Leadeth me, please, not to the still waters of Psalms fame but to moving waters, where fish usually hang out.

Most of us, I’m afraid, tend to seek out flat calm areas and shiny shorelines because they just look fishy, and it’s good to get out of whatever wind may be huffing.

But that’s often a mistake, a mistake I’ve made too often over a half-century. Actually, we should leave the still waters to the sunbunnies and poets.

Moving waters are where the gamefish usually prefer to live and dine.

So why shouldn’t we create more of these moveable feast zones for the fish and fishermen?

New exchanges of tidal flows could liven up many inshore waters such as at Little Mud Creek north of Jensen Beach.

Let the tides in. Exchange the waters.

The idea seems obvious when you explore pretty but lifeless bays and shorelines or networks of stagnant canals around the state.

A prime example of an area crying for exchanges of tidal waters is the very large expanse around the nuclear power plant north of Stuart.

Blind Creek and a number of other inside waters are separated from ocean currents by just slivers of land. We think it would make good sense to open up the flows, perhaps with large culverts or other passages rather than full-scale inlets.

Fishing in this estuarine area would improve dramatically, just as it did in other exchange places.

Those who may argue that such additional flows would be unnatural and therefore undesirable should realize that four out of the five inlets to the Indian River Lagoon are indeed manmade. All are all primo angling destinations.

In fact, a decade ago, a hurricane kindly opened up part of Blind Creek to ocean water for a time. The moving water livened up the creek for several years until it silted shut again.
We suggest it’s time to carve more tidal connections to inside waters in Florida, as is being done in a number of other states and jurisdictions.

Dead still waters can be reserved for taking a little nap.

Karl Wickstrom

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