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I have been looking at several corporate centers with their quarries, lakes, and ponds for potential fishing holes. I asked to fish at one place and they said no, because of liability issues. I was wondering if I typed up a waiver that would void them of all liability claims, would I be allowed to fish there. Trespassing to fish is not a good idea because I don't want to go to jail or get arrested. So, can I make a waiver and get it signed? How can I gain access to private corporate center waters? Do the corporate centers own the waters? Thanks.

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I doubt you will get access, even with the waiver. For one thing, they can still be held liable if something happens on their property, especially if the person that signed the waiver is dead. Another issue is that most corporate centers are leased properties, so they couldn't give you permission even if they wanted to. 

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Try everything. The only way things happen is if you try. Nothing to lose. Everything to gain.

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24 minutes ago, Paul Roberts said:

Try everything. The only way things happen is if you try. Nothing to lose. Everything to gain.

 

Nothin' but a couple days spent in jail that could of been spent on the water...just kidding

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No... I don't mean sneak in. I mean ask. Ask more than once. You may get to know someone there. Ask about a waver.

 

A while back I worked near a large set of ponds and got to know the manager, more or less, just in passing. Eventually I asked for permission to fish and eventually I got a key to the gates. There were two sets of ponds -52 ponds in all. And I had them all to myself. Even got to duck hunt back in gorgeous flooded timber, all by my lonesome.

 

There was a large tract of land down the road from my home that was managed as a pay to play hunting club. I went and asked anyway. I hit it off with the owners and they granted me permission, the stipulation was that I prioritize spike bucks, and secondarily, a single doe. Perfect.

 

Who'd a guessed.

 

Oh, this is kinda cool... Just a couple weeks ago I put some field time in collecting willows to plant for a wetlands restoration project. Turns out the collecting location has a series of large private bass ponds/lakes. The guy I was working for has keys and said, "Maybe we can fish it sometime." And the restoration project we were supporting just happened to be one of my favorite bass quarries that was breached during the big floods here and access closed. Guy has keys to that one too, but he tells me that it'll open to fishing by the end of June this year. I'll probably be the only on there too.

 

So.... who knows.

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I guess you never know unless you try...

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Corporate pond, 8 lb. bucket mouth, pics of fish, released unharmed, a night in jail. I'll take it. 

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2 minutes ago, Spankey said:

Corporate pond, 8 lb. bucket mouth, pics of fish, released unharmed, a night in jail. I'll take it. 

Of course, what would be better would be to get permission -be the only one who ever asked- and you could watch that 8lber become a 9lber. ;)

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When I was a young guy we would sneak onto the golf course for some night time top water action. We got caught a few times but nothing ever came of it. Heck we put them all back. Different time back in the 70s and early 80s. 

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Had a friend that worked at a nuke power plant.  We got to fish the discharge and take a tour of the plant (after a lengthy background check).  

 

The pics are speckled trout.  :o

 

 

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Update: I contacted the property manager of the property in a friendly and appreciative manner. They were happy to help and I was then connected to the next person in the line. Hopefully this works out. I know the potential of these places...

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10 hours ago, Spankey said:

When I was a young guy we would sneak onto the golf course for some night time top water action. We got caught a few times but nothing ever came of it. Heck we put them all back. Different time back in the 70s and early 80s. 

So true. When I moved from the country to the suburbs around 1980, I slung my rifle and headed down to the tracks. An officer saw me and stopped. We had a nice chat about guns and how much he liked my customized Mossberg target rifle. The stock was re-worked, inlayed, glass-bedded, and had 3x-9x glass. He was impressed. Just before he drove off, he stuck his head out the patrol car window and said, "Oh yeah, next time maybe put it in a case."

 

5 hours ago, Quarry Man said:

Update: I contacted the property manager of the property in a friendly and appreciative manner. They were happy to help and I was then connected to the next person in the line. Hopefully this works out. I know the potential of these places...

Now that's news. Sounds promising.

 

A few years ago I spotted some black locust trees along a road. I make archery bows (self bows) and here in CO hardwoods are hard to come by. They were along a busy road so I contacted the city. I told them they were an invasive species, could I take a few. They put me through channels -don't remember how many people contacted me, but a week later I got a call from a Ranger. I met them at their office with a bow saw and two Rangers followed me around while I assessed and selected three smallish trees. They squirted an herbicide on the stumps and we said goodbye. I did ask them why everyone bothered with my request. They considered it part of public service. I felt a little silly about the whole thing and wish I'd found enough good wood to present them with a bow in the end. Regardless... you just never know. Squeaky wheel -with a genuine smile.

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