Originally Posted by Let R Rip
Originally Posted by kevinlc
wonder how long it will take to fish out antero ?
Please don't get me wrong- I have kept plenty of fish over the years (some/many that I should not have) but there comes a time for most anglers where they begin to understand in order to have great lakes like Antero is rare and special-and should be treated that way.
I too have kept fish that I wish I would never have taken.* However, I was younger and for some reason it meant more to me than it does now.* But, by imposing my new found morals on people that haven't reached that stage in their lives, I would be no less than a hypicrite.* Truly, I don't really appreciate my dusty old mounts nearly as much as the memories of catching those fish had provided.* However as you did, so did I, and so do others.* I feel, that it's up to the individual that catches the fish to make their own decision.* I may ask that they would release the big fish that they catch, maybe even try to educate them as to why.* However, judging from my own past behavior, I would have a problem demanding that they do so.* And I'm speaking for myself, and* I don't mean to imply that anyone that has posted is demanding anything from anyone.*
So, my question is. What do you all propose.* Currently, there is a four fish limit with only one over 16 inches.
1.* Should the lake become catch and Release only.* We know that without some selective harvest, over time, a fishery will soon out eat it's food supply, and those big boys won't get nearly as big as they are today, unless you severly restrict the number of fish currently being stocked.
2.* Slot limits?* Well, one's currently in place now, and evidently, many people don't feel that's the solution.* Should we say no fish over 20 inches are to be kept?* Also, a slot limit is really difficult to achieve, without some percentage of mortality, unless you restrict the fishery to flys and lures only and single barbless hooks.* Trout like to swallow bait.* Should there be no bait fishing allowed.* That truly does eliminate many anglers, who only use bait, yet currently use the resource that there tax dollars and license fees support.
3.* Open the lake for a week, once a year, and allow the fish to grow to immense sizes, and then allow a free for all.
4.* A lottery or drawing for trophy fishing only, so only a select few can enjoy the fishery?
5.* No ice fishing, because many ice fisherman use bait, or no summer and spring time fishing, because fish spawn in the spring and the summer heat stresses fish way to much when being fought.* There are a lot of people who like to ice fish, probably as many or more, as those who enjoy fly fishing.
We can complain, but what is the real solution, short of education and information and personal decision making?
I've always thought of Antero as more than a "decent fishery", "spectacular" has happened because it was stocked and closed for nearly two years.* It was an outstanding fishery in the past.* And if we want to maintain spectacular, close it down again, and don't stock any more fish, who knows, we may even see world records coming out of Antero in the next couple of years.* But, how could we.* Because no one would be out there enjoying this wonderful resource.
What we're seeing now at Antero is an abnomaly caused by a very fertile lake being stocked and closed for nearly two years.* Spinney, another very fertile lake in the same region has fly and lure only restrictions, no ice fishing, and a one fish limit, and although a very fine fishery, nothing to compare with what is coming from Antero right now.*
I can remember when Spinney first was opened, with lines backed up to the road.* I fished and landing an 8 and 3/4 pound snake river cutthroat.* But now that it's open on a reqular basis, and with all the restrictions in place, it still isn't the fishery it was that first day, week, or month when it was first opened.* That's because people fish it, and some will always keep a fish if allowed.* I can see that by the number of pictures of fish being posted and kept on this forum.* And don't get me wrong, I believe that if you buy a license and fish within the regulations, you are entitled to keep the fish that you catch.* With only one hope, that you treat the game responsibly and don't waste what you catch.
I believe the DOW does a fine job trying to manage our resources, with limited funds, for the benefit of many.* It's a difficult job trying to satisfy everyone.* But, as I've posted.* I only have questions and no real answers.* What are yours?
Good Luck and Good Fishing!