Safety zone below a dam?
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Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM  
From the 2014 Fishing Guide:

Enter, swim, wade, operate a boat or a float or floating device in any safety zone (the water area below any dam for a distance of 50 yards from base of the dam).

I wonder how this affects the folks that use those "dam boats" below Keystone?  I think the key words are "floating device".  Heck, this could apply not only to the "boat" they use to take their bait out into the corner, but the the strike indicator they use on the line.

At the same time, "floating device" could mean a balloon.  And, "float" could very well mean any kind of bobber or strike indicator.
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Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM  
They mean a floating device for a person... not for your bait.
Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM  
Or maybe they are concerned for the safety of a shad that gets floated that close to the dam. A big striper or cat might eat it...

Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM  
Sean, I completely understand what you mean.  However, the regulation didn't state that.  "Manned" floating devices, or a statement that "unmanned floating devices are allowed" would clear it up.

I don't run dam boats.  Honestly, I thought is was kind of like the folks that are raping the resource just a mile or so downstream.  There's usually 2 - 4 people in a crew running one of those, and they tend to camp out below the dam for a couple days.  That's an awful lot of fish getting pulled out.  What's worse, there are several different "crews" that come in and do this.
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