|March||Ice Fishing is closed|
|May 2||Office opens for summer hours|
|May 9||Fishing season opens!|
|May 23||Guest fishing begins (Memorial Day weekend)|
|July 2 -July 4||Ramona is closed to fishing, in preparation for the Kids Fishing Contest|
|Oct 31||Fishing season closes and boats must be removed from all the lakes|
Due to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus, we strongly request that all RFS&I business (paying dues, buying passes, etc.) be transacted by mail. We are not allowing office appointments at this time. If you have questions about your dues or want to pay with a credit card, please leave a message on the office phone for a call back. Please do not wait until opening day to get your fishing badges as we cannot guarantee our office will be open as planned. We can be reached at PO Box 527 or 970-881-2175.
- New Boating Program for ALL boaters
- Revised rules for everyone to know and follow
- No change in dues
Boating Use Program - For the past few years we've had a number of issues arise around boating on our lakes. Most of them involve non-Red Feather residents boating on our lakes instead of using the public lakes, boaters (recreational or fishing) infringing on other fishermen, or boaters who are not following our or State boating regulations. After soliciting inputs from our members, the Board presented motions (which were approved) at the 2019 Annual Stockholders meeting to implement a new boating use program.
The goal of the boating use program is to:
- Provide boating as an additional recreation option to fishing memberships.
- Provide boating as a purchased recreation option to Red Feather residents.
- Have a clear way to identify “valid” vs “invalid” boaters on our lakes, and therefore be able to deal with those who aren’t allowed.
- Better articulate our rules and expectations, and ensure boaters know and follow them.
- Make an overall better recreation experience for those using our lakes.
- Each boat must have at least one valid badge among those in the boat. Valid badges are either a fishing badge, guest fishing badge or a boating recreation badge. Simply stated – “no badge, no boating”.
- All boaters must follow all RFS&I rules. See page 2 of the rules for all the details.
- Recreation (Season) Boating Badges can be purchased (limit 2) as part of a fishing membership. These are assigned to the primary named fishing member who is responsible for assuring that the boater wearing the badge understands and follows all rules.
- We’re also offering an Annual Boating Membership for residents of Red Feather Lakes. Residents are those within our initiated membership area that are either property owners or long-term renters. These boating memberships get two boating recreation badges with their names on them. They do not get any of the other benefits that fishing memberships get. And like fishing memberships, they agree to follow all RFS&I rules.
Board change - Alan Anderson has stepped down from the board. He was a great help in keeping things running smoothly and we'll all miss his contributions. Thanks and best to Alan! In his place we've appointed Mike Calhoon to serve out Alan's term on the board. Mike and his family have been long-time members. Mike manages the Fort Collins Parks Department and brings a lot of experience in recreation use management and water board administration to the board. Welcome!
Fishing Wrap-up - The water levels in the lakes are excellent and have us in great shape for the winter. We had a very good fall fishing season, even though the onset of ice brought it to a close a few days early. All the lakes were stocked in late September. It was great having fishing at Shagwa, the Donaldson trout were very popular with the fishermen. We appreciated everyone filling out the survey cards at Apache and Nokomis to help us gain insights about the fisheries. Specifically, the impact of perch and the trout growth rates; and looking at mitigation methods, walleye in Apache, and catch-and-release in Nokomis. Similarly, the survey cards at Shagwa help us manage the fishery as it returns to normal.
For a more complete update on this year's fishing.
Ice fishing was very good this winter. In spite of 24" of ice, fishermen reported good fishing for much of the season at both Apache and Ramona. See you in May for another year of great fishing!
Boat Storage - First of all, thanks to the boaters at Apache for removing all their boats! We removed about a dozen boats from Erie, Nokomis and Letitia. In 2020, we'll add Hiawatha to the annual boat removal effort. Our program to remove boats at the end of the season is paying off, Apache was much better for summer boat storage with the "dead beats" out of the way. Again, thanks for everyone's efforts!