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Went out to Aurora on Monday. I rode my bike to the back in Lone Tree Cove. Only had about an hour and a half before it got dark but I had a blast. I like to fish right up to when it gets dark because sometimes you can catch walleye that way. I was in my belly boat and caught a couple of 10 to 12" trout. Then right before I was about to get out my second rod started to jerk! However, by the time I finally got it out of the holder, the fish was gone! Very irritating. This happened a second time and I was really getting irritated. So, the third time it happened, I left the pole in the holder and kind of wiggled my belly boat to set the hook and started reeling in the fish without removing the rod from its holder. This worked well and I ended up reeling in an 18" walleye. Very Cool.

Ufortunately it was just about dark and I had to leave. All in all thought I had an excellent time.

As I was getting out, I saw the light of one of the rangers trucks coming towards me. I was kind of hoping he might give me ride back to my truck which was two miles away. (Ever try riding a bike with a belly boat, fins, two poles and your waders on in the dark) Anyway, he did give me ride (bless him) and we had a pretty good conversation.

I had read on this forum how oppresive the rangers had become at Quincy and he told me a few things I did not know. First, he said it was not the rangers that set policy, it was the dow. Then he said he had heard the story of a ranger making people open their tackle boxes and fining them if they had any salted jigs or lures. He went on to explain that rangers have been helping people to know what is and is not allowed out there. But, here is the kicker, Not one fine has been handed out at Quincy this year.

Now, I may be a little biased, (he was saving me long hard bike ride in the dark) but the guy was as friendly as could be. He was a fisherman himself from Fort Collins and we discussed fishing for most of the way back to my truck.

So, for my part, I would have to say that the rangers at Quincy and Aurora have always been pretty nice to me. Yes, they have check my liscence quite often but I bought it, I might as well use it once in a while. Also, they have never caused me to miss a fish while checking it.

There you have IT!
 

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I was at Aurora yesterday. The Ranger at the lake was very friendly and
just gave me a reminder of the safety equipment needed for my boat. He
didn't even check our fishing licenses. At Quincy, usually they check your
tackle boxes and licenses, etc. until you become familiar to them, then they
leave you alone.
 

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I'm new to Colorado from Oregon. back there it seems like everything is illegal. Out here it seems like it's use anything but dynomite. What is a "salted jig"? What are they looking for when they open your tackle box?
 

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Years ago, as part of my discharge from the Navy, I worked with a California Fish & Game Warden in Long Beach. I rode on his boat a number of times and watched him check licenses, etc. of people fishing in the Pacific. He was an actual law enforcement officer with a side arm. He was a very nice guy and I learned quite a bit during the times I rode on his boat. He had a job to do and did it very well. I knew what it was like "enforcing law" since I had been on Shore Patrol duty in the Navy a few times.
People can come in contact with some "irrating" Officers in any law enforcement agency, but, for the most part they are all good.
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I don't ever fish at Aurora but hit up Quincy quite often. I have never had a problem with the rangers out there and was only checked twice last year out of about a dozen trips. Maybe the guy everyone is talking about is just some imposter who confiscates your plastics to stock up his own tackle box.

Grandpa, a "salted jig" is just any type of rubber worm, tube, crawdad, etc.. that is salt impregnated for flavor. Most rubbers that you buy in a package are either salt impregnated or flavor enhanced in someway nowadays such as Yamamotos senkos, berkeley gulp, etc...
 

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Why are salted jigs illegal at Aurora when you can use nightcrawlers, power bait and other such baits?
 

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haf2fish said:
Why are salted jigs illegal at Aurora when you can use nightcrawlers, power bait and other such baits?

There not. They are at Quincy though


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My encounters with the rangers at Aurora have always been pleasant. They seem to be
professional in the way they conduct themselves. Have never been out to Quincy. From
the reports I've seen posted, they are different over there.
 

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Actually, the rangers rotate from quincy to aurora. They work both lakes. You can easily see the same ranger at quincy one day and aurora the next.
 

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I suspected that might be the case. Have never been to Quincy, so would not know for sure.
Makes sense to not have rangers dedicated to one lake. May be that the additional rules they have to enforce at Quincy makes it seem like they are overstepping their bounds.
 

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I think that your attitude with them is a big factor. I usually show them
everything that they require as I'm launching my boat. When you volunteer
to show them your gear and safety equipment, they have a different attitude
towards you. I did have one Ranger who kept his binoculars on my boat
our entire time at Quincy and drove his ATV around the lake the all morning.
 

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I just don't think it’s worth the hassle at Quincy. I'm sure there are good guy Rangers out there along with the jerks and I think we all appreciate the need for them. I haven’t heard of anyone getting fined but I have heard of Rangers taking scented and salt Impregnated plastics.

There are plenty of places to fish where you don't have to deal with that crap.
 
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