Aug 19, 2005

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) will hold an Angler Roundtable in Colorado Springs to discuss proposed changes to Colorado fishing regulations, and other topics of interest to local anglers.

The meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on August 30 at the CDOW Office at 4255 Sinton Road.

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.

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

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 to make it easier for anglers to identify and understand daily take limits.
- Restricting the harvest of walleye and saugeye to fish larger than 15 inches with a bag limit of 5 fish, only 1 over 21 inches.;
- Lowering the daily bag limit on catfish from 20 to 10 fish;
- Lowering the daily bag limit on black bass to 5 fish.

“Angler Roundtable meetings are a great opportunity for anglers and DOW biologists to discuss fishing regulation issues or any other fishing concerns they have” said Doug Krieger, senior fishery biologist for the Southeast Region DOW.

People who cannot attend the meetings can provide comment to: DOW Aquatic Section, 4255 Sinton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (719-227-5202), or directly to the Colorado Wildlife Commission via email at .

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