Earlier today I got kicked off of Lake Estes by a rogue ANS inspector. I was fishing from my pedal drive kayak when he approached me in his boat. He was very condescending and said something to the affect of 'I know it's an easy rule to miss, but you need an ANS inspection on your kayak because it has an anchor, a spike (power pole), and a prop. So I'm going to have to kcik you off the lake.' I said that I didn't think he was correct, but he said that 'without a doubt' he was 100% sure I couldn't be out there without the ANS inspection.
The marina is also closed for the season so there was no way for me to even get an inspection resulting in me having to leave the lake. I asked if this was a Lake Estes specific thing because I have fished all over the state without ever needing a kayak inspection. He insisted that this was a state-wide rule and that I need my kayak inspected everywhere I go that has ANS inspectors. I put up a bit of a stink and he took me into the marina to show me the state ANS rules. In the rules it says watercraft containing a "marine propulsion system" require inspection. I asked what that means and he acted like I was dumb and said my prop is a "marine propulsion system." Long story short, I left the lake knowing he was wrong but didn't have any way to prove it. Well after reaching out to some other kayakers and by looking up the marina's own website I give you...
Exhibit A: The ACTUAL definition of "marine propulsion system" according to the official CPW ANS rules book. As you can see, a pedal drive is not an electric or gas motor. Neither is it an engine or jet drive.
Exhibit B: More evidence from the ANS rules stating that kayaks are exempt from ANS inspections
Exhibit C: Lake Estes' Marina OWN WEBSITE stating that "ANS inspecitons are not required for kayaks"
So in the end, I got to fish for about an hour. Wasn't worth the drive or the money I paid to get in.
If you'd like to help out the cause, I'd suggest sending an email to the marina manager Amy at the email address of email@example.com
I think it's important that we call out nonsense like this as anglers. There are way too many instances of this sort of thing going on in our state right now and things only get worse if we allow rogue ANS inspectors to make up rules on the spot.