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Catch Analysis

Great Fishing Continues

Fish continue to be caught in record numbers and sizes. We have landed more 20+ fish than any complete prior season and we still have 6 weeks before closing.

We have great catch numbers in the 17-19 inch sizes which bodes well for 2020 since these fish are expected to put on another 1-2 inches by 2020 opening day.

Harvest rates are low and although 10 20+" fish have  been taken this year, many note on the census sheet that they couldn't be revived. Thanks to all who release the big fish so others have the excitement of landing a real trophy.

What do you think?

  • Is there a "Best Pond"?
  • Is there a "Trophy Pond"?
  • Which pond has the best chance for success?

Cedar Continues as Our Trophy Pond.

However, your best chance for a true trophy fish (23" or longer) can be found in Cedar.

50% of Trout Caught in Birch!

Fifty percent of our fish are being caught in Birch.


The results are in – Fishing was great – Lots of gee whiz numbers!

In the spirit of full disclosure, one of my favorite courses in college was “How to lie with statistics”. Often people see what they want to see and point only to the data that supports their views. The same information can be used to support conflicting opinions so go beyond the charts and look at the detailed data to see if it supports the conclusion.

The data collected is from individual census sheets shows all the reported fish caught (1093/Birch, 924/Pine, 785/Cedar). At first glance, one might conclude it is easier to catch fish in Birch than Cedar. However, the time spent fishing a pond is not reported so the higher count in Birch might be a result of more time spent fishing rather than easier to catch fish. Are trout in Cedar smarter because they have been in the pond longer or did anglers spend less time fishing in Cedar?

We get to spend a lot of time talking about where and how to fish (with adult beverage in hand). The good news is there are good opportunities for both the casual and the dedicated angler ... something for everyone!


There were 234 days the club was open for fishing.
2967 fish were caught which averages 12.7 fish per day.
Most fish were caught in Birch - 1093.
The average length of fish caught was 16.3 inches.
Cedar had the largest average length – 17.6 inches.
92.8% of fish were released.
501 fish were 20” or larger (16.9%)
78 fish were 24” or larger (2.3%)

NOTE: Looking at just quarry results yields different numbers.

Did you ever wonder?

  1. Which pond do I have the best chance to catch a fish?
  2. Which pond do I have the best chance to catch big fish on average?
  3. Which pond do I have the best chance to catch a trophy fish?
  4. Are holdover fish easier or harder to catch? Why?
  5. Does stocking change catching numbers? How? If so, for how long?
  6. Are fish harder to catch after feeding? Why?

Fish Caught By Length for Quarry Ponds

Fish Grouped by Recently Stocked, 1-3 Yr Holdover, 3+ Yr Holdover

Fish by Length as % of Fish Caught Within a Pond

Have you had enough?

These are just the highlights. If you want to see the details please look at:

  • 2017 Catch Analysis - Provides background and details for the above material.
  • Season Data For 2012-2017 - Shows catch data going back to 2012.
  • Census Sheet Data and Analysis - A spreadsheet containing these charts plus additional charts and the raw data for years 2012-2017.