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Soon school will be out and my kids will enjoy fishing off of my parents' pier on Lake Wausau.

Last summer, I had to lay down some ground rules for keeping fish (for me to clean). For a few weeks in a row, it seemed they would always catch and keep fish on Tuesdays.

Tuesdays are garbage pick-up days in our neighborhood, so the smelly fish parts would have a full week to fester before the trash would be collected again. Not a good situation.

I could've used the freezer solution on the fish guts or dumped them in a public trash somewhere, but I my wife would not have been cool with the first option and I've emptied trash cans enough to not wish the foul smell on someone tasked with the job at a local business.

So the kids can only keep fish on Mondays from now on.

Here's a new video from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offering a few tips on eating your catch.

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Brian Otten blogs about his experiences in the outdoors. Brian is the content manager of If you have questions about the site, you can reach Brian at or (715) 845-0702.

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