I spend a lot of time in California's Central Valley for work and usually after a long day of toiling upon the earth I find it necessary to unwind a flyline or draw my bow to relax. I found a little irrigation pond one afternoon that is just full of fat spawning bass. Out came the 7wt and my big flies. It was on.
No sooner did I find the place then the owner of the property shut it down (note I did get permission first from the ranch manager). So last week there I stood speaking to the same Ranch Manager and he was very apologetic about having to tell me I could not fish the pond. Apparently too many people were taking all the bass and catfish and leaving all their trash, not to mention cutting the fences around the pond. He said sorry we talked for a few more minutes and I was on my way.
Nothing is more frustrating than hearing a local pond has been closed because of a select few who do not respect the rules of angling. Respect for the waters, respect for the fish and respect for others. If all followed these rules we'd be okay and there would be no need for special Trout Wilderness areas or catch and release rules on Muskie and Walleye, but that is not the case. As a great philosopher once said, "God is great, beer is good and people are crazy." DB.
On the upside, it looks like I'll be back on the pond with special access this week. The owner likes my videos I guess.