Originally Posted by cadster
The shoulder season flows seem to have disappeared the last couple of years. Water is being moved in the winter instead. From what I've read the spring and fall flows are being kept down do to fishery concerns and any change to that would require angler approval.
If private boaters don’t even want to support AHRA with a $7 fee, good luck getting any fall releases.
Dead on my man...
A couple of observations - the AHRA is taking more and more $ to run it every year and still has to take money out of the general fund to support it. They want to move to enterprise status - like the DOW and that will take even more $.. So I doubt that you will see fee's go down. I would recommend that you buy the yearly pass then everyone in your car is covered every run all year. It does suck if you only use the state parks system once a year and if you park solo yep it is $7 - get a big truck and put 10 boaters in it then you have $14 for 2 cars divided by 10 or $1.40 per person.. On the fee front it is kinda interesting that the fishermen dont have to pay the $7 if they walk in - yep I do it a ton and have never even been asked for a parks pass to walk and fish any section......
The AHRA is going to "fix" hecla this spring so we will see how that goes down there. Timeline, money, and general contractor has been approved so it will be different down there this summer.
The boat chute rapid or silver bullet rapid up by BV will be fixed this fall (fall of 2010 summer of 2011) until then it will still be the hardest rapid in that section.
As a private boater on the Ark for over 30 years here is what I would like to see..
#1. Higher flows in the shoulder seasons. No reason to have 500cfs in the ditch in Jan, Feb, March, and then 200 cfs in the ditch in May. I know phil loves the low elf flows
but for the rest of us it would be nice to see this water in the river when we can use it. It will not hurt the fish at all IMO and I would love to see the private reps push higher april, may, Aug, sept, - flows as their #1 priority.
#2 Avoid private rationing in the "salida" section or section 3 (the water around salida).. This is where the current management plan / fishermen want to see private boaters rationed (limited to 30 boats per day) on certain days as capacity has been exceeded... I dont want to see private boaters rationed ANYWHERE on the Ark and would rather have capacity increased rather than see private rationing. Again the fisherfolks would like to see capacity at 30 boats per day (a boat is a duckie, kayak, raft, innertube, or fishing raft) and a raise in capacity or private boater rationing is imminent in the area around salida.. That would be my #2 priority..
Also thanks for taking the time to serve as our rep...