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true some fish should be harvested. im not sure you want to eat them though. those ponds get god knows what in the runoff from those lawns. not to mention the weed control stuff that could be being used in there.
 

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Since I've gotten started fishing again, I've taken to looking at any body of water I pass while driving in Indianapolis and wondering if I can fish there.

I've seen retention ponds listed a couple of places as being good places for fishing because a) they are required to be stocked with fish for mosquito control and b) they don't generally see a lot of "pressure".

The main issues, IMO with fishing at such places would be one of legality--generally private property--and fish contamination (since I like to keep what I catch for the table, at least where appropriate). Related to legality is access: where you can park, etc.

Does anybody have any thoughts on these, tips on gaining permission (if needed), and tips on finding good candidates?
 

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This tread touched a nerve with me. I also live on one and me and a neighbor stocked it 8 years ago when the thing was dug. This new guy moves in this spring and started fishing it. One day in may, I see him with a buddy and i noticed them carrying a big bucket up to his house. The next thing I see is the guy pulling out 3-4 pounders and start filleting them. I went over and chewed his arz out. I told him there was nothing I could do but I didn't want to see him ever keep another bass out of this pond. I told him those were our pet fish and I bet me and the kids have caught those same ones a 100 times. I ask him why in the world would you kill a fish like that unless you where starving. I said let your kids catch them, treat them nice and put them back to catch another day. Man I was hot!
Funny thing was, I never saw the dude fishing again all year. Not the way I wanted to meet the guy but I was mad for a month every time I looked out my back door at the pond.
that is awful man! Just fish to catch the big boys let them go asap just for the sport!
 
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