Properly Handling Soft Plastic Baits
Maine Freshwater Fishing
3 Ways to Dispose of Your Soft Plastic Baits
Don’t throw your used soft plastic baits into the water! As mentioned elsewhere in this lawbook, bringing a small Ziploc bag to collect used baits until you get off the water is an excellent idea. But what happens when you get done fishing? Here are your top three options:
You wouldn’t throw your plastic water bottle overboard — don’t toss your soft plastic baits, either.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife stocks over 1 million fish annually. Information available online includes:
Good Fishing Depends on Clean Water
Many of our rivers, lakes, and coastal areas are experiencing algae blooms that cover our favorite fishing spots with green slime and cause fish kills and “dead zones” where no aquatic life can survive. The cause is usually nitrogen and phosphorus pollution that comes from farm and lawn fertilizers, septic systems, animal waste, and sewage treatment plants. Here’s what you can do to keep the water clean:
- Take care not to over fertilize and closely follow package instructions
- Pick up pet waste and properly manage waste from livestock
- Use green practices such as rain barrels, rain gardens, and permeable pavements
- Maintain septic systems
- Encourage your community to invest in its wastewater infrastructure
Supporting water quality protection supports great fishing!
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