There's plenty of lakes nearby. Let the rivers flow free and fish migrate. Most of those old mill ponds are full of carp anyway
Thanks for the info guys. I'll have to drive by it sometime when I'm in the area. Great memories of that place. Kind of sad to hear this as I think back to the times at the Cushman Dam. But, personally, I like streams and rivers to run as they should when possible, so I'm all for returning things to normal when it makes sense.
News Release Published: April 2, 2009 by the South Central Region Contact(s): Rob Davis, Water Management Engineer, Fitchburg: (608) 275-3316 HEBRON - The 100 year-old Cushman Dam on the Bark River in Jefferson County will be taken out later this month, the Department of Natural Resources announced today. Located about 3.5 miles north of the Village of Hebron, the dam has "failed and (is) hazardous to the public," noted DNR water management engineer Rob Davis, Fitchburg. The dam's owner, William Cushman, Jefferson, requested DNR assistance and has been working with the agency in taking out the dam. A public hearing to discuss its removal was held at the Hebron Town Hall in October, 2008. "Removing the dam will open-up about five miles of the Bark River running upstream to the Rome Dam, facilitate fish movement upstream and downstream, and improve water quality along the (opened) stretch," added Mr. Davis. Work is expected to begin in mid-April, weather permitting.
Notice the date!
Cushman is the name of the farmer near where the dam was. When we had heavy rains around 2010ish, the dam broke and resulted in it being torn down. Its a good spot to get out with a canoe or kayak, but lately the guy next to it has been not so nice about people being there
Sounds like there are two ponds being discussed. Rome Pond was always one where people fished in the town of Rome.....but I don't know the current status as far as the fish in there, but it's still there. Was just past it last week.
Cushman Pond was kind of off the beaten track and when I used to go there ten plus years ago, I would put $1 in a mailbox and park on private land. Super nice lady that would let people on what I presume was her land. Then, I could access the dam area and fish below or above, launch a boat etc..
I haven't been there since. If there is no longer a dam, that is news to me.
My buddies were out there this past winter. Nothing was caught but they put in a half hearted effort. There are a few nice fish in the ole pond still. But good luck finding them during open water. Have been on the pond a few times over the last few years, have found some deep holes in the river portion but rarely did the holes have any fish in them. Still some decent gills around the launch area but not many.