I was down at the river killing time trying to find some of the trout that were recently stocked into the river and saw a family fishing using sticks w/ some line, bobbers and a hook attached (not really catching much, but neither did I casting way father into the river). They left and i thought they had cleaned up after them selves... There were alot of dogs on the trials because despite the trails being muddy from the recent rains and melting snow it was a nice warm day and the dogs liked being out... I went to where they were fishing a little later to just get a couple more casts in and as i'm getting the casts in one of the loose dogs (shouldn't be loose but thats another issue, he wasn't a menece, just curious) comes over and starts sniffing around... i look over and the family who'd been fishing there left their sticks there, with HOOKS still attached and BAIT STILL ON THE HOOKS which i found out when i cleaned up their mess that it was lunch meat. Anyway the dog found the lunch meat on one of the hooks and i got it away from him, but as i was getting that one cleaned up he went over to another and took the little piece of meat... I shooed him away from it, or did my best to and he still had the meat (i think with hook) in his mouth and growled, then walked down the bank alittle bit....DRAGGING THE STICK W/ Bobber (all i could see) behind him. the stick stopped and he didn't so i think that either the hook came off because they didn't tie a good knot (i guess that would be thankfully, don't know if the dog will have problems later because of the hook if there was one or not)... I found the rest of the rods in the area , immediatley took the hooks off and all the tackle i could use off of them... wrapped the line around the stick and tossed them in a pile to put in the back of my truck when i went back to it (hooks and bobbers went in my pocket)... I couldn't believe that a family who'd seen the dogs and such around and people walking, would be that inconsiderate to just leave the sticks that they had been using, let alone with the hooks still on them and worse yet, BAIT STILL ON THOSE HOOKS..:roll_eyes: :angry: :sad2: :beat_brick: :amazed: :embarrassed_2: :angry_2: :waaaht: :ah: :too_sad: :what: These are the fisherman who make it so hard for fisherman to have access to different places. IF you see someone leave something behind, catch up to them and tell them... If they don't care get their plate #'s or a description and report them to the police AND DNR... then clean up their mess after them if its at all possible. Please don't let them ruin the waters and the opportunities for us all.