Friday, May 24th, a couple of us headed out to Marion County Lake to get a little paddling in along with some off-shore fishing. The afternoon started off a little windy, but Marion's quiet coves made paddling easier and the surrounding trees shielded us from choppy waters. After about an hour on the water, the winds died down, the clouds parted and the sinking sun came out with just enough light left to offer us a solid hour of dusk fishing. Our patience paid off, as we started hitting bass, blue gill and crappie using plastics and rooster tails roughly 20 yards off the shoreline. By the time we were ready to paddle in, we'd landed about a dozen fish and hooked at least another half dozen.
All said, Marion County Lake shouldn't go overlooked by any kayaking anglers. The lake is big enough to offer a variety of fishing terrain, yet small enough to paddle almost anywhere you want to go. And the fish are there if you know where to look. It certainly lands a spot on our list of new favorite fishing holes and is more than accommodating for novice to experienced paddlers.