There's a yearly voluntary closure up there for the city of Aspen to do some PM's at the power plant. They turn water off at the toilet bowl and the CPW doesn't want people stressing fish while they're in an already stressed state.
There's been no changes whatsoever to the rules or angler access. There's a new gate up there that's been placed to keep people from further damaging the fence by backing up to it.
I've talked to the Bureau Of Reclamation, CPW, and the city of Aspen.
The CPW is issuing a press release soon to clear up any confusion.
Reply by: Luke the Dog Posted: 12/22/2017 8:38:52 AM Points: 34
From the article: "wading anglers who have for years conducted themselves with civility and poise in a somewhat crowded venue. Only a few times since 1992 have I witnessed guides with little to no tact when it comes to crowded fishing conditions. Most of the time anglers located at the Toilet Bowl are jovial and friendly to share the spot and their heater with whomever asks."
HA! That might be one of the biggest lines of BS I have ever read in my life! There are big fish in the Bowl, I've caught big fish there, but big fish also make people act stupid and there's a lot of fools at that spot...
Interesting, in 10 years of fishing the Pan I've fished the toilet bowl once, I did manage a 5# or so trout there on a Vibrax Minnow. Just too much of a hassle in my opinion. There are big trout below the toilet bowl. Bill
The first pic is a 29" my largest on the Pan, the other two were just pretty fish.