Catching Fish at the Corner Lot (Aug, 1931)
Catching Fish at the Corner Lot
NEAR the “Miracle Mile” on fashionable Wilshire Boulevard in Hollywood, an artificial miniature lake and trout stream have been created. The property, valued at $750,000 is owned by Ruth Roland, movie actress, and it is she who has launched this enterprise almost in the heart of Hollywood.
No expense has been spared to make this a fisherman’s ideal paradise in miniature. The pool has little appearance of artificiality, and although it is only 150 feet long, 50 feet wide and 4 feet deep, it holds 225,000 gallons of water. The bottom is of specially treated concrete to prevent seepage. A centrifugal pump, operated by an 8 h.p. motor forces 1000 gallons of water a minute from the pool through an 8-inch pipe to the top of the falls, from, where it flows over the precipice back into the lake. The stream is 800 feet long, and “Winds about and in and out.” Water is supplied to it in a continuous circuit to and from the pool by the same centrifugal pump. The water is kept at 50 degrees Fahrenheit by circulation, the entire contents of the pool completing the circuit every 225 minutes. This process also supplies the right amount of oxygen so necessary to the life and well being of the lusty trout.
The stream and pool will be kept stocked with thousands of Rainbow and Brook trout, from 8 to 14 inches in length. The management furnishes fly rods, creels and bait for a fee of fifty cents, and the angler may take as many fish as desired, at the rate of $1.00 for every three trout.
“The fish DO bite here; they are much like human beings about their eating habits. Trout usually prefer salmon eggs for breakfast, beef liver or heart at mid-day, and in the evening, the artificial fly.”
An expert gives free instructions in fly casting. The angler may have the catch cleaned, cooked and served in a restaurant.