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Rome Pond, Jefferson County
MOON PHASE (84%)
Fishing was actually as good as ever for 2015 and 2016, but what ever removed all the weeds at the end of 2016 really wrecked it . Fished Rome most of my life never saw all the weeds disappear , Like back in stumpy in late October 2016 bottom was completely bare,as was most of the pond, How would that be possible unless someone poisoned the weeds. they don't all just disappear on there own .
How can you keep your man card in check if you don't send everyone pictures of you with piles of fish..... I'm pretty sure that's the problem. I think it is the same everywhere. Ppl throwing out freezer burnt fish yet still keeping all they can
I would fish here in the early 2000’s with my dad. We would catch countless big bass and pike. All catch and release. I think it’s funny reading about how big fish used to be caught here. I can’t help but wonder how many of those fish actually made it back into the pond instead of the fryer. I’m not against keeping your fair and legal share, I know I keep a few once and a while, but if we would take a note or two from the Europeans and practice selective harvest and release the trophy fish, lakes like this would still be producing those quality fish.
I see many people have great memories of how good this body of water was for fishing and recreation. If there is interest in improving this waterway please message me. I live on Rome Pond and would love to help improve it, if there is interest by others we can go to a town meeting together and try and get something going.
I started fishing here as a boy in the 70's. I still have a cousin left that still lives on it. I can remember catching 14 inch crappies, 10 inch bluegills, 5 pound bass and 30 inch pike there in the 80's. The spring crappie run was the best ever and lasted for several weeks.Used to catch big crappies and smallmouths by Cushman's dam too. Hebron pond was another good place to go. Caught many big bluegills there too. Bark river was loaded with fish all the way from Dousman to Fort. Should have maintained those dams at Cushmans and Hebron. That was the downfall. When they went, so did everything else.
local farm runoff was the main issue. like I said, where we fished, used to be 5 feet deep now it's inches. Thats when the freeze outs started, That's how silted up it got. For any hope of a revival it would have to be dredged.
But you are right about the 40 inch pike! The northern fishing was nothing short of spectacular. The DNR really let that one slip away,