November 05, 2004

With the kokanee salmon spawn at Granby Reservoir running nearly three weeks ahead of schedule, biologists with the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) have been forced to make some last minute changes.

The DOW annually harvests eggs from spawning kokanee, fertilizes them, raises them in hatcheries, and then stocks the fry the following spring. These operations take place in locations around the state and are the only source of kokanee salmon available to Colorado anglers.

Kokanee die soon after spawning. In order to prevent these fish from going to waste, the kokanee are made available to licensed anglers once the eggs and milt are extracted by the DOW.

The spawning and giveaway schedule has been revised. Operations will now take place on Mondays and Thursdays (excluding Thanksgiving Day) through the end of November. Anyone with a valid fishing license can show up at Granby Reservoir and receive free salmon on giveaway days (Monday or Thursday). It is best to arrive for the giveaways around 11:30 a.m. as fish are quickly distributed.

It's important to realize that anglers may have to wait to receive fish. Fish numbers, size, and quality cannot be guaranteed on any given day and it is best to call ahead and confirm that spawning operations are taking place.

For information or directions, contact the DOW Service Center in Hot Sulphur Springs at
(970) 725-6200.

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

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