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Old 02-04-2009, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a question. In reference to Colorado's major reservoirs, if you had to launch your boat between certain times only, as if the ramp was only open for launching during those hours, what would the times be. Keep in mind that you'd be able to recover the boat outside of these times, but you could only launch during "open" hours.

a) 6am through 10pm
b) 5am through 9pm
c) other times (but not more than 16 hours included between them)

Please provide your answer and any related thoughts you might have as to why the times you've chosen. Please don't jump to conclusions either this is for information gathering only! Thanks for your input. CL
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like to launch before sun up in the summer, so 4-6am would be my preference.  Launching at 6am, if the ramp opened right then, would be a nightmare because every other early bird will be there at the same time, that means, I might not fish until 7:30, 8, or later?  No thanks, I just wouldn't go.  5am-9pm at least, but I would prefer like 4am or earlier opening.
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No later than 5 AM. A 6 AM launch is tooooo late!



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Old 02-04-2009, 02:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Of your choices, I'd prefer the 5 am to 9 pm times.

My thinking is that since the earliest sunrise in the metro area is ~5:30am and the latest sunset is ~8:30pm, that would give us about a half-hour before sunrise and a half-hour after sunset to launch.
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Dont have a boat yet so dont know if my opinion counts.. But I would also put my vote on 5AM-9PM.

I think it gives the early birds a good chance to catch the early morning bite. But also allows night fisherman to show up a little later and fish all night, or atleast into the night.
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To clarify, you could recover the boat whenever, but you could only launch during the open hours as noted. CL
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To clarify, you could recover the boat whenever, but you could only launch during the open hours as noted. CL
After thinking about it, I vote for 4 AM to 8 PM. Any time I fish at night I'm on the water before 8:00, and I think that's probably true for most people.



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To clarify, you could recover the boat whenever, but you could only launch during the open hours as noted. CL
After thinking about it, I vote for 4 AM to 8 PM. Any time I fish at night I'm on the water before 8:00, and I think that's probably true for most people.
That would be my second pick - definitely better than having to wait until 6. I am one of those who does show up late during summer weeknights, so the 9pm end time would be better in those situations.
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I'd go for 4 AM to 8 PM. When I head out early AM it is often before 5 AM, and if I'm going to do any evening fishing, I'm on the water before 8 PM (normally before 6 PM).


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Old 02-04-2009, 03:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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What about at Pueblo where they check your boat after you take it out of the water and not before you launch? Would there be a time with you would have to be off the water and could launch at any time? Just something to think about.
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