Fish in Golf Course Ponds
If you love and enjoy the sport of golf like me, but still find fishing to be more important in your life, then this article is for you! I can guarantee you that you have played a round of golf, and glanced into a little pond off the cart path to see huge fish floating about, and thinking, "Man, I wish I had my fishing pole right now..". Golf courses can provide ecosystems for many different species of wildlife, but scientists and others are viewing this as a harm to the environment and wildlife due to the dozens of chemicals that runoff into golf course lakes and ponds.
A recent test done by the EPA showed that dozens of chemicals and pesticides are found in golf course water, making it dangerous to drink, and possibly dangerous for wildlife as well. My conscious has told me to do a little testing myself to see what the effects of the golf course pesticides and chemicals had on fish size and behavior, so I started by getting my cast net, and throwing next to a drain pipe at a clean non golf course lake 10 times, and then throwing at a golf course pond drain pipe 10 times, all relatively close to each other, then comparing all of the fish by size and species.
I started my studies at a golf course in Hendersonville, NC, to find that bass are nearly 2 times bigger in a golf course pond than a regular pond, the results showed that my average sized bass in a regular pond was about 2.5 pounds, and the average size in a golf course pond was just about 5 pounds. Going to show that golf course pesticides and chemicals may somewhat act as a "steroid" for fish, or it could just be the environment of the fish, having more to eat in a golf course. Grass Carp, Catfish, Crappie, and Bluegill were also found to be notably bigger.
My results are not proven by any scientist, but that is what I noticed! So it never hurts to wonder! Maybe next time when you and your clients go and play 18, you should bring a fishing pole in the bag!