February 26, 2009 at 9:59am
You fair weather fishermen are drawing some attention ! , touching on most of this subject. If the canal is not blocked with a gate it ie deemed to be open to the public ! the surrounding land may be leased or owned by an indivudal or intenity , there for in court they cannot defend there selves to open waters! on the lake theriot situation ,,, well i happen to know a little history on the place ,, the canal leading to the lake was dug in the 50's by the towing co. of the said owner ,, hence had it open to the public for many years untill someone saw a way to try to profit from it ,, then it closed up. Crawfoishard canal area is owned by several property owners , and one cannot block another from entering ,,, if i'm not mistaking the name craw has links to a section on the west side of the canal. Most oilfield companies really don't want anyone traveling across there waters in fear of accidental mistakes ,, so they lease out the bottoms to trappers and they can keep you out of the oilfield canals ,, which by the way also have to be propoerly marked ,, and if you own or lease land behing them they have to give you right-of-way to your property ! When there comes a time to stand up and be heard EVERYONE must attend and speak up ,, we faught for redfish status to remain gamefish a few years ago and i nKnow that we must have done it right because we won ! ,, i've seen some of the same names in here that we were fight against ,, so there extremest to fighting for things there way and must be stopped ! Stand up and be counted , it's the only way.