Respect can open the doors to fishing opportunities

Respect can open the doors to fishing opportunities

I’ve been writing outdoor columns since the 1980’s.  On occasion I’d write about fishing small ponds; our close to home fishing possibilities.  Well, as you can imagine, some of those stories brought in a few emails by concerned property owners.

This is understandable and I agree with the writers.  Let’s realize that many ponds are “private property” and fishing them should only be after obtaining permission first.

I did one article that brought on a letter of complaint about people trespassing and fishing the pond by the writer’s home.  Beer bottles and trash was left behind.

Things like that shouldn’t happen.

Many ponds are posted “No Trespassing”, and that is often brought on by fishermen, women and kids, who have no respect for the property that they used.

There is a pond that is fished often by a number of friends of mine.  It’s a private pond and not open to the public.  It is post for no trespassing.  I was concerned about going there to join my friends so I asked permission, as I now know that they did.

Wanting to fish the property, I approached the owner.  In asking, I assured the owner that I have respect for other people’s property.  He was assured that when I go fishing on a fragile pond like his, it would be catch and release only.  No fish will be kept.  He was assured that the fish will be released quickly.

Call it my own personal policy, but I make a special effort to tell the pond owner that I will not leave bait containers, pop cans, or trash of any sort behind when I visit his pond.  There’s a lot to be said about taking nothing and leaving nothing behind.  I got permission to fish.

We have several corporate ponds in New Lenox and probably just as many subdivision ponds many of which that are not part of the New Lenox Park District system.  Other communities have the same.  Going to ask permission with your hat in hand and letting the property owner that you will respect his property, more times than not will open the doors to some great fishing.

Never take anything for granted.  If you ask and permission is denied, respect the pond owner’s decision.  If permission is granted, show respect for that person’s property.


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