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So a couple Springs back, I was enjoying catching crappie, cats and drum off the marina jetty at Bonny reservoir at night.
All of a sudden some movement caught my attention out of the corner of my eye, RATS! And big New York city sized rats!! :eek:
I hate rats, and they didn't fear of me as they came in and out of the rocks getting closer to me. I picked up my gear and moved to the beach, were the fishing wasn't as good. :mad:
Has anybody else expereinced this over there??
 
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Rats - no. Never seen them that size in Colorado. Opossum - yes. There are lots around Bonny.
 

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dkooser said:
Rats - no.  Never seen them that size in Colorado.  Opossum - yes.  There are lots around Bonny. 
Perhaps they were opossom then, they looked like rats and I got out of dodge fast, maybe if I would have looked better, I would have seen different. Do they bite?
 

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Did not no colorado had opossom, but in florida I fish rip rap jettys alot and at night rats are running all over the rocks.
 
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They are present along the treed river bottoms especially in the plains. Bonny (Republican drainage), John Martin (Arkansas drainage), Sterling area (Platte drainage). They can and do bite, especially if cornered. They will typically hiss and spit cuss before lashing out though. They dont attack though so if you just sit tight and make sure they know you are there, they will likely avoid you. I'd bet they were just roaming their territory looking for food.

I would have to guess that they were not muskrats for two reasons, (1) muskrats dont typically verture out at night and (2) muskrats dont spend too much time out of the water, especially on a rocky point. If they are found out of the water, it is only in areas where food is present (food being veggie matter).
 
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dkooser said:
They are present along the treed river bottoms especially in the plains.  Bonny (Republican drainage), John Martin (Arkansas drainage), Sterling area (Platte drainage).  They can and do bite, especially if cornered.  They will typically hiss and spit cuss before lashing out though.  They dont attack though so if you just sit tight and make sure they know you are there, they will likely avoid you.  I'd bet they were just roaming their territory looking for food.

I would have to guess that they were not muskrats for two reasons, (1) muskrats dont typically verture out at night and (2) muskrats dont spend too much time out of the water, especially on a rocky point.  If they are found out of the water, it is only in areas where food is present (food being veggie matter).
Take a 12 guage pump with 3 inch nitro mag 6 shot. They won't get away. ;)
 

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I saw two huge beavers out at Chatfield last year. They were just sitting at the waters edge, chomping on a tree branch, they were pretty cool looking, let me walk right up to them and they just kept chomping on their tree branch. Wished i would have had a camera with me.
 

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Parker Tom said:
Did not no colorado had opossom, but in florida I fish rip rap jettys alot and at night rats are running all over the rocks.
Fished same jettys up and down the coast, I would have cut bait at my feet, they would come up and steal a chunk, you can hear them squeekin all around you, and unfortunatly I watched willard and Ben at too young an age and they chased me into the water one night :eek:
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Frankly, I am shocked any living thing could venture close to the Bonny shoreline and not end up on someone's menu? LOL.
 
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Neal/CO said:
Frankly, I am shocked any living thing could venture close to the Bonny shoreline and not end up on someone's menu? LOL.
Kung Pao Rat with Sesame Bonny Mahi Mahi! :-*
 
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Neal/CO said:
Frankly, I am shocked any living thing could venture close to the Bonny shoreline and not end up on someone's menu? LOL.
Kung Pao Rat with Sesame Bonny Mahi Mahi!   :-*
You are bad, you need some sensitivity training. Sign yourself up.
 
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dkooser said:
EricCO said:
Neal/CO said:
Frankly, I am shocked any living thing could venture close to the Bonny shoreline and not end up on someone's menu? LOL.
Kung Pao Rat with Sesame Bonny Mahi Mahi!   :-*
You are bad, you need some sensitivity training.  Sign yourself up.
I actually do the sensitivity training. :eek:
 

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Carry a sling shot. I think I'll go buy mine soon.

By the way, did you ever fish Chatfiled at night, and have a beaver swim by 20 to 30 ft away, and without your knowing he is there, he up and slaps his tail... Tell me that don't put the fear of God in ya?!
 

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I've had raccoons quietly come-up to see what I was doing by the shoreline at night, and a skunk or two has also joined me for some one-sided conversations. Muskrats, beaver, and minks have all swam by to say hello to me during the day as well as various snakes of the colubrid family. My favorites are the bats. Big Brown bats, Little Brown bats, and Mexican free-tailed bats are the ones most commonly found in Colorado. The Little Brown bat is probably the one you see flying at dusk just above the water.

I have a second-rod stamp so while I'm spinning with one, I'll sometimes bait-up the other pole to see if something wants to hit it. One time, at Willow Creek Res, I looked over at my second pole and a chipmunk was gnawing the crap out of the handle. I shoo'd him away and no sooner when I turned around, the little sh*t was at it again.

I know some of you like to take your dogs along when you go fishing but next time... I'm bringing my cat! ;D
 

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Can't think of running into anything much worse at night.
Mee too! I would rather fish with bears and cougars at night than rats. And I don't know why I am so deathly afraid of the little rodents, but I do have a phobia for them. Maybe it's because they are fearless of humans, they do bite and they do cary diseases. ???
Strange thing is though, I used to have a rat as a pet! ::)
 
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Do any of you guys and/or gals have any photos of them? I have never been there so I cant say that I have Seen them or EVEN heard of them. :eek:
 
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