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I'm wondering if it is required to have bow and stern lights for fishing at night. Is it only required to have them lit while boat is in motion or must you have it on at all times? What if you decide to anchor on a calm star-lit evening and snooze while catfishing or something?

Or like I said, is it even required? Please help me out fellas. Yours truly, 1eyeReD
 

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Have to have them on at all times...at night...I have a related Chatfield story...I was night fishing on a weekend in the summer...there was a crazy water skier without lights blasting all over the lake...about the 3rd time through...here comes patrol speed boat with flashing red lights and siren...I didnt know they did that on Chatfield...I hope they locked him up and threw away the key...

Oneeye...imagine if you are sitting out on Chatfield in the dark anchored and fishing...with no lights...how is someone going 40mph in a 20 foot boat going to see you?...and if you get hit it isnt going to be pretty for either of you...people die in accidents like that...
 

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That being said I am going to hone my night fishing skills at Chatfield this summer...and hopefully put a few walleyes in the boat...I plan on middle of the night snoozing on the floor of my boat in a sleeping bag in the wakeless zone off to the side...with my lights on of course...one of the best products I have found lately for night fishing is the new headlamps...especially the red...depth perception is better with these I think...
 

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If you are anchored all you are required to have on is your white stern light.

If you are moving you need to have the stern light as well as your bow lights on.

Don't forget to bring plenty of bug spray when night fishing!

Dan
 

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Dan said:
If you are anchored all you are required to have on is your white stern light.

If you are moving you need to have the stern light  as well as your bow lights on.

Don't forget to bring plenty of bug spray when night fishing!

Dan

"True That" on the bug spray..

Thanks for such a straight forward answer. That makes it an official answer for me.

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Also, it can be quite cold at night, after about 10 PM....it can take winter clothing except on the warmest of summer nights.
 

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Nawanda, are you speaking about this time of year? Or all though the summer for winter clothing? Depends on elevation, but Llate May - Sept. I have sweat most of the night fishing. Better safe than sorry, but pants a shirt some raingear and light jacket, is most you'll ever need. Now thats different until late May, before then, never know when you could be hit by blizzard.
 

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Andy,

I'm referring to spring & fall of course. What, do I look stupid er sumpthin?

(never mind. Don't answer that Andy!)
 

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Summer to if your up higher in elevation it can get pretty cold in the mountains at night, atleast have a couple just incase sweaters or a sleeping bag.
 

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LOL Nawanda, and yes higher up it can get cold. One year I was in the Boulder field on Longs Peak, july 4th, lightning, wind, and SNOW, six inchs worth by morning!
 
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