So here's the deal, I went out for just my second time ever in a float tube at a community lake out here in Kansas that allows fishing in boats and even says canoes. Correct me if I'm wrong but doesnt that automatically mean you can fish in a float tube too? So I get out there, make 3 casts, and a cop pulls up gets out and walks to where I'm fishing and says, "There's no swimming in this lake". I immediately reply (keep in mind I have a fishing rod in my hand), "Oh, I'm not swimming, I'm float tube fishing". He proceeds to throw a hissy fit literally yelling, "I SAID GET OUT SO GET OUT!!" I then said that I was sorry and I didnt think there would be an issue which then he proceeded to yell back that there was going to be an issue when he issues me a $100 ticket (what?!). After a little back and forth where he clearly didnt understand what I was doing I begrudgingly had to finally leave.
So my question is, arent I allowed to use a float tube to fish in a lake that allows fishing on boats and canoes? As you know lake regulations never mention float tubes either way because they just arent very common, so its just implied that it falls into those categories right? I think the issue is the cop had never seen a float tuber before and clearly had no idea what I was doing (hence the original swimming comment).
I just want to know from people here who are more familiar with float tube rules that I was in the right before I say anything to the police dept and go back and try it again.
Anyways, I drove to another nearby community lake and caught a 6'3" channelcat while fishing with a crankbait for bass. It definitely tugged me around for a little while.