Post By: motoxxx43 Posted: 7/10/2018 11:00:04 AMPoints: 1718
There are many things a boater can do to be nuisance to other lake goers. Playing music so loud it echos off the other side of the lake or tying off from both sides of a narrow cove so that others cannot use the cove. Even some of the launch ramp antics were folks use the ramp as their personal repair shop on a busy day instead of pulling the boat to work on it on the trailer. Neither of those are generally a safety issue. A reoccurring issue I keep seeing is the distance boaters fly by another vessel. I tried to look up and get an actual distance in the regulation manual. I was unable to find a distance. There has to be one in writing somewhere? I found a posting from March/2018 stating 150 feet. Anyways, not sure how everyone else feels about this but aside from being a jerk its not particularly a safe practice to zip by other boaters so closely. (Just for the record its been my observation that our fellow fishermen are flying by at close proximity. Yes the ski boats, speed boats and jet skis do but it happens that more fishing boats are doing this to us than any other type of vessel.) Any one know the actual distance? [log in for link]
Reply by: Kokanee Bro Posted: 7/10/2018 11:10:13 AM Points: 239
I was always told 100 feet but not sure what the actual rule is. I can testify that fishermen are every bit as bad at this as other boaters (they just donít throw as big of a wake). I have a slow boat that doesnít produce much of a wake, but I always make sure to give people a wide birth. It frustrates me when people that have a 200hp outboard blow through people trolling or jigging when it is nothing for them to go around and give people space.
Reply by: SGM Posted: 7/10/2018 11:58:25 AM Points: 6724
Yes it is an issue and it included all boaters who fail to care about others, safety or just common courtesy. I looked at the 2018 regs also and found nothing in that boucher that was specific. Here are a few that might be helpful?good to know.
2018 Colorado Boating Statutes and Regulations
218, #2. Persons operating vessels which pass within one hundred fifty feet of any swimming area, moored vessel, person on shore engaged in fishing, or person in a vessel engaged in servicing buoys or markings shall reduce the speed of the vessels in order to prevent the wash or wake of the vessel from causing damage or inconvenience.
218, #5 No person shall operate or anchor a vessel within one hundred fifty feet of any person on shore engaged in fishing, except where narrow passages or coves make such operation restrictions impractical.
223, #5. No person shall engage in water skiing, surfboarding, or similar activity within one hundred fifty feet of any harbor, swimming beach, or mooring area or any areas which are designated by posting or otherwise as being closed to water skiing except in areas designated as a ski take-off or landing area.
216, #1. Every person in the water, outside a designated swimming area, using an underwater breathing device often known as scuba gear, shall display a diverís flag, having one diagonal white stripe on a red background and capable of being identified at a distance of not less than one hundred yards. Such flag shall be placed at or near the point of submergence, and shall constitute a warning that a diver is submerged and may be within a radius of one hundred feet from such a flag. Vessels shall keep a distance of one hundred feet from the diverís flag. Scuba divers shall keep a distance of one hundred feet from dam outlet structures.
#219 - NAVIGATION AND RULES OF THE ROAD, No hard numbers stated. The book uses term like within a distance appropriate, or reasonable distance
Motoxxx43, I agree with Bratty, the people who need to read your complaint can't read!!! And sorry, but after many years of fishing and boating, nothing you or can do will change these chumps, so ya better get used to it, take some meds, or move. They won't play nice with others.
Welcome to Pueblo (and just about every other lake in Colorado). Sucks, but not much you can do. Rarely see anyone enforcing rules. Perhaps there are just to few of those who enforce them . The boat ramp can be a zoo, other boaters uncourteous, and the weather just plain unbearable. But, don't let that stop you from doing what you enjoy. Just watch your back, front and sides at all times...
Amen to just about every other lake in Colorado. I've pretty much quit fishing any lakes that don't have a 10hp or no wake restriction. It eliminated some of the problems you mentioned. On the other hand most lakes that fit into this category get quite a bit less funding so thinks like quality docks and nice new boat ramps are something we'll never see. Other issue with these lakes is they attract paddle boarders. Good luck. We should have all went on on that lake off of I70 and ward road.
^^^ That's right... I think there are times on Chatfield when every boater on the lake can't help but be violating some rule, somewhere. Cram that many boaters on a pond like Chatty and you are always going to be running too close to some other boater, waking an anchored boat, violating some shore fisherman's space... or "whatever".
If you are not up for a total zoo, steer clear of Colorado's lakes in the summertime...especially on weekends. I own a boat but rarely take it out during the summer...other than maybe a couple weekdays here and there. Come mid-September however, I'll start using it again.
Fishing at night helps, I don't think Bass Pro shops is the reason there are so many boats, there are other boat shops. Could have something to do with the population boom here and the popularity of fishing and other outdoor activities increasing as a whole. I do wish rangers would patrol these lakes more like they do at Horsetooth.
Reply by: lvrider Posted: 8/30/2018 11:02:55 AM Points: 60
ive had drunks snag my lines while shore fishing at night for walleye in an area that was not a narrow passage. i was just happening to also be practicing my baseball pitch with random rocks i could find on shore that night as well to which they were not that happy about. in reality though i dont know anyone who can throw a pueblo shore rock farther than 150 feet... especially that big lunker i threw...
Reply by: Team Galaxy Posted: 9/2/2018 9:48:37 PM Points: 496
Sure, I'll slow down when I get close to someone....lol. As my boat slows, the ass end sinks, pushing a bigger wake than if I went by you at 60mph. Carefull what you ask for. It's Colorado, and it will only get worse.
I have no problem with any boaters EXCEPT wake boats....the wake they throw is unsafe to the average fisherman and yaker. I get that they need SOME wake to have their fun and yell WOOOOO, but they aren't even boarding on that wake. They are directly behind the boat.
Do you know you are responsible for your own wake and the dammage/injury you may cause to someone or their vessel. But I guess thats a lost cause when you get flipped in your yak and your$!* is in the bottom of the lake....good luck getting a CL#.
The only answer is enforcment, but that wont happen because if they write tickets and start putting people in jail for BUI then no one will go to the parks to "get harrassed" and they will loose money. They dont want the fishermen there because we dont buy gas from the Marina, we have annual passes and can go there as much as we want, and no $15 daily pass. Untill people start dying from boating accidents there will be no enforcment. Hell isn't it bad enough that we buy a "yearly pass" but only have access to the lakes for 9 months....HORSETOOTH!!