Posted on December 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Kokanee salmon caught at Green Mountain Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado. bberwyn photo.
Public meetings on Lake Granby fishery set for early spring
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists say they’re considering changes to fishing regulations in Lake Granby to try and recover the population of kokanee salmon in the popular lake.
The number of salmon eggs collected by biologists in Lake Granby has dropped from 4 million in 2006 down to just 350,000 this year, not enough to maintain the existing population, let alone stock any other Colorado lakes with kokanee.
Kokanee are land-locked Pacific sockeye salmon found in several high-elevation reservoirs in Colorado. The fish feed primarily on zooplankton. But a booming population of mysis shrimp and predation by lake trout are probably the main factors in the Lake Granby kokanee decline. Continue reading
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Posted on June 1, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Relatively low river flows make for good angling this year
Trent Park, Silverthorne, Colorado.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After the earliest snow-melt on record, many Colorado rivers and streams are already running clear and warming up. And with flows projected to drop off quickly going into summer, the upcoming free fishing weekend might be the perfect time to get into the groove of the season.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife traditionally sets aside the first full weekend in June to promote sport fishing. For this weekend only, anglers do not need a valid fishing license in order to wet a line. The state fishing report is online here.
“Fishing is one of Colorado’s most important outdoor traditions and a great way to hook kids on healthy outdoor recreation,” said Greg Gerlich, aquatic section manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Free fishing weekend also gives anglers who haven’t fished for a while a chance to reconnect with the simple pleasure of being on the water.” Continue reading
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Posted on September 9, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has completed a restoration project at a popular fishing hole.
Thousands of rainbows and cutthroats stocked
By Summit Voice
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has completed a reclamation project at Lake John, setting the stage for a rejuvenated fishery that will be open for angling in early September. Lake John is located northwest of Walden along CO Road 7A.
“The success we have had with the reclamation is like a reset button for Lake John,” said Kurt Davies, aquatic biologist for the northeast region. “The lake will be back online by the first week of September and back to growing fish at its maximum potential. The fish we are planting now will see tremendous growth before the lake is even iced up and with the large brood fish we are putting in there, there’s the possibility someone will hook into a real trophy.” Continue reading
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Posted on August 16, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
State biologists urging anglers to help prevent spread of destructive mussels
Quagga mussels coating a flip-flop in Lake Mead. PHOTO COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Biologists with Colorado Parks and Wildlife say they continue to find new signs of aquatic invaders in Colorado waters, including New Zealand mudsnails, which showed up in East Delaney Butte Reservoir this summer.
They also found Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic week in the reservoir at Eleven Mile State Park, and rusty crayfish, discovered in 2009 in the headwaters of the Yampa River, have been recently confirmed in the reservoir at Stagecoach State Park, near Steamboat Springs.
“We have had success with our boat inspection programs to prevent invasive species, but there are a few aquatic nuisance species that can spread via methods other than boats,” said Elizabeth Brown, an invasive species coordinator with parks and wildlife. “The fact that we’re finding new populations means we have to work harder to engage the public to do their part to clean and dry all their gear and equipment as well as their boats to protect our waters.” Continue reading
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Posted on July 23, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Tangled fishing line left behind by careless anglers is a common sight at popular fishing spots, and dozens of animals die as a result of this problem.
Tangled remnants of monofilament can be recycled with Berkley
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s been great fun the last couple of years watching my son’s growing enthusiasm for fishing. In the warm part of the year, it’s become an important part of our father and son time. Along with the occasional thrill of catching a fish, we explore new spots and we have time to just sit and talk.
But one thing that’s always bothered me is the tremendous amount of garbage left behind at popular angling spots, especially the easily accessible shoreline venues along Dillon Reservoir. I’ve been harping on this to my son since he could walk and talk, and I’m proud to say he’s become quite the anti-litterbug — to the point that I’ve heard him call out people on the chairlift at A-Basin when he sees them drop a candy wrapper.
Included in that shoreline debris I often find tangled wads of fishing line. In a few areas, it’s become ubiquitous. This is a big problem. Of course, the line doesn’t biodegrade, but even worse, dozens of birds and small mammals get tangled in the line and die every year in Colorado. There’s really no excuse for this. Continue reading
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Posted on March 24, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Revamped online CDOW fishing brochure features video clips
Fishing for cutthroat trout at Clinton Gulch Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado.
The online version of this year's CDOW fishing brochure features video clips. Click to visit the online brochure.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — While some Coloradans are still reveling in the spring powder, others are ready for warm-weather pastimes like fishing. The new license season starts April 1, so it’s time for eager anglers to renew their licenses.
A Colorado fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older who fishes in Colorado. An annual fishing license is $26 for Colorado residents and $56 for nonresidents. Seniors 64 and older who are residents of Colorado can purchase an annual fishing license for $1. The Division also offers five-day and one-day fishing licenses for shorter outings. Continue reading
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Posted on February 4, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Robby Richardson and Seth Firestone of Gunnison took home $918 for their 17-pound trophy pike in the first leg of a Colorado State Parks ice fishing tourney.
Second leg of ice-fishing tourney set for Feb. 5 at Eleven Mile State Park
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Hearty Colorado anglers are invited to take to the ice of Eleven Mile Reservoir this weekend for the second leg of an ice-fishing trifecta that includes some nice cash prizes and big-fish bragging rights for the rest of the winter.
The trout-only South Park Ice Masters is presented by the Sports Column and produced by the 11 Mile Marina and draws teams from Colorado, New Mexico and Nebraska.
Cash awards will go to 20 percent of the field. If a team wins the “Big Fish Pot” and first place total weight for only two fish, they could take home more than $3,000. The team event for two anglers begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. For entry forms for the South Park Ice Masters, visit www.11milesports.com. Continue reading
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Posted on January 18, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
It’s not always about what you catch …
Boy and dog, keeping cool on a summer day at Trent Park, one of several stocked ponds at neighborhood parks in Summit County, Colorado.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Wow! The many fishing pics in the archives made me realize how much quality time I spent with my son last summer alongside local ponds, reservoirs and streams. Often, Kellen came along, which worked out really well, giving me a chance to work wirelessly, as in the photo above, while the boys caught supper — or not. Enjoy the photoblog from some of our favorite Colorado fishing holes and take your kids outside and fishing this summer. It’s one of the few things I’ve found that can compete with the attractive nuisance of video games. Continue reading
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Posted on October 10, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Maintaining a healthy fishery sometimes involves using a poison known as rotenone to kill undesirable fish.
Biologists will kill suckers and restock with browns, cutthroat and brook trout in Trickle Park Reservoir
By Summit Voice
Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists are preparing to restore the fishery at the popular Trickle Park Reservoir on the Grand Mesa. The project is scheduled for Oct. 12-15. In preparation, the Park Reservoir Company has recently drawn down water in the reservoir to allow for repairs to be made to the outlet structure.
During the last few years the population of non-native white suckers has grown significantly and has crowded out the trout in the reservoir. The most recent survey found that white suckers comprised 80 percent of the biomass in the reservoir.
“Trickle Park is a very productive reservoir and trout do very well in this water,” said Dan Kowalski, aquatic biologist for the Montrose area. “This reclamation project provides us the opportunity to eliminate the suckers and restore the sport fishery. Once it’s completed, anglers will notice an increase in trout numbers as well as in the quality of the fish they catch.” Continue reading
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Posted on October 9, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Jessica Walton with her state-record 43-pound catfish. PHOTO COURTESY COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE.
String of record fish in Colorado continues …
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A 20-year-old Aurora woman became Colorado’s newest fishing state-record holder after landing a 43-pound channel catfish at Aurora Reservoir on Oct. 4. The mammoth fish, caught by Jessica Walton, is the largest channel catfish ever caught in Colorado and the third consecutive state record taken from the Front Range reservoir in 15 months.
Walton caught the enormous fish at 6 p.m. using a night crawler, egg sinker and 20-pound test line. A novice angler who had landed just two fish in her life prior to her record catfish, Walton admits she was overwhelmed and “shocked” by her achievement.
“When I first picked up the rod and started reeling I thought I was snagged on a rock,” said Walton. “I pulled again and that’s when the fish just took off. I reeled some more and the fish came towards the surfac–that’s when we saw how big it was and I just started shaking.” Continue reading
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