Fishing Information

Stories From the Heartland (Pt.1)


Every River Tells a Story

The next time you begin a journey or fishing expedition on one of your favorite rivers or streams, take the time to look at the surroundings (I mean REALLY look), and listen closely, as each one has it's own unique story to tell.

As we begin our journey, we may see a typical farmer out in the field plying his trade, doing his best to put food on your table and eke out an existence that was handed down to him over generations.

Coming around the bend, we notice the billowing white smoke of a local power plant churning out electricity to make your life comfortable and secure. As we turn our head to look at something perhaps more aesthetically pleasing on the opposite bank, we notice that elusive red fox we've been hoping to see for the longest time on this particular waterway.

Watching the vixen run back and forth delivering food to the underground shelter of her cubs tells you that they are around 2 weeks old, and you can't help but think to yourself that wildlife go about the business of living not much unlike that of each and every one of us on Earth. Every living thing needs to eat the food and drink the water that this planet provides in order to survive.

Perhaps the hardest facts to consider are those of how we, as humans, go about existing in this environment.

The river provides drinking water to the local residents, who in turn pay for this service by going to work at the plant that treats the water to make it palatable and healthy enough to drink in the first place. Like the fox and her cubs upstream, we too are characters in one long story of life along the river.

Let's take a closer look at a few of the characters involved as our journey continues:

With the sight of the power plant just a blur on the horizon, we come upon a neighbor of ours.

This man (or his predecessor) had long ago cut down his woods opposite mine, and is on his riding mower cutting his grass to within an inch of its life. This lawn exudes a bright green color that can only come from a bucket of chemicals designed for such. His mission for himself on the land, from our perspective, might be expressed as 'clear, drain, mow, spray, control. For him the story of a property owner features an actor at war with his surroundings, which can be beaten and shaped and maintained by constant vigilance. A piece of property such as his can only be described as a great place to practice with a pitching wedge before holing out a 25 footer on the putting green, all the while considering this to be a piece of recreational paradise on earth. The neighbor fully believes in his heart that he has the best that nature provides, and uses it to his full advantage.

Around yet another bend in the river we come upon the work crew that is clearly pouring every ounce of energy they can muster into the project at hand.

Their story says a person can draw a living from nature without harming it. One can move steadily through the workday and through one's life, chopping and digging, sawing and clearing, earning an honest buck and sleeping the good tired sleep of the farmer or stone mason. They wish nature no harm, and believe they have enough knowledge about proper and improper behavior in the field. Like our forefathers, they are forging ahead towards a bright future among fresh new land, only much more efficiently with their expensive trucks, backhoes and graders.

The end of a reflective day is nearing as we tie up the canoe at the modest dock we've fashioned at the edge of our 3 acres of wetlands and natural prairie with a simple pathway made of stone leading up to the house. Our guiding story is that of someone with conservationist knowledge and instincts, who is willing to stand up to his neighbors for those goals. Our aesthetics embrace woods and wildlife. Thoughts turn easily to how we may better protect the species of fish we are after and the quality of our water.

Like a sudden bolt of lightning in the night, a knock comes at the door and we are snapped backed to reality in an instant.

Two men from a local governmental unit have come to explain the details of their latest plan to dredge and straighten the portion of river in front of our house. It is explained that our woods and the neighbor's property get flooded during times of high water, and a very generous consortium has offered to pay for the work to its completion.

They go on to mention something about mosquito control and such, but we're not really paying attention at this point, as our attention is fixed on the sight and sound of some birds working feverishly to build a nest in the tree just beyond the door.

In each case stated above, the actors are guided by personal stories directed by specific attitudes and behaviors.

Attitudes perhaps prescribed to by our own personal environmental heroes: golfers, loggers, naturalists.

Spontaneously and without conscience we go about our life standing by our beliefs and traditions.

I'll leave it to all of you to decide if there is a moral to the story this river has to tell.

I'm certain your favorite stream has one of its own, unique in nature but common in its entirety.

Until next time, I'll leave you with this to ponder:

"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value." ~Theodore Roosevelt

By: Mike Clifford
HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com

Mike is the owner/operator of HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com This most comprehensive website offers a unique look into the Great Outdoors. Photo Contests, discussions and reports from across the country fill out a great online experience.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Grand Forks Herald

Chip Leer adds Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame to his resume as 2019 inductee
Grand Forks Herald
He soon will add member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame to the list. Leer, 56, of Walker, Minn., learned in mid-September that he is among the 2019 inductees into the Hayward, Wis.-based Hall of Fame. A fixture in fishing circles across ...

and more »


MyDaytonDailyNews

California teen bitten by great white shark gets lifetime fishing license
MyDaytonDailyNews
The California Wildlife Officers Foundation presented Keane Webre-Hayes with the license Saturday at the foundation's Wags and Waves event, along with additional lifetime fishing privileges, KFMB reported.
Teen Bitten by Shark Receives Lifetime Fishing LicenseNBC 7 San Diego
Encinitas shark attack victim receives incredible gift from California Wildlife Officers FoundationCBS 8 San Diego

all 5 news articles »


iMore (press release) (blog)

Best fishing game for Nintendo Switch
iMore (press release) (blog)
Winter is almost here in the Northern Hemisphere, and while ice fishing is a thing, you're limited by what species of fish don't migrate in the winter. More than that, sometimes you want to have the relaxing experience of fishing without having to get ...



San Diego Reader

How a fishing boat ticket can pay for itself
San Diego Reader
#The boats fishing out west and south from extended three-quarter-day runs to 2.5 day outings scored limits or near limits on yellowfin tuna; dorado, skipjack tuna and yellowtail rounded out their counts. Yellowtail are biting well off San Clemente ...



wyrk.com

[VIDEO] Here's What Fish See When Your Fishing
wyrk.com
Fish finders and underwater cameras are very popular tools for anglers. These are specifically important to those that fish for a living. But what does the fish actually see? Have you ever wondered what the bait does or how a fish reacts up-close when ...



Atlanta Journal Constitution

Father and son swept away by high tide while fishing in Florida identified
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Family members said emergency crews searched for about an hour Sunday before recovering the little boy's body. Police were first called to the Nassau Sound Bridge Saturday just before 4:30 p.m. Officials said a father and his son were fishing when the ...
Father, 7-year-old son swept away by high tide while fishing in FloridaWSB Atlanta
JSO identifies father and son swept into water near Ft. George InletActionNewsJax.com

all 14 news articles »


Orlando Sentinel

Central Florida fishing forecast: Oct. 16
Orlando Sentinel
Be out early on Lake Woodruff for plenty of options. FRESHWATER: Launch from Highland Park Fish Camp in DeLand and get to Lake Woodruff at daybreak for shots at bass and crappie. Gambler swimbaits, Zoom Horny Toads and wild shiners work best for ...

and more »


Morrow County Sentinel

Hunting, fishing licenses make great gifts
Morrow County Sentinel
Looking for a Christmas gift that keeps on giving? If so, you might want to consider giving the outdoorsman in your life a multi-year or lifetime Ohio hunting or fishing licence. Beginning last week, hunters and anglers are now able to buy multi-year ...
Fishing rules changes coming to Ohiofox8.com
Ohio Wildlife Council makes changes to fishing size limits, seasonsWXIX

all 9 news articles »


kfor.com

Fisherman finds fish illegally dumped at Lake Hefner
kfor.com
OKLAHOMA CITY - A fisherman has found someone's catch of the day dumped at Lake Hefner. It's not only a waste but also illegal. Now, game wardens are searching for the suspect. Oklahoma County Game Wardens saw a post on Facebook that the ...



Press of Atlantic City

First week of black sea bass season has been 'amazing'
Press of Atlantic City
Black sea bass season opened Oct. 8 with awesome catches that continued into the weekend. A couple more examples of excellent fishing surfaced. Irv Hurd, captain of the party boat Miss Avalon based at the Avalon Sport Fishing Center, said fishing has ...


Google News

home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006