Angling: entertainment or threat?

Sport fishing is one of the most popular recreational pursuits available in this country. It is an activity that is shared by nearly one out of every three American citizens.

There are numerous opportunities to fish in every state. Angling is also a very economical recreational activity. After the purchase of a fishing license and an initial investment for a rod, reel and terminal tackle; most anglers can pursue the sport for less than $10 a day.

In today's economy, that's less expensive than it costs to go to a movie, the theater or a ball game.

And if anglers return home with their catch, the expenses of the day easily balance out. It's fun, healthy and cheap entertainment with the added benefit of providing a good meal.

Fish makes an ideal human food. It's nutritious, high in protein, minerals, vitamins and beneficial omega oils. Yet, it is also low in fat and cholesterol.

And fish are pursued outdoors, in the fresh air among wonderful settings. As a wise old angler once claimed, "Trout don't live in no ugly places!"

Eating fish may even make you smarter and improve your performance on intellectual tests. Recent studies have revealed that eating fish actually speeds up brain waves and increases concentration. But if you are already fishing, you're probably smart enough.

As a family activity, there are few opportunities that allow adults and children to participate on such equal footing. Angling is a pursuit that permits parents and children to equally share in the fun; despite the differences of age, size, strength or stamina.

For most North Country residents, convenient angling opportunities can usually be found within just a few mile of home. If you can hold a rod, you can fish.

Rock snot continues to spread

Unfortunately, the greatest threat to our area fisheries continues to expand its reach. It has already reared its ugly head in the Champlain watershed.

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