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The changing landscape of fishing

Date: 09/07/2018 | Source: http://cottagelife.com

Fishing is a pastime passed down for generations. It's a great way to spend time with a loved one or have a quiet morning to yourself. The purpose of fishing seems to have changed over time, however. Cottage life said, "Sure, without catch-and-release and tight quotas, the lakes of cottage country would be depleted. And yes, more people fish at the cottage for contemplation now than for calories. But there’s still great fishing to be had." How often do you throw back what you catch? Have you noticed a shift in the reasons people go fishing in Kawartha Lakes? 

Have we overfished our lakes?

Stephen Patterson can remember every delicious detail of the summer day at the cottage in 1956 when he turned seven. It was pitch black when he got up, that witching hour between night and dawn. He crept to the well near the family cottage on the north shore of Rice Lake, south of Peterborough, Ont., plunged his hand into its cold depths, and pulled out the wriggling mass of worms he’d stashed on the ledge there in a lidded paper container the night before.

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