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Lake: Watson Lake

Watson Questions

Post By: avsfreak13      Posted: 4/6/2015 9:48:03 AM     Points: 977    
Hey all I recently got a kayak and have been frequenting Boyd and Smith lakes but was curious about Watson off the Poudre. For one is the lake open again after the flooding in 2013 and two if non-motorized kayaks are allowed there?

Avsfreak13
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 4/6/2015 10:24:40 AM     Points: 25840    
Yes, The lake is open, and it was fishing ok last season. Only float tubes though. Greeley water is really strict, and there is nothing but float tubes allowed.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 4/6/2015 10:33:22 AM     Points: 1813    
Why do they make such a distinction between float tubes and kayaks?! I never understood that... you would think that an angler in the float tube would be more likely to come in contact with the water than an anger in a kayak. What's the reasoning there, anybody know?
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 4/6/2015 10:44:39 AM     Points: 182666    
It's a CPW decision. The reason is Wildlife areas are paid for and there primarily for the use of anglers and hunters. Very few "recreational" float tubes. Whereas recreational kayaks/canoes abound, far out numbering anglers. Very difficult to enforce kayaks/boats/canoes only if fishing. Very easy if it's float tubes only.

At least that's the story I got when I asked a few years back.
 Reply by: avsfreak13      Posted: 4/6/2015 10:48:46 AM     Points: 977    
Well I guess I'll be heading over to smith again today in the elusive search for pike!
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 4/6/2015 10:49:43 AM     Points: 24475    
Douglas may not be a bad lake for you to try either.