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Joy
 April 19 2017 10:56AM (Read 2979 times)  
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Is it legal to fish from bridges on county roads. I always see a group of people doing so when I drive to work. Doesn't bother me but I can see some safety issues so I wasn't clear on the legality of it.


 
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 April 19 2017 11:19AM  
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Depends on the bridge, some have specific signs forbidding fishing from that bridge.


 
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 April 19 2017 11:23AM  
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You can trap under them so I would think it falls under the same principle (right of way access). However some bridges that are narrow or in high traffic areas are specifically marked "no fishing from bridge".


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 April 19 2017 12:56PM  
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I often wondered about the safety issue especially at night. It would only take one drunk driver to ruin a good night of catfishing. My daughter and her friend like to fish at night off a bridge on a gravel road. They do use reflector tape on their person and gear but I still don't believe this is good enough.


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 April 19 2017 02:01PM  
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Around here we have some small rivers and seems about once or twice a year I'll come up to a bridge with people fishing off of it. There's usually multiple lines hanging out too and they're hard to see. It's real fun trying to see them too. I usually do a little yelling. It should be illegal to fish off of bridges. You can't pull a fish up most of the time anyway. If you hook one you usually have to go run down to land it.


 
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 April 19 2017 02:04PM  
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I often wondered about the safety issue especially at night. It would only take one drunk driver to ruin a good night of catfishing. My daughter and her friend like to fish at night off a bridge on a gravel road. They do use reflector tape on their person and gear but I still don't believe this is good enough.



I don't think alcohol is needed, darkness would be reason enough for me NOT fish from a bridge. Same thing with railroad bridges.


 
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 April 19 2017 02:11PM  
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I often wondered about the safety issue especially at night. It would only take one drunk driver to ruin a good night of catfishing. My daughter and her friend like to fish at night off a bridge on a gravel road. They do use reflector tape on their person and gear but I still don't believe this is good enough.



I don't think alcohol is needed, darkness would be reason enough for me NOT fish from a bridge. Same thing with railroad bridges.



I'm pretty sure railroad tracks are considered private property so I would think it's illegal to fish of a railroad bridge. I could be mistaken though.


 
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 April 19 2017 02:37PM  
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I often wondered about the safety issue especially at night. It would only take one drunk driver to ruin a good night of catfishing. My daughter and her friend like to fish at night off a bridge on a gravel road. They do use reflector tape on their person and gear but I still don't believe this is good enough.



I don't think alcohol is needed, darkness would be reason enough for me NOT fish from a bridge. Same thing with railroad bridges.



I'm pretty sure railroad tracks are considered private property so I would think it's illegal to fish of a railroad bridge. I could be mistaken though.



I still would not fish off a railroad bridge, even if it IS illegal. Wink Wink


 
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 April 19 2017 02:47PM  
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I often wondered about the safety issue especially at night. It would only take one drunk driver to ruin a good night of catfishing. My daughter and her friend like to fish at night off a bridge on a gravel road. They do use reflector tape on their person and gear but I still don't believe this is good enough.



I don't think alcohol is needed, darkness would be reason enough for me NOT fish from a bridge. Same thing with railroad bridges.



I'm pretty sure railroad tracks are considered private property so I would think it's illegal to fish of a railroad bridge. I could be mistaken though.


Very much so. DO NOT MESS WITH THE RAILROAD. Remember, they are the only private entity in the US with it's own full police force, and full powers of arrest. They do NOT take trespassing lightly.

As for the road bridges... yeah, you can fish under them. You can set up lawn chairs and hang out all day on the bank under them. Doesn't mean doing it ON the bridge is a good idea.


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 April 19 2017 02:54PM  
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I often wondered about the safety issue especially at night. It would only take one drunk driver to ruin a good night of catfishing. My daughter and her friend like to fish at night off a bridge on a gravel road. They do use reflector tape on their person and gear but I still don't believe this is good enough.



I don't think alcohol is needed, darkness would be reason enough for me NOT fish from a bridge. Same thing with railroad bridges.



I'm pretty sure railroad tracks are considered private property so I would think it's illegal to fish of a railroad bridge. I could be mistaken though.


Very much so. DO NOT MESS WITH THE RAILROAD. Remember, they are the only private entity in the US with it's own full police force, and full powers of arrest. They do NOT take trespassing lightly.

As for the road bridges... yeah, you can fish under them. You can set up lawn chairs and hang out all day on the bank under them. Doesn't mean doing it ON the bridge is a good idea.



Yeah, I was just gonna say, all this talk about cars and drunks and night time etc...why not just fish under the bridge?


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 April 19 2017 03:00PM  
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Yeah, I was just gonna say, all this talk about cars and drunks and night time etc...why not just fish under the bridge?[/p]


I think folks are using the bridge to gain access to the middle area of a wide river, which might be difficult to do from shore.


 
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 April 19 2017 03:03PM  
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Yeah, I was just gonna say, all this talk about cars and drunks and night time etc...why not just fish under the bridge?



I think folks are using the bridge to gain access to the middle area of a wide river, which might be difficult to do from shore.[/p][/QUOTE]
My job puts me on the roadways fairly often. I know how little traffic slows down or moves for someone on the shoulder. Even on little-travelled gravel roads.

There is no way I would purposefully hang out in a spot where my only option for escape is to jump off the bridge.


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 April 19 2017 08:31PM  
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They do it in my area and the gravel gets very dusty. So dusty when close to dusk when wind is down you cannot see at all to drive let alone someone standing on bridge. I cannot believe someone has not been injured from it. They even sit on edge of road in lawn chairs. I guess it will turn out to be natural selection.


 
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 April 19 2017 09:12PM  
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I'll fish off bridges if it's a light traffic area like on gravel, but on a highway, don't think I would want to.


 
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 April 19 2017 09:24PM  
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As many distracted drivers as there are day and night, you got a pretty good chance of swimmin with the fishes.


 
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 April 19 2017 10:21PM  
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My wife, daughters, and extended family and friends catfish off rural bridges every spring and summer. The bridges we fish are in Carroll and Greene counties, always on gravel, and we've never had so much as a marginally risky moment doing so. Most people that drive by stop, roll down a window, and ask if anything is biting. We've never been forced to "eat dust" by some moron blasting down the road.

As with anything else, a little common sense goes a long way to preventing accidents. Personally, we don't fish bridges at night, and I can see the increaed risk if a guy or group doesn't have a lantern or other source of steady light to let people know where they're at. However, to say we need to outlaw fishing from *ALL* bridges would be a gross overreach by "the man". Most busy and paved bridges already have signage to prevent fishing and we should simply leave it at that. No harm no foul.

If you haven't tried fishing from a rural bridge on a beautiful spring afternoon/evening than I suggest you try it before you condemn it. The benefits are many including more effective presentation of your bait, being able to stay dry and out of the mud and nettles, and rolling a window down and listening to some tunes while you have a cold one with friends and family.

Don't knock it before you try it friends.


 
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 April 20 2017 04:03AM  
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My wife, daughters, and extended family and friends catfish off rural bridges every spring and summer. The bridges we fish are in Carroll and Greene counties, always on gravel, and we've never had so much as a marginally risky moment doing so. Most people that drive by stop, roll down a window, and ask if anything is biting. We've never been forced to "eat dust" by some moron blasting down the road.

As with anything else, a little common sense goes a long way to preventing accidents. Personally, we don't fish bridges at night, and I can see the increaed risk if a guy or group doesn't have a lantern or other source of steady light to let people know where they're at. However, to say we need to outlaw fishing from *ALL* bridges would be a gross overreach by "the man". Most busy and paved bridges already have signage to prevent fishing and we should simply leave it at that. No harm no foul.

If you haven't tried fishing from a rural bridge on a beautiful spring afternoon/evening than I suggest you try it before you condemn it. The benefits are many including more effective presentation of your bait, being able to stay dry and out of the mud and nettles, and rolling a window down and listening to some tunes while you have a cold one with friends and family.

Don't knock it before you try it friends.



BINGO I agree with every thing here. If you have never tried fishing from a creek bridge during or just after a thunder storm when the water is rising, you've been missing on killer cat bite's !!!!


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 April 20 2017 07:11AM  
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People have done it for a hundred years on off road gravels. If it doesn't say you can't have at it at your own peril.


 
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 April 20 2017 10:56AM  
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People have done it for a hundred years on off road gravels. If it doesn't say you can't have at it at your own peril.



I believe it is legal, but not 100% certain. It has been quite a few years since I have done this, but your 100 year statement is no exaggeration for my family. I have many fond memories of doing this with relatives, and my 1st large fish when I was 10-12 was a 8 lb channel caught this way. It was also one of the few types of fishing my Uncle could still do when he was 90. It is a great way to float/bottom bounce your bait down the river/creek to structure. If I were to do it again today, I would only consider the more rural areas, where 99% of the traffic is local farmers who often stop and chat with you. We usually started with a few hours left of light so we could adjust the weight we needed for the speed of the current, and went until around midnight.

There are haters everywhere. Just like many drivers are vocal about their hate of bicyclists and joggers, I am not surprised people are vocal of their hate bridge fishing. (even if they've never done it or seen it done) After all, everyone knows that if you hunt with anything but a recurve bow or an 870, you are doing it wrong. Razz

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 April 20 2017 11:45AM  
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Fishing off bridges is just like walking along a road. You need to always watch our for the Other Person. I worry more about Bikes than I do Fishermen. Been doing it for 40+ yrs and yes you often have to climb done to land fish, but that is just part of the experience. Bridges on top after dark OK, underneath after dark the skeeters can carry you off. That's my opinion.


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