Wardens see uptick in misuse of Vermont fishing access areas - WCAX

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says they are seeing more people improperly using boating and fishing access areas this year.

"The access areas around the state are maintained and created for hunting, fishing, trapping and boating purposes. But wardens say some people are swimming, camping, having fires and leaving trash behind. None of those activities are allowed. They say people swimming near a busy boat ramp can be hazardous. So far, there have been no reported injuries from misuse. Wardens say while this happens every year, they are seeing more of it this year as people head outside during the pandemic."

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-08-23 12:11:57 -0400
    On the bright side that the Wardens are noticing an “UPTICK IN MISUSE OF VERMONT FISHING ACCESS AREAS” I suppose means that they are not oblivious to the issue, but if they are not citing and fining for the misuse what good are the rules without consequence ? I drove by the F&W “Fishing Access” at #10 Pond in Calais yesterday and saw a you man with children wading on the boat ramp, there were cars there belonging to folks at the adjacent beach, and there were car loads of canoers, and kayakers that I know were not all there to fish. If I’d have wanted to launch my boat, and then park my truck and trailer there, I’d have been out of luck. I see this misuse of the accesses that my fishing license has bought and maintains, and I see parasites that are allowed to leach off of my financial support and personal involvement.