The June 25 article, “Fishing hooks more in Ohio,” included the following: “Experts aren’t sure exactly why interest in the sport has fallen so much from its heyday. ‘If we knew that, then we’d know how to fix it,’ said Vicki Ervin, a spokeswoman with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.”
This fisherman quit buying an Ohio fishing license when the law changed and a keeper walleye had to be a minimum 15 inches in length. I fish on private lakes now.
When I moored my boat at Huron Lagoons, I could be at the Kelleys Island Shoal, on the northeast corner of Kelleys Island, from my dock in 45 minutes. We would put several 12- to 14-inch walleyes in the cooler for a good meal.
This size walleye is good eating. They are almost as good as a yellow perch. Then we would head out toward West Sister Island for some larger walleyes.
At lunch time, we would go into Put-In-Bay for pizza and beer at the Frosty Bar, until the town started charging for a whole day regardless of how long one was tied up.
We started eating at The Boardwalk because this restaurant didn’t charge to dock as long as you stayed there.
In the afternoon, we went to the northwest corner of Kelleys, where every kind of fish from walleye and jumbo perch to small mouth bass came in to feed.
A 15-inch walleye is an old fish, and it doesn’t taste very good.
Apparently, the state of Ohio is more interested in creating trophy fish for walleye fishing tournaments to benefit hotels and restaurants than it is selling fishing licenses to amateur fishermen and women who just want to have fun taking the bag limit and having a good fish dinner.
Bruce C. Mize
Duty to the future
As a mother raising my family in Northeast Ohio, I applaud President Obama for fulfilling his moral obligation to future generations by responding to the growing threat of climate change.
During his speech on Tuesday, President Obama laid out his vision for combating the global climate crisis, including cutting carbon pollution from power plants.
This is particularly important because power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the United States.
The impacts of climate change are already being felt in Ohio and across the country. Asthma rates have doubled in the past 30 years, and our children will suffer more asthma attacks as air pollution gets worse.
According to the Ohio Public Health Association, reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants will have an amazing impact on the severity of asthma attacks among children.
I encourage our elected leaders to keep moving forward toward a cleaner and stronger future and to support carbon pollution standards. Our kids are worth it.
Rights and wrong
The Supreme Court has made its judgments for the year. I think it is basically getting things right, but I’m still thinking about the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The states that were originally covered by that act deserved it. But there are more that need it now, like Ohio. Redistricting is out of hand.
It’s time to stop this. Communities evolve, they are not legislated.