Congdon pond gets ready for fishing season
The DNR defines Urban Fishing Waters are small lakes and ponds under 25 acres that are intensively and cooperatively managed with a municipality.
According to the Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations 2007-2008, special regulations on designated urban waters like Condgon Park's pond include a year-round season, no length limits, and a special season, March 10-April 27 for juveniles 15 years of age and younger and certain disabled anglers under age 65 only.
They also have a daily bag limit of three (3) trout.
The Delavan Parks and Recreation Department is co-sponsoring two fishing events at the pond this year to promote the fishing opportunity:
- "Optimists Fishing Derby" on Saturday, April 26, 2008. The event is co-sponsored with the Delavan-Darien Optimists. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, April 27.
- "Take Mom Fishing" and "4-H Fishing Derby," will take place on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Rain Date: Sunday, June 8).
Both events will include a fishing derby, bait, refreshments, lunch, contests and prizes. Fishing poles and tackle will be available for those that need them. A limited number of poles are available, and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for both programs is $5per person.
Pre-registration is necessary, and the registration deadline has been set for one week before each event.
The Delavan Parks and Recreation Department also sponsors a Rent-A-Pole program. Fishing poles are available for rent at the main office. The poles were awarded to the department as part of a grant from the national Take Me Fishing program. Pole rental is on a first-come; first-served basis, and reservations are encouraged. The cost for rental is a $10 security deposit.
For more information, to register for one of the programs or to rent a pole, please call the Delavan Parks and Recreation Department at (262) 728-5585, extension 132 or 138 or visit our office in the lower level of the Municipal Building at 123 South Second Street, Delavan.