GORNEY PARK POND(CALEDONIA)

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TODAY @ 12:20 PM
Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

There seems to be some confusion on the Urban regs, so here it is right from the DNR...

"Urban waters have a year-round season, no length limits, and a special  season (March 11 thru April 28, 2017) for juveniles 15 years of age and younger and certain disabled anglers. They also have a daily bag limit of three (3) trout, one (1) gamefish (largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, sauger, and northern pike), and ten (10) panfish (bluegill, crappie, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, and bullhead)." 

All other regs not superseded by these special ones still apply, in particular:

This is from page 10 of the 2017 Wisc fishing regulations:

It is illegal to: to deposit fish carcasses or parts, including entrails or other waste, into Wisconsin waters or on the bank or shore of any water.

So the person who caught the pike was in violation for dumping it on the shore/bank.  The size really has nothing to do with it.

Edited on 9/19/17 12:27 PM
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9/18/17 @ 4:08 PM
perchkilla
perchkilla
MEMBER since 7/6/07

I was simply pointing out that the pond is an urban fishing water, as you seemed to imply that it wasn't. That's all. :) 

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9/18/17 @ 10:37 AM
Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

perchkilla,

The urban rules don't mean that it's legal to kill a fish and toss on bank or leave on a picnic table....

That's illegal even for carp, it's also illegal to purposely kill a game fish and dispose of in the water or the bank.  It's all in the regs. (You can legally kill carp or other rough fish but they need to be properly disposed of and that means not dumping back in water or on bank/shore) 

The urban rules simply state that you can only keep 1 game fish per day of any length and 10 panfish, all other Wisconsin regs still apply.

Also if one bass is caught by someone and then someone gives said person a bass, that is illegal because you would then have 2 bass on your stringer.

Someone also killed 3 geese and tossed in the dumpster.....

This is from page 10 of the 2017 Wisc fishing regulations:

It is illegal to: to deposit fish carcasses or parts, including entrails or other waste, into Wisconsin waters or on the bank or shore of any water.

Edited on 9/18/17 2:29 PM
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9/15/17 @ 11:18 PM
perchkilla
perchkilla
MEMBER since 7/6/07

Snorkel, I'm not saying it's not a terrible thing to do, but Gorney Park is a Wisconsin urban fishing area - so no length limit would apply. In the decades I've been fishing there, open water and ice, I've never seen a Northern. 

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9/15/17 @ 7:25 PM
Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

More illegal activity at Gorney...

First I have suspected pike are "present" in Gorney because I had several line cuts that could only have been a pike...

Someone caught one and took it upon themselves to kill the pike which was undersize on non urban fisheries and leave on a picnic table...

It's illegal to do this...even with rough fish and not to mention it's so disgustingly unsportsman like it makes me sick...

Pike are not rough fish and don't affect the other fish in the lake and in fact they will eat the stunted bluegills.

If I see anyone doing stuff like this I will get the license plate if I can and report to Caledonia PD and the DNR!!!!!


Edited on 9/18/17 11:05 AM
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7/22/17 @ 12:56 PM
Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

UPDATE (13 Sept 2017), water is really down with the lack of rain, areas on the east side that were underwater are now high and dry. Max depth was 14 feet, so it's down a good four feet from July. Also weeds have really died back out in the middle of the lake, sonar shows very little remaining except on edges now. Water temp was still pretty warm at 70 degrees, down about 8 or 9 degrees since July.

UPDATE (21 Aug 2017)  water is down, max depth is now 15ft.

In case anyone is wondering the max depth at gorney is 18.2 feet (as of 21 July 2017) and one of those spots is off the left side of the pier out about 15 to 20 feet.

The normal max depth is 16 feet, it's a bit higher than most years.

Went around the lake today with a sonar unit, weeds are super high coming up to within 5 feet of surface in some areas.

I catch and release all bass on Gorney by the way.  Better to keep them swimming around for another day :-) 

Oh, and water temp at surface is 78 to 80 degrees.  We just got rain last night so that probably cooled the surface temps a bit, I would guess during a dry period it would be well above 80.

Edited on 9/13/17 10:41 AM
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7/13/17 @ 5:19 PM
Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

You can use a non motorized kayak or similar on Gorney with the following restrictions:

Access for non motorized small water craft i.e. kayak or canoe is only allowed from 6am to 7pm.

No swimming is allowed though.

I encourage everyone to practice catch and release at Gorney (Especially for Bass)as it's not a big lake and could easily be fished out.

Also if you do put a yak in make sure no weeds or water get in from other lakes.

This is one of the few places that don't have zebra mussels or at least I could not see any.

Edited on 7/27/17 7:09 PM
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7/13/17 @ 5:15 PM
Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

Hi John,

No one is passing judgement.  Your only allowed one game fish per day at gorney and that includes kids and the disabled (All year long).  The special season for kids and disabled individuals is from march until the last sat in April, the bag limits still apply to them during this special season as well.

While only one game fish per day is allowed it may be of any size.

Also in Wisc you are not allowed to share a stringer with other people, so a stringer full of bass at gorney is breaking the law big time.


Edited on 7/13/17 5:43 PM
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7/7/17 @ 9:12 AM
John.Rennpferd
John.Rennpferd
USER since 6/3/10

I believe there is a no boats/floatation rule.

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7/7/17 @ 7:47 AM
BoboJay
BoboJay
USER since 1/24/15

Can anyone tell me if float tubes or kayaks are allowed in this pond?

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