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