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It took us a year of persistent advocacy but Wiper addicts finally got a seat at the table. We have no budget or lawyers so we must make this one count!! We will hold our Wiper summit with the CPW on February 11th at the CPW offices on 6060 Broadway. They will provide biologists from all the front range and eastern regions.

This is a chance for every warm water angler to be heard and have their questions answered by those who manage our fisheries. Greg and I have tried our best to prove that we are not some fringe group and while we will never be TU there are a lot of us and we shouldn't have to drive to Nebraska or Kansas!! So if you really care about warm water fishing in CO please help us out and come join us from 6:30 to 8:30 on the 11th.

Last year was a good stocking year in Colorado for wipers and we just got the numbers for 2016 that we will go over at the summit. We can also talk about walleye, crappie, etc. and anything else warm water related.
 

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Neal, great work. This will be a great opportunity for the CPW to hear concerns about the wiper fishing in CO. I don't frequently fish wipers, but I'm always happy to help if I can. And who says we don't have lawyers :nerd:
 

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Pretty cool, Neal. What are the wiper addicts club's goals?
To at least maintain or increase the stocking levels we enjoyed last year. Example= North sterling got 50,000 fingerlings and 500,000 fry, as did Jackson. John Martin got 1,000,000. There is space available at the Pueblo hatchery to raise fingerlings for Pueblo and John Martin. But there is a thought that wipers don't warrant the investment in time or space. To give you an idea how it works now. Pueblo has received about 1.2 million fry in the last two years and are only scheduled to get 400,000 in 2016. Only 1-2 % of fry survive unfortunately. Because of the importance of Pueblo as a brood stock lake for walleye, Pueblo will never go back to the historic levels of stocking it once enjoyed!

We also want the Arkansas drainage limit to be changed from 20 frickin fish per day to separate limits for both white bass and wipers.

To expand the Sunshine bass program!!! This is where they cross white bass eggs with striper milt. Striper eggs are so delicate that we cannot so far raise our own wipers, thus we are dependent on out of state sources for our wiper fry:embarassed: Two Buttes is now on its way to becoming a viable Sunshine bass fishery! I also suggested using Chatfield as a test fishery as well.

If we can keep water in the newly filled Henry, Meredith and John Martin reservoirs we would like to bring those lakes back to the wiper fisheries they once were??
 

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Neal, great work. This will be a great opportunity for the CPW to hear concerns about the wiper fishing in CO. I don't frequently fish wipers, but I'm always happy to help if I can. And who says we don't have lawyers :nerd:
So you are a blood sucking lawyer? :biggrin1:

We also want the Arkansas drainage limit to be changed from 20 frickin fish per day to separate limits for both white bass and wipers.
It would be nice to reduce the limit statewide.
 

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A lot of this depends on water? It seems we may be entering a wet period for a few years? If so we should have good wiper fishing along the S. Platte drainage. The Northern Biologist is pretty aggressive!! Jackson, Prewitt and North Sterling could bounce back quickly!!

I would like to see the limit dropped to one or two state wide. That way if you accidently kill one you can still take it home!
 

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A lot of this depends on water? It seems we may be entering a wet period for a few years? If so we should have good wiper fishing along the S. Platte drainage. The Northern Biologist is pretty aggressive!! Jackson, Prewitt and North Sterling could bounce back quickly!!

I would like to see the limit dropped to one or two state wide. That way if you accidently kill one you can still take it home!
Two would be great, but I'd be fine with one too. When they are stocked and the water level is good, a moderate harvest is not a problem. Can't remember the last time I kept a Colorado wiper anyway (they taste like ass within a two hour radius of Denver, as Zman would say). I think the last time I went for wipers in Colorado was at Jackson three years ago. I don't like wasting my time when I fish and that drive to Nebraska and Kansas is worthwhile for me. I'd chase them more in Colorado if my chances of catching wipers went back to how it was in the old days.
 

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Two would be great, but I'd be fine with one too. When they are stocked and the water level is good, a moderate harvest is not a problem. Can't remember the last time I kept a Colorado wiper anyway (they taste like ass within a two hour radius of Denver, as Zman would say). I think the last time I went for wipers in Colorado was at Jackson three years ago. I don't like wasting my time when I fish and that drive to Nebraska and Kansas is worthwhile for me. I'd chase them more in Colorado if my chances of catching wipers went back to how it was in the old days.
Totally agree. I have and will hit the road to Big Mac, etc. every week if I have too! But it would be nice for everyone to be able to fish close to home if they don't have the time to head east!!

I would like to shock the biologists and have several hundred anglers show up and talk warm water fishing!!! I have over 300 members now on Wiper Addicts Facebook page and we just bought the domain name to build our website. But I am a realist as to what we really can expect.
 

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Given my field and current status of my bank account I am everything but a blood sucker! But maybe I should make up a funny nickname and start chasing ambulances and join the ranks of The Strongarm or the Law Hawk! :confused2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmZiqwRnwtM
Bwahaha! I worked with my fair share of lawyers at my previous job and know a few personally too (one of my brother in law is a lawyer). They be fine people. :thumb:
 

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My reference to lawyers was in the vain that TU is so well funded, legally represented and organized that they usually achieve their goals!

I just would like to see Colorado anglers spent their money in Colorado:confused: I actually told them at the first meeting that if they drove to the parking lots at Big Mac they would see as many if not more green license plates! It seemed to be dismissed out of hand. This during an era where license sales are dropping?
 

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I thought that's what you were alluding to. I think to get that point across you would want to develop some sort statistics that would show Colorado residents would stay in CO to target wipers if the wiper fishing was better. And not only that, but it would bring in revenue from other states as well. I am sure the goal is to send messages such as that at the hearing.
 

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I thought that's what you were alluding to. I think to get that point across you would want to develop some sort statistics that would show Colorado residents would stay in CO to target wipers if the wiper fishing was better. And not only that, but it would bring in revenue from other states as well. I am sure the goal is to send messages such as that at the hearing.
One of the reasons we chose February was so most warm water fisherman would be bouncing off the walls by then and actually show up!! But if no one shows they will just say "hey we told you so" and Greg and I will have to admit defeat and take our anger out on the walleye's till we head east in May, LOL
 

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One of the reasons we chose February was so most warm water fisherman would be bouncing off the walls by then and actually show up!! But if no one shows they will just say "hey we told you so" and Greg and I will have to admit defeat and take our anger out on the walleye's till we head east in May, LOL
6:30-8:30 PM? If so, I might be able to make it.
 

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I would like to see the limit dropped to one or two state wide. That way if you accidently kill one you can still take it home!
Yup, take 1 home and save the rest for fertilizing the lake bottom (See Nee Gronda, Nee Noshe, Nee Sopah, Henrry, Meredith) etc...
 

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It's also possible I could make it. I put it in the calendar. Do you just need bodies in the seats?
That is important but we need these guys to see there is a market here for better warm water fishing and sensible regs and limits! I guess enthusiasm is the word I am looking for. We will give you guys real stocking numbers for wipers also and I think you will be surprised. Last year was a good step to rebuilding our fisheries if we can keep water in them!!!!
 
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