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Life of Riley  
#11 Posted : Friday, June 1, 2018 11:54:24 PM(UTC)
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Thanks everyone for the replies. It's always nice to get input from people who have been doing this for a long time. I haven't had any problems yet. I did read that if you were to get a trespassing ticket while fishing in mn there is the possibility of losing your fishing priveleges for a year. I plan to do a mix of door knocking as well as just fishing and keeping my feet wet.
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#12 Posted : Sunday, August 26, 2018 6:28:52 PM(UTC)
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Came across this yesterday on a popular stream in Crawford Co...


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Not sure if flooding took down the other half of the obstruction, but I'm guessing a fisherman who knew the access laws...


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I fished beyond this fence, but the stream wasn't all that great beyond this point anyway.

Think I'll report it.
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#13 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2018 6:39:22 AM(UTC)
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That guy needs his ass kicked.
s.t.fanatic  
#14 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2018 3:26:55 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
Came across this yesterday on a popular stream in Crawford Co...


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Not sure if flooding took down the other half of the obstruction, but I'm guessing a fisherman who knew the access laws...


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I fished beyond this fence, but the stream wasn't all that great beyond this point anyway.

Think I'll report it.


I'd say based off the debris in the wire it's obvious high water took it out but I wasn't there to see it in person.
s.t.fanatic  
#15 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2018 3:28:03 PM(UTC)
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That guy needs his ass kicked.


If you mean the guy that might have torn the fence down, yes he does.
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#16 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2018 4:11:49 PM(UTC)
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That guy needs his ass kicked.


If you mean the guy that might have torn the fence down, yes he does.



It's an illegal and potentially dangerous obstruction (barbed wired).

If it were a livestock fence, I'd have more sympathy for the landowner.

Landowner undoubtedly knows the access laws and if that was going to be a thorn in his ass, shouldn't have bought land on such a popular stream. He has zero right to try and block access to a public space.

I've reported it, so hopefully a warden will have a discussion with him and avert future possible confrontations.


My wife has often said we should get land on a stream and I'm like, no way. I'd be annoyed to share it and to have people (legally) on "my" property.

I'd rather be on a lake or have my own, landlocked, good-sized bass pond.

I get bored being on the same stream every day anyway.

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NBrevitz  
#17 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2018 4:17:41 PM(UTC)
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That guy needs his ass kicked.


If you mean the guy that might have torn the fence down, yes he does.

I’ve cut a few fences in my day (not on farm stretches.) Do I need my ass kicked? A landowner has no right to fence off his stream simply to restrict anglers, I pay taxes and license fees just like everyone else, I’m not gonna back down if a landowner just wants to be an ass.

If they’re running cattle or horses, I’ll absolutely give them a break on it and limbo my way through, but when you’ve got barbed wire every 6 inches from ankle height to feet high and you have nothing but Woods, I take exception.
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William Schlafer  
#18 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2018 6:03:04 PM(UTC)
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I'm familiar with this creek. If the fence is where I think it is, it serves no function other than to obstruct the stream.

There are stream bank easements along much of the creek, with the exception of a couple of short breaks that run through his property. Maybe 300 yards separate the two easement sections. He's bracketed by DNR owned land on one side, and a public access walkway with off road parking on either side.

When I lasted visited this creek I recall seeing numerous no trespassing signs along this short stretch. The fence was likely an attempt to block wading to get up to the next easement. I don't recall seeing any cattle or horses on this property, so I can't imagine why a stream crossing fence is needed here.

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State law prohibits blocking navigable water ways or placing unreasonable obstructions to a stream from legal access points. Although as often as this valley floods, any fence put up across this stream will get knocked down sooner or later anyway.

It seems the guy bought a small chunk of property surrounded by public lands and a Trout stream, and now feels put upon, I guess. Maybe he would be happier if there was a frac sand mine or a CAFO next door?


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Guillermo  
#19 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2018 11:02:19 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: s.t.fanatic Go to Quoted Post
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That guy needs his ass kicked.


If you mean the guy that might have torn the fence down, yes he does.


Are you serious? You can’t block off access to public water. The landowner who did that is a prick.

Maybe you need your ass kicked.
big_river_bum  
#20 Posted : Tuesday, August 28, 2018 12:23:57 AM(UTC)
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the fish on that sign is a bass or walleye. clearly NOT a trout.

FISH ON!!!


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