New fishing Regs in Colorado effect some popular Reservoirs...

New fishing Regs in Colorado effect some popular Reservoirs...
NEW FISHING REGS IN COLORADODENVER - The Colorado Divisionof Wildlife is reminding anglers across Colorado that new fishingregulations took effect Jan. 1. The new regulations were developedthrough an extensive public process last summer and fall as part of theDivision's five-year review of fishing regulations in the state. The newregulations were passed by the Colorado Wildlife Commission lastNovember.New statewide regulations include a prohibition ontransporting bait fish between bodies of water and on transportingcrayfish on the Western Slope. Additionally, to protect native andendangered fish populations in the Colorado and San Juan River basins, anumber of creeks, streams and rivers now allow for unlimited take ofnon-native fish including channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouthbass, northern pike, walleye, green sunfish, bluegill, bullhead, yellowperch or crappie. This regulation expands existing regulations andcovers sections of the following waters: Animas River, Blanco River,Colorado River, Dolores River, Eagle River, Florida River, La PlataRiver, Los Pinos River, McElmo Creek, Mancos River, Navajo River, PiedraRiver, San Juan River, San Miguel River and White River.Anglers will find new water-specific regulations in the following locations:Denver Metro Area:  CherryCreek Reservoir: The bag limit and minimum size for walleye is threefish, 18 inches in length. The regulation is designed to provideadditional protection of the walleye brood source.ChatfieldReservoir: The bag limit and minimum size for walleye is three fish, 18inches in length. Similar to the new regulations at Cherry Creek, thisregulation is designed to provide additional protection of the walleyebrood source.Cheesman Reservoir: Kokanee snagging is onlypermitted during the month of September. The limit will protect thekokanee brood source, while still allowing some snagging.Northeast Colorado:  CarterLake:  The bag limit and maximum size for walleye is three fish, 21inches in length.  The possession limit for walleye is six fish.Biologists hope the new regulations will enhance walleye harvest whileprotecting a trophy fishery and bring the fishery back into balance withthe available forage.Horsetooth Reservoir: Returned tostatewide regulations and bag limits for walleye.  This should increaseharvest and allow the fishery to become more in balance with the foragebase.Western Colorado: Connected Lake and Duke Lake:Bag and possession limit and minimum size for largemouth bass is twofish, 18 inches in length. This regulation will allow harvest oflargemouth bass while increasing the quality aspects of the population.HighlineReservoir: The bag and possession and minimum size for largemouth bassis two fish, 15 inches in length. Smallmouth bass were dropped from theregulation as they are not managed in Highline Reservoir.ParachuteCreek, East Middle Fork: Added to the protected cutthroat waters listand special regulations added (artificial flies and lures only, allcutthroat trout must be returned to the water immediately upon catch).RifleGap Reservoir: bag and possession limit and minimum size for walleye isone fish, 18 inches in length or over. This regulation will helpprotect a declining walleye population while biologists work on along-term option to manage and stock walleye.Trappers Lake: allcutthroat trout must be returned to the water immediately upon catch.This regulation is designed to help protect the population ofgenetically pure cutthroats.Yampa River: From Stagecoach Damdownstream to Catamount Lake: Spawning areas (redds) are closed tofishing as posted to protect spawning fish. This regulation will protectlarge fish that are spawning and prevent destruction of redds whilefish eggs are incubating.Sweitzer Lake: All fish must be returned to the water immediately upon catch.North Central Mountains:  FraserRiver: From the headwaters downstream to the confluence with St. LouisCreek fishing is by artificial flies and lures only and all rainbowtrout must be returned to the water immediately upon catch. From theconfluence with St. Louis Creek downstream to the Colorado River the bagand possession limit for trout is two fish. These changes will bringregulations in line with adjacent areas protect populations fromoverharvest.Green Mountain Reservoir: the bag and possessionlimit for lake trout is eight fish. This will encourage the harvest ofan expanding lake trout population and help conserve the kokaneepopulation.Lake Granby regulations were amended to remove inlet streams from the lake regulations.TrappersLake: all cutthroat trout must be returned to the water immediatelyupon catch. This regulation is designed to help protect the populationof genetically pure cutthroats.Yampa River: From Stagecoach Damdownstream to Catamount Lake: Spawning areas (redds) are closed tofishing as posted to protect spawning fish. This regulation will protectlarge fish that are spawning and prevent destruction of redds whilefish eggs are incubating.Southeast Colorado: Newregulations include a prohibition on transporting bait fish betweenbodies of water anywhere in the state except in Bent, Crowley, Kiowa,Otero and Prowers Counties.Arkansas River below Pueblo Dam:Fishing by flies and lures only; all trout over 16 inches must bereturned to the water immediately. This new regulation affects atwo-mile stretch of river and is designed to improve the quality of thefishery by protecting larger trout.Trinidad Reservoir:  Dailybag and possession of walleye & saugeye is five fish, but only oneof those can be larger than 18 inches. Biologists hope to enhance thenumber of larger fish to provide quality fishing opportunity at TrinidadReservoir.Adobe Creek, John Martin, Nee Noshe, Nee GrondeReservoirs:  The daily bag limit for walleye and saugeye (in aggregate)is five and the possession limit is 10. All walleye and saugeye lessthan 15 inches in length must be immediately returned to the water. Theregulation change at these popular fisheries is designed to protectsmaller year classes of fish while providing harvest opportunity foranglers.Pueblo Reservoir:  Underwater spearfishing is nowallowed for wiper, channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish.The bag and possession limit for wipers is five, and for catfish is fivefish in the aggregate.Henry, Two Buttes, and ThurstonReservoirs:  Fishing by trotlines and jugs is now permitted. Thisregulation change expands trotlining and jug fishing to most of thelarger reservoirs in southeast Colorado.Pikes Peak South SlopeRecreation Area Reservoirs:  Although new fishing regulations are inplace, due to budget shortfalls for the city of Colorado Springs, thesewaters will remained closed in 2011.Durango Area: PiedraRiver: From the Piedra River bridge on USFS 631 (Piedra Road)downstream to the lower boundary of the Tres Piedra Ranch (1.5 milesabove US160), fishing is by artificial flies and lures only, all troutmust be returned to the water immediately upon catch.PoageLake: Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only, bag and possessionlimit and maximum size for trout is two fish, 12 inches in length.Alberta Park Reservoir: Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only, bag and possession limit for trout is two fish.Gunnison Area: BlueMesa Reservoir: The bag and possession limit for lake trout isunlimited. No more than one lake trout greater than 38 inches in lengthmay be taken per day. This Regulation is intended to balance the fisheryby reducing the lake trout population.Crawford Reservoir: Northern pike harvest restriction was removed to allow unlimited harvest.EastRiver: Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only. The bag andpossession limit and maximum size for trout is two fish, 12 inches inlength.Regulations at waters not listed did not change from the previous year and remain in effect.Inall, the Wildlife Commission adjusted fishing regulations at more than30 bodies of water statewide. Complete fishing regulations are availableonlineRegulationbooklets for the upcoming fishing season are being printed and shouldbe available next month. Fishing licenses for the 2011 season takeeffect April 1 and run through March 31, 2012. Licenses for the 2011season will go on sale at license agents, Division offices, online andby phone on March 15.For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: //wildlife.state.co.us
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