NANFA-- Ottawa River Toledo Ohio

Mark (
Fri, 12 Sep 2003 09:21:42 -0400

I'm glad to hear someone is working on the Ottawa River. We spent
many hours there, fishing, swimming, jumping off the bridge, skating,
playing in the old public pool that was abandoned and used as a
fishing pond. The kiddy pool was always full of minnows that were
lots of fun to dipnet. Made greet feeders for our water snakes.
This was in Point Place. I probably got my first really mean case of
poison ivy along the banks of the Ottawa. There was a big stand of
staghorn sumac that we used as a fort. Caught my first monster
goldfish there and was the envy of the neighborhood kids, briefly.
He was quite impressive in Chris Hupp's wading pool. Yes, I still
remember when Cindy Hoff showed up with that green sunfish. I was so
blown away. Did that fish come out of the river? Seemed like an
exotic prize from the darkest Amazon. Hmm, I suppose I could blame
that fish for an entire life's worth of fish hunting. I guess every
time I go out with a seine, I'm just trying to relive that childhood

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