Fishing Lakes

 
 

Fishing Lakes

I don't know if my memory is distorted by time, but it seems to me that there were many more fishing lakes when I was a kid and there are now. I know that my father and my grandfather handled the details, but I can't help but think that it was simply a matter of packing up the fishing tackle, heading out to the lake, and going to work. Our fishing trips were always pretty spontaneous and impromptu, and we went lake fishing all over the state of Michigan.

Don't get me wrong but like most things in life,some fishing lakes were better than others. Lake Michigan fishing, for example, was always some of the best, but you had to know what you were doing. You needed excellent fishing equipment and a good deal of strength. I remember that my dad would always have to help me reel in the bigger catches for fear of me losing my fishing rod. When I caught my first lake Michigan fish single-handedly, it was a big deal in my family. We actually had a party! 

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Nowadays, fishing lakes are few and far between. I think that part of it has to do with the popularity of Lake fishing in general. A big fishing lake like Lake Michigan still has plenty to catch, but some of the smaller lakes have been all fished out. Besides that, there is the introduction of non-native species. Between zebra mussels and that weird jumping Chinese fish that everyone is talking about, I am sure that the local aquaculture has been messed up.

But like a lot of other things the most tragic thing that has happened to fishing lakes, however, has to do with pollution. A lot of the time, there are plenty of fish to catch, but you just can't get at them. If you eat many of them, you will get sick or even die. Some of my favorite fishing lakes now have signs posted that tell you that it is unsafe to eat fish during certain seasons and that pregnant women should never eat lake fish. Apparently, biological magnification is worse in the lakes. That means the big fish the ones that we catch which like to eat smaller fish get the lion's share of pollutants like lead, mercury, PCB, And other contaminants. It really is a shame that we have been so shortsighted and are slowly losing out on one of the best loved activities for the young and old.

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