WILDLIFE COMMISSION APPROVES FISHING REGS FOR NEXT FIVE YEARS

September 14, 2005

The Colorado Wildlife Commission has approved fishing regulations for a period covering 2006 thru 2010.  With a few exceptions, fishing regulations will remain unchanged for most waters in the state.  Changes that were approved include tightening the definition of what constitutes an artificial fly or lure, adjusting snagging regulations on kokanee salmon, increasing the lake trout (mackinaw) limit from two to four on Granby Reservoir and increasing the minimum size requirements for walleyes on select reservoirs.

The biggest difference anglers will notice over the next five years is the higher standard on walleyes.  By raising the minimum size requirement on certain reservoirs, wildlife managers hope to increase the number of large fish.  Higher minimums will be applied to ten new reservoirs bringing the total number of reservoirs with walleye size restrictions to 23.

Colorado walleye waters are divided into three categories; “brood stock” waters, “quality” waters and waters with no special designation.  The following reservoirs are considered brook stock waters: Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Horsetooth, Pueblo and Aurora Reservoirs.  The minimum size limit to keep walleyes on brood stock waters is 18 inches.  The daily bag limit is five fish with not more than one walleye over 21 inches. 

The following reservoirs are considered quality waters: Adobe Creek, Barr, Bear Creek, Bonny, Boulder, Boyd, Jackson, John Martin, Jumbo, Lake Arbor, Lone Tree, Nee Gronde, Nee Noshe, North Sterling, Prewitt, Standley and Trinidad.  The minimum size restriction to keep walleyes on quality waters is 15 inches.  The daily bag limit is five fish with not more than one fish over 21 inches.

“Over the past ten years we've seen the number of anglers who target walleye more than double to over 40,000.  The proactive measures the Wildlife Commission took will help insure high quality walleye fishing in Colorado for years to come,” said Eric Hughes, Fisheries Chief for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

The Commission also made minor modifications to protect kokanee salmon during spawning runs including adjustments in kokanee season snagging dates and locations. 

The new fishing regulations go into effect January 1, 2006.

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