Leave No Trace…

This is a picture that we took when we made it back to the car. Although we didn’t catch any fish, we were still productive.

We both carry plastic grocery bags in our packs just to pick up garbage on our way out. We each filled one up. Surprisingly, we ran across another person out there who was picking up trash as well so that was great!

And honestly, it wasn’t near as trashed out as we thought it would be. I still wish Oklahoma would put a 10 cent deposit on all cans and bottles…I think that would help tremendously.

We are stewards of the land, and as such, we should all do our part.


These two jars contain all of the line I picked up while fishing in 2020. My journal shows 15 trips before COVID changed everything.

ANYTIME I come across line tangled in brush or what have you, I pick it up and put it in my pocket. I have done this for years and encourage EVERYONE to do it as well.

What I don’t have pictures of are the numerous trash bags the wife and I have filled up and brought home to dispose of. Beer cans and broken bottles and just general trash that people are TOO LAZY to pick up. It baffles me to no end. Seriously, you brought it here, take it home. It’s not that hard.

I’m calling out the bank fishermen! You’re PIGS! You leave tons of trash laying around your bank site and can’t be bothered to pick it up. You know who you are! I routinely run across your nightcrawler containers, your beer cans and water bottles, your snack trash, your tackle wrappers etc etc ad nauseum. Pick up your crap and dispose of it properly. LEAVE NO TRACE!

Pass the word, educate your fellow fishermen. Clean up our waters so other people don’t have to wade through your garbage just to fish. Leave it better than you found it. It’s pretty simple…STOP BEING LAZY!