Post By: ParkerDude Posted: 5/18/2020 3:43:05 PMPoints: 1206
I don't know how we can get it changed but almost 3 weeks after ice off is too late for the best of the spring bite. I am not criticizing the inspectors or their program overall but the open should be tied to ice off not a predetermined date. Any ideas?
Its a combo of the USFS and CPW as i told you before. I (and several other locals) call the heads and complain every time they drag their feet on the openings. This year was the worst and ittl be blamed on the virus. Ive already expressed my feelings on future openings.
There isnt really a set date eigther. They have the hard date of may15 because its nearly always ice free by then. This is the first year i can,remember them keeping us off that long.
I'll probably get bashed for stating the obvious, but boat inspections are pretty much a joke here in Colorado, imo. I often get "inspected" on the way out, and more often than not, my live-well isn't checked. Even after having the seal being affixed on my trailer, and given the receipt, at several bodies of water, they don't honor the inspection, and make you go through another inspection anyway, the next time you launch.
Instead, there could be an online "tutorial/informational session" for people to complete, before they are issued their boating registration, outlining how to make sure that your motor, live-well, anchor rope, etc, are dry and free from any aquatic debris, before launching at any body of water.
Most states trust boaters to operate responsibly, because no one wants to harm a resource. For outboards, the inspections are effective, but I question how necessary they are, and would be interested in knowing, just how many (percentage) folks have violations that would keep them from launching, at the inspection sites?
I've asked this many times before, without anyone providing an answer. That being, how effective are inspections, for owners of inboard motors on their boat? Inboards have something like 4-5 plugs, that aren't all that easy to get at, and the engines retain water, from the last body of water that they were operated at. So, where do you think that water goes, when the boat is started up?
Then, there's the additional $15 tacked onto resident angling licenses due to the inspections. Think of what that money could do, rather than going through the motions, for something that really doesn't accomplish its goal. If you add a 2nd rod stamp, you're up to about $65. I fish at several other states, and that is often times, more than what I pay, for a non-resident license elsewhere. Quite a few states also offer "Family" licenses. When I go back to MN, the family license for me, is about the same as my individual resident license here is Colorado. Here, a family license isn't even an option that's offered.
So, here in Colorado, we pay more, to wait in lines, before being able to enjoy the states resources. Then, at places like Granby and elsewhere, they have locked gates at the boat launches, and this past year, have even gone so far as to install spike strips (like they have at rental car returns). At each of the sites that I've seen, I've asked if anyone has blown out all of their vehicle/trailer tires, and each and every time, I've been informed that yes, it has happened.
Say what you will, but the Nanny-State is alive and well, here in Colorado. Are there great outdoor opportunities here in Colorado? Of course there are. That said, we often pay more, for less, in time, money, and unnecessarily having to jump through symbolism over substance hoops. For what we pay, I'd expect pot-hole free boat landings, with decent docks in place. Some boat launches are very nice, whereas, some are primitive enough, that makes you question if you even want to return again. This isn't to slam Colorado, it's just a glaring difference, between our state, and several others. I believe that the inspections are not effective, and unnecessary. Enforcement could be done randomly, just as license/safety checks are done, rather than creating a needless bottle-neck, for everyone. If Colorado operated as many other states do, the ramps at Granby, and elsewhere, would be opened for use, in a far more timely manner. Take care, and best of luck.
I hear ya', but when someone does make a rule(s), it's nice know why it's there in the first place, if it actually accomplishes what's what it aims to, and if it's even necessary in the first place.
A lot of folks say how Colorado, like many states, has a lack of funds. Well, that lack of funds, sure isn't because fishing/hunting licenses are cheap. In fact, they are more expensive here for residents, than what those in other states pay. I did ere in one of my last posts though, my Colorado Annual Resident Fishing License with Extra Rod Stamp, costed $56.17, and the extra rod stamp was $10. It was the ANS Stamp, that added an additional $25, onto the boat registration. Relative to fishing licenses though, for comparison, my Annual Non-Resident Florida License, was only $47.50. I know it is what it is, but getting gouged is never enjoyable. Take care and best of luck.
I have a slight bias because I fish from a kayak. It was really nice being out for close to 3 weeks without worrying about getting swamped by wakes. It reminded me of being in the woods during archery season (10+yrs ago) when no one would be in the woods and you could just soak up nature in total solitude. The fishing really didn't get good until 5/13 and I was out every other morning from 4/28 to memorial day. That being said, if I was a motor boater, I would be pretty bummed. Best way to resolve the issue for the future is to call the powers that be, be polite and voice your opinion via phone calls and emails. Getting all bent out of shape (not that people are on the forum) isn't going to get things changed especially with the way the world is and fuses being short enough.
Dseig, I have A boat and kayak. That's how ya do it. Bc Colorado has gates everywhere, there's lakes here that didn't that do. I don't see the powers that be suddenly wanting less gates and the money they get from having them up. So hobie and boat it is.