Gone Fishin’

It’s okay to bring your dog, but watch your cast.

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