As one of the newer members of the FishExplorer team, it's been a ton of fun not just having the chance to learn a lot more about fishing, but also understanding a lot more about the site, how it works, and the people behind it.
The good news for all members is that the class 1 and 2 lakes have been updated and have had their info checked to make sure it is still current and correct. If you see any mistakes, old info, or have any good info to add, please email me: tom (at) fish explorer (dot) com, and I'd be happy to update those lakes and pass the points on to you. FxR+ details on these lakes have also been updated. Stocking data and Master Angler awards information throughout the state have been brought current as well.
More lakes have been added recently, bringing FxR closer to a goal of being an entire repository of all public fishable waters in Colorado. Look for some of the class 3 and 4 lakes to be getting more info and more lakes to be activated in the near future. If you see a lake that needs a skipper, and you think you can help out, fill out a skipper application.
Two more good ways to contribute to the site and earn points are to submit events on the calendar page, and email me with news articles you think would be relevant for the site. And don't forget about the "Fins Up" feature on the forum as a way to reward a good post with points. Whenever you see a post you like, think is helpful, or just has a cool picture; Fins Up!
This site really is supported by anglers. Guys and gals dishing out know-how through forum posts and comments, the government official plainly explaining biology or operations, the angler who always keeps conditions current on "their" lake, and the ones just dipping their toes in the water and earning their first few points. ALL members who participate and contribute are helping make this site great.
The folks behind the site aren't so bad either. I knew I liked Matt immediately when I found out not only could he code and fish, but he was a disc golfer too. About Dave, well, when a fella puts you on your first fish on a fly, you owe that guy a beer. When that fish happens to be a 9.5 lb., 28.5 in. carp (also a first), you tend to keep buying that guy beer and asking him more questions about fly fishing.
FxR is the reason I added an ice and fly rod to my spinning gear (haven't got the baitcast itch yet, but I'm sure it's coming). It's the reason I catch a hell of a lot more fish than I did a year ago, when I first stumbled upon it. But it's not really FxR that did it, but you members. You all helped me pick out my gear, told me how best to use it, suggested colors and techniques, and a ton of other stuff I'm sure I now think I always knew, but heard here. Thanks. Keep it up. Keep reading, posting, replying, debating, asking, answering, submitting, emailing, uploading, updating, but most importantly, keep fishing.
Illustration by Mark A. Hicks