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    So if in Howard County the ponds get stocked, who is stocking them? Howard County, or the builders? Is it a law that they must be stocked. Interesting topic and discussion guys.

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    HoCo Rec and Parks has stocked the ponds under their management, with bass, and sunfish.
    I am not aware of any ongoing pond stocking operations, currently.

    I was told that Rec and Parks had to poison a couple of their ponds due to a severe goldfish infestation.

    Columbia Association doesn't do anything.
    The State of Maryland stocks Trout in Lake Elkhorn and Centennial Lake. By late May, the few survivors die because the ponds get too warm.

    I just think that a lot of this is just random guys with buckets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shady View Post
    I've been told that (atleast in howard county) most of the retention ponds are stocked with fish in order to keep the bugs down...
    I've heard the same thing. I had a pond just like this right behind my old house. In fact, there were a couple of them. You could catch blue gills all day long. I often walked out back and spent a few hours there catching endless blue gills with the occasional perch and bass. I'd watch the herons work from early spring through the year. Turtles were everywhere. It was really nice. I moved 6 months ago and I miss that place, but the good news is the Gunpowder River is less than a mile away and it's full of the same stuff as well as trout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bignose View Post
    I was told that Rec and Parks had to poison a couple of their ponds due to a severe goldfish infestation.
    Stu,

    My two friends here were offended by your use of the word "infestation."

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    How about a swarm, or pestilence?
    Perhaps horde or scourge?


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    "Hey move over, I need some elbow room!"
    "Shut up, dumbass, you don't have any elbows, you're a goldfish!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bignose View Post
    How about a swarm, or pestilence?
    Perhaps horde or scourge?


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    "Hey move over, I need some elbow room!"
    "Shut up, dumbass, you don't have any elbows, you're a goldfish!"
    Much better! My fish can't read anyway...
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    No bass yet, but every bluegill is as big as my hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanMarino View Post




    No bass yet, but every bluegill is as big as my hand.
    Excellent Tom.

    I'm glad to see the bluegills were active for you.

    I plan to catch a few of those and their largemouth sunfish cousins on the fly this coming week at Trap.

    If you believe that bass are present in your pond and you want to catch one, upsize your fly. You'll still nail a few hyper-aggressive bluegills that can't control themselves. But usually the bass will ignore the smaller flies and go for something beefier.

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    giant-goldfish-1.jpg

    This is why you don't let "little Goldie" loose in a pond.
    Imagine a couple of thousand of these in a small pond. We had that happen around here, in Sewell's Orchard, several years ago.

    Bet you could catch them on a wooly worm, though, and they'd put up a pretty good fight.
    But you wouldn't want to take them home for dinner.

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    Thanks Mark, I'm working on making some poppers now that might work for some bass.

    Stu, that's the coolest goldfish I've ever seen!

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