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Maybe I am have this all wrong but I don't think its a good idea to show locations where fish were caught on a map or publish the gps coordinates. Our lakes receive enough angler pressure without showing everyone who visits this site the locations of fish caught. If you do this then IMHO if you go our to the lake and there are 4 boats parked on your honey hole, you don't get to complain. I live in Colo. Springs and fish Brush Hollow and especially Pueblo. Sometimes I'll tell a friend or acquaintance of an area where I have been getting bit but I darn sure won't come on this site and pass this info on to dozens or hundreds of people I don't even know. Call me greedy if you want. I don't know if these "stranger" observe all the length limits, if they keep more fish then allowed, etc.

I just think it shortsighted to publish fish locations. Ed
 

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I hear ya, Ed. Everytime I give out a good fishing spot, I wonder if I haven't done more harm than good. I don't have many, so each one is precious.

But part of me feels obligated to share fishing info. Especially if I think the majority of anglers viewing are good natured and are willing to share info with me as well. It has to start somewhere and I try to give as good as I get. As a rookie, 1st generation angler...I need all the fishing help I can find.

The best we can do is encourage others to do the right thing with the information we share. Besides, most don't "give up the honey-hole" on such a public format...but they will tell you some good spots. If others don't respect the spirit upon which it was given, well that is a shame.

Someone shared fishing with me early in my life and sharing info with others is the best way to return that favor.

Good luck/good fishing...and strangers beware! ;D
 

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Ed Marcol said:
Call me greedy if you want.
Your Greedy!!!!!!!!

Thats what this site is about. Meeting people and sharing good info with each other. Thats what makes MOST fisherman good people. God for bid someone should help someone else out, OH no!!!

You asked: "Is it a good idea?", Your right helping and sharing with other people who are interested in the same thing as you isn't a good idea.

What a joke........IMO


-Jay
 

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Fish move and they move alot showing other people where you landed a couple can give them a starting point notice how he has 3 fish caught and all in different locations. He did not hit a "honey hole" he just showing where he caught some. This is good the more people that do this the easier it is to trak fish movements and the better you become as an angler at predicting where they are going to be.
 

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Maybe I missed something, but I thought this was a fishing site to share tips, places and locations. If you don't agree then okay just don't particapate on this site. Also I don't believe we can slow down or keep something secret at the local lakes, they get pounded everyday and they are so small its hard to keep it quite.
 

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It doesn't hurt to share.

It's also a good thing to conversate with other fishermen. When you learn something from someone, you want to give some back. I learned a good deal about walleye fishing since I've joined this forum. In return, I'm willing to dish out anything possible from the little I know that's related to fishing and that's my commitment.

HAPPY FISHING FELLAS ;D
 

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The only people that I hide fishing holes from are people who I already know that are destructive to wildlife or have no ethics for nature or the law. As far as that goes, it only applies to some people who I know personally.

I'm sure that if y'allz searched as much as I did to find a site such as this one, the odds of good people being on this site are high. I hope I don't sound judgmental, but that's just how I feel. To me, you all seem like good ethical fishermen and I respect that highly.
 

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People who catch fish are going to be happy and keep on buying fishing licenses. Since the revenues from these license is what keeps are waters stocked  it only helps letting people know where the fish are biting.  As long as the fishing regulations are followed no harm done. Many people forget that CO. D.O.W is not funded through taxes but by the revenue generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.
 

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I agree with all here. If you think that one location is a catch all, then you have a lot to learn about fish. You can knock them dead in one spot one day and the next they are gone. I pitty the fishermen who never moves. Not only do they move around the lake, but up and down in the water column.

Sharing ideas and locations is good for everyone and someday you may be asking the same question.
 

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I think anglers should work together and be less divided when it comes to sharing information, ideas and opinions about fishing in Colorado. Overall the good and ethical anglers outnumber the thoughtless ones. Too bad that small percentage has such a devastating impact on fisheries. I understand where Ed is coming from when he started this topic. After having one of my newly found bass spots exploited by a less than scrupulous neighbor, I set a few guidelines in regards to sharing fishing locations and information.

1. Never expose a spot that you are not willing to share. Smaller ponds can sustain less pressure so I am less likely to share those unless the angler lives in the area or looking for small lakes to fish by themselves.
2. If you have considerations that you wish others to adhere to, please state them upfront. I always urge catch and release of the bass and to keep an eye out for rule-breakers or troublemakers.
3. Be as honest as possible. Don?t hype a spot up too much just because you ?killed? them on one day. I also try to share some particulars of the day like technique, weather and water temps if I can.
4. If you swore an oath not to share a fishing spot with others, you have to honor that oath. Consider yourself fortunate enough to be told about that hidden backwater or pond no one knows about.
5. Share info with the best intentions to the better-intentioned anglers you come across. I call this ?stacking the deck?. More ?good? anglers will help keep the ?bad? in check.

This could be considered the ?middle road? between selfish and sharing. You never want to give up too much and fish are never guaranteed to cooperate. But that?s fishing.


P.S. A lot of bass tourney guys record and share GPS info. Like others mentioned, it gives you a good place to start looking for fish. You still have to get them into the boat.
 

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I have no problem sharing my spots,especially when you consider that location,timing,weather,presentation,color,bait,lure,depth,all play a major role in the catching!Usually when you hear of a honey hole it is too late already!
 

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If you do enough research on a lake ask tackle shops ask guides and rangers, you will get just about the same information you would get from this board. Except this board is more of a none professional fishermans prespective. Which I consider better because they fish 2 or 3 main lakes regularly and will have better opinions on whats hot and where would be a good spot. While the rest of the research you get will be more hearsay or 3rd party advice.
I dont have the luxury of a fish finder or a sonar system so I cant map terrain, if someone on the board posts there are a bunch of sunken trees off so and so point on so and so lake right next to a rock drop off. I can mark that in my notes and if I get a chance to hit that lake I can check those notes and be like hrmmm that might be a good spot to start out at. Or if Jay posts "Man I was killing them at GPS COORDINATES HERE, Yesturday" I can think to myself that might be a good place to start fishing today. Or I can look back a year from now and be like wow that spot was hitting last year and weather conditions look similar maybe I'll give it a shot.
I know lots of fisherman (guides mostly) that well tell you how good their fishing was and when you ask what part of the lake or river they were catching them on, they plain wont tell you. This makes me more fustrated then anything, we should be sharing this experience not hording it.
 

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I share the limited knowledge that I have and hope other fisherman will share with me. Like many people have said on this board. GPS coords are often good starting points.

now I will probably find your honey hole if it is a lake that gets fished by any number of people because they tend to group in more productive areas. It might take me longer and i will waste more gas than I otherwise would. But eventually we will become aware of it if we are on the water long enough.

So I will share my experiences good and bad. Thanks to all the other people who will do the same.!
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Dan
 
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