Are Anyone's Favorite Bank Fishing Spots Off Limits Nowadays?

Discussion in 'Bank Fishing' started by festus, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. festus

    festus New Member

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    This is getting worse all the time. One is Kingston Steam Plant. Due to mismanagement and inept engineers, they had a big spill last December and leaked millions of gallons of toxic fly ash into Watts Bar Lake. They blamed it on muskrat, beaver, and crawfish. :eek:oooh: A few days later no one was allowed anywhere near the place. This was one of the South's premier fisheries for white bass, striper, catfish, and sauger.

    So I started fishing at Bull Run Steam Plant. I made three trips there and really did well, caught a variety of species, catfish, stripers, white and yellow bass, carp, buffalo, black bass, and assorted sunfish, also saw several muskies swimming about. On my fourth trip, I was greeted by the TVA Police and written a warning ticket for trespassing and told if I were caught there again, it would be a $250 fine. The cop was pretty fair about it, I asked why bank fishing wasn't allowed anymore, and he said after the Kingston incident, they wanted to make sure no one would be injured if another spill occured. Plus he said methamphetamine makers had been stealing ammonia from the plant. :confused2: :eek:oooh: Right now it wouldn't even matter if I had a boat, both Kingston and Bull Run steam plants are not going to generate this year. If they're not generating, that means there's no hot water discharge, without that, there's no fish to be drawn in. :angry:

    Another is a farm pond that used to be open to the public. It's about 7 acres, loaded with big bream, largemouth, crappie, and channel catfish. A couple of years ago the spot was posted because some idiots kept leaving the gate open and letting cattle escape. Plus some of the fishermen were trashing up the place.

    Number 4--tailwaters of Watts Bar Dam is now closed to fishermen on the generator side since 9/11 due to Homeland Security. The lock side is open, but I've never caught anything over there but carp, gar, and buffalo.

    So, I got to thinking and came up with many more, and concluded there are at least 14 of my favorite bank fishing spots unavailable no more.

    Has this ever happened to you?
     
  2. Eich

    Eich New Member

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    There are many spots that are closed to bank fishing on the Susquehanna River due to a few incidents where people have sued the railroad for a relative drowning in the river where they gained access (legal at the time) to the river by using railroad property. Now there are tons of "No Trespassing" signs all along the river. It certainly stinks.
    Also you can no longer fish the catwalk at Conowingo, Md. on the Susquehanna since 911. :sad2:

    Ray
     

  3. stoney53

    stoney53 Well-Known Member

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    that just happpened to me a few weeks ago.....a pond on a local golf course , that i had permision to fish is now off limits to anyone..they never stocked it but it did have some big channels, bass etc in there..wonder what will happen to the fish in there .... guess mother nature will have her way with the fish there now
     
  4. festus

    festus New Member

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    Most of my other spots have been closed due to the fact that crackheads and other druggies kept hanging out, plus trashy fishermen kept the places littered most of the time. I used to carry a 30 gallon trash bag into these spots and clean up what I could, a week later I might go back and it would be just as bad or worse. We have a reservoir that used to supply water to a state prison that's an excellent spot, some drunks were up there a few years ago, one got brave and tried to swim across it and drowned. I'm working on getting access back there with some help from some state employees.
     
  5. alton

    alton New Member

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    Good post. I thought I was the only one with this problem. I have been fishing the Mississippi river on and off since I was a boy with my dad here in the Alton area. You could drive almost anywhere and pull of the road and climb down the rocks and fish. Now there is no place to pull over. The guard rails don't allow it. I could go on and on, but I guess everyone is afraid of lawsuits these days. Any new buildings near the river won't allow you near the river. We have a casino and a marina sitting on the banks here and there is no way anyone can get close enough to the river to fish from the bank. It is getting harder every year to find places to fish.
     
  6. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    i rarely bank fish any more but when i do it is hard to find some where it's not posted.slob hunters and greed messed up hunting,and now slob fishermen are doing the same thing for fishing.just my thoughts.:angry:
     
  7. Eich

    Eich New Member

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    Amen brother, Amen!

    Ray
     
  8. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    There are more and more places that are becoming off limits to fishermen. There are 2- 3 around close to me that has taken the same turns,sad to say it will get worse.
     
  9. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    i always want to fish where im not supposed to :wink:
     
  10. Jeremy Sheffey

    Jeremy Sheffey New Member

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    deffinitly makes it hard to find some good spots, but with todays sue and sue back mentality along with the local fear of terrorist attacks, you can't really blame some of these places for being this way. sometimes it is a little extreme, and uncalled for, however the facts remain the same...
     
  11. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    It would be nice if the fish commission would purchase land for bank fishing. They do next to nothing for the guy that likes to fish the banks.
     
  12. 187um

    187um New Member

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    yea i gotta say that most of the spots that are now off limits around my area is due to the litter and garbage from other fisherman with less respect for the land and sport. and some is due to the ponds that are off limits on some of the private property is cause of the economy and some are stopping anglers cuz its a source of food in rough times as said by one land owner who booted me out a couple of weeks ago, very nice guy but booted none the less.
     
  13. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    I am a bank fisherman but am trying hard to get a boat. I think that's the only way to get out on the water with out fear of being messed with. There is always going to be uneducated people messing it up for the rest.
     
  14. kmcalester

    kmcalester New Member

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    Here in KC, they close the spots at 10pm, so you are either locked in overnight.
     
  15. TJD

    TJD New Member

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    Mark Twain lake here in northeast Missouri is on the Salt River. A few miles down stream from the Cannon Dam is a second, smaller dam. It is my favorite place to fish for catfish and gar. In the summer of 2008 the Salt River Flooded. Some say that the timing of the water release was at the hart of the problem. The high water nearly took out the second dam. The whole area is closed until the Corp-of-Engineers figure out what to do.
     
  16. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    Quite a few of the spots I used to fish are technically off limits now.We have trouble up this way with the R.R. cops too.I spend a lot of time over the winter every year scouting out new spots for the next year.Winters a good time to get into them with some equipment to open them up(chain saw,picks,shovels,etc,).I try to find some off the beaten path and then do my opening up work at night.Just open the spot up,not the path leading into it.:wink:
     
  17. 187um

    187um New Member

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    hey pat i did just that last winter great minds think a like huh! but got to say was a good move cause i opened up some of my best spots that way. lots of nice fish came from the openings made in winter.:smile2:
     
  18. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    for me its not so much the spots but places to park to get to the spots that are off limits now:confused2:
     
  19. mintaka

    mintaka Well-Known Member

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    The Cowan's Ford discharge on Lake Norman used to be open all night , but closes at 5PM due to 911. Not that that was one of my favorite spots anyway. The areas up there I really want to go have been fenced off for years prior. Bad part about it that lake is suburbia and around the discharge there are 24 hour guards that will shoot you on sight for anything looking remotely suspicious.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2009
  20. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    Mo for years has had in place buffer areas between dams and how close you can fish for public safty and to protect fish like spoonbill from overharvest. It works fine and almost all of MO lake dams have fishing areas set up. That being said 911 happend and some idot thought it was a good idea to bar acess on, now get this what is considered fed navigation waterways. And the closing of fishing areas happend overnight acess denied or closed @ sunset both dummest ideas ever. 1 reason is that ant gona stop a idiot wanting to breach a dam. 2 some years later they still keep it in effect 3 we got animal rights peeps in charge of alot of this stuff. The closing of below lock and dams by the corps @ dark or all together is BS set by those who are involed in animal rights. Truth be told the threat comes not from guys fishing but some idiot hi-jacking a barge tow. Then allowing boat anglers acess but keeping it closed to the public on the bank below dams is BS If anything sue em to open it back up and force em in court to show where the danger is. Then point out those in a boat are more likey to get hurt cause dammage ect ect. To much wrong has happend due to so called homeland security. If they was real worried about it they would have troops on the ground there to protect it. The so called protection of closing a place to acess, are nothing more than a feel good for the public, and furthers the aims of animal rights goups with members in the gov. From a tactical standpoint its all BS. Just the view of a citizen seeing yet more taken away.