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Lake: Barr Lake

Barr Lake news

Post By: serrfisherman      Posted: 5/13/2019 9:29:54 PM     Points: 746    
Went fishing at Barr today and the ranger popped up to deliver some sad news! We can no longer shore fish from the west side: the railroad side. The land belongs to FEICO, railroad company and they don't want fishermen to be fishing that side anymore. If you're biking or walking you can still use that path as an access, but no longer will be able to fish that side unless the water is low. The Ranger put up the sign right after telling us the news - he was a great guy, and always really respectful and cool when he checks me. So, my fishing days are done at Barr now. As somebody who doesn't own a boat, theres just no real shore access to fish. Can't fish the North side (the dam), can't fish the south side (bird sanctuary), and now we can't fish the west side. So the only shore access fishermen have is the shallow east side at the main gate. I don't know about you but I've never caught fish on that side. Sad day, no more fishing at Barr for me. I guess I'm on to other fisheries.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/14/2019 6:21:50 AM     Points: 34687    
Thanks for the heads up. Can you still fish the NW corner by the dam--accessed by the bird watchers house?
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 5/14/2019 9:15:12 AM     Points: 534    
Fishermen have paid millions of dollars into the habitat program and receive very little in return. CPW needs to get a lease or buy the land to allow access.
 Reply by: serrfisherman      Posted: 5/14/2019 1:46:28 PM     Points: 746    
@bronn From what I was told you can still access the lake on that side and fish that side as long as you're not fishing on the dam. But I've never personally caught any fish in that spot. That part of the lake is pretty shallow and lacks the structure the southwest side has. Again, the few spots that are accessible from shore will either have too many other people squeezing into one small location OR are too shallow to have any fish. Especially during low water, hot summer seasons.
 Reply by: serrfisherman      Posted: 5/14/2019 1:52:24 PM     Points: 746    
@Pathway CPW budget could barely afford to sustain what they have now, let alone full lease on properties lol. They could only afford two signs telling people that you can't fish that side anymore. It's actually not their fault. I wish it was so that I can blame them, but it's not. According to their annual report and Government audit they make approximately $231.8 million dollars and their total budget used a year is $231.8 million. Even with the increase in license costs, it's not enough to do a lot more with. What they need to do is start charging a trail license and habitat stamp to hikers, bikers, rock climbers, etc. All of those people use our resources as well, but fishermen and hunters carry the load.
 Reply by: NoNick      Posted: 5/14/2019 3:40:40 PM     Points: 40    
"What they need to do is start charging a trail license and habitat stamp to hikers, bikers, rock climbers, etc. All of those people use our resources as well, but fishermen and hunters carry the load."

That's too logical for the gubmint to figure out, but it needs to happen everywhere.
 Reply by: Santiago84      Posted: 5/14/2019 10:06:43 PM     Points: 3797    
Serrfisherman, you nailed it. Thatís why I love those hug a hunter or fisherman commercials. Just by participating in this hobby you do a lot for conservation and we have a lot of free riders in Colorado right now. I donít think the general public thinks about access like fisherman do. Everyone loves the wilderness but fisherman and hunters are paying for it. I joined a conservation group that fights for access for anglers and hunters. I know some other states have talked about a backpack tax where you would be excepted if you can show you have a valid hunting or fishing license. I would love to see some other recreational groups step up the way fisherman do. Once access is taken away itís real hard to get back.