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Good fishing means - catching!


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

Perhaps we can kill several birds which one stone. Since 1986 fishing license sales have dropped, almost half a million and still sliding.

Why? Because fishing sucked, not the activity, the not catching part. As our fishery degrades so does our interest. Pheasant hunting was once bigger than deer hunting, then the pheasants were gone, you can still go for a walk in the woods and say you're pheasant hunting, but that gets old if you're not seeing pheasants.

Same for spending a day on the lake catching nothing. When people say somewhere is a good fishing spot, they mean to catch fish, not because it's pretty or an easy place, but to catch fish.

According to a 2008 study/Report MDNR angler participation, recruitment and retention, the bulk of license sales are restricted license, native fish. Overfishing is the main cause of most of our problems, invasive species, lack of interest etc. They call it Nature Deficit Disorder(NDD), this is a marketing study, you don't have to market good fishing, just create it.

Slot limit on walleyes, only one over 23 inches, this protects the prime spawners, does not change the limit, just forces us to fish more responsibly, works everywhere else. Manage the lakes around our campgrounds, rustic or otherwise, like Canadian fly-in lakes. For the price of a campsite, you wouldn't be able to stop people from coming. In Minnesota if one lake gets too many perch (stunt) they net them out and put them in a lake that's low on perch. Versus no size limit on pike, that takes forever, because no on wants hammer handles. Net them down, move them to a lake that's short. This should be done statewide, not just up north, if any lake has too many walleyes plan a big limit weekend, if it's well known you can catch lots of big walleyes, they'll come.

These simple actions on our part, restraint and common sense will pay off in license sales and help preserve our natural resources. Fix the deficit in nature that we caused, you cure NDD.

Tom Matych

Twin Lake MI


June 01, 2011

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