Like they say, you learn something new everyday. Where I live in the Northeast, it is illegal to transport fish from one body of water to another. Get caught doing so, and the DNR can ruin you. To the best of my knowledge, the only permits that exist to collect wild fish are issued to teachers that have classroom tanks. If you’ve got a private pond, if I’m not mistaken, you have to buy fish legally from a hatchery to stock it. What I didn’t know was that in the Midwest where pay lakes are far more popular, the owners can legally stock them with wild-caught fish. And per this news video from the Indiana Star, commercial fishermen tasked with stocking pay lakes are, in some places, wiping out local wild fish populations. Now, as many of you live in the Midwest, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the issue. Do you agree that pay lakes are ruining certain waters? Are you seeing this where you live? In my opinion, if all my fish are being gobbled and and put somewhere that I’d have to pay to fish, well, that’s about the ultimate kick in the face. Have a great weekend.