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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir

Boating Rules

Post By: STIHL21      Posted: 6/5/2019 8:32:53 AM     Points: 261    
I wish CPW would post signs for boaters !!! Mainly the Idiots that don't stay
At least 150ft out from shore fisherman ! Its getting so bad that people
almost want to fight ! And paddle, Kayak,canoes are all part of the Problem
They think they can just go right over your lines and I have hit them casting
some are only 30ft out ,I argued with a Stupid lady yesterday she's a jerk
her comment I didn't know and I didn't bring a tape measure .My Patience
has ended with these BOATERS, I am a boater too !! So can we spread the
word for STUPID boaters , Shore fishermen have rights too, and Venders
need Educate them also
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jun. 5, 8:38:50 AM     Points: 26993    
no way to more effectively get state parks to change something than crying about it on a fishing forum.

Who knows, the new signs may be up already!
 Reply by: Todd morse      Posted: Jun. 5, 9:05:45 AM     Points: 123    
There are a lot of fishermen that don't know or follow the same rule. I'm getting a good collection of lures that are snagged in my anchor line & i anchor shallow with only about 40' of line out.
 Reply by: STIHL21      Posted: Jun. 5, 5:17:20 PM     Points: 261    
I'm sorry I'm not trying do anything to make anybody mad !I have tried
Again upon deaf ears to try to get signs or the word out but nothing
Gets done we pay enough fees for our outdoor activities it would be
Nice if SOME rules would be at least posted ! I see no constructive
Criticism in what you are replying your basically saying ? Who cares
Until something bad happens so shut up !
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jun. 5, 5:52:41 PM     Points: 5332    
STIHL21 . . . .you are either part of the problem,or part of the solotion.You will find a gate keeper at every park office.That gate keeper will gladly listen to you and that's the end of that.Now that Standly is closed to boats,your only going to see this more.i'm sorry,but this ain't going to change soon.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jun. 5, 7:37:03 PM     Points: 47516    
I think it's a valid rule and one that should be followed but as a 95 percent boat fisherman nothings worse than showing up early and trolling a bank and have someone come set up right in the middle of where I'm fishing. I do my best to follow the rule but imo if you see what someone is doing you shouldn't expect that if you setup there they should move on. It's not just bank fisherman either. Other water crafts will come park directly in the middle of where a group of guys are trolling. Don't know that there is a real fix. Just do my best to give everyone there space.
 Reply by: STIHL21      Posted: Jun. 5, 8:35:12 PM     Points: 261    
I did say I have talked to them about rules till blue in the face and nothing, but sorry if someone takes a 20ft piece of lake , and you can go anywhere! I said I was there if you read what i wrote! Sorry but i also wrote what the rules say ?I'm confused where everyone is going just a simple request or plea and look
what happens! so might as well be no rules at all ? so I guess I will just be
another ????? O lake skipper you know how many people write stuff that
have nothing to do with fishing ? and for being a skipper your attitude and
tone are not very nice , Thanks End of Forum
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: Jun. 5, 10:19:04 PM     Points: 2486    
Ha, ha, ha...room for bank fishing and trolling on Chatfield? Seriously? I bet next thing youíll say is that it was on a nice day (ha,ha) maybe even on a weekend ( stop I canít stand it, ha, ha).
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jun. 6, 6:27:30 AM     Points: 47516    
I didn't notice the topic was on a specific lake such as Chatfield. I won't even bother fishing on such a lake ever due to the high volume of people. I generally fish much quieter bodies of water.

Since we're having this friendly conversation here's a question for concideration. Guys out trolling keeping his boat plenty far enough away from shore. Say 225ft. If he's running boards off the side can the boards get closer than 150ft?

 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: Jun. 6, 7:39:37 AM     Points: 528    
I went salmon fishing n Barkley Sound a few years ago. We left the dock around 4am so it was still plenty dark. As we ventured out into open water I couldn't help but notice the city at the far end of the direction we were headed. I asked the skipper "what city is that"?. He said "city"? Those are boats! We spent the day running gauntlets. Having boats trolling towards you with downriggers on both sides was the norm. The only problems we had would be when we hooked a fish it would run across the grain of boats and you never knew when it was going to stop or what other direction it was going to turn. All you could do was yell "fish" and hope the others would work with you. We still managed to catch our limit and we had a great time.. Point is accept the situation you find yourself in and enjoy. Even with all the rules your going to find something that you don't agree with at every place you go. It's hard to accept the fact that the good ol days are behind us but they are. Better for both sides to enjoy their trip than ruin it for each.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jun. 6, 8:15:31 AM     Points: 26993    
Right on Abel!!!

Go hang out at the Boyd inlet right about now if you want to see combat fishing...

78 people that all think they individually own a whole part of the lake...

My favorite part of these threads is when someone doesnít like the responses and tries to declare the ďdiscussion overĒ 😂

ďI argued with a stupid lady yesterday, sheís a jerkĒ what the heck do you think her thoughts were about you?!?! Hahaha
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: Jun. 8, 11:36:14 AM     Points: 1682    
You all are so late. The writing was on the wall years ago but you didnít listen to us. Itís all over now they will adjust the rules to eliminate your rights as anglers which are written now to protect you. But they will be changing that soon guaranteed to protect the mighty SUP contractor leasing those out.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Jun. 8, 12:29:38 PM     Points: 6121    
Yes Big SUP is totally out to get us

You're right, SUPs are responsible for all the fishing line on shore. Also the empty cans of bud, broken glass, and rusted hooks. I bet they're also responsible for all the poaching and rule-breaking. At this point I bet they caused the acid mine spills in Breck and Durango so they could kill the fish off and have the rivers and lakes to themselves.

They also killed my dog and stole my girlfriend.

LOL
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Jun. 8, 2:29:57 PM     Points: 2033    
Itís not the SUPís, the shore fisherman, or the boaters...itís ALL of them!

Some people have become incapable of simple common courtesy and respect. There appears to be a thread of personal entitlement running throughout society, and it just seems to be getting worse. Maybe this is why complaints are so prevalent.
I sincerely hope I still have the ability and courage, at my age, to practice patience and good judgement when dealing with the inevitable.

(Off my soap box!)
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: Jun. 9, 9:40:01 AM     Points: 1682    
ainít nobody listening to your smart ass
Youíve never even had a girlfriend
Lol
 Reply by: puntfish      Posted: Jun. 9, 11:42:55 AM     Points: 16    
Doesn't matter soon the lake will be covered by paddle boards.
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: Jun. 9, 6:39:09 PM     Points: 2486    
Abel1 made THE point i.e., take the right attitude to the lake with you. If you canít have a good time sharing the lake or combat fishing sometimes, donít go. We have a very few, relatively small lakes in the front range to absorb tens of thousands of users of all types. The idea that someone can set up on a spot on shore and not have boarders or boats cruising by...or run planer boards on a busy day without being disturbed is not realistic. We can bitch and moan... but it wonít change anything.

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