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ibwhnt

We have a working group putting together some facts and figures about what is cost for a weekend fishing trip out of your home town. Here is what we need, you can write a total dollar amount or you can break it down.

1. Motel
2. Food
3. License, bait, tackle etc.
4. Gas
5. Whatever else you can think you might spend please list

Thanks for your help, we are trying to get a new boat ramp in town and think the city doesn't care about the fishermen. We are looking at being able to put a dollar amount in front of them to show the impact the fishermen have to our town.

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ibwhnt..What community are you planning to work with?

I may be of some help.

Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson

Backwater Guiding
"ED on the RED"

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[This message has been edited by Backwater Eddy (edited 11-26-2003).]

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ibwhnt

backwater, I'm just down river from ya. GF is the town were working on. They always seem to have the heads in the wrong place.

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The city of GF is far more pro-active on the rivers fishing and promotion of it then Fargo. Wahpeton is very river friendly, the city gets into it in a big way.

The State board of tourism is the place that needs to give the system it's due. Once they do, the cities will fallow suit. Right now if the State does not take it seriously, why should they.

Just look at the department of tourisms book for 2004. The Missouri River system has nearly half the book. The Red has one small paragraph. The best channel cat fishery in the world, and it gets one small paragraph, I just don't get it?

So what does that tell us, and the cities on the Red about the perceived value of the resource at the state level?

I hear ya, I am fighting the same things here. Yet I did have an interesting meeting with a representative form the state of ND on promotion here in the valley. They are looking harder at the issue. We just need to prod them gently at every turn so they actually do something about the concerns.

Maybe if we had Casino's on the Red it would help? wink.gif Boy do they ever love to promote them at the state level!

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Backwater Guiding
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You'd be suprised at how much we as fishermen do for the fishing. One year we had to clean the ramp off because the city didn't know how was in charge of it. We are working on getting a new ramp but the city has other plans that we have to battle. One spot they want is downtown the other is right behind the **** about 100 yds down stream where the current hits the bank. Our group is working on getting the ramp down river about 1 mile or just around the first big bend. Just before the cattle farm, I think you know where I'm talking about. Wish us luck. Oh and I beleive if the state would pull there heads out and let the whites put up a casinos we could pay for the dikes, ramps, and everything else. I don't want to go any further on this one. AAAAHHHH
Say hi to my cuz scoot.

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Boy I sure hope GF plans to fix or build a new ranp on the north end.. that one is getting pretty bad even after they put the new tar down it is already all messed up.

I would sure think that the Cats Increadible would be enough of a boost to show them that fishing is a real issue to keep up with and keep strong in the area. If they can not see that then something is seriously wrong. But then again Politics can very often over ride common sense and burry the real issues at hand.

If I can help in any way just yell. Many clients come here from out of the area and end up spending about $35-$60. on lodging per night, $45-$50 on food per day and once they hit Cabelas or Scheels ect. they always leave there with something new. Then you got bait issues, gas & entertainment.

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