Do You Know This Secret Fishing Spot?

When scouting fishing sites in Henderson, some locals might refer you to the Ohio River or John James Audubon State Park. We set out to a lesser-known spot in Henderson County known as Niagara Lake. This unique fishing spot has its own quirks and personality. Are you ready to venture out to this secret fishing spot?

Gold wheat grass and blue skies at Niagara Lake

We headed to Niagara, a.k.a. the “Heartbeat of Henderson,” turned down Hwy. 416 and found ourselves at Niagara Lake. Look for this sign and you’ll know where to turn! Having trouble finding the spot? See the map we inserted and the lake’s relativity to Niagara Country Store.

Entrance sign to Niagara Lake


This rusty old fishin’ hole looked vacant at first, but don’t judge a book by its cover! While this place isn’t bustling with human activity, there was plenty of wildlife and fish activity.

Courtesy dock at Niagara Lake

It’s important to note that Niagara Lake is personal property that allows visitors to fish for a small fee. Only trolling motors or electric motors are allowed on this lake (no outboard or gasoline motors). Upon arrival, follow the instructions to write your name and license plate number on a slip of paper. Insert your envelope with cash in the dropbox and you’re good to go (this fishing spot was totally worth the $5)!

Guest instructional signage at Niagara Lake

All aboard! Watch your balance when loading the boat! The courtesy dock is convenient, but only if you are careful. We wouldn’t really recommend leaving young children unattended near the dock. But it certainly was nice to enjoy the picnic table view with the lake water rushing underneath.

Lake view standing on the courtesy dock at Niagara Lake

The lake was big enough that a variety of wildlife could be seen around. Many ducks and Canadian geese were landing on the water and swimming curiously around the boat. Small and large turtles were sunbathing on logs. We caught a glimpse of a mink crawling along the shoreline. A variety of birds including several blue jays, blue heron, woodpecker, and surprisingly a peacock (one of the neighbors must have a farm). There were also tree frogs and of course fish!

A small speckled crappie plucked from the end of a fishing line at Niagara Lake



We spent about two hours on the water, slowly making our way around the perimeter of the lake. We threw back many small blue gills, large mouth bass, and even a couple crappie. The biggest catch of the day was a large mouth bass that was about two-three pounds. All in all, there were about 12-15 fish at the end of the line, plus a few that got away!

A two to three pound large mouth bass being held over the water at Niagara Lake


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