Lead sinkers having an impact

Dear editor:
I cannot vouch for David Anderson’s assessment on loon mortality in Gord Pyzer’s column in last week’s Times, “Something loony going on in Canada,” with regards to lead poisoning caused by lead sinkers used by anglers.
But I do know fishing tackle employing lead is responsible for fish change of habit and environment, as well as poses a mortality risk.
Through my 57 years of guiding experience, I found that snaggy underwater reefs were a magnet for fish because they held a special diet of crayfish for them. Filling the crevices with lead sinkers eventually drove the crayfish out, thus leaving behind a dead fishing hole.
I’ve had many “honey holes” that have become obsolete because of this lead poisoning.
The technology of today has given us more lead-free fishing spots that will disappear in time if lead is not outlawed for different substances such as tungsten, tin, brass, steel, etc.
There is no doubt about it—lead poisoning is affecting our fisheries, so why wait until it becomes a difficult measure of correction?
Michael J. Baranowski
Nestor Falls, Ont.