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I have been to a couple of lakes this season where they started doing them. I don't really have a problem with them as they don't take long, I just question their effectiveness. The ones I have been to are more a few questions with a cursory lookover of the boat. What are your thoughts?

The last time I was at a state park I was asked to produce a invoice for my minnows, which I luckily kept. I think the lady said if you don't have one they would have to drain the water out of your bucket and than go down and refill with lake water. Not a huge deal, but when you only have a couple of hours after work it can chew up some time. I also wonder why it would be just people with boats using live bait that they are concerned with. I think it will become more common everywhere. Where does the money come from to pay the folks who do the inspections? I also fear other states might just say no CO boats on our waters. That would really suck.
 

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Yep..cursory inspections..I think it's used more as a reminder...But mostly to placate the Water Authorities in order to keep the lakes open to boating..
 

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I question the effectiveness but prefer them to closing the lakes. They have been painless so far and I think they have educated some people on the problem. Haven't really had to wait in any lines and the inspectors have been quick and for the most part friendly. As for the money, I have no idea but I am guessing it will be us shortly.
 

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I don't really have a problem with them. As stated it is pretty quick but it is strange how they all differ so much. Some are very thorough like Aurora and Boyd and some they don't really check much of anything like Chatfield and CC. Atleast that has been my experiance.
 

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All I got for an inspection today was a wave ??? ??? I guess when it is in the 20's they don't want to come outside. It is not a problem with my boat as it has only been on 1 lake all year, but there were at least 20 boats on the water today and if they are not at least educating the boaters we may be screwed. Utah has gone so far as seizing out of state boats, until they can be properly cleaned, and some places no have a "LAUNCH FEE" which I think they use for inspections. I think it is $50 to launch at Starvation now, that is getting a bit steep.
 

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We've talked about this for months now and the people that think the inspections are a good idea still do and the ones who think they are a waste of time still do. Kind of like any argument where people go back and forth and nothing ever changes.

I keep thinking the state is gonna have to recoup the money they are spending on these inspections in the form of some fee that will be added to the cost of your boat registration. Don't have any info on that and its just a guess but I think it may be in our future.
 

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FLYFISHGEEK said:
All I got for an inspection today was a wave ??? ???
If you were at RG they are done for the year. At least that is what Frank told me.

I was told by a park employee, the inpsection is as much about raising awareness as it is anything else. To make people conscious of their actions.
I don't mind the inspections, there has been several additional benefits also. The inspections have caused much more interaction between the park employees and the public. This has given fisherman and boaters the chance to voice opinions directly to a person, not just a comment card or questionaire.
 
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