We talked about this the other day, but i can't find the thread so i will start another one. http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/articles/2006/04/28/breaking_news/news5.txt Judge might stop trespassing arrests for fishing in tributaries MONROE, La. (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has recommended that the public be allowed to fish on Mississippi River tributaries that stretch into private property in East Carroll Parish. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jim Kirk in Alexandria handed down an opinion that the public can boat, fish and hunt on the waters of the Mississippi River as it rises and falls and that local sheriffs cannot arrest the fishermen and hunters for trespassing as long as they remain in their boats. The opinion was prompted by a motion to dismiss a case against East Carroll Parish Sheriff Mark Shumate for arresting fishermen on Mississippi River tributaries. U.S. District Judge Robert James will take the recommendations under advisement early next month and determine whether to adopt Kirk's findings. Although the state 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Walker Land Co. owns the land in East Carroll Parish, some of which is covered by Mississippi River tributaries, Paul Hurd, attorney for the fishermen, said the issue goes deeper than that. The fishermen have the right to fish on public waters, Hurd said. We don't want to go on land, and if some parts are on dry land, we don't want to go across that land to get to more water. But we have the right to fish on the Mississippi River,'' Hurd said. Hurd is asking Judge James to stop Shumate from arresting the fishermen for trespassing. The preliminary motions are heard by Kirk, who then advises James. Kirk's opinion found that the fishermen had been wrongly arrested and that Shumate would have to pay damages for the arrests.