I have read the recent articles on the perch netting on Phillips Lake
and cannot believe the wasted time and tax money. I read Ed Shorts’
letter and agree with him on just about everything.
I have only been in Baker for about 15 years but before I moved here I
heard about the trout fishery in Phillips. Even Alaskan fishermen had
heard of Phillips trout. When I first fished Phillips about 15 years
ago my neighbor, Sandy Sanders, took me out in his boat. We hooked one
nice trout which I played to the boat and saw it was a nice 2- to
3-pound trout. When it got away Sandy exclaimed that the fish was just
like they used to catch before the perch were there. I soon learned
about perch and what had happened to the trout in Phillips and why this
lake was no longer a popular destination sport fishery.
It’s late at night and everything is quiet. A thief slips into your
house and takes several hundred dollars worth of food from your
freezer. The next night it happens again. Two nights later the thief
takes all the rent money from your wallet. Finally you set up a camera
to find out who is doing this. You get the pictures and call the police
who tell you that “You can’t do anything about it. If you harm the
thief we’ll put you in prison.”
Who would put up with this miscarriage of justice? Who wouldn’t be outraged? This is America and we have rights!
Disappointed by perch trapping
To the editor:
About two weeks ago, I called Tim Bailey at ODFW in La Grande to
volunteer to help in the big trapping project of perch at Phillips
Lake. At that time, Tim told me that they had all of the help they
needed. I ask him when this project would be happening and he told me
that it would run from April 20th through the 30th.