Does anybody else notice that fishing ethics have gone down the tubes a bit in lately. I know for one that I am beginning to get fed up with it. When I was fishing a very popular stretch of the upper Current River here in the Missouri Ozarks this weekend, it really came to light for me. The area that I was fishing is stocked once every evening from March to October with somewhere between a few hundred and 1000 trout at each stocking. Of course, the crowds are horrendous, and there are usually people every hundred yards or so. The area is only open to fishing during daylight, and it is popular to stake your spot about 30 minutes before legal fishing begins. So I had a great spot picked out, an nice run of boulders where trout were rising like crazy. Five minutes before legal fishing, someone waded right through the hole I was going to fish. Right through, which scared every fish in there. Then I moved to another area about 1/4 of a mile upstream. It was a beautiful pool, and I saw a nice rainbow finning about in it. Then someone walked up right beside me, and low and behold, walked right out in the middle of the pool. People! This was the start of what was to happen to me all day. I was chased out of at least 5 different spots. Yes, I caught a few rainbows, and had a good time, but I these people really need to get a clue. And I could tell that a lot of these people weren't beginners without a clue. The knew what they were doing, but just didn't care. This was evidenced by the fact that they had several nice fish on there stringer, a sure sign they weren't exactly first timers. This isn't the only example, just the worst. Does anyone else notice the trend, or is it just me.
Sorry about the rant guys.