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Hi everyone
we arrived in Morgantown (WV) today and I had a quick walk in a creek. Didn’t find anything but it got me thinking if any of you guys have any tips on how to do it how to find them and more importantly the laws regarding them. Here in Australia the council has taken ownership of the majority of creeks so we can walk most of the ones around but I’m not so sure about the USA?

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Archie
 

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Hi everyone
we arrived in Morgantown (WV) today and I had a quick walk in a creek. Didn’t find anything but it got me thinking if any of you guys have any tips on how to do it how to find them and more importantly the laws regarding them. Here in Australia the council has taken ownership of the majority of creeks so we can walk most of the ones around but I’m not so sure about the USA?

thanks
Archie
I am also curious about the laws, especially in CT. Wondering if you need permission from someone or a fishing license. Roy
 

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A fishing license? I like it. I'll see you at the town hall. ;) There may be individual town differences in CT laws. I used to hear the local property owners had claim to everything to the high water mark. Walking in streams used to be permissible but point of access is a bone of contention. Contact the local town hall to be sure. Let us know what you find out. Getting permission never hurts.
 

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You can't always get permission, but you can always beg for forgiveness. :p
That philosophy, which I must admit was my guiding principal in the 1970's when I concentrated most of my searches in timberland and mountains, is much riskier these days. People have gotten a lot more uptight, and in the case of bureaucrats, more inclined to ticket or arrest and prosecute.
 

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Hi everyone
we arrived in Morgantown (WV) today and I had a quick walk in a creek. Didn’t find anything but it got me thinking if any of you guys have any tips on how to do it how to find them and more importantly the laws regarding them. Here in Australia the council has taken ownership of the majority of creeks so we can walk most of the ones around but I’m not so sure about the USA?

thanks
Archie
Carry a long stick 6-8ft, when you walk, poke around out in front of you so you know when the creek bed drops off deep.

Morgantown, WV - yes be careful and ask the cops about the laws - landowners in WV get mad quick when people are messing around on what they feel is their property. Take those warning shots seriously ;)
 

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I am also curious about the laws, especially in CT. Wondering if you need permission from someone or a fishing license. Roy
In Ohio Waterways are public property. The banks on the other hand are not.
 
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That philosophy, which I must admit was my guiding principal in the 1970's when I concentrated most of my searches in timberland and mountains, is much riskier these days. People have gotten a lot more uptight, and in the case of bureaucrats, more inclined to ticket or arrest and prosecute.
Or shoot your azz and not feel a bit of guilty conscious about it ;)
 

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Carry a long stick 6-8ft, when you walk, poke around out in front of you so you know when the creek bed drops off deep.
Or up the game a notch and use a potato rake for the same purpose. Such a tool will enable raking through bottom sand and muck in likely deposit areas where the current back-eddies. Moreover, one can loft a found bottle to the surface in the crook of the tines.

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