G. Sam Piatt
PDT Outdoors Columnist
Yesterday was a good day for fishing in Kentucky, but most fishermen, it seemed, were in the woods for the opening day of the spring wild turkey season.
But the fish will wait.
Meanwhile, according to some anglers who have quizzed me, there’s still some confusion as to the agreement between Ohio and Kentucky governing fishing on the Ohio River.
Any angler with a Kentucky fishing license may fish the entire main stem of the river from a boat, or by standing on the Ohio shore, without buying an Ohio license.
The same is true for a fisherman with an Ohio license. He may stand on the Kentucky shore, or fish any part of the river from a boat, without buying a Kentucky license.
However, the agreement excludes embayments and tributaries. If you go up in these to fish, either from the bank or from a boat, then you must have the other state’s license.
These waters begin at a straight line between the opposite points where the tributary or embayment meets the main stem of the Ohio.
In other words, a Kentucky fisherman may fish a point at the mouth of the Scioto River with his Kentucky license, but if he (or she, of course) goes beyond that line, then he must have a non-resident Ohio License.
Likewise, an Ohio fisherman may fish at the mouth of Tygarts Creek on his Ohio License, but if he moves up in the stream beyond that line then he must have a non-resident Kentucky license.
Kentucky’s agreement states that anglers fishing from a bordering state’s bank must follow the size and creel limits of the state where the angler is located.
For example, a Kentucky licensed angler can stand on the Ohio shore and fish the main stem of the Ohio River without an Ohio fishing license, but must abide by Ohio’s size and creel limits.
However, anglers fishing from a boat must follow the size and creel limits of the state in which he is licensed.
The only unified regulations in the agreement call for the following size and creel limits:
—-White bass, sauger and saugeye, daily limit 10, size limit none.
—-Striped, hybrid and white bass, daily limit 30, with no more than 4 over 15 inches, with no minimum size limit.
—-Muskellunge, daily limit 2, minimum size limit 30 inches.
—-Black and white crappie, daily limit 30, minimum size limit none.
Ohio and Kentucky regulations on largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass call for a daily limit of six, singly or in combination, with a minimum size limit of 12 inches.
There is one exception, and that is that Kentucky has no minimum size limit on spotted bass (also referred to as Kentucky bass).
WILD TURKEY PROGRAM
The wild turkey has made a dramatic comeback across Kentucky during the past few decades.
There was an estimated 10 million of them across the North American continent during the 1800s.
Destruction of habitat and unregulated hunting reduced the population to about 30,000 by 1950.
In Kentucky, by 1946, the only known population of wild turkeys was in Western Kentucky, in the area that became known as Land Between the Lakes. Between than and 1963, 360 birds were live trapped in that area and released in eastern Kentucky.
It didn’t work. The native birds were poor reproducers.
Kentucky began buying live-trapped wild birds from other states – from Ohio in 1972 and from Missouri in 1973.
They took hold and Kentucky began obtaining more from other states. Results of the restoration program showed around 170,000 wild turkeys in Kentucky by 2002. It has continued to grow in the 12 years since then.
BE SMART, LIKE ME
As we grow older, we don’t get dumber.
We get smarter.
For instance, I had wondered for years how they get toothpaste into that tube. I mean, we unscrew the cap and squeeze out as much toothpaste onto our brush as needed. But how could one ever get that toothpaste into the tube through that small hole. I tried putting it back, and I couldn’t do it.
Then one day I looked closely at the bottom of the tube, and slowly wisdom dawned on me. They don’t take the cap off and fill the tube. They put the cap on and fill it – from the bottom!
The tubes, caps on, come along the line on a moving tray, placed upside down, the bottoms as wide open as a baby robin’s mouth when Momma Robin appears on the edge of the nest with a worm.
The tubes move under a spout on a giant bin filled with toothpaste.
Squish! Squish! Squish! Just enough toothpaste comes out of the filling spout to fill the tube. The spout fills each tube as fast as you can blink an eye.
Then the filled-up tubes move under a machine that is a pincher. It pinches the bottom of the tubes and clamps them shut.
Now I’m working on how they produce a chewing gum that you can blow giant bubbles with.
G. SAM PIATT can be reached at (6060 932-3619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.