Hello everyone. Just wondering if anyone out there has had any success fishing for lawyers through the ice? Thanks
Sister Bay, Door County
As a Door County resident and native, I am very sad to hear of these posts about the rude landowners. I fish that area quite often and if I ever had someone come out and read me that riot act, I would have the DC Sheriff's Department and the game warden on my phone immediately. Start throwing rocks at my boat and you will be looking down the end of a barrel. Sadly these people are not locals. They own homes up here and think that they can call the shots. Us locals have to put up with them, unfortunately.
It's a shame that this seems to be growing problem in DC. I was harassed and lectured by cantankerous lakefront homeowners on consecutive weekends in June while drafting along the shoreline break - slinging casts on flats, along the drop, and toward piers. I skip piers if people are out and about like any courteous angler; but these folks marched out of their homes to holler at me. It sounded like they were reading from the same script: "these smallmouth are like my pets, hooking kills them, get away from here and go fish in the middle of the bay."
I kept my temper in check, but I provided the last one with an education on Public Trust Doctrine as I MinnKota'd away - which they angrily brushed off like an old man sending back soup in a deli. They don't care - they think the own the water, the fish, the lake bed and the wind. None of them threw rocks at me, but if they did, you can bet I'd mark the GPS coordinates and give the Door Sheriff's Dept a call. That level of angler obstruction and property damage is a violation of at least a couple WI laws. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/29/II/083
I'd be curious if local guides and the boys down at Howie's have experienced or heard about these confrontations.
Turn them in ... Specifically the guy throwing rocks .... You have the address and location of the "sob" and remember if you don't go that route that you have some sort of hook on that can hook and tear some real nice seats on a boat or watercraft that they might have by the dock. Remember that cast was an accident
I am going to age myself but when I was a young boy just old enough to fish and remember the fun I had with my dad a and grandfather in Sister Bay. This would be in the later 60's my grandpa owned a log cabin just a few hundred yards north of the public launch which is now a much modified marina. We fished every dock and shoreline in Sister Bay area. NEVER do I remember any harassment or bad words from the property owners. In the early 70's my grandpa sold the cabin to the next door neighbor, which I will not say who because they were or still may be a well known resident. This was a sad day for me because my parents did not have the money to purchase it due to my grandparents used the money for a FL home. But to get to the point this person razed the cabin and put up a boat house. Years later after getting married and able to purchase a boat we were camping and we went up to where the cabin was. I could not even imagine where is was at one time and only thing I could recognize was the end of the pier. Now I read how these rich SOB's who do not own the lake tell us to not fish by there domain! I think it is time for the WDNR to get involved. Today some 40 plus years later after hearing all the issues I have no interest going up there and that is a sad thought. Because I like those rich property owners pay taxes for the WDNR to enforce and manage a fishery that we have every right to fish and not get harassed. Sorry for the lengthy post but after reading the other posts I had to get this off my chest.
MOON PHASE (12%)
71° - 75° F
Fished on 7/4/16 for smallies north of the marina. Able to land around 10 smallies each around docks / piers. Most fish around 12-14".
Had several issues with property owners. On July 4th, one owner ask that we not fish around the docks and said it was downright rude. Made the comment that we should keep 200' away from docks. On Memorial weekend had one owner throwing rocks at my boat stating he did not want me fishing around his docks because it was a fish sanctuary. If someone is swimming or launching their boat, or even relaxing on their pier, I tend to stay away and fish around the next dock. Just a gripe on land owners who think they also own the waters...they don't.
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