A lot of guys on this site are angry at commercial fishermen, the selling of illegal fish to Pay Pond operators, trotliners, juggers, even people that eat their catch. They are angry at their Game Wardens for not enforcing the laws of the state, of not caring about their particular species, etc... I thought a look into the future might give us all some food for thought..... The year is 2029. I am now 63 years old and thinking about retiring to follow my passion of catfishing every day. I am hoping I can afford the licensing. A year round river license is $2500.00 and the corresponding lake license is $3000.00. It didn't used to cost nearly that much, but with the new initiatives on our waterways, with 2 enforcement officials 24/7 per square mile the taxpayer has to pay the bill. Last week I went fishing and got checked 4 times in 6 hours of fishing. 2 of those times I had bites but was made to bring in my bait so the warden could check it. It was a bad night all around. When I was getting bait, I got a ticket. I was castnetting for shad and caught 3 bluegill. I released 2 but one was in bad shape and I threw him in the bucket to use for cut. That was a $150.00 Bluegill after fine. Then I went to the river and set up. I got a ticket for throwing down a cigarette to fight a fish. The warden explained that he was sorry but the DNR was in such desparate shape to collect money that he had to fill his quota. As I left, I got another ticket (a double) for leaving footprints in the mud. Apparently there is a new law regarding erosion AND for debeautification of Government property. I did get a break though for using an undersized gill for bait. I didn't see any commercial fishermen out there, but there seem to be less big fish out there. Apparently, once they outlawed commercial catting, there was an explosion in the population and just like a pond with bluegill, they are mostly stunted. The biologists told us this a long time ago, but we didn't listen. Oh how I long for the good old days. This is just fantasy, food for thought. A long time ago a fella gave me some advise. He said "Be careful what you wish for, cause you might just get it!" Have a great day guys and gals.