Oshkosh Bans Fishing from Boat Launches

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A new city ordinance will soon make it illegal to fish from boat launches in the city of Oshkosh.

The Oshkosh Common Council voted 6-0 this week to enact the ordinance, which goes into effect June 9th.

Mayor Steve Cummings says numerous conflicts and fights between boaters and anglers led to the resolution.

        “Boaters would come in, the fisherman would not move, and there was some conflict. I think the police were called a few times,” he says. “There’s ample space for both the fisherman and the boaters, and we didn’t want to have any more conflicts. You were just waiting for something to happen.”

Anglers like Cher Yang say the ordinance might frustrate some, but not those who prefer quieter areas.

        “It’s very crowded, you always gotta look out for a boat passing by or if somebody’s unloading a boat you’ve got to look out for them while you’re casting,” he says. “For me, as a true fisherman, I really want to stay away from that type of stuff. I’d rather be where it’s peaceful and quiet, and you know that’s the whole point of fishing, enjoying the outdoors.”

Police will issue warnings before citations, in an effort to educate the community. 

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