One of the few times I called TIP-WDNR on someone on Pine lake,he was washing painting supplies and buckets from a pier. Another was for frozen-in,unattended tip-ups (resident's kids)...I've seen blatantly unattended lines on North as well....Look at some of the piers on Pine - WAY over the legal size. There's a few that have as much square footage as the first floor of my house.
Nighttime shining shows that several piers have numerous cans (and other garbage) around them. There's folks who obviously use "their" lake as their own private golf range....There's places where the pattern of weed die-back can only be the result of private aquatic herbicidal treadment. Straight out from the property lines for 100' or more.
Last year I pulled a single pontoon from the lake. There had been holes punched in it in a pattern - obviously so it would sink faster.
Pine's the only lake where I've been requested to "please don't fish here". Not once,but three times. What bugs me is those people actually felt they had the RIGHT to ask. (One didn't really "ask")....If I could please move a couple hundred yards so they could have their privacy.
Some of the worst violators of boating SAFETY laws are residents.
I can't be sold on the idea that lake residents (in general) take the best care of the resource.
The best watchdogs - imo - are the folks who fish a lake often. Folks who practice selective harvest. THEY pay attention to what's going on at the lake more than those who use the lake as beautifull scenery and an after-dinner cruise...Who's kids tear up the water with high priced wakeboard boats with no regard for other users of that lake.
On the other hand,I've met some residents of that lake who are very concerned with the health of the lake. And I've seen some fishermen - especially on the ice - who've made me embarrassed to call myself a fisherman.
I have no doubt that North will suffer - at least to a small extent - due to increased boating and fishing pressure. But that's not a good enough reason to keep "the masses" off.
[This post was last edited on 11/8/09 at 8:58 AM]