Kelly Richards was not a happy camper Monday when he looked out at his shoreline along Hole in the Day Bay on Gull Lake.
"There were toilet seats, plastic bottles and lots of debris along the shore," Richards said Tuesday in an interview. "It all came in yesterday with the rough wind and it all went my way. I've been here for 10-11 years and I've never seen it before.
"I'm hoping people will start picking up their garbage."
Lt. Tom Provost, Brainerd DNR district supervisor, said litter along the shorelines is an annual occurrence.
"I hate to say it, but it happens every spring," said Provost. "It all depends on how the wind blows. I can't excuse it, but any lake with a high fishing presence like Gull Lake, it's going to happen. As soon as the wind blows the litter accumulates. It's one of the ugly parts of ice fishing."
Provost said a vast majority of people who ice fish clean up their trash when they're done, but there are some people who don't. Provost said the DNR marks trouble areas where litter can become a problem and tries to work with the people.
"If everyone would pick up after themselves we wouldn't have the litter trouble in the spring," said Provost.
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