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River: Colorado River - Below Shadow Mountain

Poachers - turn them in?

Post By: 80403Rainbow      Posted: 11/13/2022 12:19:03 PM     Points: 5    
Hate to be a tattle tale, but I saw a dad and two kids and another random guy fishing the obviously closed section of river downstream from Shadow Mountain yesterday. It's closed from the dam all the way to twin creeks this time of year to protect Eagles and Cutthroat I think.

On one hand, mimd my own business, right?

On the other hand, what a crappy thing for that dad to do - show his kids that it's OK to break the rules.

People suck sometimes.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Nov. 13, 12:55:46 PM     Points: 10447
I think it is closed for Koke collection for egg and other biolegy stuff about Kokes. . . . .
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Nov. 13, 12:59:55 PM     Points: 10447
Give Jon Ewert a call,he is the Aquatic Biologist in charge of that Koke collection. 970-509-9150
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Nov. 13, 3:20:46 PM     Points: 69269
Big picture that affects us all and it's not right, small picture mind your own business and enjoy your fishing trip. Unfortunately stuff like that is happening everywhere every day and the state doesn't have the resources to deal with small time violator such as that.
 Reply by: JKaboom      Posted: Nov. 14, 10:23:59 AM     Points: 595
What I would and have done:
Politely mention it to the dad if they continue to fish then call operation game thief. 877.265.6648.

You don't have to escalate further as you have politely advised the dad/person. They will know why/what happened and that is their problem.

I do not and will not tolerate poaching or cheating/not following the regulations.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Nov. 14, 4:31:49 PM     Points: 9118
The phone number for OPERATION GAME THIEF is on the back of your fishing license.

I figure there's no reason to interact with doofuses like a cheating, law-breaking Dad. Just turn 'em in. It's a lesson the child won't forget!!!!
 Reply by: Herf      Posted: Nov. 14, 5:36:33 PM     Points: 170
snitches get stitches (and end up in ditches)

That simple
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Nov. 14, 7:09:40 PM     Points: 70778
If you think they just might not realize what they're doing, talk to them. If they give you attitude.. walk away and turn em in. None of us should tolerate poaching.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: Nov. 15, 6:42:57 AM     Points: 1051
It is bad enough that he is poaching but terrible that his kids are seeing this.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Nov. 15, 10:37:12 AM     Points: 2596
I agree you should report the issue to OGT…stitches or not!
Poaching to any degree affects all of us, and as a conscientious sportsmen, we should strip to protect our resources.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Nov. 15, 10:39:01 AM     Points: 2596
STRIVE to protect our resources! (Darn auto correct!)
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Nov. 15, 11:02:07 AM     Points: 70778
hey Skiman.. if you want to correct a post you can do so as long as no one has posted after you. Open your reply and on the right hand side you'll see three dots.. click them and you will see an option to edit
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Nov. 15, 1:29:22 PM     Points: 2596
Thanks AWB, I didn’t know there was a way to do that! Ski
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: Nov. 15, 10:55:47 PM     Points: 2506
But hey...stripping might get em to clear out right quick as well...
 Reply by: navacito      Posted: Nov. 23, 1:11:47 PM     Points: 66
snitches get stitches (and end up in ditches)

That simple"

Those rules are only for the hood and punks, wildlife need snitches cause poachers are bitshes.
 Reply by: 80403Rainbow      Posted: Nov. 25, 10:02:01 PM     Points: 5
Update: I sent an email to game.thief@state.co.us a few days ago. Haven't heard anything back, but if I do, I'll let you guys know.

I included pics of the guy and his kids plus his truck license plates.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Nov. 26, 8:22:16 AM     Points: 70778
PERFECT! Even if nothing comes of it, you did your part. If we wish to continue our hobby WE need to help protect our resources
 Reply by: 80403Rainbow      Posted: Nov. 26, 12:14:34 PM     Points: 5
Well, I don't love the idea of being a snitch, but I hiked 5.5 miles in so I could fish the legal part of Granby. So, maybe I'm just bitter. Or jealous!
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: Nov. 26, 5:55:30 PM     Points: 2954
turn them in make the call dont confront poachers let law enforcement do their job .
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Nov. 27, 1:07:04 AM     Points: 10447
80403Rainbow . . . .the CPW closes that area to collect Kokes for state biolioligest to study,it has nothing to do with Eagles or Cutthroat . . .I believe it has something to do with the Gill Lice.
If it had anything to do with Eagles . . . .National Fish & Wildlife boys would be all over this.Have you called the number I provided you with and talked to Ewert? He can tell you everything that is going on there.
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: Nov. 27, 5:17:16 PM     Points: 2674
There is an area closure there to protect nesting eagles as well. It overlaps with the koke closure.

People have been busted with buckets of fish from that stretch and prosecuted. Please report abusers!
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Nov. 28, 5:09:55 AM     Points: 3405
Just as a general life principle with things like that I try and err on the side of “perhaps they don’t know, or missed the signage.” As many have already said, I probably wouldn’t mentioned something to the dad (only if I knew for sure it was closed), and then if I were given attitude or if I were told off or whatever, then I’m absolutely calling the game thief hotline.
 Reply by: reddave      Posted: Nov. 28, 8:03:48 AM     Points: 8281
I believe it would be proper to politely notify the gentlemen that you "THINK he MIGHT BE" fishing in a closed area. Suppose you say, "I don't want to impose, but I have been in trouble before" or something of that nature. After all, I would undoubtedly be very grateful to another fisherman if I was indeed unintendingly violating the rules and politely notified. With that said, the way an individual responds to a polite and respectful person just trying to help determines whether anything further is required.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Nov. 28, 12:44:20 PM     Points: 3405
Ya I like that approach, Reddave


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