The Ohio River shore has gotten really bad
When I was a kid, we used to walk down to the river to fish. We had access in so many places. Nobody complained that we were there. There were no posted signs. We caught fish all day long to our hearts content. It was like being Tom Sawyer himself. Me and my cousin Huckleberry Finn (That's not his real name of course) would dig our own bait and when we ran out we would catch fish on the bologna sandwich that we brought along. That's all changed now and it hasn't been that long ago. Property has been bought shoulder to shoulder around the entire semi-circumference of Louisville, Kentucky. A flood wall has shut off many ways to the water. Recent floods have left mud on the few paths to the river. It's been left there so long that weeds have closed off entries. And, I'm afraid that's the story in many metropolitan areas in the nation today. The banks of the river have been posted with NO FISHING signs almost everywhere you look, if not by homeowners, by industry. This also goes for the creeks and tributaries that lead to the river. I've tried to go to a place on Harrods Creek. Real estate had overtaken the entire creek from the river to infinity with boat docks that string on for miles and miles. There's much, much more to say. But, I think I've made my point. What's a bank fisherman to do? I have a dream of owning a fishing kayak soon because I want access to the waters that I have a right to fish in. Not everybody has that option though. Our city is so populated that the public lakes around town have many problems. Fish and Wildlife folks have tried to fix the issues in these party parks. They're beautiful places to have picnics and family reunions. But, I think I saw a car rusting on the bottom of one of these ponds. That should have been like a coral reef haven for fish. But, it was followed by a garbage truck full of trash from years of litter and neglect. Overfishing is a problem. A few years back there was an invasion of shad that turned the fish population inside out. I could go on and on about the problems. But, you've all heard how the public can abuse our waters. I used to fish many farm ponds. But, landowners are scared to let strangers on their property anymore. What is a bank fisherman to do? Well, I'm buying a kayak. I'll tell you how that goes in the near future.