TASK 8: Types of fish in your area? - Colorado has everything

TASK 8: Types of fish in your area? - Colorado has everything
Coloradois one of the luckiest states around for fishing.  When people think about Colorado and fishingtrout automatically pops into their head.The trout fishing in Colorado is world class and provides the state withmillions of tourist dollars.  While troutfishing may take up to 80% of my fishing time there are over 40 sport fish thatthe Colorado Department of Wildlife recognize for their Master Angler program,that is not even counting every species in Colorado.  Some of our records for these species are onpar with records from states that are go-to states for these species.  I have caught Black Bullhead, BlackCrappie, Blue Catfish, Bluegills, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Carp, ChannelCatfish, Cutbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Drum, Grayling, Green Sunfish, KokaneeSalmon, Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Longnose Suckers, Northern Pike,Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, Saugeye, Smallmouth Bass, Splake, Spotted Bass,Walleye, White Bass, White Crappie, Whitefish, White Sucker, Wiper, YellowPerch.  Since I live in Colorado Springs, I tend to drive an hour to twohours from my house and all these species can be caught within thatradius.  The Master Angler program whichlists the species of fish that can be caught here in Colorado can be foundhere, with qualifying lengths for the MA program. Master Angler ProgramOneof the great things about Colorado is they do not have fishing seasons, allspecies can be caught year round if you can catch them.  The regulations are pretty straight forwardand try to generalize and meet the majority of angler?s needs to include catchand release fisherman and those who fish for food.  While this doesn?t please everyone theregulations are fair.  If I had my way Iwould create a slot limit for certain species like walleye, pike, mackinaw, andlargemouth bass for most lakes in the state.But I can live with the current regs.An online version of our fishing regulations can be found here.As a general rule the higher in elevation you go the lesswarm water species you will find, fishing the metro lakes and those on theplains provide great warm water fishing but almost every lake in Colorado getsstocked with rainbow trout.  Almost,every water I have fished has held some kind of fish in it.  Small creeks coming right into town haveprovided hours of entertainment catching small browns and brook trout.  Beaver ponds, I have yet to fish one I didn?tlike even the ones devoid of life were in spectacular settings.  Farm ponds just like when I was a kid holdblue gills, bass, or at the least bullheads ready to be caught.  My favorite type of fishing are those highelevation lakes in the remote back country stocked by horseback or airplane,the adventure to get to these lakes are worth it even if I wasn?t there to fishthem.Rick SchroederOwner Colorado Mountain Fishing.comRick.Schroeder@ColoradoMountainFishing.com
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