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Post By: bron      Posted: 6/29/2020 6:07:27 PM     Points: 37348    
There is a motion to legalize spearfishing in CO for TROPHY FISH only organized by a small spearfishing club. We have until 7/3 to inundate the powers that be that we are against this. I think the letter below with contacts will better deliver the importance of FXR flooding these people with emails.

If I offended any spearfishermen with this I dont care.

I am writing to contact you about an important Colorado Parks and Wildlife conservation matter that has recently come to my attention. Last Thursday, 6/25/2020, CPW quietly had the Rocky Mountain Spearfishing Association present a measure that would allow spearfishing of ALL GAMEFISH in accordance with current size and bag restrictions. In this instance, spearfishing is being referred to as physically diving under the water and harvesting gamefish with a spear gun, NOT bowfishing. This method of harvest not only makes it impossible to obey strict size restrictions, but also promotes the harvest of our fragile trophy fish populations across the state. This could potentially mean the harvest of trophy brown and rainbow trout from Elevenmile Reservoir, trophy mackinaw from Granby, or giant sow walleye from Pueblo just to name a few. Simply swimming up to a bass on a spawning bed, or a lake trout in the shallows and selecting the largest specimen to harvest is absolutely not sustainable. Our precious brood stock populations need our protection and we need your help. If this matter is of concern to you, please craft an email and send it to the CPW Commissioners and Biologists that are listed below and be sure to forward this to as many people as possible. We only have until July 3, 2020 to comment on this matter.
 Reply by: motoxxx43      Posted: Jun. 30, 4:33:48 PM     Points: 2353    
I'm just going to put these out there. They are old photos but relevant as they come from Pueblo Res. A quick search for "spearfishing pueblo colorado" will get you more results. Go do some poking around on the spearfishing forum. The spearfishing crowd couldn't care less about your fishing.
Spearfishing will not be friendly to these small bodies of water.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jun. 30, 4:38:43 PM     Points: 664    
I think this is a TERRIBLE idea
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jun. 30, 5:16:18 PM     Points: 37348    
Everyone, please email these people. I dont want to see a bunch of crybaby posts a month from now about these arseholes walking out of Aurora, Chatty, and CC with dead trophy walleye, bass, and cats.
 Reply by: alann      Posted: Jun. 30, 6:26:11 PM     Points: 170    
Daily limit same for spearfisherman? Biologically sustainable? Allows a small user group an opportunity? Saying no is putting sportsmen against sportsmen based upon personal ethics and not biology.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Jun. 30, 6:45:34 PM     Points: 40    
Trash people at it's finest. This can't be allowed.
 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: Jul. 1, 8:00:39 AM     Points: 82    
Bron, this is a great post, thank you very much for taking the time in putting this in writing. I am writing an email today, big ups!
 Reply by: GRMESS      Posted: Jul. 1, 11:55:01 AM     Points: 35    
Here is the response I got to my email:
I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with the proposed spearfishing regulation changes. We are very early in the stages of discussing this proposal and gathering public comment. This proposed regulation change would allow for additional opportunity for spearfishing, but would likely be limited at many waters by species, size and access as well as any limitations from a water body owner or lessee. This proposed change still needs to go through internal CPW approval process and if moved forward, the PWC would hear it for informational purposes only at the September Commission meeting. If approved to move forward it would then be an action item at the November Commission meeting.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please direct them to myself as I am overseeing the proposed spearfishing regulation changes and compiling comments as we move through this process.

Josh Nehring
Senior Aquatic Biologist
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: Jul. 1, 12:16:04 PM     Points: 60    
Exact same response I received.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jul. 3, 9:33:09 AM     Points: 37348    
I just received the same response too.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: Jul. 7, 3:22:56 PM     Points: 11226    
I will be on 104.3 The Fan with Terry Wickstrom this Saturday (July 11) starting at 9:30am to debate this topic with the head of the spearfishing club. Hope ya'll will tune in.

More importantly, I hope you will all email your opinions to the addresses listed by the OP. Josh Nehring is tasked with collecting input...he does not make the decisions as he noted. CL
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: Jul. 7, 3:27:55 PM     Points: 60    
@Fishful Thinker care to share your talking points?
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: Jul. 7, 4:27:35 PM     Points: 11226    
jdavis, I will post the podcast of the debate after it's done. CL
 Reply by: bobcats92      Posted: Jul. 7, 5:42:50 PM     Points: 333    
I'll be tuning in for sure Chad. Knock em dead. You will be speaking for many many folks here, including myself, and I thank you for that.

 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jul. 7, 6:09:25 PM     Points: 37348    
Thank you very much Mr. Lachance! Im glad you will be speaking on our behalf sir!
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 1:42:51 PM     Points: 5818    
Thanks for debating this, Chad! I will be tuning in.

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