There’s a report circling around regarding the possibility of a ban on all recreational fishing. I’m looking for more sources to back it up but there’s not a whole lot out there that is not from a blog. The main article came from ESPN which I do not consider a reputable “news” source.
I am hoping this is one big hoax and I really think it might be, because if it isn’t, it would be the beginning of the end for many who earn their livelihood through fishing. It frustrates me when a group of people who know nothing about the outdoors – who’ve never known what it is to live off the land make decisions for those of us who have and who do. I read a few comments online suggesting that no one needs to live off the land anymore. I beg your pardon? There are many who still do. There are many who still need to. Just because you don’t see them and don’t know about them does not mean they are not out there!
Some of my earliest memories are of fishing with my mom, dad and brother. My first memory is when we lived in Peshtigo, WI. I would have been about three or so at the time when we went down to the harbor and I caught my first fish, a bullhead. I remember being so very excited and yes, I caught it all on my own. Later, when we moved to the Crivitz area, we lived on our own lake. In fact, most of my friends lived on lakes. I would fish in the morning right before school and have my mom cook up the fish for my breakfast.
Out West in Montana, I grew up going on family vacation pack trips into the Mission Mountains and the Bob Marshall Wilderness where I also hunted. Later, when I was around 18, I worked at the Cheff Guest Ranch cooking on pack trips and in the hunting camps in the “Bob” where I also learned to fly fish. Morning, noon and night, we ate cutthroat trout that we either caught ourselves or the guests brought in from their day on the river. We never took more than we needed but we sure did enjoy fishing for them and eating them. There’s nothing more delicious than fresh caught fish cooked right away over a fire.
And now that I have a little girl of my own, I am looking forward to taking her out for her first time fishing. But now I wonder, will I get to do that?
Hopefully this is some gross over-exaggeration and they’ve just jumped the gun on a story that has no legs. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Until then, it never hurts to be informed. There is no bliss in ignorance.