Let’s Catch Some Fish!
The Sidney Fishing Pond located in Legion Park: offers a great place for anglers of all ages to ‘cast’ their luck over the water, and catch fish ranging from pan fish to game fish species.
The pond is surrounded by a ¼ mile walking path and has 2 fixed fishing docks, and 1 free floating dock, as well as a water fountain and walk-way bridge.
Finding fish is usually the tricky part of fishing. Fish tend to stay in one spot, so you have to keep moving and casting along the shoreline until you find a place where the fish are. Please be careful not to trample the shoreline vegetation, it helps keep the bank from eroding which causes poor water quality. Fish like shade and cover, so find some dark hiding spots like under trees, and near big rocks to cast into. Deep spots near shore are also great places to cast, as are under bridges and near steep shorelines.
Spring is the best season to catch fish due to the fish being hungry after the long winter, being more active due to warmer waters and laying their eggs near shore. As soon as the ice has melted off, bluegill and crappies are a great species to fish for. Cloudy and rainy days are also good fishing days, however, never be near a body of water during a thunderstorm with lightning!
In the summer, shore fishing is a little more difficult due to thick near shore vegetation and fish moving to deeper, cooler waters away from shore. Try fishing in the early morning or evening. Insects are also highly active in summer, so try using terrestrial type flies or lures.
Fall is another great time to fish due to cooling water temperatures, vegetation dies off and fish aggressively feed to prepare for winter.