Re: Posting a stocked stream?
I think some of these landowners see the stocked fish as their payment for cleaning the banks for years and years. We had a better than usual group on my property this year, but there is still fresh trash laying around. In general, fishermen are the worst group of sportsmen when it comes to leaving trash behind. By June our trees on the bank will be full of fishing line, and if I didn't make an effort to clean up the trash, you would need waders to get through it. Beer cans, bait containers, hook packs and have even had broken poles and nets thrown on the bank. If it is empty or broken it gets left right where they emptied or broke it. Then there are all the "trash fish" that get thrown on the bank. They either lay there and stink or we get a herd of coons and possums that clean them up which is fine unless you don't want herds of coons and possums in your back yard for a month. I also don't mind catching those fish when the trout bite slows, and see if a kid is any less happy with a 15 inch fallfish or a 20 inch sucker. I think it is even worse when I see something floating down the creek. All that trash combined with the tires and countless other garbage that gets thrown in by people thinking "out of sight out of mind" makes creek front property look like a dump. It is a full time job to keep the banks clear of just brush, add the trash this time of year and it is nearly pointless. We posted our land years ago for one year. That was also pointless. The people we wanted to keep off didn't listen anyways, and cops have better things to do with their time. We most likely will not ever post it again, but every year there are half a dozen or more times from April-June that I want to grab the staple gun and signs.