Hooks fly as Northfield debates downtown fishing ban

A battle is bubbling up over a sweet fishing spot along the Riverwalk in Northfield. Hooks have flown dangerously close to patrons on the patio of Froggy Bottoms River Pub, some argue, prompting a proposal to ban fishing on a 100-foot stretch of the public walk along the Cannon River.


The City Council looked poised to pass an ordinance that would create the no-fishing zone. But skeptical anglers protested the loss of a favorite fishing spot, questioning whether stray lures are actually a problem. After passing a first reading of the restrictions in early August, the council last week delayed a decision, asking city staff to draw up rules that might apply to a smaller area and involve fewer hours. The council will consider the issue again in September.

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