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Lake: Island Acres Ponds - James M. Robb
Fish: Rainbow Trout

Fruita Spring Catch

Post By: PJBrowne      Posted: 3/20/2019 5:02:54 PM     Points: 1833    
Visited the City of Fruita James M Robb Colorado River State Park camp site and lakes, West of Grand Junction, lakes maintained by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife showed great results for Rainbows today. Earlier this month the CPW stocked the lake with sixteen-hundred brewed trout. Fishing from shore anglers were successfully scoring limits with the average of 14 with a few 20 Rainbows. Various lures as well Power Bate from shore were the main method of capture. Great fishing experience to be had by all! One of our local fisherman catch that day!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 3/20/2019 6:19:16 PM     Points: 11476
Yummy . . .trout left to die a slow death on a stringer. I bet they taste GREAT.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/20/2019 10:17:01 PM     Points: 7774
1) Picture on the left with the guy in the red sweater - the fish in his left hand is a cutthroat, not a bow, me thinks...

2) H.P. Aw come on man, can't you offer something constructive with that? People throw them in buckets, coolers, on the ground, in a bag. What the guy did is not unusual and I don't see him carrying a live well to the shore.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 3/21/2019 4:40:02 AM     Points: 11476
Tbubb . . . . .the fish could have been killed/cleaned/iced and would taste great.Instead,they got left to die a slow death on a stringer.The guts break down and spoil the meat,by the time those fish get cleaned,its too late . . .then the guy cuts the fish open to clean it and spreads that gut juice all over that fish . . .now it really will taste good.
BTW . . .whats the limit on Trout these days . . . .pic #2 looks like he might be a few fish over the limit.

 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/21/2019 5:20:41 AM     Points: 7774
HP. Depends on the water temp...
Seems we have that 'limits' discussion here pretty frequently then almost invariably the photographer mentions something like:
Well, as you see, there is the guy holding the fish, then the photographer, then the other guy... the 3 of us...
But yeah, no harm in asking if not accusing.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/21/2019 5:22:29 AM     Points: 7774
HP. Depends on the water temp...
Seems we have that 'limits' discussion here pretty frequently then almost invariably the photographer mentions something like:
'Well, as you see, there is the guy holding the fish, then the photographer, then the other guy... the 3 of us...'
To note, I do see a guy standing next to the guy holding the fish in that picture, and assume shore fishermen that are not together are not fishing that close together, so that's 2 guys, at least.
But yeah, no harm in asking if not accusing.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 3/21/2019 5:46:22 AM     Points: 11476
I count 13 trout on two stringers . . . . .somethings fishy there! Not too sure what the limits are where they were fishing,but if its four trout per fisherman . . . .and there are three fishermen . . . . .somethings not kosher!
There may be more or less than 13 trout on the stringers,but it sure looks like 13 or more. (To me)
PJBrowne does say at the end of his post "one of our local fisherman catch that day" . . .if that's the case . . . .CPW needs to step up their game at that lake.
Edit: Picture #1 . . . . .do I count 5 trout?
Something is fishy there . . . .
 Reply by: PJBrowne      Posted: 3/21/2019 11:50:49 AM     Points: 1833
The photos are of a family outing fishing with their elder Mother and Father which are in there sixties making a party of four, a weekly family outing on weekends. The limit is four per fisherman and well withing the limits for the day.

What do you suggest all on storing/keeping your catch for a four hour stay while fishing on the bank?? Open for suggestions.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 3/21/2019 12:11:13 PM     Points: 11476
For the freshest fish,I kill the fish ASAP,then I gut and remove the blood in the back bone pocket.Bag the guts and take to a real trash can.Wash the inside of the fish to get any blood left and then ice them down.I like to bag my fish before putting them in ice.The way you handle trout can make a huge difference in the taste. If you do it my way,the trout will be more of a neutral tasteing fish. I used to not like trout,till someone showed me what I was doing wrong.
Please get back to us and let us know how it works for you.I think you will really enjoy the results.You can taste the difference.
 Reply by: PJBrowne      Posted: 3/21/2019 12:29:49 PM     Points: 1833
Will do for myself, Thank You. As a Skipper try to post the catches of fishermen to gather Lake/River reports for the forums. Educating a fisherman is like telling a woman she should change her hair color, Been their, not going back!! LOL.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 3/21/2019 1:07:21 PM     Points: 11476
Small sign on the desk of my high school principal. "Give a man a fish,feed him for a day.Teach a man to fish,feed him for life!"
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 3/21/2019 1:28:18 PM     Points: 26940

I wouldn't sweat the " details " on how you kept your fish for harvest.What you did works just fine. First off , unless gut hooked or nicked in the gills, Most fish DON"T die on a stringer.Least that has been my experience. And even if the do.This time of year. The water is plenty cold enough to slow down any decomposition. Unless your fishing warm water( above 50 ) , its a non-issue. Second in a lot of water it's against the law to clean fish on site ( since the spread of whirling disease ). If Checked by a ranger, your gonna have to prove to him that you disposed of the entrails as opposed to tossing them back into the water. And if the ranger wants to play hard-ass. Pointing to a trash bin and saying " there it is " really doesn't prove they came from your fish ! That could pose a real problem.Next, there a lot of guys that fish in WARM Saltwater ( including My Brother in-Law ) That do nothing more than slit the gills and throw them on Ice. And he sells what he doesn't keep to Restaurants !! Don't know too many Chefs that will pay top dollar for "tainted " meat. What HP is suggesting. Is overkill at the very least. Isn't going to make a significant difference in the flavor of your catch. And could get you fined to boot !
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 3/21/2019 2:48:42 PM     Points: 11476
Smelly,I'm not telling PJBrowne to toss the guts in the lake . . . .I said to bag them and take to a trash can.Where's the violation? I've done it that way for yrs and never a word one from the CPW officers that have checked me.Both in a boat and from shore.
 Reply by: PJBrowne      Posted: 3/21/2019 3:18:05 PM     Points: 1833
Smelly & Punch, To end the question regarding cleaning the catch at the waters edge is legal per the Colorado Wild Life Rangers Office in Grand Junction, head on or off doesn't matter. Guess it depends on who's watching or not, that is the little ones in the area. OK, On Word and Up Word.
 Reply by: masteroftheloch      Posted: 3/21/2019 4:31:40 PM     Points: 164
Dang dude, what every happened to a good ole fashion "good job dude". It sure beats coming off like a giant douche for even trying to complain about this dude seeming "over the limit". Just go out and fish and be cool to your fellow fisherman.
 Reply by: Phatrap71      Posted: 3/21/2019 6:36:39 PM     Points: 9
Yep people like that are why a lot of people shy away from posting ! Gotta love the Barney Fife internet cops. lol
 Reply by: Salmon Slayer      Posted: 3/21/2019 8:03:53 PM     Points: 1824
^^ yeah that
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/21/2019 8:50:46 PM     Points: 7774
For what it's worth, yeah, I kind of called HP on a reminder that there may well be an explanation, and encouraged a more positive contribution than just a criticism.
I know HP, and I've fished with HP, and I've found him to be nothing if not kind to myself, my daughter, and others.
And so I felt comfortable pointing out that this might have come across poorly or different than intended. Tone is hard to grasp over these forums.
People also have bad days.

I take note that HP also did take some time to write up something more constructive and didn't throw a bunch of attitude on that when he did so.

As for the pile-on that has come since, I'm not sure that calling someone a douche, an internet cop or barney Fief is much better than asking if someone was within limits. At least the latter is a question, not name-calling. I have some impressions of who I would and would not choose to fish with here at this point. But I'd love to be proven wrong on the more negative impressions. Like I said, I know people have bad days.

Hopefully everyone involved here is as cool as most of the folks I meet out there. Tell you what: I have lot of respect for the O.P./Skipper (PJBrowne) for not getting his feathers ruffled. He took it all in stride while addressing the questions asked & participated in the discussion and even addressed some of the questions that raised with a warden ti help contribute to the knowledge of everyone else here that might have been left confused.

Maybe we can all keep it classy like that?

 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 3/21/2019 8:53:02 PM     Points: 206
Agree with all the last 4 posts.

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