Great points!!!I believe that there have been some warmwater locations designated as C & R in the past. Ward Ponds? The problem, as always, is that regulations without enforcement are ineffective, at best. Most warmwater locations are closer to population centers and more easily accessible to the greatest number of people.....and, proportionately, to the greatest number of those for whom restrictive bag limitations are an invitation to plunder. For those who are inclined to ignore restrictions against retention and/or feign ignorance of the regulations (due to alleged language difficulties or for whatever other reason), the designation of a body of water as C & R is nothing more than hotspotting an ideal location for them. The CPW needs to prioritize its mission towards enforcement rather than the harmfully bizarre manipulation of successful diversity in locations such as Blue Mesa, Williams Fork, Granby, etc. Designating locations as catch and release may provide a false, feel good component but actually will create an opposite result in the quality of a fishery unless combined with enforcement. For some reason, the CPW seems to increasingly feel that the enforcement aspect is beneath them.
It sure seems that way. It's all about money right? Do trout really pull in that much more money than the other species? I guess they probably do but... If I'm a millionaire one day I'm gonna buy a reservoir like douglas or something and make it my own gold medal warmwater fishery. And only CF members can fish it! HahaIt would be nice... never gonna happen though.I was thinking that they should have gold medal warmwater fisheries, too. trout are fine but ya imagine a gold medal wiper, walleye or bass fishery.
Warm water fish are the red headed stepchildren of the DOW
Whomp...... remember this isn't Missouri and your not a native......I understand you can't appreciate what you never had but you need to realize your in a state where the trout is king...... get the f*** out or realize this state will always be a place where anglers come to fish for a species that compliment our unique geography.........trophy hunting for warmwater predators is indeed a blast yet understanding that it will take a back seat to trout should be understood......I agree though in that a premier fishery for these types of waters is possible and would compliment Colorado's fishing experience but make no mistake, those who realize trouts popularity also understand what Colorado is all about...... one day grasshopper you'll come aroundIt sure seems that way. It's all about money right? Do trout really pull in that much more money than the other species? I guess they probably do but... If I'm a millionaire one day I'm gonna buy a reservoir like douglas or something and make it my own gold medal warmwater fishery. And only CF members can fish it! Haha