North American Fishing Clubs

North American Fishing Club

Fishing clubs

Joining forces may add to fun, but fishing groups not for everyone.

With that, you load the boat, travel to your friend's small pond and fish peacefully until dark. You have just become a prime candidate to join a private fishing club,or maybe to form a new one of your own.

The advantages of Fishing clubs

The advantages are obvious: less traffic, restricted access, less hassle and, with proper planning, great fishing. All it takes is time and money, the same ingredients required for almost anything of lasting value.

By following proper strategy, most US club members can begin to improve the fishing in most private waters - from 5-acre pond to 50-acre lake - in a single year. Biologists say that in two years, progress will be noticeable. In three to five years, a thoughtful pond management group can achieve eye-popping results. Fisheries experts say 10-pound bass and 8-pound channel catfish are attainable goals in that period.

The Best Clubs

The best Clubs have been structured like a golf club - They'll sell corporate or individual memberships, take the money, manage their water for good fishing and control their harvest.

Most of our members want to catch better bass," says Buddy Bellamy, an Arlington, Texas, resident who admits to spending most of his summers - and any spare weekend - fishing the lake. "But without a study being done, we didn't really know what to do. We need a baseline to start from, then we can make a good fishing lake out of it."

Just south of the Red River, members of the Lake Kiowa Fishing Club have decided to get more aggresive with their plans, too.

With an announced goal of producing larger bass, they have retained Lusk to help them eliminate stunted crappie and control their aquaitc vegetation. They also agreed to reduce competition for food and cover by removing more small bass they catch and releasing more adult bass in the 4- to 6- pound class.

Similar restraint has been in place for years at one of McCune's clubs. There, members are allowed to keep one trophy bass weighing seven pounds or better. That's one per year.

Both Kiowa and Ardmore fishing clubs are typical of established clubs starting fresh programs. In these clubs, as well as any new start-up, the obstacle is not cormorant predation or even drought. Instead, the enemies are impatience and wanting something for nothing.

Difference of opinion

You have to decide what kind of fishing they want. Then, you set your agenda to attain those goals.Some of club groups prefer to go for sunfish and crappie. A majority talk about raising big bass, but there's more to it than just casting plastic worms. Some prefer coppernose bluegill. Their goal is to provide recreation and food.

Here's where difference between the fishing clubs of opinion can strain friendships, even split a club membership roll along political lines. Keys to avoiding these pitfalls are making an honest evaluation of your prospective membership, analyzing the potential of your water, then - managing in that direction.
Each can be a costly but important factor in developing a top-flight fishery - That means footing the bill for vegetation control, security, fencing, forage, seining surveys, supplementary feeding, electroshocking studies, fish population analysis.

Most of the clubs offers family membership like the Fly Fishers of Idaho ( For family membership you can list the names of spouse and immediate members, ages 12 or over. Family members that you want to include as active voting fishing club members of Fly Fishers of US, Idaho.

Annual dues

Annual dues for a private fishing club generally run $500 to $3000+, and sometimes more if the executive board decides to build boat docks, renovate the dam or make other improvements.

And again the Annual dues Build a lodge with kitchen, clubroom, bedrooms and dining area, and you can pull out that checkbook.

The People typically get into starting a fishing club not understanding what it costs to operate.

Of the ones who try to poor-boy it, they close shop two years later. They don't spend the money for security or take the time to check on it themselves, and they get tired of people coming in, trashing the place and leaving gates open. Usually it's a problem with guest policy.

Quitting the plan causes many club projects to fail.

The members should have a continuing program, each fishing club should have one individual who is responsible for keeping contact with biologists. That way you have continuity.

Given care and time , the result of a club can be great fishing in a safe, sane atmosphere. Done well, a fishing club can nurture both lifelong friendships and big fish.

It's like a garden - when you do achieve your goal of good fishing, you realize that the management was worthwhile.

Once a club gets good fishing, it becomes just like the angler's Field of Dreams. Build it and they will come. One fishing paradise of a club near Athens in East Texas has a five-year waiting list.