combination trailer and tent camping sites, rented on a first come, first served basis. The camping season runs nearly year-round; however, recreational facilities operate from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

  Fishery  Plum Orchard Lake provides an excellent warmwater fishery for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. It is one of the top producers of trophy size largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish in the state. Large bluegill are abundant and can be caught easily on worms and small spinners. Fishing for channel catfish has been excellent after dark using natural baits. Largemouth bass are taken as early as the end of March on spinners, deep-running lures, and worms. The lake often remains clear when most impoundments in the state are muddy. 

  National Forest  National Forest Stamp is not required 

  Boating  Unlimited horse power, lake contains no wake, speed zones, and/or other restricted areas 

  Camping  Camping permit required from area manager 

  Spring Trout  Not stocked with trout 

  Fall Trout  Does not receive Fall trout stocking 

  Live Minnows  Live minnows may not be used as bait 

  Night Fishing  Night fishing is allowed 

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