Switchfisher Rating System

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Now that I have been writing about the various places to fish in the area, I realize that I need some kind of a quick view that summarizes my assessment of the water.

The table to the right has the rating categories I am going to start with.  I may add or delete from this list as I gain experience using this as a rating framework.

Note that some of the ratings may be counterintuitive.  I’m using this to rate streams the based on what I look for. 

For example, I think it is a GREEN situation if you have to read a map to find the stream and it’s GREEN if it is physically demanding to get to. 

PressureTrout Size
Physical FitnessBass Size
AccessRegulations
Hard to FindStocking
SceneryOverall

Both of these situations reduce pressure and provide a more remote fishing experience – which is what I am looking for. So… please read these definitions carefully if you use them to select water.

I will summarize these based on multiple visits on the region level page as the rating may change with multiple visits.

(Disclaimer: Physical Fitness ratings are based on my impression of what it takes to get to the fishing area and enjoy it.  You are the best judge of your own fitness and should not attempt anything beyond your capability)

Pressure

GreenDid not see anyone else
YellowSaw a few other people, but never felt pressured
RedFelt crowded

Physical Fitness

GreenSuitable for somebody who is in good shape
YellowSuitable for somebody who exercises often and is in reasonable shape
RedNormal level of fitness required

Access

GreenNo trail, you are in the river wading; no boat ramp – you have to drag your boat to the water.
YellowSome trail, but not consistent – comes and goes.  Boat ramp suitable for light boats only
RedEasy access.  Well marked trail follows the stream.

If this is a lake, the boat ramps can take a normal sized bass boat

Hard to find

GreenRequires that you read a map
YellowInvolves traveling on a dirt road for a portion; you need to pay attention or you may take the wrong turn
RedEasy to get there.  Mapquest will pretty much get you to the right spot; hardball road all the way

Scenery

GreenClassic trout water of rushing stream with rocks, no houses; for bass, nice wooded lake
YellowTrout – Flatter water, but still remote; bass water has houses overlooking the lake or river
RedBoring, populated

Trout Size

GreenTrout – 12″ or larger
YellowTrout – 8 to 12″
RedTrout – smaller than 8″

Bass Size

GreenBass – 15″
YellowBass – 12″
RedBass – smaller than 12″

Regulations

GreenCatch and Release or a slot for bass
YellowDelayed Harvest or other restriction (no barb, etc)
RedPut and Take

Stocking

GreenStocked
YellowN/A – not used
RedNot Stocked

Overall

GreenI would come back anytime
YellowWould go if I don’t have anywhere better to go
RedWill not come back

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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