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Nature & Wildlife
2016 April/May
Pg 12 - The Sunshine Express
Take Mom Fishing
The Sunshine Express Fishing Derby
Continues At Miramonte Lake May 8;
$500 in cash up for grabs at
popular Mother¡¯s Day event
Norwood, CO, 3/27/16: Miramonte Lake, in the
Dan Noble State Wildlife Area, approximately 20
minutes south of Norwood, Colorado, will be the
place to be for Mother¡¯s Day, with a chance to
win $500 in cash and many other prizes during
The Sunshine Express Miramonte Fishing Derby.
Fishermen and women from all over the western
slope as well as neighboring states show up ev-
ery year to have a shot at catching the longest
trout and the $500 top prize, and are invited
once again to test their luck on Sunday, May 8,
2016, between 6a-3p.
¡°With some of the state¡¯s best fishing, in one
of it¡¯s most beautiful and wildlife rich loca-
tions, right at the base of Lone Cone Mountain,
Miramonte Lake is easy to fall in love with,¡±
said KingDaddy, Sunshine Express editor, co-
publisher and event organizer, ¡°and we think it¡¯s
the perfect place for a beautiful Mother¡¯s Day
gathering, bringing together family and friends
for fishing, fun and lots of great prizes!¡±
¡°We want to say thank you,¡± added KingDa-
ddy, ¡°to CPW for making the event possible,
and to our sponsors Timberline Ace Hardware
in Norwood & Telluride, The Country Lodge in
Montrose, and The Tobacconist & Lifted Gifts in
Crested Butte, as well as to all of the fine area
merchants who donated all of the prizes to be
given away, helping us to make this a special
yearly event not to be missed.¡±
Over $1000 in prizes from western slope busi-
nesses are up for grabs with a top prize of
$500 for the person who weighs in the longest
trout. Only *one* trout per participant may be
weighed in and all participants must possess a
valid Colorado fishing license and abide by all
laws governing fishing in the state.
Entry into the derby is only $10/person for any
age. Entry forms will be available at the lake the
day of the derby and also can be found online
along with directions/map, conditions, tips and
more at:
For more information, interviews, or to do-
nate a prize, contact The Sunshine Express at
Everyone is invited to join in this family fun
Mother¡¯s Day event. See you there!
CPW changes Gold Medal status
of two Northwest Region waters
DENVER: Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising anglers about recent
changes to the Gold Medal designations for sections of two rivers in
the Northwest Region. During a regular meeting in Denver earlier this
month, the CPW Commission accepted staff¡¯s recommendations to
assign Gold Medal status to a 24-mile stretch of the Colorado River,
from the confluence with Canyon Creek, at the mouth of Gore Can-
yon, downstream to the confluence of Rock Creek, near the town of
The commission also accepted staff¡¯s recommendations to delist the
Gold Medal status of a 19-mile stretch of the Blue River, from the
Hamilton Creek Road Bridge crossing at the northern edge of Silver-
thorne to Green Mountain Reservoir. In addition to staff, commission-
ers heard from a local angler who agreed that the stretch of the Blue
River should be delisted.
In Colorado, Gold Medal status is reserved for state waters that pro-
duce a minimum of 60-pounds of trout per acre and 12 trout mea-
suring 14-inches or longer per acre. The delisted stretch of the Blue
River has not met that criteria for the last 15 years, according to CPW
¡°The overall goal is to maintain the integrity of the Gold Medal desig-
nation,¡± said Aquatic Biologist Jon Ewert, from Hot Sulphur Springs.
¡°As necessary, we will make recommendations to delist or upgrade
waters, keeping in mind the intent of the designation - identifying
waters where anglers can catch large, trophy-quality trout.¡±
Ewert adds that the quality of the delisted section of the Blue River
declined due to the cumulative effects of a variety of impacts, includ-
ing unnatural stream flows, sparse aquatic invertebrate populations,
low nutrient content and degraded habitat.
¡°We¡¯ll continue to monitor the stretch of the river,¡± said Northwest Re-
gion Senior Aquatic Biologist Sherman Hebein. ¡°It does not meet Gold
Medal criteria right now, but together with the Town of Silverthorne,
Denver Water and local anglers, we will work towards relisting this
section as a Gold Medal water in the future.¡±
The sections of the Blue River from Dillon Dam to the Hamilton Creek
Road bridge crossing and from Green Mountain Dam to the confluence
with the Colorado River, all exceed the minimum criteria and will
Maintaining ¡®Gold Medal¡¯ Integrity