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Fished Gross on Memorial day in the rain & fog. Pretty cool paddling around in the canoe not being able to shore in any direction. Anyway we slayed the macks wherever we fished using the old tube jig & sucker meat combo jigging (my favorite). No hogs caught but I lost 2 that felt considerably larger than the others. These fish have never seen a jig, I hope they put some regulations on this lake for the macks to keep it from getting fished out. I don't think I have seen any fatter lakers, all 20 fish were from 12" to 20". The one I kept had a sucker in his belly. See Ya
 

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By the way that lake is fuller than I've ever seen it, its almost full. Never seen it like that in 15 yrs ( although I haven't been there in a couple yrs).
 

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Did you get a water temp? How low is the water? Did you see any Tigers cought? Any info will help.
Thanks Pope
 

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Well that answers the water level, I was a little slow ;D
 

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I saw some other guys with trout and that was it. I cast some rapalas for awhile but concentrated on the macks after I figured them out. Another point is watch out for the ranger, they came flying by in their Whaler I was just glad to be out of the water with the wake that thing was throwing ( they must not have known there were small craft on the lake.) ???
 

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Too bad you didn't get any big lakers :-\ There will be some big fish caught there this year because it is the first year with boats allowed. What is the regulation on lake trout allowed to be kept there?
 

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I saw some other guys with trout and that was it. I cast some rapalas for awhile but concentrated on the macks after I figured them out. Another point is watch out for the ranger, they came flying by in their Whaler I was just glad to be out of the water with the wake that thing was throwing ( they must not have known there were small craft on the lake.) ???

Let me guess, they are allowed to have motorized boats on the lake yet denver water board bitches about skin contact on a raw, untreated water source? This state is a complete joke.
 

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Nope, no pontoons cause your feet might touch the water. Time to recall denver water board members. Seriously someone needs to start a recall petition.
 

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Tipup & Ice, Yes you can have a single man inflatable (must be multi chamber). My friend was using one as well as 1/2 dozen other guys.
 

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I've taken the time to fashion a floorboard for my one man pontooner. The folks at Arvada Res say this is all I need to get past the "no body contact" rule.

Is this the same for all Colorado "no body contact" waters?

The funny thing about this regulation is that I only see it enforced on anglers...especially at Arvada Res. I can't take a bellyboat on here using waders but I see kids splashing around the west end of this reservoir all the time as the white truck casually passes by on the sidewalk.

Ice....some may consider your views a bit radical. I think you are on the right track. Rather than simply complaining you give people legal options on how to take action! That is what is needed in my opinion. There is a legal process that can be followed. Sure its a pain and quite a battle but a worthy one in my opinion.

The more anglers speak up and take action, the more wildlife managers will have to meet our wishes. If their jobs were on the line, I am sure we would see some real action.

P.S. I'm not in favor of opening Marston to the general public. The fish populations there are too good, too valuable and would pay the ultimate price if every baiter/taker were allowed to enter here. However, I am in favor of limited access, heavy AFLO/C&R regulations for folks who are willing to go through some sort of permitting process with an additional fee. Just my two cents and its open for debate. My opinion isn't always right and selfish at times.
 

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I've taken the time to fashion a floorboard for my one man pontooner. The folks at Arvada Res say this is all I need to get past the "no body contact" rule.

Is this the same for all Colorado "no body contact" waters?
No. On the west slope we have many no body contact waters where we cannot even have boats on the water. Period. We cannot touch the water, period. Read my report in the thread Juniata/Purdy Mesa report 5/28/05 and you'll read I got yelled at by one of the guys once for rinsing off my hands in the lake to wash them. Crazy. They wouldn't allow a boat at those lakes in a million years.
 

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Would they throw me off of Gross with the pontooner and floor board setup? Maybe I'll give those guys a call before I pack up the gear and head up this weekend.

The more I hear you guys talk about what is going on over on the western side of the mountains, the more I'm glad that I live on the Front Range. Some local bass clubs have taken some steps in coordination with the DOW and really enhanced bass populations in a few select locations over on this side. Stocking brood sized fish relocated from overcrowded private ponds and setup some AFLO/C&R regs. The difference is like night and day IMO.
 

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Mattsabasser said:
I've taken the time to fashion a floorboard for my one man pontooner. The folks at Arvada Res say this is all I need to get past the "no body contact" rule.

Is this the same for all Colorado "no body contact" waters?

The funny thing about this regulation is that I only see it enforced on anglers...especially at Arvada Res. I can't take a bellyboat on here using waders but I see kids splashing around the west end of this reservoir all the time as the white truck casually passes by on the sidewalk.

Ice....some may consider your views a bit radical. I think you are on the right track. Rather than simply complaining you give people legal options on how to take action! That is what is needed in my opinion. There is a legal process that can be followed. Sure its a pain and quite a battle but a worthy one in my opinion.

The more anglers speak up and take action, the more wildlife managers will have to meet our wishes. If their jobs were on the line, I am sure we would see some real action.

P.S. I'm not in favor of opening Marston to the general public. The fish populations there are too good, too valuable and would pay the ultimate price if every baiter/taker were allowed to enter here. However, I am in favor of limited access, heavy AFLO/C&R regulations for folks who are willing to go through some sort of permitting process with an additional fee. Just my two cents and its open for debate. My opinion isn't always right and selfish at times.
I would definately support flies and lures only and catch and release and Marston and you had to take a class to fish there. I generally do not support flies and lures only regs, but in this case I would.
You make a good point. I am trying to encourage people to action and I do not like naysayers who don't understand that one person can make a difference and that if we simply unite we can easily win most or all of these battles. I know some people don't like my criticisms of the CDOW or these water radicals who call themselves "the city". They don't have to read my posts. I never had anything against them. I am with all of you, not against you.
 

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can anyone guess and tell me how many hours gross is from grand junction? Thanks
 

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i'd take the pontooner up there. if they throw you off, say something like, give me a ride back or i am going to be touching this water for a lot longer while i head back. if they really care, they will give you a ride, if not work your way back adn fish while going. only problem is if they can give you a ticket.
 
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TroutFishingBear said:
can anyone guess and tell me how many hours gross is from grand junction? Thanks
TFB-

Coming from your direction, it will be about an hour off I-70 at the Morrison Exit. So that will bearound 4.5 hours I would guess.
 
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