Sept 21, 2004

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has issued an emergency salvage order temporarily suspending some fishing regulations at North Fork Reservoir in western Chaffee County.

Because of the imminent danger of fish loss due to the draining of the reservoir for repair work, anglers will be allowed to take an unlimited number of fish from North Fork without legal repercussions. Effective immediately, all current bag and possession limits have been lifted through Dec. 31.

Fish must be taken by hook and line methods using conventional tackle. No fish may be taken through use of explosives, toxicants, firearms, or electricity. All anglers must possess a valid Colorado fishing license.

North Fork is on a tributary of the South Arkansas River located north of Monarch Pass near the Continental Divide. The reservoir is home to stocked rainbow trout and hybrid cutthroat trout.

Access to the reservoir is difficult. Jim Aragon, the area wildlife manager from Salida, suggests anglers use a high clearance vehicle to traverse the nearly 10 miles of unmaintained road to reach the lake.

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