Respect For Others
Respect for Other Anglers
Anglers respect the rights of others. Some people may enjoy sitting on the bank of a pond and fishing peacefully. Others may prefer using a boat to catch fish. You can fish the way you like and not judge how someone else chooses to fish. Following the Golden Rule is a good plan: treat other anglers as you would like to be treated
For example, if you were fishing would you like to have another angler start fishing too close to you? You would probably be angry because the other angler was crowding you! If you left your spot to land a fish, you would feel that you had the right to return to your original fishing spot. When we respect the rights of others as we enjoy fishing it makes the day more pleasant for everyone.
Respect For Non-Anglers
Some people use our water resources for activities other than fishing. Respect their right to use the area.
Respect For Land-owners
You may not always be fishing on public waters. If you have to cross someone's land to get to the water, always ask the landowner for permission first. If you want to fish privately owned waters, always ask permission from the landowner before fishing. This is true whether or not the land is posted. If you have to go through gates, be sure to leave them as you found them. If you opened the gate, close it immediately. Do not litter! Leave the area cleaner than you found it. If you catch some fish from the landowner's pond, offer to share your catch with them. Doing these things is a good way to get an invitation to come back.