dont know where to put this there isnt a 'water bodies' section for this place...
The Penalty Pond (aka the Prison Pond)
This beautiful pond is truly an angler’s paradise, situated in a secret location, thought to be somewhere in the Ivankiv Raion region of northern Kiev. Due to its location anglers are not advised to consume the fish they may catch there.
(this spot produced a tench and a few 500-600g crucian and gibel carp, garlic dough and bread seemed to be the preferred baits)
This man made water body is a disused sewage treatment tank, repurposed for recreational sport fishing for those anglers lucky enough to get permission to fish there. Sadly it’s not possible to purchase day tickets and the penalty Pond is available to visiting anglers strictly by invitation only.
The Penalty Pond offers a host of facilities to ensure the angler has a comfortable and pleasant stay there. Not only is the Penalty Pond floodlit by night for night fishing, there is a small administration office where the helpful staff are happy to provide, upon request, complimentary meals and refreshments, complimentary basic fishing tackle, and complimentary baits. These are all included free of charge with every ticket.
(the administration office and a list of the facilities on offer)
There is also a fire pit and a seating area where you may warm yourself by the fire, and make your own hot drinks on those cold northern nights. It should be noted that although you may bring your own tea and coffee to the Penalty Pond, there is a strict No Alcohol Policy. I did manage to smuggle 500 bottles of moonshine into the pond using my ‘prison pocket’ and the staff seemed happy to turn a blind eye.
(the cooking and relaxation area)
The pond is surrounded by beautiful local flora, nettles and cow parsley, growing to quite a height and it’s a tranquil spot to reflect in peace. Other anglers may be there during your stay, but you will not be disturbed, there is a ‘no talking ‘ policy to ensure an undisturbed meditative space for contemplation and relaxation.
(some local flora for wildlife enthusiasts)
There are a number of species of fish which inhabit the pond, and currently it is stocked with the following species:
· Common Carp
· Crucian Carp
· Gibel Carp
· Lake Trout.
· Chinese Sleeper.
(other species may inhabit the waters, but I can’t confirm their presence)
(a pristine 666g gibel carp devilfish hybrid)
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Penalty Pond recently and was provided with a ticket allowing me to catch 15kg of fish. I enjoyed my time there immensely and must express my thanks to the organisers for being so generous with their hospitality.
(ample floodlighting allows 24 hour sport)
I found the following baits to be of most use, sweet corn, bloodworm, worm,
garlic dough, bread, sweet dough, and pearl barley.
I used a fixed float setup, and really this pond is a float fisher’s dream. A constant depth of approx. 90cm makes it easy to change location without adjusting the float depth or having to check the depth at all. The water is rather cloudy and groundbait, if possible is essential to guarantee the best sport. Gibel carp and Crucian were the main fish caught on the float rig.
But bottom fishing is without a doubt the tactic to use for those anglers looking for trophy fish. I fished two feeder rods in tandem with my telestick. While I was delighted with a couple of common carp over 2kg, and a hard fighting tench of just over a kilo, I am sure there are trophy fish lurking in the pond’s unexplored depths.
(FISH ON! non stop rodbending action on a glorious sunny morning)
The Chinese Sleeper resident in the Penalty Pond are a delight, these beautiful hard fighting fish are sure to bring a smile to any angler’s face. Maggot and worm are essential if you are targeting these timid fish.
Fish populations seemed to be very localized, shoaling in the open water spaces close to and among the algae and water lilies. Once you have found the fish, keep fishing that spot hard, with occasional groundbait ,and you will be rewarded.
(this was, on my visit the most productive area of the pond)
Sadly it seemed only too soon I had fulfilled my 15 kg bag limit and had to leave, wishing the charming staff a fond farewell.
A word of warning, the pavements surrounding the pond are in a very poor state of repair and care should be taken not to trip as no responsibility will be taken by the management for accidents or deaths on the property.
(take care on the paved walkways)