Reply by: JKaboom Posted: 7/29/2012 10:48:34 AM Points: 922
I am not aware of a reg about seperate stringers. I always use a basket and we use it as a community basket. Its great because the fish are more lively and (esp at 11mile) keeps the crawdads from tearing them up.
I'd be willing to bet this was a small boat that forgot to take the stringer out of the water when they headed for shore. The stringer was pulled off of the boat and lost probably without the boater knowing. It's too bad, but not worth organizing an lynch mob...
Reply by: BigFishSmallPond Posted: 8/6/2012 12:48:12 AM Points: 0
Vaguely reminds me of the very old days at yellowstone when trash cans would continually be full of trout - trout that were wasted when people who had most likely never fished before were confronted with the reality of cleaning/gutting fish, and possibly consuming them? Obviously this sad discovery was some sort of accident (since the stringer was attached), however there are a number of folks out there who don't know what on earth to do with fish once caught, whether to keep or release - etc. The reality is that fish, when properly managed, are a renewable resource and should be harvested within reason - a point many seem to miss these days.
Reply by: Black Hills Bob Posted: 8/13/2012 10:48:18 AM Points: 10
It is a shame to see waste like that. But I admit I have lost a stringer off of my boat before. Also I caught over 100 Fish last year and kept two to eat. I like catching them more than eating them. Let them go if your not going to eat them. More fun for everyone that way.
@jim Selective harvest is key to ecosystems. If everyone simply released every fish they caught there wouldn't be a big enough food base to keep all those fish healthy. Don't get me wrong I don't keep everything I catch, in fact I rarely keep fish because it's not my favorite thing to eat, however I do periodically have the appetite and will keep a couple. I get the whole "I'm a better sportsman because I release everything I catch" mentality, but if everyone did that it would do more harm than good. Again selective harvest is key and that's the reason they have limits on size and numbers both on the statewide level and also on specific bodies of water.Just my $0.02
Close it down, drain it, dredge it, fix the dam dam, clean it up, start all over and charge an entry fee. Get Antero back to a trophy fishery! Because right now it sucks in so many ways! Regardless of how this stringer incident happened or what excuses people want to come up with, the picture of the six fish is a perfect poster boy of what this lake has become.... A high altitude prospect lake!
copighntr, the stringer picture was not meant to help you shut down the fishing. over the summer a friend and i caught many over 20'' trout out of antero. the fishing is good. the picture was to try and help people remember to be more careful with stringers over the side of the boat. lakes are for fishing and fun, not for a few to have trophy rules on a public lake. you can always go buy some land and build your own lake and have any rules you want.