PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON CHANGES TO FISHING REGULATIONS

Aug 02, 2005

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is seeking citizen input on changes to Colorado fishing regulations.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission will meet in Lamar in September 8-9 to adopt new fishing regulations that will be in effect for a five-year period beginning January 1, 2006. 

Meeting are:
August 15 in Trinidad in the Sullivan Center at Trinidad State Jr. College;
August 17 in Burlington at the Route Restaurant, 218 S. Lincoln St.;
August 25 in Lamar at the DOW Office at 2500 S. Main St. 
All meetings start at 6:30 p.m.

Some of the changes to fishing regulations are applicable to all waters of the state, while others are more specific to individual lakes and streams. 

Statewide regulations changes being considered include:
** Changing the definition of “artificial” and “bait” to define any use of artificial scents or scent impregnated lures as bait;
** Standardizing the bag limits for warm-water fish species, like catfish, crappie, and bass to make it easier for anglers to identify and understand daily take limits.

Specific regulation proposals for waters in Southeast Colorado include:
** Restricting the harvest of walleye and saugeye on Adobe Creek (Blue), Bonny, John Martin, Nee Noshe, Nee Gronde, and Trinidad reservoirs to fish larger than 15 inches with a bag and possession limit of five fish, of which no more than one can be greater than 20 inches or 22 inches;
** Lowering the daily bag and possession limits for all catfish species from 20 to 10 fish per day, and setting the limit for all black bass to five fish per day the within the Arkansas and South Republican River drainages;
** Changing the walleye regulation at Pueblo Reservoir to increase the bag and possession limit from four to five fish, but restricting the harvest to only one fish over 22 inches (the 18 inch minimum size limit would still be effect);
** Approving a kokanee snagging season for Clear Creek Reservoir (north of Buena Vista) and a small portion of Clear Creek from October 1 to December 31.

“The local meetings are a great opportunity for anglers to provide input on these issues or to discuss other fishing concerns as well” said Doug Krieger a senior aquatics biologist for the DOW.

People who cannot attend the meetings can provide comment to:  DOW Aquatic Section, 4255 Sinton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, or call 719-227-5202.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us .

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