Now that the word’s out, I’m hoping the slobs who’ve been catching catfish along the Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks and leaving them to die on stringers or tossed on the pavement are caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent.
Such behavior is inexcusable and slob mentality at its absolute worst.
As I reported here on Tuesday, Greenway staff and authorities on both sides of the Red River are asking for the public’s help in catching the person or people responsible for the incidents. Kim Greendahl, Greenway coordinator for the city of Grand Forks, said the incidents began around the Fourth of July and have occurred on several other occasions since then.
Most recently, stringered-up catfish or fish simply tossed on the pavement were found Tuesday near the LaFave Park boat landing in East Grand Forks and near the Whopper Little Boat Landing below Riverside Dam on the North Dakota side of the river.
Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick said his Tuesday Facebook post about the incidents has gotten nearly 40,000 views and 200 shares. That makes a strong case for the outrage responsible anglers are feeling about these incidents.
Anyone with information about this inexcusable behavior should call North Dakota’s Report All Poachers hotline at (800) 472-2121, Minnesota’s Turn in Poachers hotline at (800) 652-9093 or #TIP on cellphones or Greendahl at (701) 738-8746.
Cats Incredible this weekend
In other — and certainly better — catfish news, all systems are go for the 30th annual Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament set for Saturday and Sunday on the Red River. LaFave Park below Cabela’s in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters, and the two-person teams fishing the event can fish from Riverside Dam upstream to the Thompson Bridge.
The tournament is limited to 125-two person teams, and as of Tuesday night, 99 teams had signed up to fish the tournament, organizers say. Entry fee is $230 per team.
A team meeting is set for 7 p.m. Friday at tournament headquarters, and fishing hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An awards ceremony will follow Sunday’s weigh-in.
For more information on the tournament, including a full schedule of events and an online sign-up form, click here.