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Archive for Thursday, June 4, 2009

Club spruces up Clinton Lake

Fishermen collect trash at spillway

The Free State Flyfishing Club doesn't just fish, instead spending time cleaning their favorite area of Clinton Lake.

June 4, 2009

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Rick Laughlin, a member of Free State Fly Fishers, walks carefully among the rocks on the face of the dam at Clinton Lake picking up trash Wednesday. Laughlin and other members of the fly fishing group and Yager’s Flies spent part of the evening cleaning up debris along the eastern side of the lake.

Rick Laughlin, a member of Free State Fly Fishers, walks carefully among the rocks on the face of the dam at Clinton Lake picking up trash Wednesday. Laughlin and other members of the fly fishing group and Yager’s Flies spent part of the evening cleaning up debris along the eastern side of the lake.

Fish at Clinton Lake lived to swim another day after a few fishermen traded their hooks for sharp sticks and trash bags Wednesday evening.

The Free State Fly Fishers were out at the spillway trying to do their part to beautify their favorite fishing hole.

“One thing that we focus on is leaving things better than you found them, and this is the first part of some public awareness to get people to think about their surroundings,” explained Jeff Frye, club president.

Club members were tired of wading through discarded items while trying to enjoy recreational fishing time, and think that others probably feel the same way.

“I just hope that people become more aware that they’re going to want to come out here and fish again, and the next time they come, they don’t want to come and go through all the trash to get to their favorite fishing spot,” said club member Ronn Johnson.

Frye compared fishing at the lake to “recreating in a garbage dump.” He said this is the first step in a campaign to end the pollution. “We’re working with the state and the Corps of Engineers on some signage making people aware that there’s a $500 fine for littering here in Kansas,” Frye said.

He also explained how easy it can be to make sure you are avoiding that hefty fine and beautifying the lake in the process. “Most of these folks (club members) will carry a grocery bag with their fishing gear and pick up a little trash that was there when they got there and take that along with them when they leave,” Frye said.

Comments

bangaranggerg 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh, so the fisherman picked up their beer cans. In related news, I took my own trash to the curb.

dandelion 5 years, 6 months ago

The problem is littering laws aren't enforced. That's why some people still litter. By the way banaranggerg, not all the fishermen are picking up after themselves. They need "mommies" to pick up after them.

chadku 5 years, 6 months ago

A majority of the trash is not left by fisherman at Clinton. It is left by people are are out partying. Sure there are some left out there by fisherman, but most of that time multiple beverages are consumed.

Fisherman are doing everything we can do help sustain the quality of our fisheries and it is good to see these guys doing what they can to help.

Good Job Guys/Gals.

cj123 5 years, 6 months ago

Thanks guys! Now only if people would pick up their own trash!

flux 5 years, 6 months ago

I have no idea what danelion just said

ACP 5 years, 6 months ago

I was one of those folks out there on the dam. Bangawhatever, I can assure you that those of us in the fly fishing club always leave the lake with trash. And it isn't trash until it's left behind. No group will ever keep up with the amount of trash, if others keep leaving it. List of trash items:

Near the top of the dam it was energy drink cans, obviously thrown from moving vehicles crossing the dam.

At or near the water it was beer cans, bait containers and used fishing line. In that order.

I've spent quite a bit of time fishing from the dam and have never seen people down there just partying. It's too difficult of a walk just to party, dump trash and walk up the rip-rap drunk.

SofaKing 5 years, 6 months ago

Those fish leave their beer cans along the water's edge. They drink way too much. Imagine the stress of getting caught in a sharp hook.

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