Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lake Metroparks rehabilitates pond (yes to better fishing)

Lake Metroparks is rehabilitating one of its popular fishing holes.

The nearly 2-acre pond located at Lake Metroparks’ Girdled Road Reservation-Radcliffe entrance in Concord Township is being outfitted with agency-made fish-attracting structures.

These structures have been placed on the ice, awaiting a snow melt that will cause the artificial items to sink to the bottom. The lake has a maximum depth of 8 to 10 feet.

All of this is on top of the agency draining the pond last year in order to repair its overflow structure, which had deteriorated, being in place for more than a quarter-century, said John Grantham, Lake Metroparks’ chief of park operations.

The fish netted as a result of the draining were moved to a 3-acre wetland pond, also accessed from the Radcliffe Road entrance, Grantham said.

“When we drained the first pond there were some pretty decent bass along with crappie and catfish. Some people put fish in there on their own, which they shouldn’t be doing,” Grantham said.

The drained pond did quickly refill and Lake Metroparks intends to restock it with bass, bluegills and channel catfish, Grantham said.

Not to be stocked are white amurs. The amurs that were originally placed there ate all of the aquatic vegetation. This action resulted in a lack of fish cover and also caused the pond’s water to be muddy most of the time, Grantham said as well.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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