Re: Trespassing while fishing streams

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Posted by Kent on April 30, 1997 at 08:07:46:

In Reply to: Trespassing while fishing streams posted by Mike Shaffer on April 28, 1997 at 06:16:40:

Navigability has come to include kayaks, canoes, rafts, etc. (mainly because this is an industry). There was a precedent set in some district court, I don't have that info on hand...

Whether or not a property owner gives permission for a road to be built is irrelevant. The state and/or fed govt does have a right of way on either side of the bridge, and so do you. This is why you see so many people fishing under and around bridges.

Technicalities asside, most people will give you permission to fish (at least I'd like to think so). Anyone that's ever asked has been given permission to fish in my backyard anytime they want, this includes parking in my driveway!

Best to avoid confrontation, there's a lot of places to fish.
Best way to avoid irritating me is to not put up a NO FISHING sign on your deck, facing the center of the creek I'm floating down. I actually stoped and had a brief chat with the woman, I was probably the first boater she had ever seen float through her backyard (Fightingtown Creek at floodstage)
"No fishing?"
"Well, we feed our fish. We want big ones."
So do I....

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