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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

How safe are the fish in the Duck River to eat?

Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 4:43 PM
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  • Speaking of fishing, our daughter invited me to canoe Bedford Lake with our fishing rods in the boat. I put it that way because we caught nothing although I turned two.

    What a peaceful way to spend a few hours. I loved it. I was in her friends canoe that was built for speed not stability but after I got the hang of it (and did not try anything fancy) I thoroughly enjoyed myself, AND stayed dry!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 14, 2015, at 4:47 PM
  • In my younger days I fished the Duck quiet often. We use sit on the old power plant walk and catch mostly sun perch. Many days I pulled up a seat and watched what I called the Pro's, they fished the bend of the river there below the dam in the swift water. It was Red Horse territory, a fish that looked like a colorful carp with red on it's underside, as a teenager they were huge fish to me.

    I had a secret spot for black perch, only accessible from the bank parking lot down the steep bank. You had to fish under a small tree that always claimed at least one hook and float.

    At one time there were so many Night Crawlers under the leaves and rubbish on the other side of the bridge, it could keep you in bait for years in just a few minutes of flipping over a few sections of whatever was laying on the ground.

    Those were the days of keeping busy for a young teen, I saw a whole lot of everything going on there at times but, fishing I lived for!

    Today, knowing what I know of water pollutants and todays world I'm not to sure I would eat the fish coming out of that river in certain areas. Maybe there is a water quality report somewhere, if so, I'd be interested in seeing it for sure!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Jul 15, 2015, at 8:59 AM
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