Low flows, warm temps could have long-term impact; conservation group urges fishing restraint
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With Colorado River trout already hammered by low flows and warm temperatures, Trout Unlimited is asking anglers to voluntarily restrict their fishing on portions of the upper Colorado River until conditions improve.
Native Colorado River fish species are facing similar issues.
On top of the severe drought in the region, the Upper Colorado and tributaries like the Fraser are hard-hit by diversions to the Front Range. As a result of the near-record low flows, stream temperatures have climbed to levels that can be fatal to trout.
To help protect the fish, anglers should avoid fishing on the Fraser and Upper Colorado rivers during the hottest part of the day. A better option for fishing these days might be in higher elevation lakes or in river reaches just below dams that aren’t hit as hard by warm temperatures. (more…)