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“Trashellunge” Revisited

I hate “litter bugs”.  If I see another styrofoam worm container on the shoreline of one of my fishing spots, I am going to scream!  I have used the word “pig” before to describe folks who discard all manner of trash in our environment and especially around our public fishing areas.  I probably should not call ’em “pigs” because that is offensive to real pigs.  If I had my way, discarding trash of any kind on our public hunting and fishing areas would result in immediate prosecution, a lifetime ban from using those public areas, and then they should be hung by their thumbnails, and shot.  I am being absurd to make my point–our public hunting and fishing areas are being trashed and it is a shame.

Now we can either sit by and complain about that, or we can do something about it.  You have heard it said that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”, a quote attributed to Edmund Burke concerning matters much more weighty than trash on fishing areas.  But, I wonder if instead of watching our natural resources being abused we need to step up an do something about it, you and me, all of us.  To that end I shared this video here on my blog a year ago.  I want to share it again, well, because a fishing buddy of mine did it, it is funny, and I think he has the right attitude!

To take it a step farther, there is a FaceBook page where you can share your “trashellunge” successes, https://www.facebook.com/Trashellunge .  Check it out, “like” it, and let’s see if we can beat back the pigs!


About Daryl Bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.


  1. It’s about “making up for the other guy.” If it’s a small minority of people trashing our lakes, it should just take a few of us to make it right. Right? Since our lifestyle runs downstream, we know that not all trash in our waters was trash discarded there. After every windy day in my neighborhood, and after every rain event, our little creek is just full of trash. That means cleaning up litter ANYWHERE – not just when we are on the water – makes a difference. Here’s to driving the trashellunge to extinction!

  2. I think most people still live under the “leave it cleaner than you found it” mantra, and parks officials do a commendable job trying to stay on top of it, but it only takes a few people to mess things up. People like to walk at the state parks, and sometimes I see regulars carrying garbage bags, picking up trash or at least aluminum cans. My biggest peeve is broken glass on the beaches – little kids play there. I wouldn’t mind seeing a deputy or trooper parked out there handing out littering tickets from time to time, maybe even under cover, or signs posted with numbers to report litterbugs.

  3. Every single time my Father and I go fishing at a public lake, he brings a heavy duty trash bag in case one of us is fortunate enough to catch a fish that is appropriate for selective harvest. Well….if that bag is headed back to the truck and it’s empty, then we make it our goal to fill it anyway…with trash!!! When I was at the Sutherland Inlet last week, as I was walking by with the bag, people who wouldn’t ordinarily even notice the trash, noticed me, and they willingly helped out. We cleaned that entire side of the inlet in a mere forty minutes!! And the feeling it produced was way stronger than catching a nice fish.

  4. Filled a whole tall kitchen trash bag the last time I went to Holmes Lake: foam bait containers, makeshift bait containers (minnows by the way), beer cans, cigar butts, pizza box, fast food bags, bottles, a dirty baby diaper, bread wrappers (so much for not feeding the waterfowl), fishing line, and a broken cooler. Calling them pigs IS an insult to real pigs. I have my own name for them, but being a lady…..grrrrr.

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