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Old 03-08-2009, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got the boat out a Chatfield for a couple of hours this afternoon.

At the inspection station they asked me if I was using live bait.

I told them yes, minnows.

Then they asked me if I caught them myself.

No, got them at Gander Mtn I told them.

Do you have a receipt they asked?

No these are left over from ice fishing several weeks ago. Oh ok they said. But you might want to keep the receipt in the future.

it seems they are considering going with a policy like they have in wyoming. Minnows need to come from the same drainage or maybe they need to be certified disease/parasite free?

If they need to come from the same drainage that might be tough since most minnows around here from out of state if my information is correct. And what would it do to the cost if they need to be certified as disease/parasite free?

sounds like it might be harder to fish with live bait in the future..........

BTW fishing was great, catching was lousy. Marked alot of fish but could not entice them to hit. water temp was around 42 degrees. wind picked up and changed directions on us. Made a nice walleye chop but the wife was a bit chilly so we headed in.
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, there are new regulations with new protocols. It's a matter of catching them, filling the bucket at the place you caught them with water which may contain an aquatic nuisance (not necessarily just zebra mussels) and then dumping that bucket in a new location.

They don't want you to do that....it's why they ask for a receipt. They did the same thing last year at Boyd. If you didn't have a receipt, they'd make you dump the water, then refill it with lake water from Boyd.

Here's a link to the new regs....I'll see if I can find the protocols (I have them somewhere in pdf format).

http://parks.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyre...l_approved.pdf
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K. If a vessel or other floating device contains bait in water, then the owner or operator will be required to produce a receipt for the bait from a Colorado bait dealer with a date clearly printed on the receipt and the date is no more than 7 days previous. If the owner or operator does not have such a receipt, then they will be required to transfer such bait into a temporary holding container. The bait will be removed from the vesselís or other floating deviceís live well or container and placed into the holding container using a net while attempting to minimize as much as possible any transference of water from the live well. The live well or container will then be drained and decontaminated using proper WID procedures before restocking with the bait can occur. Whenever possible, water from the water body that the vessel is going to be launched into should be used for restocking the bait.



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Old 03-08-2009, 09:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Having to have a receipt less than 7 days old is going to make things tough. I have to drive half way cross town to get minnows so I buy several dozen at a time and keep them in aerated bucket in my garage. now I will have to buy them on an as needed basis or not use minnows since its such a drive to get minnows.

I don't see how changing the water will have much of an effect. can't the larvae be on the the minnows?

I guess its a proactive step, but I really don't see that it will do more than just slow down the spread.
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Dan, a good way to get around it is to keep your minnows in one of those blue mesh bags they sell at Gander, then keep that bag in your bucket/live well. When they ask you to transfer the water, just lift the mesh bag (with the minnows in it) and move it into a different bucket as per their protocol.

That would solve the receipt problem.
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Dan, a good way to get around it is to keep your minnows in one of those blue mesh bags they sell at Gander, then keep that bag in your bucket/live well. When they ask you to transfer the water, just lift the mesh bag (with the minnows in it) and move it into a different bucket as per their protocol.

That would solve the receipt problem.
good idea thanks
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Dan, a good way to get around it is to keep your minnows in one of those blue mesh bags they sell at Gander, then keep that bag in your bucket/live well. When they ask you to transfer the water, just lift the mesh bag (with the minnows in it) and move it into a different bucket as per their protocol.

That would solve the receipt problem.
good idea thanks
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Not that anybody on this post has, but don't complain too much, at least you can still use minnows on that side of the divide!
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Knew it was comin. Wonder about jumbo leeches brought in from outta state.
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Knew it was comin. Wonder about jumbo leeches brought in from outta state.
Easily transferrable mesh bag is the way to bring them to the lake. The "Leech Tamer". Gander has had them in years past.



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