I was amazed at the many ways that recreational fishing has negatively affected the environment. Every fisherman knows that hooking a fish causes it stress on top of any physical harm caused to the fish by the hook itself increasing unintended fish mortality. But I bet many people have not considered some of the other negative impacts on the environment.
According to research done by the University of Wisconsin over 12,000 tons of plastic fishing lure waste is deposited in our streams, lakes and rivers each year. Many of these soft plastic lures are made from PVC based plastic which is harmful to the environment.