Ken Carman would like to do something for fishing and lakes in and around the city of Dayton … and he could use your help.
Carman, a 50-year-old home health care specialist who lives in Dayton, loves to fish, and quite often he finds a place to fish, no matter the weather, 12 months a year.
“We caught a lot of fish from the Great Miami River last winter,” Carman said.
Fishing around Dayton as he does, Carman often notices things that could be improved to make fishing even better and to enhance natural places such as ponds and parks.
To do that, Carman has come up with the idea of creating a fishing club. He envisions the Miami Valley Fishing Club (not an official name at this point) that would be able to raise funds and provide manpower to pay for enhancements on lakes and streams, beginning with those closest to Dayton.
“For example,” Carman said, “a fee of only $1 per month collected from 5,000 local anglers would raise $60,000. That would be enough money to build five heavy-duty 100-foot-long by 16-foot-wide floating fishing piers, and still have $50,000 left over for a list of other potential enhancements (weed control, fish feeding, etc.)”
Although one might debate Carman’s figures, he pointed out such plans would include donated labor and expertise.
Fishing piers are needed at some area lakes because many are shallow along the banks for many feet out into the water. That usually means fewer and smaller fish for those who bank fish.
“There are some places where you can cast out to get to deeper water, but when you reel back in, your lure or hooks get tangled in weeds,” he said. “And it’s not as much fun when you have to put up with that all the time.”
A few fishing piers that allow bank fishermen access to deeper water, placed in some local lakes, would no doubt be welcomed by nonboaters, especially those who live nearby and enjoy fishing for whatever hits the hook. And some are fishing to have something to eat that night.
Carman, who has been fishing since he was a small boy growing up near 156-acre Winton Lake at Winton Woods Park in the Hamilton County Park District and later became a regular at Brookville Lake, said he is interested in doing as much as possible at Dayton lakes and local streams first. The club would then branch out to help enhance other waters.
One place he has his eye on is Madison Lakes, a park in Trotwood on the west edge of Dayton owned and operated by the county.
Since the county has no funds to enhance fishing there, Carman feels the people of that area would be well served by improved fishing conditions, and he’s checking to see if the county would mind bringing in volunteers and donated piers.
“Right now, I want to see how much interest is out there,” he said. “We won’t be able to do anything until we get enough people involved.”
Anyone who is interested in a club to enhance fishing facilities should contact Carman through his Web site at pandscorp.org, by email at [email protected] or by phone at (937) 430-4524.