Fishing

Lake is surrounded by privately owned properties

Summer weather draws many to the beauty and recreation possible at our lake.

For those who like to fish we offer the following three possibilities.

First, public access to the lake, and to fishing, is legal in Musselman’s Lake through Cedar Beach Trailer Park. Please note that Cedar Beach access is now only available to residents of the park. This means that you have to be staying at the Park overnight. Day passes are no longer available.

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Renting overnight accommodation at one of the local B&B’s, such as Linden on the Lake, enables public access to the water, for swimming, fishing or other recreation as offered by the individual B&B’s.

The third option is to rent one of the available cottages. Make sure your rental is on the shore’s edge, as properties away from the lake itself do not automatically have lake access.

Other than these options, Musselman’s Lake is surrounded by privately owned properties, so is closed to the public.

We hope you find the time to enjoy fishing through Cedar Beach Park, or through one of the beautiful B&B’s, or rental cottages, on our shore’s edge.

We wish you a safe and pleasant time on Musselman’s Lake.

PLEASE NOTE –  A VALID FISHING LICENSE IS REQUIRED TO FISH ON MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

Fishing – Catch and Release

We encourage that “Catch and Release” is practiced by anglers. Please note – A valid fishing license is required to fish on Musselman’s Lake.

Please – Catch, “Photograph” and Release.

Ensure the survival of released fish by using the following ‘Catch and Release’ techniques:

● Don’t play around – land fish quickly. Struggling for too long causes a buildup of lactic    acids in the fish, which can be fatal.
● Keep the fish in the water as much as possible. If possible, remove the hook without    removing the fish from the water.
● Wet your hands before lifting the fish. If it is necessary to set the fish down, place it on    a smooth, wet surface.
● Never lift fish by the eye sockets or gills. Use both hands to support the fish’s weight    evenly along the body or gently use the lower lip.
● Don’t drop the fish in the boat or allow it to thrash around on the shore. Fish bruise    easily and damage to internal organs can be fatal.
● Cut the line if the hook is too deep in the throat or stomach. Fish are much more likely    to survive if deeply embedded hooks are left in place and allowed to dissolve.
● Don’t use Stainless steel hooks, they do not dissolve well. Avoid using treble hooks as    well (3 hooks in 1). Use barbless hooks, they are easier to remove.
● If the hook is in the lip, hold the fish gently at the base of the head just behind the gill    covers and remove the hook with needle nose pliers. Be very careful not to squeeze the    fish too hard.
● An unconscious fish can be revived by holding it upright in the water and gently moving    it back and forth. Don’t release the fish until you are sure it can swim away on its own.
● A fish that can be legally kept – should NOT be released if it is bleeding heavily. Remove    it from the water.

You cannot fish intentionally for any species during its closed season.

*This information is courtesy of Pride and Preston Lake

PLEASE NOTE –  A VALID FISHING LICENSE IS REQUIRED TO FISH ON MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

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