The 10 HP limits are probably as un-heeded as a 55 mph zone on a PA highway. Everyone is running a 15 HP carb kit on their 9.9 or an 18 or 20 with 9.9 stickers.
I live within 1 minute of a 10 HP limited lake. I could fish it every night after work.........except for my 115 HP outboard. A kicker plate/motor is not an option.
But why not a speed limit ???
Here's my thinking: Any boat with an engine over 10 HP must adhere to a 10mph speed limit AND must be GPS equipped to monitor the speed (boat speedo's generally are useless at low speed). Or just impose a no wake rule for boats over 10 HP.
Every boat has a plainly visible registration # on both sides of the hull. GUARANTEED anyone goofing off at high speeds will be reported to the authorities by a half dozen other fisherman. 10 mph would require a waterways conservation officer to have a radar gun. But there's no hiding a wake. You're either making one or you aren't.
Just would be really nice for a guy to be able to fish some of these lakes with a bigger boat. I have to trailer a minimum of 40 minutes to get on the water.
As an aside.......my dad has a 16.5' Princecraft walleye boat. His primary is a 50 HP E-tec and the kicker is a 9.9 Evinrude. When we fish the home lake in his boat, the 50 is up and the 9.9 is running [censored] to the wall to make 8.5 mph and creates 2 or 3 times the disturbance on the water that the 50 would to go the same speed.
I totally agree. Other states have speedlimits instead of horsepower restrictions. With radar this would easy to enforce and with the cameras that are everywhere these days, even easier with the big stickers on both sides of the boat.