Macbride motor limit rule needs change

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: April 19 2012 | 11:43 am - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 4:57 pm in
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As reported in Monday’s Gazette, fishing license sales are up

67 percent mostly due to the warmer weather. My son has managed five trips to area lakes with reasonable success for largemouth bass. Fish Lake Macbride to enjoy the fruits of the Department of Natural Resources revitalization. There is a noticeable increase in the size of the bass caught and compared to the catch experienced before the improvements were completed.

Fishermen friends have confirmed increased catches and size in crappies/walleyes. Macbride in recent years has been stocked with muskies and hybrid stripers. Those who fish Macbride can expect some exciting surprises for their efforts. The $3 million tax spent is already delivering fishing dividends and cleaner water.

The down side is that access to Lake Macbride is still restricted by the motor limit rules. Beginning Memorial Day weekend and until Labor Day weekend, the 10 horsepower motor limit is in effect, preventing many taxpaying fishermen and women from going to the lake. My boat is designed to safely be operated in all of the fishing resources of Iowa, except Lake Macbride. A second motor would cost $3,500.

It is time for those of us unfairly excluded from Macbride to correct this inequity. In November, vote your displeasure for legislators who oppose changing the law.

Joseph Carpenter

Cedar Rapids

 

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