Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday's musings (From trout stocking to crazy laws)

Few things are more popular in the area than the stocking of catchable rainbow trouth. Every October the Ohio Division of Wildlife releases fish in the 9 to 13 inch range into a host of waters.

This year is no different. The agency intends to stock about 25,000 rainbows into 25 waterways. Among them for far west siders is Huron County's Norwalk Reservoir No. 1 on Oct. 9.

For those in the Lake County area, the stockings will include Lake Metroparks' Grangers Pond in Veteran's Park in Mentor. Last year the state stocked 1,900 fish there.

To say the stocking was popular is an under-statement. The parking lot was completely full. This year should be no different when the pond is stocked on Oct. 15.

Another batch of trout will go into Painesville City's Recreation Park, a once-youth-only fishing hole that is now open to anyone. Last year this pond was stocked with 300 trout.

For pure enjoyment check out Outdoor Life mgazine's web site at It includes a gallary of 50 of the nation's craziest laws regarding wildlife and the like.

Examples include:
> In Ohio violators can be fined or jailed for making an ugly face at a dog.
> In Idaho it is illegal to fish from the back of a camel.
> Georgia prohibits tying a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
> In Lousiana it is illegal to tie an alligator to a fire hydrat.
> You cannot use a larriat to lasso a fish in Tennessee.
> Wyoming prohibits taking a photograph of a rabbit in June.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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