OPEN FISHING FOR BRIARWOOD MEMBERS
ENDS OCTOBER 31!!
For the purpose of thinning out the fish population in the pond located on Briarwood Trace (the road to The Barn, our youth facility), we are making the pond available for open fishing, without adhering to the catch and release policy, from Saturday, October 13 to Wednesday, October 31. No license is required. The automatic feeders have been turned off, so you’ll find the fish to be hungry! There will be a clipboard located at the boathouse, with pertinent information we wish to receive, such as hours fished, the number of fish caught, estimated size, and if known, type of fish (bass or carp). The pond will be open for fishing from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday, and Saturday 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. No Sunday fishing will be allowed. For additional questions, call 776-5230. Please limit your catch to five per person.
During a recent pond assessment provided by Southeastern Pond Management, they have made the following recommendations:
• Largemouth bass 13 inches and smaller can be harvested. Larger ones need to be returned to the pond. Any bluegills caught, should also be released back into the water, as they are our predator fish, which the bass rely on as their primary food source.
• If you are fortunate enough to catch a carp, do not release back into the pond. Our one-acre pond has an over-abundance of carp; one was recently caught weighing 50 pounds. This size pond should only keep 3–4 carp, but we have seen a school of 15+. As an FYI for any carp fishermen—remember they are bottom feeders, and the deepest portion of this pond is in the center, which is 20 feet deep.