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Crestliner-fever

Was out this afternoon for a enjoyable afternoon of fishing & as I was hole hoping I came across a spot that a perm house was & there layed 2 empty beer cases, along with a whole plastic bag of fish remains, ( yes it was on duck lake ) sure wish this would of had some I.D in this mess. ---but the bottom line is clean your s---t up so the next guy doesn't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Matt C

Amen. Every year about this time I walk the lake I live on, and the landing and pick up countless bags of trash left behind. Beer cans, lead weights, plastic, etc etc.

It would sure be nice if the guys that leave this trash would realize that the trash they leave to sink to the bottom of the lake wont help their fishing.

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Team Otter

I have been picking up a lot of trash the last few days too. Disappointing but I also know I won't drive past it.

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doughnut03

Its like camping, pack in what you pack out. A little common sense goes a long way out there, and you wouldnt want someone throwing bags of garbage on your front yard, so dont throw your garbage on someone else's. Mutual respect for fellow outdoorsmen.

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MinnesotaMongo

This is difficult for me to say - but it's been on my mind for years. In general, the lakes and shorelines of this area are probably the worst for trash in all of Minnesota. I know that is a gross generality - but it's really bothered me. Trash - dirty diapers - plastic bait containers, BEER cans and boxes. When we first moved here - my family was shocked at how trashy some of the lake ice is - and shorelines are during the open water season. I'm positive it's just a small minority of people - but I would challenge everyone to do like TO and some of the other fellas have said - hump out your trash - even pick up the trash that isn't yours. And speak up when you are next to a trashy fellow fisherman/boater who is being stupid.

We have a great area around here. Let's keep it looking great -and SPEAK UP!

(Off my soap box)

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harvey lee

This time of year yes, there is alot of trash on the lakes throughout the state. Fishing Minnesota does promote lake clean ups by members of Fishing Minnesota.

Its pretty simple to put on. One can pick a date, go fishing like a get together and during the noon hour or whenever, pick up all the trash at the landings and on the ice that ones sees. I have done this before and it is a good way to go fishing for the day and also help clean up all the trash. A few people can bring garbage bags and maybe a few others bring some items for a lunch on the lake.

One would be suprised just how much garbage you will pick up.

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Team Otter

We'll be having a "spring clean-up" shortly before the walleye opener. Stay tuned for more details...

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Crestliner-fever

T.O- That's a great thing to have --But why should Us or fellow fisherman have to pick after these slops? sometime's I relize it's not easy to get the burried blocks out from the ice, But if you carry you [PoorWordUsage] out then take it HOME. the liquor store's did'nt leave the empty case's or did the fish lay there remains out there in a bag!!!! like I said before SLOP'S make a good example of a fisherman -or women.

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Team Otter

No doubt, it's a tough thing to see, but we need to stay persistent. Giving in would only play into "their" game.

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Matt C

I just think of it as picking up after my children. Its a chore, but it has to be done.

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ol'popsy

The wife and I were out on St. James lake this week end and picked up everything from small lp tanks to beer cans to just plain garbage,come on people we dont need this laying on the bottm of our lakes

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hawkeye43

It might be too late now, but for all the guys that want to put blocks under your houses so the houses don't freeze down.

CHOP THEM BLOCKS OUT WHEN YOU MOVE THE D** HOUSE.

mad.gifmad.gif Some dummy left blocks froze in that were under a house with nails sticking up. A friend of mine was coming back to the swimming beach and drove over them. He didn't see them and had 2 tires go flat. We walked back and found them in the ice. Its unbeliveable some of the stupit things people do and then they can't even pick up after themselfs. Its total bulls&!$ people. Its getting real old picking up after these slobs.

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ice_it_06

Ditto on that hawkeye43.

While on French today I chopped out (6) 2' 4" X 4" blocks some guy left sticking up and froze in. No big deal as I have a 5' 60lb chisel and popped them right out. That house sat there all winter and I never saw him there but twice.

Not far from that area were (3) 1lb propane bottles laying on the ice,pork n bean cans, plastic under carriage parts from a van stuck on the lake weeks back and various other junk I picked up.

Thought maybe when the CO checked me out he would tackle the task, but after he left I walked over and cleaned up the messes.

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Float tube guy

my gosh it's so simple..........pick up your darn trash. everyone else has to do it why can't you?

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icefishing21

i absolutely hate it when people leave there trash out on the ice!! its not that hard to put it in your car/truck or on your atv/snowmobile!

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