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FISHING IN BRONX PARKS
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FISHING IN PROSPECT PARK, BKLYN.
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CONEY ISLAND, U.S.A.-
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America's Leading Seaside Playground! (Click Image)

"HOW SWEET IT IS!"

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We Boldly Salute
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The Honorable "Mr. Brooklyn" - Marty Markowitz, Our Boro President

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"BROOKLYN, U.S.A"....Kings County, NY:  (Dutch) "Breuckelen"---4th. Largest City In America!. Official Motto- "Een Draght Mackt Maght" ("In Unity There Is Strength").  Our official Borough Color is "Blue and Gold."  There are 2.5 million-plus residents in our Borough.
 
BROOKLYN IS Now A Leading Worldwide Tourist Destination!"  "Come, Explore Brooklyn!." Visit the Official Bklyn. Tourism Office, located on the 1st. Floor Of Borough Hall, 210 Joralemon St., in the "Downtown" Civic Center.
 
RESPECT...It's A Brooklyn Attitude!
 
Sadly, this is the last term in office for our beloved Borough President, "Mr. Brooklyn", Marty Markowitz--- Special Guy, True Brooklynite!.  "YO- 4 MORE YEARS, 4 MORE YEARS!!!. Enuff Said!.  
 
NEWS: July 15th., 2010...As Of The 2010 Macy*s Fishing Contest, Officials Have Ceased The Tradition Of Tagging A Large Fish (named R.H. Macy), and releasing It Into The Lake.  It's A Humane Related Thing. YouWill Find Notice of The Past Tradition Within Our Website. Please Now Disregard It.
 
***NEWS: May, 2010...Thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of Prospect Park-Based Group 'FIDO" (Friendship In Dog Ownership), NEW "Fishing Line Recycle Bins" Have Been Placed at Spots around the Lake in Brooklyn's Prospect Park!. '"PLEASE USE THEM TO DISPOSE OF YOUR USED FISHING LINE!."  You Can Find One Lakeside Along Wellhouse Drive. If you spot anyone throwing TRASH in The Park Lake, immediatley Dail 3-1-1 To Report it...No Questions asked, just "DO IT!." Lake has recently become a mess, with waterfoul being injured by such trash, icluding careless angler/angler's disposing of their Used Fishing Line, Hooks, etc. in the Park Lake.
 
Sorry to say that I have Had My Fill Of Some Park-User's On The Prospect Park Facebok Page, complaining about the Trash Situation. Here's Your Solution..Instead of taking the time to Post A Complaint, Get Your Ass Out And Volunteer To "Pick It Up Yourselves!." As for that "Geese Thing" Recently, Give The Rest Of Us A Break Already!!!.  Better Than Having Possibly Dead Airline Pasengers!!!. Thank You.
 
8/15/10- Was Nice To Run Into/See Prospect Park Supervisor Josephine P. at the Recent NYPD 70th. Pct. "National Night Out Against Crime" Event at The Parade Ground. Luv your Dog. Always A Pleasure, Josephine. All The Best To You!..
 
(*Note:Windows Media Player Required To Play The 'Bklyn. Bridge' Tv Show Theme!.  Composers: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar Winners Alan & Marilyn Bergman. Performed By Mr. Art Garfunkel). "Kotter" Theme Requires Media Player as well!.
 

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"Get Aboard, We're Goin' Fishin' In Prospect Park!"

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(c) 2001 M.T.WRIGHT
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The PROSPECT PARK LAKE. NYC FRESHWATER ANGLERS' FAVORITE FISHING SPOT!

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PROSPECT PARK.  The Place Where If You Are An Avid Regurlar "Park User", "Everybody Knows Your Name!."
I am Just One Of The "Great Many!."

FACT: "The PROSPECT PARK LAKE IS NEW YORK STATES LEADING BASS FISHING LAKE!"---"WITH THE MOST CONCENTRATION" OF STOCKED BASS Than In Any Other Lake Or Pond In NYC, L.I. and The State!."  One Well Know Prospect Park LMB Is Know As "Pablo Escobar." He Is Well Sought After.
SO WE EMPHASIZE THE POINT, WHY HEAD NORTH OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS,  OUT EAST TO LONG ISLAND, To NJ, Or A PRIVATE LAKE YA HAVE TO PAY TO FISH IN, IN PA.,  TO FIND GOOD FRESHWATER FISHING, WHEN WE HAVE IT "RIGHT HERE IN YOUR OWN URBAN BACKYARD."  And WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS NO LESS!. YES, RIGHT HERE IN BROOKLYN, U.S.A.!.
 
This "IS" The Park To Fish!, "Yeah, BOYEEE!."
 
The Audobon Center At Prospect Park Is OPEN Year-Round (Closed Certain Major Holidays and Due To Special Events).
 
Hot  Weather Fishing Tip- It Is Better Not to fish In The Hot Blazing Sun in the Main Portion Of The Lake, Nor The Open, Uncovered Northside Of The 'Peninsula.' Fish Go Deep, Or Seek Shade Cover Areas. Fish Mornings and Late Afternoon Till Sundown. When The Temps Climb to 100 Degress or Above, Or Below 40, Stay Home!. Trust Us!.  Also, Days With Heavy Winds Sweeping Across The Water.  THIS GOES FOR ALL NYC PARKS LAKES And PONDS!. Also...Do Not Fish The (Prospect Park, and/or Other NYC Parks )Lakes and Ponds Right After A Nor'Easter and/or Heavy Rain Storm. Esp. If Yo Notice the Water Is Over The Shoreline.  For You Will Also Have A Bad Day Fishing. Stay Home!!!
 



 

(c) 2001 M.T.WRIGHT...PROSPECT PARK...
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Home To The Annual MACY*S FISHING CONTEST, Each July!

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We Dedicate This Page In Particular, To The Memories Of Charles T. Wright, Sr., And His Brother Jeff Wright --- Both Long Since Passed-On. Two Careing, Dedicated NYC DPR/ Prospect Park Staff Members ("Parkee's"), Whom Along With Their Many Departed Colleagues, Shed Both Blood And Sweat To Maintain  Prospect Park, And In Esteem Upheld Its Official Title As "The Park For All People"-- From The 1930's, To The 1960's. They Will Not Be Forgotten.  For Ever In Peace--- In That Big Urban Park In The Next Realm Of Life!.  We  Honor And Remember The "Climbers & Pruners Association" Members!. My Friends --- My Many Unofficial "Uncles." (Mike)
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(9/19/05) - We Support The Revised Plan For The "Brooklyn Bridge Park" Development!.

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OFFICIAL WEBSITE (Click)

INTERACTIVE- Sights & Sounds Of Prospect Park (Click)

***YOU TUBE- PROSPECT PARK FISHING VIDEOS***

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"Yeah Baby, There HERE!"---"In Big Numbers!"

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"They're In The Lake Too!"- In "Muskie Cove!"

The Lake Is Stocked With Bullhead Catfish, Pickerel, And Panfish Too!---Alot Of Pumpkinseed, That Is Why A Few Years Back The Prospect Park Alliance  Introduced Some New Chain Pickerel To The Lake, To Help Cut Down The Rising Panfish Population, And To Stem The Rise Of Algea.

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Prospect Park Has Them Too!!!

PROSPECT PARK, BROOKLYN, U.S.A.: 
Home Of "Brooklyn's Only Urban Forest", Its Only Freshwater Lake, And Popular Citywide Freshwater Fishing Spot. Another Olmstead and Vaux Creation. "A Park For All People."

This Park In Paricular Is A Big Part Of My Family History. Both My Late Dad, And A Late Uncle (His Brother), Were Both Full-Time Park Employees Of Prospect Park/NYC DPR, For Over 30-Years, Up Until The Early 1960's. Generations Of The Family Grew Up And Lived In Park Slope, And Windsor Terrace. In Reality, "The Park Was Their Year-Round Playground." They Literally Grew Up In This Great Park. So You Can See Why I Have A Personal Addicition To It, And Concern For It. I started Fishing In The Lake At An Early Age. I Too Was A Young Participant In The Macy's Fishing Contest Way Back When (When A&S Sponsored It). 

As for Our Brooklyn Parks, Two Of My Brothers Were Active With The Parks. One Was A Seasonal Employee.  The Other (Along With Other concerned Community Residents) Were Active In The Founding Of The 'Mellett Park Playground Association'   (A Playground Park Located On Avenue 'V', East 13-14th. Street's, Brooklyn). It Was Rundown. The Park House Was Burned Down By Local Youth Who Used The Park To Consume Alcohol And Drugs.  They Organized, Successfully Cut Through The Mass Of "Political Red Tape" And Had That Park/Playground Renovated.  The 'Mellett Park Playground Association' No Longer Exists. How Ever The Activism Work They Did Lives On In This Very Popular Community Park.

Angler Memories: When I Was A Young Angler, While Fishing With My Older Brother Ken, By That Old Bent Tree Lakeide Near Vanderbilt Street, I Fell Into The Lake While Casting. A Memory That Still Sticks With Me, And Yet Another Story All Together. But Enough About The Family And I. 

"A VERY SPECIAL PLACE!"--- "Enter The Park From One Of Its Many Entrances, And You Enter A Special Place Where The Hustle, Bustle, And Noise Of The Big City Instantly Disappear. A Place Where Folks Of all Cultures, Nationalaties, Religions Mingle. More So Than Outside The Parks Fences. Come, Take A Stroll, Bicycle, Fish, Jog, Fly A Kite, Roller Blade, Do Some Horse Back Riding, Rent A Seasonal Pedal Boat  For A Personal Tour Of The Lake, Take A (Paid) Guided Boat Tour Around The Lake, Enjoy Winter Ice Skating At The Wollman Rink, Ride The Carosuel, Have A Picnic, Visit The ZOO, Explore The Parks Natural Habitat, Explore The Audobon Center, Or Just Stretch Out A Blanket On A Grassy Meadow And Get Some Sun. The Park Has Much To Offer, Year-Round".  Better Still, Take Part In A Volunteer Event Within The Park.

For OVER  57 Years NOW, PROSPECT PARK Has Been The Official Home Of The Annual July, 10-Day, MACY*S FISHING CONTEST (For Youth 15 And Under). "The Largest And Most Popular" Organized Annual Youth Fishing Contest In The Greater NYC Metro-Area.  The Contest did disappear for a number of years. If not for the personal efforts of Tupper Thomas, President, Prospect Park Alliance, it would not be in existence today.  We adults and our kids owe her a Big Hug and Thanks.

"Location, Location, Location": The Park Is Located "In The Heart Of Brooklyn, USA!". The Park Is Bordered By The Communities Of Park Slope, Prospect Park South and Windsor Terrace On The Eastside. Grand Army Plaza Is Its Northern Border, Prospect Park West, Bartel-Pritchard Square And Prospect Park Southwest Are Its Western Borders.  Parkside Avenue Is Its Southern Border. Ocean And Flatbush Avenue's in The Community Of Lefferts Gardens Are Its Eastern Borders. To Access The Lake, Enter The Park At Either Parkside & Ocean Avenue; Along Parkside Ave. From Coney Island Avenue/Park Circle To Ocean Avenue; Prospect Park Southwest At Greenwood Avenue Or Vanderbilt Street; Ocean Avenue & Lenox Road. Entering At Ocean & Lincoln Road Will Place You By The Audobon Center On The Northern Portion Of The "Lullwater" (a-k-a "Calm Water").

BY CAR: The Park Is Just A 5-10 Minute Ride, South Along "The Prospect Expressway", From The BQE, Gowanus Expwy., And The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. Exit At The "Ft. Hamilton Pkwy." Exit. Drive To "Caton Avenue" Where You Will Then Make A Left Turn Onto "Caton Avenue". At "Caton & Coney Island Ave.'s" You Will Come Upon "The Parade Grounds."
Make A Left Turn Onto Coney, The Park Is 2 Blocks North Just Off Of "Park Circle." From The Belt Pkwy., Take The Westbound Belt Pwky. To The N/Bound Gowanus, Exiting Onto The Southbound "Prospect Expwy."...Or, Exit The Belt At "Ocean Park North", Where You Will Then Take A Long Leisurely Ride North Along "Ocean Pkwy." To The Prospect Expwy." (To "Church Avenue"). The First Exit From "Church Ave." On "The N/Bound Prospect" Will Take You To "Park Circle" And The Park. From "The Manhattan Bridge", Take Flatbush Avenue Southbound. When You Reach The Great Arch At "Grand Army Plaza", Go Either Straight Along Prospect Park West,Take That Around The Circle At "Bartel Pritchard Square", Then Follow The Park Along Prospect Park Southwest. Or At "Grand Army Plaza", Make a Left, Then A Right Onto Flatbush Avenue, Where At Empire Blvd. You Will bear Right And Head South Along Ocean Avenue. One More Route: Take Westbound "Eastern Parkway" To "Grand Army Plaza", Where You Will Bear Left Around The Plaza/Arch.

Free Parking Is Available At The Wollman Ice Skating Rink. Except When The "Universoul Circus" Is In Operation In Mid April To May.  Though A Bit Tough, Parking Can Also Be Found On The Street Outside The Park, Along Parkside Avenue, And Along Prospect Park Southwest, And  Along Ocean Avenue On Designated Alternate Side Parking Rule Days. "READ THE SIGNS!."

Enter The Park At Ocean & Parkside Avenue's And Follow The Signs To The Wollman Rink Lot. Park Roadways Are Closed To Traffic,Mon-Fri. Except During The Evening And Morning Rush Hour Commute. They Are Closed On Weekend's.
 
 All Please Read:   The Lake Is Not Directly Located Near The Zoo, Nor Across From The Botanical Gardens At Empire Boulevard. It lies South Of Lincoln Road Along Ocean Avenue, And South Of Bartel-Pritchard Square; Along Prospect Park Southwest; And Along Parkside Avenue To The South Of The Park.  
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***SPECIES OF FISH FOUND IN The PROSPECT LAKE:
SM BASS; LM BASS; BLUE GILL; BULLHEAD CATFISH; CHAIN PICKEREL; MUSKIE; CARP.

Note: There Is An Abundant, Robust Population Of Both BLUE GILL And LARGEMOUTH BASS In This Lake, Out Of All NYC P&R Lakes And Ponds To Be Exact.

The Lake Is (Man-Made) Exactly 60 Acres.

Note: The PROSPECT PARK LAKE IS NYC DPR'S "GEM" MAN-MADE 60-ACRE LAKE. QUITE FRANKLY SPEAKING, "The BEST NYC DPR FRESHWATER FISHING LAKE IN NYC!". It's No Wonder That Anglers From Within The City Limits, And From Outside Of Them (L.I. Especially) Travel To The Park To Fish This Lake. Important Note:Fishermen Are Prohibited From Renting The Seasonal Pedal Boats To Fish The Lake With. This I Must State Is A Big "Ongoing Controversial Sticking Point" Which Park Anglers Want Reversed.

One Question I, Most Other P. Park Anglers, As Well As Park Officials Are Always Asked Is, "Just Exactly How Deep Is The Prospect Park Lake ?." Well, Here's The Answer:
Well, The The Parks 1.5 Mile-long Water System Consists Of The Upper And Lower Pools, The Binnenwater, The Lullwater And The Main Portion Of The Lake.
It Varies In Depths Up To Eleven Feet, Located In The Upper Pool By The Long Meadow. Fishing Is Not Permissable In Either The Upper Or Lower Pool (Known Way Back When In Time As "The Swan Boat Lake"). Get Caught Fish Either Pool And You Will Either Be Removed, Or Quite Possibly Issued A Summons. There Are No Big Game Fish In Either Pool, And Waterfoul Use Them As A Primary feeding Ground.
The LAKE (The Main Portion Of It): Averages Six Feet, With The Deepest Point About 7 Feet (Though Over The Years Many Have Proclaimed It Is As Being As Much As 15 Ft. Deep, In The Center).
The Upper And Lower Binnen Pools: Average About 4 Feet In Depth. The Binnen Pool: Is Nine Feet Deep In The Center.
The Lullwater (Or "Calm Water". It Starts At The "Terrace Bridge" And Runs North Up To The "Audobon Center" At The Landmark Boathouse: It Is About 5 Feet Deep.
(Source: The Prospect Park Alliance Marketing Dept., And Natural Resources Staff).

FISHING IS NOT PERMITTED IN The  "BINNENWATER" Watercourse, Nor The "BINNENWATER POOLS" (Formerly Knows As "The Swan Boat Lake").  Nor at "Doggie Beach!."
 
***IMPORTANT NOTICE: Should You Spot Any FISH "Trapped" In Old Fishing Line, Phragmyte, Basically Anything, Immediatley Notify Park Staff, Or Phone "311" To Report This.
Same Goes For Any other Park Wildlife. Help Protect Our Animal Kingdom Friends.


REFERENCE: NYC DPR Brooklyn Parks-Prospect Park HQ, And The Prospect Park Alliance, Are Located In The Litchfield Villa At 95 Prospect Park West At Around 5th. Street. The Honorable Julius Spiegel Is The Borough Commissioner; Tupper Thomas Is The Park Administrator/President Of The Prospect Park Alliance.

;The Park Supervisor's Office Is Located In The Wollman Memorial Skating Rink. Special Events Is Located In The Basement Rear Of The Litchfield Villa. Brooklyn NYC DPR Parks Enforcement Patrol (The "Pep's")- (District #-4) Are Located In The Parade Grounds Admn. Building (Adjacent To The NYPD Bklyn. South Task Force Facility) At The "Parade Grounds" (That Is Just Off Of Coney Island Avenue/Park Circle). NYC DPR Has Its Own Mounted Unit, Plus A "USR", Urban Search And Rescue Team. And A top Notch Radio Communications Staff.

I Am Also One Of The Many Prospect Park Volunteers ("VIPP"). My Work Is For The Benefit Of All My Fellow Park Anglers.  My Personal Thanks To NY Senator Carl Andrews, And The Prospect Park Volunteer Office For Recongizing My past Volunteer Work.


Fact: The PROSPECT LAKE Is In Fact "Not Just The Best BASS Fishing Lake In Long Island and NYC Combined", But Is Home To "The Most Robust, Abundant Population Of Largemouth Freshwater Bass In All Of New York State!." Yes, Here In Brooklyn. Our Home Lake Also Has An Over-Abundant Population Of Bluegill As Well. Plus, The Lake Is Also Home To Carp, Bullhead Catfish, Muskie, Pumpkinseed Panfish, And Chain Pickerel. 



As A Leading And Vocal NYC DPR Park Angler, My Personal Overall Concerns And Goals Are As Follows:

Above All, Environmental Conservation; Advocacy And Concern For The Proper Routine Maintenance And Preservation Of Our DPR Parks, Their Respective Lakes And Ponds, Where Recreational Fishing Is Permissable; Advocacy, Education, Outreach For PROSPECT PARK, And The Promotion Of Recreational Fishing And Volunteerism In PROSPECT PARK.  Promotion Of Prospect Parks "Gem" Lake, And Recreational Fishing In It; The Education Of Park-Users On The Official Rules And Regulations; Advocacy of Recreational Fishing In All Urban NYC DPR Parks; And Assisting Amature Anglers On Learning The Proper Basics And Techniques Of Our Chosen Sport.  I Personally Support The Ongoing Activities Of The Prospect Park Alliance Community Committe (a-k-a The "Com Com"), "The BROOKLYN PARKS ADVOCATES", And ("NY4P") "New Yorker's For Parks".


WHAT EVER BECAME OF The 'PROSPECT PARK ANGLERS ASSOCIATION' Ya Ask ? - Well, I Got Tired Of Running It and trying to get it off the ground from the start.  Other individual anglers  Wanted To Do Their Own solo Thing, And yet still others did Not want to be part Of An Organized Group. I Also Lost Personal Interest And Time To Devote To It. No One Else Wanted To Fill My Shoes. So In The End We Individually Remain Members Of B.A.S.S.,N.A.F.C., Other Sporting Association and Clubs. Since You Cannot Hold Legitimate Tournament Events In NYC Parks, Esp. Since A Boat Is Required, and That Was Another Factor. Majority Of Anglers Desire Such Events, And We Could Not Offer That in that manner.  Hell, even a local Chapter of B.A.S.S. or NAFC cannot hold a tournament in the parks due to the "Boat" thing.   How ever here in 2008, a few of Us do have Our Own Small Private Parks Fishing Club (Membership Not Publicly Open).

THERE IS MUCH MORE INFORMATION FURTHER DOWN ON THIS PAGE!*























IN FOND MEMORY:

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COUNCILMAN JAMES E. DAVIS (1962-2003)

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In Fond And Sincere Memory Of Our "Brooklyn Park Friend," NYC Councilman James E. Davis (1962-2003).  Murdered On July 23rd., 2003, In The Chambers Of The NYC Council. "You And Your Dedicated Work Are Truly Missed By All...Rest In Peace!" "STOP THE VIOLENCE!." On Behalf Off All Anglers, We Extend Our Sincerest Regards To The Davis Family, And His City Council Colleagues. He would have been a Great NYC "Mayor!."

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