Wally Finn

It’s that time of year again–time when lots of people are spending a lot of time on the lakes ice fishing. Unfortunately, the more the people, the more the trash! I don’t know what it is about people that ice fish and not picking up their trash. Now most people do pick up their trash, but there are enough that don’t to spoil it for everyone else. The thing that gets me the most is the plastic bags of human waste left out on the ice. Really? Just take it with you with the rest of your stuff. After all, that’s more yours than anything else you brought out there!

On similar note, I heard the Eelpout Festival up in Walker has been canceled after 40 years. The promoters cited “Lake cleanup, which in the past has included garbage and human waste, was an issue for county and city officials that festival organizers pointed to as a rising cost and an inability to enforce for all festival-goers.” The promoters went on to say “Unfortunately, the costs of all these items are rising, and it is no longer feasible to operate the festival…” That’s too bad, but like I said, “When you have a lot of people, unfortunately you also have a lot of trash, among other things.”

Fishing on the big lake continues to be good. Glow spoons and minnow heads have been out producing live bait as of lately, but it’s still not a bad idea to use both since two lines are allowed ice fishing here in Minnesota.

Loose lines and tight lips,

Wally

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