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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Congdon pond gets ready for fishing season

The pond in Delavan's Congdon Park has been stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout as part of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Fishing Waters program.

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).
This event is co-sponsored with the Walworth County 4-H. Mom's don't need a license because the date is part of Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend.

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.

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