When it comes to fishing with man’s best friend, Eden Prairie’s Andrew Osowski has seen it all. From the good: Every time a fisherman reeled in his catch, the dog would lick it before they released it back in to the lake, to the horrific: He once witnessed a dog accidently get hooked in the mouth. Here’s his advice for bringing a dog fishing:
- Check with local cities’ rules and regulations about dogs at the lakes.
- Always keep your dog on a leash.
- Keep your dog’s barking under control.
- Keep your dog out of the launch area water.
- Bring a doggy life jacket and first aid kit.
- Keep cool: Bring lots of water, find a shady spot to get out of the sun and bring a bandana to soak with water and tie around your dog.
- Fish in the early morning and late afternoon.
- Keep gear out of reach.
- If your dog has never been on a boat before, it can be very scary: take your time.
— Harmony Gallegos, owner of Harmony and Pets in Eden Prairie