I enjoyed a great day of kayak fishing at Downs Lake. Sunny skies and gentle breezes on a quiet lake with only two other anglers made for a great setting. Bird life was abundant to include two resident eagles, osprey, pelicans, terns and waterfowl on or above the water. The lily pads are thick here and so is weed growth, limiting the acreage available for fishing.
Having said that, I had a great time fishing jigs along the lily pad lines or into pockets. I ended up catching and releasing a nice 10 inch crappie, about 8 small (6 inch) perch and a nice 11 inch rainbow trout. Hooked and a bunch of fish too including a nice bass. Lures of choice included a 1/8 oz Mack's Rockdancer jig in Red/Black and a TTI Blakemore Roadrunner lure in chartruese/blue. This is a great place for kayak or canoe fishing and I would highly recommend it.
If you need a place to stay Downs Resort is on the lake and offers a good place to park an RV or pitch a tent. There is a launch fee you'll have to pay because there is no other public access to a launch on the lake.