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Hey guys, just thought I'd post this, I've definitely seen this before about how we need to take action instead of just saying we will or complaining about it. I was at Dixon the other day and saw a family fishing with most likely worms. The teenage boy was standing near us when we were talking with another family that was fishing. The teen came over and showed us what fish they were catching when we were asking how everyone was doing with action. The kid had a 10" to 12" LM Bass and said he wasn't gonna throw it back because it was going to die and was bleeding too bad. The fish barely had any blood on him and was still trying to struggle to get away from him. He then proceeded to put the fish in a plastic grocery bag that already had at least one more LM Bass of the same size. Nothing makes me more angry then those thinking they can bend the rules and keep fish they aren't supposed to keep. So after we walked away and saw one of the other sons of the family walk the fish up to their car, I call the CDOW and let them know whats going on. I was actually quite happy as to the quickness of their response to the situation. We had left the lake just a few minutes after I had called, and no much longer after that I get a call back asking if I had a description of the vehicle which I didn't follow the kid to see what car he was taking them to. We drove back over to see if the family was still there and came to finding the family gone but a Larimer County Wildlife officer there and another showing up after we started talking with the one already there. I told them the situation again and they said they would look around the lake to see if they were still around and see if anyone else knew about the situation. I'm glad to see that if we even do call about a violation that the DOW takes it seriously and takes action against them. Thanks for listening/reading my rant :)
 
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typical situation...sorry to hear about the poachers thats what they are is poachers ....I dont take this kind of stuff lightly and you did the right thing and should take pride in the fact you didnt just look away like so many people do ....this kind of stuff takes place on just about every body of water hopefully they get caught but its more likey they will not . Its sad but true .......go to the colorado fisherman.com meething and voice your opinions .....I dont think a day has been chosen yet but make sure you keep checking
 

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you know it starts with the parents what other activities are they teaching there children if they will not teach them something as simple as size limits. it s disgusting and unforunatly very prominant.
 

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Thats what angered my friend and I as well besides the poaching. Not only were the parents teaching their kids that this was ok, but the families around. All those kids running around saw these guys keeping the fish so in turn teaches them that its ok. Just makes me so angry and saddened that parenting has come to this.
 

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did you try to mention to the parents that it was inappropriate? sometime they are just ignorant and a polite education can make a huge difference
 

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The family keeping the fish we didn't. I'm not sure if it would have done it or not. The teen that showed us the fish was telling us he was keeping them even though they were under the limit was because they were going to die. The kid DID know it was a 15" limit. As to whether the parents knew this or not I dunno. Though the family we were talking to, we did tell the kid that was with them when he came over to see a fish we caught that it was too small to keep so that way he could say that to his parents if it came to it.
 

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Derajaman,

Not a rant at all. It is quite refreshing to hear that prompt action was being taken not only by you but the Wildlife officers too.

Dan
 

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I was at Dixson about 2 weeks ago and got asked by a ranger to see my liscence.  We got to chatting when I let him know that I have seen numerous people keeping small bass (6-9inches).  

I let him know that they should step up patrols in the evening and that would help.  He asked me if I had informed anyone of the rules and told him yes but the guys told me to f-off and there were 3 of them and one of me.  I had no cell phone on me.

I hope they step it up there.  The amount of people who violate the law up there is rediculous!!!!

The next night I was up there at 6:00pm and I saw a ranger come up.  We got to chatting and he let me know that his partner told him he should patrol up there at about that time. I told him he may want to check the 6 guys who had a 5 gallon bucket of small bass just up ahead.  He said he would.

It sickens me when people poach.  I will program the DOW # in my phone and keep it on me from now on.

Thanks for sharing your story.
 
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I am very picky about keeping fish. If there is a size limit I stick to it. With cats, I could catch 10-15 abot 5 lbs and only keep one to eat. People need to be selective in what they keep if they want to grow a strong fishery. If there is no size limit and little fish out number big ones cull out the little guys. Derajaman, you did the right thing and should be commended for it. Thank you for following the rules.
 

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Zias: I totally agree with the up in security at Dixon, I was almost gonna be calling the DOW the day before cause I thought another couple there was keeping bass under 15" but ended up being Bluegill so I didn't need to do anything. Oh, and about the number. There is a 1-800 number on your lisence which is the one I called. The other thing to do is either have the non-emergency state patrol number in your cell phone since they said you can talk with the dispatch there if you need to get a hold of a wildlife officer or probably even the larimer county wildlife office number would be good too for Dixon.
 

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Zias said:
I was at Dixson about 2 weeks ago and got asked by a ranger to see my liscence.  We got to chatting when I let him know that I have seen numerous people keeping small bass (6-9inches).  

I let him know that they should step up patrols in the evening and that would help.  He asked me if I had informed anyone of the rules and told him yes but the guys told me to f-off and there were 3 of them and one of me.  I had no cell phone on me.

I hope they step it up there.  The amount of people who violate the law up there is rediculous!!!!

The next night I was up there at 6:00pm and I saw a ranger come up.  We got to chatting and he let me know that his partner told him he should patrol up there at about that time. I told him he may want to check the 6 guys who had a 5 gallon bucket of small bass just up ahead.  He said he would.

It sickens me when people poach.  I will program the DOW # in my phone and keep it on me from now on.

Thanks for sharing your story.
good for you saying that too i have seen an increase in rangers over there
 

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