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Lake: Prospect Lake (Colorado Springs)

never again

Post By: gunguy      Posted: 6/29/2015 2:17:45 PM     Points: 145    
I decided to try prospect today. This will be last time I ever go there to fish. Its monday afternoon it is a beautiful day and there are six boats on the water. They are churning up the water making fishing almost impossible. I start to notice that two boats after each pass are leaking oil or fuel into the water. They are all taking turns going around the lake some pulling water boarders/skiers. Others are just trying to go as fast as possible, three of the boats are blasting music. I am of the opinion that these boats are to large for this lake. The parks and recreation has spent millions of dollars to rebuild this lake and these boat are quickly destroying it. I will no longer fish this lake do to the pollution these boats and many other things have placed in the water. I also feel these boats should be banned from this lake and only electric motors and row boats should be allowed. Thanks for reading my rant.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/29/2015 2:28:38 PM     Points: 26993    
Although I know the frustrated feeling, some times the mud lines that speed boats create can make for great fishing. Waves hitting shore stir up the tiny stuff that bait fish eat, which attracts the bait fish. Then the big fish come in to eat the bait fish that are busy feeding.

Not that it helps at all with the leaking fluids, or loud music, but if you're catching fish, it may improve your mood.

Somewhere right now, I'm sure there is someone on a wake boarding forum complaining about fishermen...
 Reply by: Dangly      Posted: 6/29/2015 2:31:25 PM     Points: 238    
Ajax-
true but I bet none of the words in that rant are over six letters long :)
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/29/2015 2:36:53 PM     Points: 26993    
The best way to lose 100' of braided line is when you know a wake boarder is going to have to spend hours untangling it from his prop....
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 6/29/2015 3:50:50 PM     Points: 1816    
Man, that's frustrating.... some people just lack common sense not to mention courtesy. Somehow these virtues are being eroded in today's world.
 Reply by: gunguy      Posted: 6/29/2015 3:55:17 PM     Points: 145    
I appreciate the words of encouragement. Maybe I should just stick to the mountain lakes I always bring something back and it is more peaceful. I dont mind the hikes either.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 6/29/2015 5:12:44 PM     Points: 2033    
gunguy,
As much as I hate to say it, just like ATV's and motorcycles while you're trying to hunt, all areas are "multi-use", and unfortunately, not all users are civilized. I'm in agreement with you about mountain lakes and streams...they're usually quieter. Don't let the idiots get you down, they'll never change. Good Fishing!
Ski
 Reply by: bardkin      Posted: 6/29/2015 11:27:58 PM     Points: 3907    
Well, I gotta say that it IS prospect Lake. that place never was a good place to fish to begin with. Always something going on, always some drug addicts here or a gang fight there. muddy silty bottom, drastic water level changes all the time. I lived in the springs from 1974 - 2000 minus a 1 year stint in Washington. Moved North to Longmont in '01. I always hated that pond.

I did take my father out 2 summers ago. (After they drained it and all) He was never a big fisherman, but it was him, my son and myself for a 3 generation day. He has old timers disease now and can't do much anymore.

I have to say it looked a lot better than it ever did before, but I'm still not going back. seems there are a lot more opportunities out there than there was before I left. Anytime you get a chance to get North of Denver, leme know and I'll show you a few cool spots up this way.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 6/30/2015 1:09:55 AM     Points: 5332    
Manafest destiny . . .or head west young man,if you live in the springs then your just a short drive from some of the best trout in the state . . .head up hiway 24 there's lots of great fishing just west of the springs.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 6/30/2015 9:50:28 AM     Points: 1093    
pueblo overflow boaters i bet. as a lil fishin lake yeah. as a ski lake ?.... its sooooo small. i know they make a bit of coin off the permits they sell to people to use the lake.
i agree with hp. better fishing west. and less people/crowds. sometimes.
 Reply by: ratdog      Posted: 6/30/2015 5:33:03 PM     Points: 149    
try fishing no wake lakes.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 6/30/2015 5:51:01 PM     Points: 5332    
Ratdog . . .no wake still don't fix rude,don't know how to back a trailer,can't see the other boats,A-HOLE's right of way . . .ect . . .ect it just slows them down!
I like week days when most people have to go to work . . .
 Reply by: gunguy      Posted: 6/30/2015 7:51:35 PM     Points: 145    
thanks bardkin i may take you up on that offer. to everyone i thank you and im glad im not the only one who feels and thinks these things. i like to hike in to north catamount and nichols which i cant wait till it opens back up since i have never caught anything in rampart since i dont have a boat i dont thank you all again
 Reply by: Musky5150      Posted: 7/2/2015 10:35:22 AM     Points: 3    
Gather up as many fishermen as you can and go to next year's Prospect Lake meeting...

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 Reply by: Musky5150      Posted: 7/2/2015 10:45:22 AM     Points: 3    
gunguy... Next time you see more than 5 watercraft on the lake you need to call it in. See Page 6 / Paragraph 7 of the Watercraft User Guide. Print it out and keep it with you for rules and phone numbers to call if you see violations of ANY kind being committed by the boaters.

https://www.springsgov.com/units/parksrec/PL2014.pdf

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