I have been checked almost everytime I come up
and I always say thanks to the ranger.... now I must add that we generally start at Metcalf Bottoms where there is generally a higher patrol frequency.
I wholeheartedly endorse the bigger sign routine as well. If there is a sign at the entrance to the park at Townsend... it sure hasn't caught my attention. I would certainly recommend a simple "Special Fishing Regulations In Force" sign with details below just to catch folks attention.
Confronting some of these folks can get really dangerous. We've had some problems on the Elk River tailwaters in the past with "good ol' boys" getting very hostile while walking out with strings of 20 and 30 trout.