I think if substantial difference is to be made in state law, we're going to need the fishermen on our side. Look at a state like Montana that has very generous river access laws- they benefit both fishermen and boaters and the laws were enacted with the strong support of the fishing community (Stream Access Law
). There are a lot more fishermen than boaters in this state and if we can get them on our side in fight for public access to the state's waters we'll have a chance of doing something a lot bigger than hb 1188. Imagine how many fishermen there are in this state who don't have the money to fish private water, and think about how much they would do to support a bill that gives this kind of access: "The public may use rivers and streams for recreation up to the ordinary high-water mark, without regard of the ownership of the land underlying the waters. It gives the right to access streams within the road right-of-way, where bridges cross." Imagine how great that law would be for the boating community. That's what they have in Montana.