Walleyedan: Invasive species on my mind
Many anglers are biting their nails, organizing their tackle and praying for an early ice-out. Hard to say, we might have another early ice out at this rate!...
Many anglers are biting their nails, organizing their tackle and praying for an early ice-out. Hard to say, we might have another early ice out at this rate!
Things are bizarre. We get good, fishable ice in November on many area lakes and here we are in early February thinking that we may have open water earlier than the past couple of years.
It's just my opinion, but with the lack of snow and only a couple feet of ice on the lakes, my thoughts are on the Rainy River, spring crappies and gobblers. With the open water comes the open discussion on our pesky invasive species.
Sorry to wreck your buzz and bring this topic up again, but I had a another phone call this morning from a person asking if I could send them my photo of the hen mallard that had its throat full of zebra mussels last fall. I have said all along that the invasive species topic is a "can of worms"! What's next? I have no clue, but I do believe there is a lot of money being spent on this "not so easy to stop" subject matter. If the ducks are gobbling them up and then heading over to lake "X" and puking them up, or Mrs. Snapper (turtle) is hauling them over to lake "Y" stuck to her back, I'm just wondering if we (as a state) are spending our money appropriately?
There are many other invasive species and many other ways they can be transported, so what in the world do you think of this topic? Do you think it's a can of worms?
I love this area that we all live in, but maybe we should be trying to combat deer ticks now that most boaters and fishermen/women know the drill on the water dwelling invasive species. I know this article will get a lot of you "going," but I truly believe that as a state we could be doing more productive things with our "billion"!