|Believes motor trolling won’t be problem in Vilas|
I have been reading the editorials about motor trolling, all of which are very negative. I?am in favor of motor trolling and would like to share some of my thoughts.
I read that it’s noisy, pulls out weeds and takes up too much acreage. I?don’t believe any of that is true. A boat trolling slowly along is not noisy. Frequently, it will be using an electric trolling motor which is very quiet. People trolling don’t want to foul their hooks with weeds any more than any other fishermen. That is just not realistic.The only people who will be trolling are those who are fishing now anyway. Nobody is going to decide to start fishing just because they can motor troll. There have been a lot of statistics about lakes in Wisconsin where you can troll. Let’s look at a broader picture. There is no restriction on motor trolling in Michigan, Minnesota or even all of Canada. In fact, as far as I know, and I could be wrong, no state restricts motor trolling except Wisconsin. As editorials point out, Vilas is one of the few counties where it is completely restricted.
Some folks are concerned about muskies. That’s a valid concern because muskie fishing is important to us. However, I?don’t believe it’s a problem. Motor trolling has been legal in Sawyer County (Hayward) for as long as I?can remember. I don’t hear them complaining about it, and they call themselves the muskie capital of the world.
Finally, if you want to see how terrible motor trolling is, spend an evening on Butternut or Franklin lakes. Beautiful lakes. Motor trolling has been legal for years and doesn’t seem to be a problem. I hope people will think this through carefully before coming down too hard on those of us who favor motor trolling.
John L. O’Brien
|Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:22 AM|