I never visited Quincy while they were charging but did buy my 2020 pass in February and have visited a couple times recently. I've been wondering if there has always been a problem with people not following the no bait rules or if that started/got worse when they dropped the entrance fee. It's sad to see any kind of litter at these places but the worm containers are extra annoying.
Briantandrews, it's always been a problem at Quincy. Of course, it has gotten worse with the free-for-all, but it's something that needs to be policed more by the rangers.
Nallywacker, I couldn't agree with you more! The free ride needs to end! Both Aurora and Quincy already allow free walk-in access. If anything, the free drive-in access needs to end to ease the congestion in the parking lots. Especially at Quincy!
I was canoeing with a friend at Aurora yesterday for the first time, and really enjoyed the free access as a retired guy with no income. Nailed a fat, beautiful bow that hit a leech pattern. It was my observation that this is a huge body of deep water and the number of folks that were there for the wonderfully overcast morning, wasn't going to make any real dent in this fishery. This thing about loving pay to play, seems to be an out of state thing, recently brought here. Don't worry, you'll be paying soon enough.
Fishing was slow and had to battle getting around all the paddle boards. Finally got on some fish and the weather chased us of the water. Got a bass and a trout on a DT10. Still trying to figure out the bass out there but man the trout are aggressive!
Hit Aurora again today and they still are charging and the boat inspector didnít say when they would. Didnít catch any bass but did catch a trout on a ned rig. If anyone has some tips on what to get the bass to bite on Iíd be appreciated saw plenty and some giant smallmouth. Everyone loading their boats didnít seem to have much luck either.
I suspect they kept it open for one more week because this weekend is free fishing weekend with no fishing licenses required. Its going to be a perfect storm tomorrow. Free admission, no fishing licenses required, sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts over 50 mph. Paddle boards in the middle when those winds come up not to mention botors unfamiliar with Atowns winds, a great weekend to avoid the place. I asked a ranger if I got a refund for paying for my pass was told no, I am tired of the overflow crowds and idiots out there. Can we make it pay again and thin the herd back to the non free loaders?
Wonder if bird island is at Quincy, the hand launch area at Aurora was pretty amusing to watch starting around 9:00 this morning. That wind was something else and I'm glad I got my kayak back in the truck when I did.
Reply by: BobLoblaw Posted: Jun. 9, 8:41:09 AM Points: 59
From the Aurora Reservoir website:
Please note beginning Saturday, June 13 entry stations will resume entry access fees at our reservoirs. **Please note going into the holiday weekend that the Aurora Reservoir reaches capacity crowds on holidays and some weekends. We will be limiting how many cars can come in. We may also have to limit access through our busiest walk-in gates as necessary to prevent overcrowding during the social distancing restrictions currently in place. Closing these walk-in gates will only be implemented when it is necessary, otherwise they will remain open during normal hours.**
We will not be accepting any new shelter rental reservations at the Aurora Reservoir through June 30 or until further notice. All current reservations will remain on file for the time being.
Heading over there tomorrow morning. Figure I'll take advantage of a free day. Not really fishing for anything specific, just wanting to wet a line and get the kayak wet in the process. As close as I live to that lake, you'd think I'd go all the time, but it's been worse to me than the mile ever was....
Tough nut to crack, but I'm going to give it another squeeze anyway!
2 little perch....that's it. Lots to see out there, but I was reminded WHY I don't fish there often. Too many people, even with the limits in parking, and day use areas it's a madhouse. I was told this morning that it is for certain they're charging again starting tomorrow (6/13), from the boat inspector (who says Kayaks do NOT require inspections there.) I always stop anyway, just in case as there are always exceptions to the interpretation of the rules.
Nice morning on the water, aside from the wind (which never really let up). Water is clear to nearly 10 feet, didn't see many risers or jumpers but that may have been because of the waves. A LOT of people out there enjoying the last freebie though, so if you're headed that way be ready to wait for it. There was a line at the gate and they were metering traffic through it. The road leading over (Gun Club) is still a mess as well, so leave early if you go that way! I was on the water at 0545, and off at 1130.