Post By: A$AP51 Posted: 6/13/2017 11:09:44 PMPoints: 63
Went out yesterday for a few hours and caught my limit plus many more that I released, however I caught one trout that looked very different from the regular rainbows and cutbows i had been catching all day! Does anyone know what kind of trout this is?
Reply by: wildtrouter Posted: 6/14/2017 9:03:15 AM Points: 150
I'm no expert.....and since I don't keep any of the fish I catch I'm curious....aren't you supposed to stop fishing for the day once you catch and keep your limit?? Just curious as I have heard it from others.
Reply by: Abel1 Posted: 6/14/2017 9:52:04 AM Points: 528
This is not to criticize but you might want to brush up a little on your fish identification. Check out the trout available in Colorado and then look them up on the internet to get familiar with them. The only reason I say this is if that had been a Greenback Cutthroat and you had kept it plus posted it on this website or perhaps were checked on the way out it could have been a problem. Nothing wrong with what you did as far as I am concerned just throwing it out there.
Reply by: Ajax5240 Posted: 6/14/2017 9:55:17 AM Points: 26993
Wild, I will venture a guess that it was not your intention to accuse, or start yet another C&R debate.
He did not say that he caught his limit and then continued fishing, he very well could have caught and released a bunch of fish while working towards his limit.
While the regs read that a fish which is not released immediately counts towards your bag limit... take a look at how people cull fish out in a tournament. Even to the point of multiple companies making "cull markers" to aid in the process or sorting fish out of a live well.
Reply by: shiverfix Posted: 6/14/2017 10:19:59 AM Points: 3441
And no, the rules in Colorado do not state that once you hit your limit you need to stop fishing. Now, should you? That is an ethical debate that should be on another thread.
A$AP51, nice fish and congrats on a great day! While there are very few instances that a trout limit is not in aggregate, it is probably a good idea to have a positive ID before keeping a fish. With all the varieties that CPW stocks I know it can sometimes be difficult (cutbow vs rainbow for example).
Ajax5240, agreed, that was what I was trying to say in my post, for most waters a trout is a trout is a trout. It doesn't matter if it is a cutthroat, cutbow, one of the variety of rainbows, or a brown.
Abel, I typically pull up the CPW fishing regs online and use the search feature "control + F" and type in the keyword.
There are many waters listed in the special regs section where they must be returned to the water immediately. If the body of water does not have specific regs regarding cut throats (or any species for that matter) the statewide bag and possession limits apply.
Believe me, I don't have all this stuff committed to memory. Just to be safe, I always have a recent copy of the regs in the boat, truck, and tackle box. It has gotten me out of a few jams when I had to reference it for a ranger that was mis-informed (politely of course)
tarifisher - if I kept fish I would stop.. until this thread I believed anything caught after reaching your limit could be construed as exceeding your limit if a game warden walked up on you with a fish on the line. While you may not get ticketed, I do promise they will ask you why you're still fishing when you have your limit. Although I don't use bait and the chances would be small, I wouldn't want to be in a position where I caught and killed a fish after already having my limit. At this point, that's a personal thing not necessarily a legal or ethical thing.
Nice catch. Personally if Im keeping fish and don't know what type of fish I've caught I toss them back. Take a picture and research later. Especially here. We have a great catalogue for fish species via the top of the forum. It's exactly what I do when my son catches a new species too. I've played around with some apps but usually those seem to be a hassle on site. (If anyone has any recommendations on one let me know) but have no shame in asking. We all need to at one point.
Reply by: Bubba02STi Posted: 6/15/2017 1:54:21 AM Points: 500
Ajax- I have one of those here at the house. I'm looking for something digital that I can use on my phone and easy to pocket. I usually end up hiking around lakes and rivers. It will just get torn up. I guess I could keep one in the car though. It's also something more so for my son. I'm trying to have him learn to look up the fish himself instead of just asking me even though he has been doing a good job learning on his own. I just see a digital copy being easy for one off situations like op was having.
Reply by: wildtrouter Posted: 6/15/2017 9:59:42 AM Points: 150
tarifisher - though it would never be an issue (I honestly detest the taste of fish.....) I'll only keep one for my wife and kids when we're camping, and I only would keep from a lake I know I can.
From my understanding of the law and after speaking with some DOW folks.....if you are fishing after you've either caught or culled your limit you're done. If the limit is four and you have four on your stringer......you fish for a bit longer and catch that fifth that gobbled your lure, worm, fly......whatever you use, and it can't be revived. You've just broken the law and it seems logical to me.
Reply by: bardkin Posted: 6/15/2017 11:12:40 AM Points: 3907
um..fishing limits and bag possession - If you have your limit of trout and you are fishing, it doesn't mean that you will catch a trout unless that's all there is to catch in the water your fishing. besides, in a multi-species area, you can't be 100% sure what will hit your bait, even if its chicken liver on the bottom.
For instance- If I was fishing Carter, and filled up on walleye, then had a bass or two and then was still fishing then maybe I want some bluegills or rainbows as well. as long as I haven't gone over my limit on any one species then why shouldn't I continue to fish?