October 1, 2004
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has enacted an emergency
fishing closure from Shadow Mountain spillway (including the spillway)
downstream to Granby Reservoir, including Columbine Bay to the inlet
of Twin Creek. Fishing will not be allowed on these waters beginning
12:01 a.m. Oct. 4, 2004 through 12:01 a.m. Oct. 15, 2004, when the
regular closure takes effect.
The closure was enacted due to the imminent danger of excessive angler
harvest of mature kokanee salmon staging to spawn.
Current regulations provide for this closure from Oct. 15 to Dec.
31. This additional closure is due to an early run of kokanee and
will allow for the harvest of eggs from the kokanee that would otherwise
be lost to angler take. DOW biologists estimate that more than 1,000
kokanee will be protected by the emergency change in regulations.
Kokanee populations in kokanee brood waters throughout the state
have suffered over the last several years due to drought, fire and
expanding lake trout populations, said Sherman Hebein, senior
fish biologist for the DOW. It is critical to change our management
strategies in some cases to overcome these new challenges and maintain
kokanee as a prominent sport fish in Colorado. We are confident that
anglers will cooperate with us in securing the long-term future of
this popular sport fish.
The DOW harvests eggs from spawning kokanee, raises them in hatcheries
and then stocks the fry the following spring. These operations take
place in several locations throughout the state and are the only source
of kokanee available to Colorados anglers.
Kokanee die soon after spawning. In order to prevent these fish from
going to waste, the kokanee from Granby and Shadow Mountain will be
available to licensed anglers once the eggs and milt are taken by
the DOW. Fish are scheduled to be given away on Nov. 4, 9, 11, 16,
18, 23 and 30. December dates will be announced in the future if fish
are available. For more information call the DOW Hot Sulphur Springs
Area Office at (970) 725-6200.
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