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Lake: South Platte Park Ponds (Littleton Flood Plain Ponds)

Is a Fishing Hole Really Worth This?

Post By: Whelenman358      Posted: 6/18/2017 12:45:54 AM     Points: 113    
People getting crazy about their fishing spots. Not Colorado but considering some of the comments I have heard regarding fishing etiquette, I wouldn't be surprised to see this someday.

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 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: 6/18/2017 6:46:43 AM     Points: 330
It would be interesting to see how many tickets have been issued in the past few years to individuals harassing fishermen here in Colorado.
I'll bet there haven't been many.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 6/18/2017 7:21:15 AM     Points: 10402
Where I grew up,you don't pull a gun on someone,unless your going to kill them.Kind of like"poop . . .or get off the toilet!
 Reply by: thompo      Posted: 6/18/2017 7:25:14 AM     Points: 232
this actually gives me an idea... if we could get 4-5 guys open carrying about 100 yards out from the buoy line at chatfield we might actually be able to get some fishing done!
 Reply by: FloatTubeGuy      Posted: 6/18/2017 10:37:22 AM     Points: 1041
I had the reverse happen last Monday while in my float tube at Chatfield, as we all know a public park..

I was floating about 50 yards off shore when a "fellow angler" comes in and sets up right on shore directly in front of me when no one is anywhere else on shore nearby. I mean he could pick anywhere but sets up right where I put in and right in front of me. Okay. Seemed a little odd.

After a few passes back and forth , this shore angler threatened me because "I was too close to his lines and I was fishing where he was casting." Even though I reminded him I was in place before he got there oh, and that I was no where near his lines. He used a few choice curse words which I fired back with some of my own.

Fact --> he could not cast more than 20 yards. I made sure to stay away from where he was casting even though he aimed them at me or at least in my direction.

Fact --> I was 50 yards from shore and at least 30 yards further out than his casts were landing 25-40 feet short of me.

Fact --> He threatened to throw treble hooks and attempt to pop my tube because I was in HIS spot ruining HIS fishing.

Fact --> I challenged him to share the space and told him I would move if he could cast to where I was or if he could even land one close to me. I reminded him it was a public lake.

Fact --> I caught about 30 fish in front of him....and JEALOUSY reared it's ugly side and he threatened me, threatened to try and take my tube out (WTF!? what a moron). And he cursed me out for 15 minutes.

My point is this works all ways.
If we could all accept that we all fish a little differently and show each other the respect they deserve, things would rarely get ugly.

And if the shore dude with the long grey beard at Chatty last Monday reads this,,,,,,,,,,,,,bwahahahahaha - it is a public resource which must be shared. It wasn't, isn't and will never-ever be YOUR SPOT. Oh and thanks for watching me catch all those little walleye. :-}
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: 6/18/2017 10:46:21 AM     Points: 27413
To answer your question, depends on whether the fish are biting good or not.
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: 6/18/2017 1:41:49 PM     Points: 330

If everything you are alleging took place exactly as you described, then you were totally legal as regards fishing and boating regulations. (Don’t know about the unpleasant verbal exchange with him though, and he certainly shouldn’t threaten you with violence i.e. throwing treble hooks at you).

However, IF you were closer than 150 feet from the shore when the shore fisherman walked up, then you would be in the wrong as you cannot operate your craft (tube) within 150 feet of the shore fisherman.

Under the situation I described, would the shore fisherman be rude and inconsiderate to walk up and expect you to move?
But could he legally do so?

 Reply by: JohnnyW      Posted: 6/18/2017 7:12:04 PM     Points: 840
I've seen this go both ways, boaters coming in to crowd a shore angler when they see him catch a fish and the shore anglers determined to fish their spots. Personally I don't think it is worth getting all worked up about, I mean part of the reason I like to fish is to get away from all the crap we have to deal with on a daily basis. When that "stress" gets brought to the lake as well, I think we might be losing focus on why we are fishing.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 6/18/2017 9:24:47 PM     Points: 2596
...paddle on and enjoy the experience. There's plenty enough lake to get away from the "stupids". It's not worth the hassle!
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 6/19/2017 8:32:16 AM     Points: 206
Here's one for you. If you get the chance watch Pacific Warriors where they fish out of kayaks off from the Hawaiian Islands for a living. Here you have a vast expanse of open water yet you get 2 guys wandering into another's fishing area (even when he's not in the area) and the turmoil begins. I'm talking 2 guys who are the only 2 wondering into an area where 1 guy claims ownership and there are miles and miles of open water. Its ridiculous. Probably just part of the show I guess.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 6/19/2017 8:56:12 AM     Points: 3900
Get on a saltwater forum sometime. You think people get crap on FxR for blowing up a spot, take a look at what happens when someone blows up a flats spot or gives the coordinates for a rock pile.
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