Friendly fish­ing

Take care of your wa­ter­ways

The Covington News - - AGRICULTURE & OUTDOORS -

Fish­ing is a pop­u­lar pas­time in this coun­try. Re­gard­less of the type of fish you’re seek­ing, it is im­por­tant to em­ploy good stew­ard­ship in and around the coun­try’s wa­ter­ways. Here are some point­ers to keep in mind.

• Con­trol lit­ter and prac­tice a carry- out pol­icy. What­ever trash you’ve ac­cu­mu­lated should be car­ried with you and placed in a proper trash re­cep­ta­cle, not thrown into the wa­ter.

• Know the rules and reg­u­la­tions of a spe­cific body of wa­ter. Cer­tain re­stric­tions may be placed on type of wa­ter­craft per­mit­ted, cor­rect bait and fish­ing gear, and even the sizes of the fish that can be re­moved from the wa­ter. To avoid has­sles, fol­low th­ese rules and in­quire if you are un­sure of them.

• Keep out of “ off lim­its” ar­eas. Th­ese places have been set aside for spe­cific rea­sons, typ­i­cally to pre­serve the wildlife and species of this par­tic­u­lar body of wa­ter.

• Fol­low the cor­rect pro­ce­dures for clean­ing your wa­ter­craft af­ter leav­ing the wa­ter. You don’t want to in­ad­ver­tently spread non- na­tive species to an­other area that could take over a habi­tat.

• Be cour­te­ous around other boaters and fish­er­men.

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Be a good stew­ard: Fish­ing can be en­joy­able for all if you fol­low the rules and show re­spect to your sur­round­ings.

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