Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife encourages anglers
to practice catch-and-release in Records Pond during 2014 fishing season
DOVER (April 24, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is encouraging anglers to practice catch-and-release of largemouth bass caught in Records Pond, a 92-acre impoundment in Laurel, throughout the 2014 season.
Surveys in the spring of 2013 revealed a reduced fish population following a drawdown of the pond to stream level in preparation for Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Although the pond was immediately allowed to refill, a large portion of its fish population washed into Broad Creek when the pond was drawn down.
Bluegill and golden shiners were stocked once the water level was restored in an effort to boost the pond’s fish community and provide forage for predatory fish such as bass and crappie. The Division also stocked 4,700 largemouth bass fingerlings the following summer to supplement natural reproduction.
“Largemouth bass are one of the most popular freshwater species sought by anglers, and practicing catch and release through 2014 will allow the bass population time to rebuild in Records Pond,” said Fisheries Biologist Edna Stetzar, Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Anglers can also take advantage of some of the state’s other public fishing ponds near Laurel. Good fishing spots for largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie and bluegill include the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Chipman and Horsey Ponds, both of which offer boat ramps and shore fishing. Also, Trap Pond State Park offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including a boat ramp for small motorized boats, non-motorized boat rentals and fishing for largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie and bluegill.
For more information on fishing in Delaware, click on 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.
Vol. 44, No. 126