Winsome Forest Homeowner's Fishing

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We have many new homeowners now, and you may not be aware of our fishing policies. We practice "catch and release" fishing. (See important facts below on Catch and Release )

  • Respect the neighbors yards when your fishing around our ponds - stay as close as possible to the shoreline.
  • Do not take any vehicles to the shoreline of the large lake to off-load a boat or fishing gear.
  • Due to the layout of property lines, the area on the west side of the small lake, i.e. on the Scarlet Oak side, is OFF LIMITS to fishermen. See Map . [ ]
  • You can enter that lake off Bent Willow and fish off the dam and east side shoreline.
We are looking at clearing the large lake dam this Fall.
Once all the leaves fall off, we'll organize a volunteer work crew to clear cut and make that area more accessible. If you have any questions or comments please contact Joe White -

CC&R Details:

No motorized boats shall be permitted on any pond located on the Common Area, except that the Association and its agents may use motorized boats in order to maintain, care and repair portions of the Common Area.

Net fishing shall not be permitted on any pond located on the Common Area, except that nets or seines may be used to gather minnows; provided, however, that the Board of Directors may approve the addition of additives or other substances into any pond for health, aesthetic or other reasons deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

No dumping or discharge of any substance other than water shall be permitted into any pond located on the Common Area.

Catch and Release

Our fish are far too an important resource to only be caught once.

Native fish contribute to nutrient recycling and help maintain natural ecosystem processes when they live out their entire lifecycle, from spawning to death, in the aquatic system. Catch and release fishing improves fish populations by allowing more fish to remain and reproduce in the ecosystem. This practice provides an opportunity for increasing numbers of anglers to enjoy fishing and to successfully catch fish. Releasing all fish caught will ensure that enjoyment of this recreation opportunity will last for generations to come.

You might be asking yourself, "How do fish survive catch and release after being handled?" Whether or not they do largely depends on if the angler understands how to handle fish and how to release fish in a conservation-friendly manner. Below are the steps you can take when handling a fish to help promote fishing conservation. Considerate fishermen use barbless hooks to prevent undue damage to the fish. Barbless hooks do not compromise catch-ability.

  • Use wet hands when handling a fish or a knotless rubberized landing nets and rubberized gloves. This helps maintain the slime coat on the fish, which protects it from infection and aids in swimming. Anglers that know how to practice proper catch and release never use a towel of any kind when handling fish since a towel can remove this slime coat.
  • Hold the fish horizontally whenever possible since this is the way fish naturally swim through the water. Do not drop the fish onto hard surfaces!
  • Keep your fingers away from the gills and eyes of the fish.
  • If needed, use a release tool (dehookers, recompression tools) to minimize handling.
  • Time is of the essence! Release fish as soon as practical and do not keep them out of the water longer than necessary. Always release your fish head first into the water. When you release a fish head first into the water, it forces water through the mouth and over the gills, which helps to resuscitate the fish.
  • Revive exhausted fish by placing the fish in the water, hold gently with one hand underneath the belly, move the fish back in forth to allow water to flow over its gills so it may re-oxygenate. The fish should swim away on its own accord when revived,

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