Post By: GrannyJim Posted: 3/13/2018 8:08:27 AMPoints: 3
Unfortunately, CPW decided to take over the dam a few days early. Worked really hard last weekend to get time some to troll the dam last night only to find that the people who make the rules and regulations decided to go ahead and put nets ohead of the March 15 date which is in the regs.. CPW, if you are reading these threads, you suck.
Does anyone know what other lakes might be in the same situation (Chatfield?).
Reply by: Toon Posted: Mar. 13, 8:22:37 AM Points: 100
I was out at Chatfield last night. It was the first night the put the net in they said. It pretty much runs the length of the dam 100 feet out. They also put a line of "Do Not Enter" buoys 100 feet out from the net so it is clearly marked.
Reply by: gotafish Posted: Mar. 13, 8:48:13 AM Points: 186
WOW. Granny. Do you think walleye spawn according to the calender. The biologist are working hard to provide fishing opportunities for anglers across the state. If they put the nets in early it's because the mild winter has warmed the water earlier so the walleye are moving up to spawn early. They are just doing their job the best they can. So if you are inconvenienced by not being able to fish a couple days to dam bad.
Reply by: Sean D Posted: Mar. 13, 9:02:42 AM Points: 968
A friend as out there yesterday afternoon. The only sign up was no fishing from the dam from 3/15-4/15. Well, it was 3/12 so he was fishing from the dam, got snagged on the net and broke a rod No markers, nothing showing that the nets were already out.
Reply by: panfishin Posted: Mar. 13, 11:11:00 AM Points: 7049
i think I heard Nate Z talking about the nets going in as early as yesterday on the radio this past Saturday with Terry Wickstrom. here's one way to look at the situation...the nets went in early which hopefully means that they will get all of their necessary eggs to trade with other states sooner and quicker and then be able to take the nets out well before the April 15th time frame.
Reply by: gotafish Posted: Mar. 13, 11:37:17 AM Points: 186
Exactly, Panfish. For those that have never been around the nets they have a orange bouy on each end. They are about 300 feet long each. So if you go to Cherry creek, Chatfield or Pueblo and see orange bouys near shore or shallow islands put those spots in your memory for future reference and stay away until they are done then go fish those spots. They have uses those spots for years because the fish use those spots. The less interference with the nets the sooner the biologist can get their eggs the sooner we can fish those better locations.
Reply by: jaxson Posted: Mar. 13, 2:06:14 PM Points: 71
I think it's great they put the nets out early! But the CPW needs to tell people!.. it could really hurt someone or there boat if they ran into it... they needed to put up signs on both sides of the dam and at the boat launch. Come on CPW!
Reply by: TADA32 Posted: Mar. 13, 5:18:44 PM Points: 2071
I think more people need to pay attention. not that you aren't, but panfishin even said he herd them talking about it. Meaning the info is out there people just don't pay attention. Like parking on the beach of lon haggler when you are not suppose to.
This is how I see it. Just like not every fish gets hungry at the same time,so too . . .not every female eye spawns at the same time. The folks at CWP know what they are doing,they put the nets out for a reason.I'll fish the main lake basin till Aurora opens on Thursday.
Reply by: bluecollarguy Posted: Mar. 13, 7:42:49 PM Points: 43
This post made my day haha! Sometimes i agree with the first poster on the sentiment of the CPW but I don't think they are trying to be difficult on purpose.
But ahh the walleye spawn. Makes me ponder the circle of fishing here...get em to learn how to fish with a round red/white bobber and some power bait for a tasteless stocked rainbow at your local warm water body of choice. Then graduate to a walleye angler with a real nice Lund boat, using season specific techniques for pictures of wall hangers that go back in the lake.