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FWP Reminds Anglers To Be Responsible With Discarded Fishing Line

Headlines - Region 5

Fri Jun 29 00:00:00 MDT 2007

A 10-pounder on 8-pound test monofilament line sounds like a good catch when fishing, but it’s not if the 10-pounder happens to be a Canada goose. In recent weeks, at least two geese at Lake Josephine in Billings’ Riverfront Park got tangled in fishing line and needed to be helped.  Therefore Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is reminding anglers to be responsible with discarded fishing line.

Lake Josephine isn't the only place where birds and fishing line don't mix.  It's a threat wherever fishing line is discarded improperly.

 “A western grebe was recently found on Lake Elmo with line tangled around its legs, wings, and even around its tongue. Fishing line can do some serious damage to ducks, geese, or other wildlife, or even kill them, when it gets wrapped around them,” said Jim Hansen, Central Flyway Coordinator with FWP  

Some may think nothing of discarding old or tangled line next to the water, but they need to dispose of it properly where it won't be a threat to wildlife, Hansen says. Retrieve all broken line, lures and hooks and discard them in trash receptacles or take them with you. If you find someone else's discarded line, pick it up and throw it away.

 “A little effort could go a long way in saving a bird’s life,” Hansen said. 

For more information on responsible fishing, please visit and click on “Fishing” or call the FWP office in Billings at (406) 247-2940.