“We have ice fishermen go out during the
winter. At night, sometimes you’ll see guys
going out for catfish and such,” Artie Furman,
Pocono Farms director of public safety of
seven years, said.
The club itself doesn’t conduct specific
fishing events. Pocono Farms, however,
does host an annual derby during Memorial Day weekend. Approximately 25-35
“We break it up into three age groups:
5-8, 9-12, 13-16. They fish throughout the
lake,” Furman, 67, of Reeders, Pa., said. “Each
division has two winners: longest fish and
heaviest fish. We always give out prizes from
Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters [in Stroudsburg, Pa.]. It’s age appropriate. For toddlers,
we have a little plastic wading pool that they’ll
fish in to catch Styrofoam fish. It’s been
Those seeking tips or hints can consult
with Wachowski, who knows the waters as
well as the greens.
“People ask me, ‘Steve, how do you catch a
fish?’ They just can’t seem to do it,” Wachowski said. “There’s a feel to it, like there
is in putting. You got to grit it out. You have
to pick a square and go left to right. Fish are
hanging around the edges and under trees.
You need to know a little bit about fishing.
You don’t throw [your line] in the deep water.
Fishing was just another aspect to think
q Wachowski never thinks twice about
Plan B when golf isn’t an option at Pocono
“[In the evenings when I returned from
work], I’d go by the golf course and see if
anybody was around, maybe hit a few balls,”
Wachowski said. “If it was too late to go out or
get a quick nine in, I ‘d turn my golf cart, head
Wachowski recalls the days when he and
others spotted former head professional Ted
Johnson casting a line in Glacier Lake. Former
NASCAR drivers such as Bobby Allison also
fished – and golfed – at Pocono Farms when
the Miller Genuine Draft 500 came to nearby
Pocono Raceway in the early 1990s.
Another note of historical interest. According to lure lore, during the late 19th century,
Glacier Lake played a role in the area’s ice harvesting industry. A 60,000-ton ice harvesting
facility existed on Mill Pond Lake in Tobyhanna – two miles north of Pocono Farms. Train
lines transported large blocks of ice both east
to New York and south to Philadelphia, Pa.
Play around Glacier Lake. Fish on Glacier
Lake. Either way, the Pocono Farms experience will continue to harvest smiles.
“It rarely gets much better then enjoying a
sunny day with a group of energetic friends on
the course or on a boat,” Sirolly said. “The ceremonial recounting afterward – in both sports
the shared stories of ‘the one that got away.’
The fish grows longer and the putt gets shorter
with each spirited telling.” – Tony Regina
“If you ever catch a bass…
It’s a lot like getting a birdie
out on the golf course.”