Antero Reservoir Reminders
by: David Coulson 4/26/2013
We’ve been getting a number of posts concerning Antero despite the updated lake page and the press releases. So in an effort to “clear” the air here’s the down and dirty along with links to the press releases.
First, I received this from Travis Thompson, Media Coordinator, Denver Water
“Could you help us get the word out that no trailored or motorized boats are allowed at this time. Hand-launched vessels such as kayaks, canoes and belly-boats will be allowed, but no trailered or motorized boats will be permitted until details about aquatic nuisance species inspections can be determined.
Another question that has been asked regularly is about camping. And yes, camping is open at the reservoir.”
Second, the limits are now back to normal; meaning the bag and possession limit for Antero is two trout.
That should answer everyone’s questions, if not follow the links in this blog to read the press releases and webpage postings. If that doesn’t do it, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife for questions on the regulations, and Denver Water for other questions on Antero.
Good fishing to those who head up this weekend.
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fmiller, CO 4/26/2013 3:55:05 PM
Did they give you any indication on when they will make the decision on a date to let boats on.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 4/26/2013 4:11:37 PM
No, only that they're working to arrange the inspecters, which is in the press releases. Given the interest in Antero, I'm sure they're feeling the "pressure." Meanwhile, time to dust off the hand launched rigs and get a bit of exercise. I'd be tempted but I'm headed to North Park this weekend and I yes I'll be fishing from a hand launched craft.
Anteroman, CO 4/27/2013 3:08:10 PM
A quick question regarding motors. I fish Antero about 75+ days a year, soft water only. My pontoon boat is normally on a flatbed trailer and I attach a small gas motor to it.
I have NEVER been required to have an inspection on my toon at Antero and most of the inspectors and I are on a first named basis. Previously checking with CDOW I was told hand launched vessels including gas and electric power were allowed..
At Spinney and 11 Mile they require an inspection on my boat unless I bring it in, stored in the back of my Jeep and then inspection is NOT required.
Not trying to be argumentative but as a boater with 60+ years experience I sometimes question how some of the rules are established and carried out.
BTW, I launched my motorized toon in full sight of a Colorado Game Warden Thurs. and also ywsterday in front of a Park County Sheriff officer whom I had been talking to for 15 minutes, standing alongside my boat. Neither said anything was wrong??
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 4/29/2013 8:08:35 AM
Sorry I didn't respond sooner, spent weekend working on home remodels and even a day's fishing. I don't have a good answer for you on the way inspections are done. Personally, I think on high risk waters all watercraft, including float tubes should be inspected. But I think they view trailered boats in general as higher risk in that they are more likely to carry water. Let's face it with hand launch you don't want any extra weight from water.
Anteroman, CO 5/2/2013 10:22:33 PM
I was over at Antero this afternoon and a large sign at the South Ramp states Hand launch only, no motors of any kind allowed. Guess it's the new reg until they get some inspectors.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 5/2/2013 11:07:18 PM
Thanks for the update.