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Ice fishing trash, litter.
« on: Apr 01, 2021, 08:07 PM »
I hope all of you had a great and successful, albeit short ice fishing season on the great Lakes this year.
One of my pet peeves is how much trash some ice fishermen leave behind. From beer cans to bait containers.
 I have seen many fishermen pick up trash as they see it, and I do too, but tons of litter is left  on the ice every year.
My wife took an early spring walk by the Ford river mouth today, she came back and said the sheer amount of trash was disgusting - she grabbed a garbage bag, went back out and carried it completely full back to the car, it weighed no less than 30 pounds, she said there is still a bunch more, she found beer cans, soda bottles, cigarette containers, bait containers, lengths of fishing line, bottles, plastic zip lock bags with rotting bait all washed up on the shore, which means it's fresh from this season.
Ford River mouth was a popular ice fishing spot this year.

It would be great if everyone did a better job, picking up after others who just don't care, and those of you who think it's ok to litter in or on our Great Lakes, please  change your attitude, please respect the lakes and shores, respect your sport, respect others.

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Looking forward to seeing all my ice fishing friends next season.


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Re: Ice fishing trash, litter.
« Reply #1 on: Apr 01, 2021, 09:48 PM »
Thanks for bringing this up! I always pick up trash as I encounter it, but it doesn't make me happy.

How anyone can consider themselves a sportsperson and then so blatantly disrespect the resource that provides them the opportunity is beyond me.

Thanks to you and your wife for doing your part, and thanks to all of you who help keep our resources clean.


Lac Vieux Desert had a lot of trash, attached photo from there back in January

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Re: Ice fishing trash, litter.
« Reply #2 on: Apr 02, 2021, 07:22 AM »


People suck
More than 3 cars in my driveway when I get home ? Probably an intervention! I’m outta there!

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Re: Ice fishing trash, litter.
« Reply #3 on: Apr 02, 2021, 08:57 PM »
I have not seen much this year, not everyone’s bad!

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 03, 2021, 09:29 PM »
Thanks for bringing this up! I always pick up trash as I encounter it, but it doesn't make me happy.

How anyone can consider themselves a sportsperson and then so blatantly disrespect the resource that provides them the opportunity is beyond me.

Thanks to you and your wife for doing your part, and thanks to all of you who help keep our resources clean.


Lac Vieux Desert had a lot of trash, attached photo from there back in January

I appreciate your reply, I know a lot of people who pick up other trash - all the time, as you said, the blatant disrespect is baffling. I hope that by bringing this up, people start to see that their trash left on the ice doesn't magically disappear
I have not seen much this year, not everyone’s bad!
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 03, 2021, 09:35 PM »
I have not seen much this year, not everyone’s bad!
You are right, there certainly are a lot of very good sports people, conscientious and go the extra mile to pick up after others. It's the picking up after others that shouldn't exist. Thanks to all who help keep it clean.

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« Reply #6 on: Apr 04, 2021, 09:56 AM »
Your story brings me back to one of my own.  I'd like to share.  About forty years ago my Dad and I were skipping church so that we could get onto some early spring crappie and bluegills.  We drove to Beadle Bay Marina, on Sand Point which sticks out into Saginaw Bay, to fish off the docks.  As we entered the property I noticed that someone's newspaper had gotten away from them and was pinned up against the fence that ran down the property line.  I told Dad to stop and I grabbed the trash bag, we always took out with us, got out and started picking up the paper and some other trash that had accumulated throughout the winter.  As I was about 3/4 of the way down the fence I noticed a very nice car pull to a stop and the man driving called me over.  I stopped what I was doing and walked over to the car.  The older gentleman said, I want to thank you for picking up all that trash, I told my wife, who was sitting next to him, that we had to add cleaning it up to the list of things to do this week.  He then asked her to get one of his business cards from the glove compartment.  He asked my name and started writing.  When he was done he handed it to me.  I began reading.  My name was listed first and these words followed;  "has my permission to fish Beadle Bay Marina and all connecting waters whenever he wants!"  It was signed George Beadle.  I politely thanked him and told him that I had to get back to work, at which he stated, My wife and I have been cleaning up trash around the marina for quite a few years.  I appreciate seeing someone else helping out.  He and his wife then drove off.  After a twenty minute detour, Dad and I caught a very nice bucket of fish.  The following Saturday we returned and was surprised to see a sign about 8ft long and 4ft wide which read, "Beadle Bay Marina and its connecting waters are now closed to public fishing".  I was devastated until my Dad says.  George gave you that card for a reason.  We promptly headed for the docks.  Within the first year of getting my personal "you get to fish card", I was approached numerous times by someone wanting to kick us out.  I would proudly flash the "card" and continue to fish.  And, after all these years it still happens on occasion, usually by the "newest" marina worker!  George has been gone about 25 years now and my Dad 10, but I still fish there and make it a point to go right around Easter, every year.  And yes, the card I received on that Sunday morning, many years ago, is still honored!  I made it a point to show the card to both of my kids while teaching them to respect other peoples property and to respect the great outdoors.  After all, the outdoors belongs to all of us and it is "OUR" responsibility to make sure we leave it better then it was, before our footprint was born!  As for that sign George installed long ago, it gets a fresh coat of paint every few years.  As for the "card", it remains one of my most honored possessions!

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Re: Ice fishing trash, litter.
« Reply #7 on: Apr 04, 2021, 01:07 PM »
Yoopr sadly the subject of trash seems to be mentioned here on ice Shanty yearly. Like others i always try to have a trash bag with me when on a fishing trip and send some time picking up any thing i see left by others. Thank you to everyone else who deos the same thing also a belated welcome to Ice Shanty.

 Snitch#8 great story.

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Re: Ice fishing trash, litter.
« Reply #8 on: Apr 04, 2021, 03:25 PM »
Yeah its trash ever year but now its evolved into masks and gloves laying on or by the lakes and rivers.

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Re: Ice fishing trash, litter.
« Reply #9 on: Apr 06, 2021, 12:42 PM »
Snitch#8
That is a really great story. Thanks for sharing that.

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 07, 2021, 08:25 AM »
I wanted to let everyone who picks up trash know that their actions do not go un-noticed!  Not only are you doing Mother Nature a great service, you never know who is watching and how your actions are influencing others.  The same can be said of those who pollute the land and waters.  Do they not realize that they are showing the younger generations that it is ok to leave waste behind?  Or is it that they just don't care?  Whichever the case, children learn from what they see.  When you take your kids out, do you walk by the trash and leave it lay there or do you use it as a teaching moment and explain the reason why we "don't" do that and remove it?  If you merely walk on by, you are perpetuating the problem.  Your kids learn that it must be ok to litter.  Please be good teachers, as you too will be rewarded.  Even if you don't get a "card", you will be increasing the "army" we need to fight pollution!  I challenge everyone who has kids to start a new tradition.  This year when your kids ask you what you want for Father's Day, tell them that you want their help.  Before the big day have them help you make trash "stickers" out of wood doweling with a nail in the end.  On the big day grab a couple trash bags and take them around to a few public access points.  The family will be spending time together in our great outdoors and "everyone" will benefit from your gift!   As Always, Take Care and Stay Safe.

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« Reply #11 on: Apr 07, 2021, 11:26 AM »
SNitch#8, what a great story, Thank you very much for sharing it. And thanks for your fathers day idea.
 As a young boy in my early teens, my best friends dad used to take 4 or 5 of us out in the old '60's pickup, we'd ride on the tailgate, he'd drive real slow, we'd take turns running to grab the trash and cans on the side of the camp road. This was on a very popular lake road with a lot of camps and homes on it. We used to look forward to that every spring, we had a lot of fun, we felt good about what we were doing and it helped mold our characters.

Another story, My wife and I were going fishing at Bass lake in the U.P. we were getting our boat ready, when we watched a father and his son begin backing their boat into the lake, the Dad had gotten out to unhook the boat from the trailer, and while Dad was busy, the young son (8 or 9 years old) rolled down his window and hung his arm down, he dropped a candy wrapper on the ground. I waited until the father was back in his truck, I raised my arm and said, hang on a second, I walked up to the side of the truck, bent over, picked up the wrapper and handed it back to the boy "saying, I think you dropped this by accident", I turned and walked away. The father looked very disappointed as you could tell how the son dropped the wrapper, he knew his Dad wouldn't approve.
I like to think it was a learning moment for the son, but I have no idea. 

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« Reply #12 on: Apr 07, 2021, 11:34 AM »
Yeah its trash ever year but now its evolved into masks and gloves laying on or by the lakes and rivers.

I have noticed those items as well. I am amazed by the shear volume of added trash, I hope by bringing it up in this forum, more people will be conscientious about how they dispose of items on the ice as well as on land. And I hope this encourages those who pick up trash to feel inspired to help. Your good deeds are noticed.

I have a small group of friends that even clean up fly tipping. We will all pitch in to dispose of items collected in the woods or by the side of the road.
Thanks to all who help !

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« Reply #13 on: Apr 07, 2021, 11:38 AM »
Yoopr sadly the subject of trash seems to be mentioned here on ice Shanty yearly. Like others i always try to have a trash bag with me when on a fishing trip and send some time picking up any thing i see left by others. Thank you to everyone else who deos the same thing also a belated welcome to Ice Shanty.

 Snitch#8 great story.

Steve
Steve,
I think if we all pitch in to keep our lakes, rivers and recreational places clean, we all benefit. Thank you for commenting, and thank you for pitching in.

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« Reply #14 on: Apr 07, 2021, 01:04 PM »
In addition to the trash, remember used fishing line. There are several locations where there are line disposal stations for used line, but if not, it only takes a second to pick it up and put it in a pocket.
I carry a quart zip-lock bag especially for this purpose, and always seem to find some while ice or shoreline fishing, or have a “birds nest” or two. The baggie holds a lot of line, and is easily disposed of at the end of the day.
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Re: Ice fishing trash, litter.
« Reply #15 on: Apr 07, 2021, 02:21 PM »
Time of year doesn't  seem to matter. I was taking my Jeep back into a primitive campground in  Wyoming and there were signs saying "If you pack it in, pack it out". Someone had filled five paper grocery bags with trash, printed "PACK OUT YOUR TRASH" on the bags and left them by the side of the trail. I picked them up and took them out when I left. All these idiot do-gooders did was add five paper bags to the problem. Could be they were walking and  didn't want to carry five bags of trash out with them. At least I didn't have to bag the trash.
It seems to go from zero to hero all some have to do is lie.

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« Reply #16 on: Apr 08, 2021, 07:33 AM »
I would like to think that they left the five bags of trash sitting on the side of the trail, in hopes that those who litter would see their impact on the environment.  And, that they were going to return to pick it up after a few days of condemnation!  I would like to think that they wouldn't go through the hard work of picking it up and just leave it there.  In any regard, thanks for helping out and removing the debris.

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« Reply #17 on: Apr 08, 2021, 02:41 PM »
Maybe they thought others couldn't read all the signs along the two mile long Jeep trail. This was during the days of "flower power", so they may have been smoking some really good stuff.
It seems to go from zero to hero all some have to do is lie.

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« Reply #18 on: Apr 08, 2021, 09:43 PM »
Yoopr thank you for your kind words.
Snitch#8 good idea for Father's day.
Dr.Speckler I live in an apartment complex and see discarded masks and gloves along the complex's walkways. gets to me that some people do not even respect where they live.
Ice Dawg thank you for your story and disposing of the bagged trash. Like others have posted hopefully whomever bagged the trash was going to come back and pick up the bags.

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« Reply #19 on: Apr 09, 2021, 11:40 AM »
Yoopr thank you for your kind words.
Snitch#8 good idea for Father's day.
Dr.Speckler I live in an apartment complex and see discarded masks and gloves along the complex's walkways. gets to me that some people do not even respect where they live.
Ice Dawg thank you for your story and disposing of the bagged trash. Like others have posted hopefully whomever bagged the trash was going to come back and pick up the bags.

 Steve
I was the only person in that campground and lots of people were backpacking in those days. I thought they probably were backpackers who cleaned the mess up and didn't want to pack it out with them. Instead of throwing my face masks out after a few uses I put them in my SoClean with my CPAP mask and sanitize them together. They can last for quite a while by doing this.
It seems to go from zero to hero all some have to do is lie.

 



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