WPOA and the Wintergreen Sporting Club recently stocked the Trout Pond with Rainbow Trout. The 2019 fishing season on the trout pond begins on Tuesday, February 26th. (Do not fish prior to the 26th as we need to feed the trout and allow them to acclimate to their new surroundings.)
The key rules in effect for this pond this year include:
WPOA’s Mitchell Barker was on hand at this year’s stocking of the trout pond.
1. Every Wintergreen property owner fishing this pond MUST have and display at all times the orange Wintergreen Property Owners Association special angling permit. The permits are available at the WPOA Community Office Building during regular weekday hours. (Previous years’ permits remain valid.)
The Wintergreen Police will regularly check the trout pond to ensure all anglers have and are displaying the Orange Special Angling permit from WPOA.
Family members and house guests are authorized to fish the trout pond only when accompanied by a property owner hosting their visit and displaying the orange WPOA issued special angling permit.
2. For the first several weeks of the 2019 season each authorized angler was allowed to keep one trout per day. It was changed to the standard two trout per person per day on March 24th.
To minimize trauma and damage to the trout, only single barbless hooks may be used. There are no exceptions to this rule. You can either buy barbless hooks or use pliers to pinch and remove the barb from a barbed hook.
Only flies and artificial lures may be used. Power bait is not allowed nor is live or food bait of any type (worms. minnows, corn, etc). This is a change in 2019.
3. The Wintergreen Sporting Club encourage all successful anglers to report their trout catch, with a photo if available, to WSC. This helps the club keep track of catches. We’ll share your information with other anglers on our website. Email reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Last, but not least, protecting our trout pond and its trout for the enjoyment of all Wintergreen property owners and their guests/families is critically important. Be alert to unauthorized anglers and trespassers. If you see someone fishing this pond without displaying an Orange WPOA Special Angling Permit, or someone trespassing and/or not following the rules, report the violations immediately to the Wintergreen Police 434-325-1106.