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Nature & Wildlife
2017 June/July
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
The reservoir will be drawn down through the
summer to accommodate dam repair. That work
will start this fall. The reservoir is north of Cum-
bres Pass and Colo. Hwy 17 on U.S. Forest Service
Road 118.
As the reservoir is drawn down fish will die, so
anglers are encouraged to harvest and keep all
the fish they can. Anglers must possess a 2017
Colorado fishing license and can only use legal
methods of take.
Anglers can continue to harvest all the fish they
catch through Dec. 31.
The reservoir contains plenty of trout and fishing
should be good through July.
The salvage order, however, does not apply to the
Rio De Los Pinos River which supplies water to the
For more information about fishing in Colorado go
Catch Them All
Twenty dollar reward for each northern
pike caught at Green Mountain Reservoir
SILVERTHORNE: A cash-based incentive offered
by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado
Water Conservation Board encouraging anglers
to catch northern pike at Green Mountain
Reservoir resumes this year on May 25. Initi-
ated in 2016, the reward program encourages
anglers to participate directly in ongoing efforts
to remove the illegally introduced predators
from the reservoir.
CPW biologists say the presence of the preda-
tory fish in Green Mountain is a significant
concern. In addition to the potential impacts to
fish in the reservoir, if they escape and take up
residency downstream in Gold Medal sections of
the Blue and Colorado rivers, sportfishing op-
portunities for trout could see negative conse-
quences. If the predatory fish eventually reach
federally listed critical habitat in the Colorado
River, they would prey upon the state¡¯s endan-
gered native fishes - the Colorado pikeminnow,
humpback chub, razorback sucker and bonytail.
¡°Northern pike are aggressive predators with
big appetites and if their population continues
to grow in Green Mountain Reservoir, that will
likely have profound impacts to local fisheries in
the future,¡± said CPW¡¯s Jon Ewert, aquatic biolo-
gist from Hot Sulphur Springs. ¡°This is beneficial
in several ways. Anglers can catch a predatory
fish and earn some money, it helps us protect
fishing here, and helps with our native fish re-
covery efforts as well.
According to the Upper Colorado River Endan-
gered Fish Recovery Program, the presence of
predators like northern pike and smallmouth
bass in native fish critical habitat significantly
increases the difficulty of delisting the endan-
gered fishes.
¡°We all have an interest in making sure our wa-
ters are managed appropriately and we encour-
age the angling public to stay involved,¡± said
Ewert. ¡°We had excellent response last year,
and we expect anglers will be eager to take ad-
vantage of this opportunity again this year.¡±
To participate, anglers must bring their northern
pike to the Heeney Marina along with their
Wanted: Northern Pike
driver¡¯s license and fishing license.
CPW will keep fish heads for analysis, returning
the body of the fish to the anglers. Anglers not
wishing to keep northern pike can donate their
catch to the Marina for later distribution.
Anglers are encouraged to catch and keep as
many smallmouth bass and northern pike as they
desire, unless special regulations are in effect on
specific waters.
For more information, contact CPW¡¯s Hot Sulphur
Springs office at 970.725.6200 or Heeney Marina
at 970.724.9441.
To report illicit stocking or any other illegal wildlife
activity anonymously, anglers can call Operation
Game Thief at 877.265.6648.
For more information about fishing in Colorado,
visit the CPW website.
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on
license sales, state parks fees and registration
fees to support its operations, including: 41 state
parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering
approximately 900,000 acres, management of
fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping,
motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and
outdoor education. CPW¡¯s work contributes ap-
proximately $6 billion in total economic impact
annually throughout Colorado.
(source: CPW)
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Anglers can keep all the fish they catch
at southern Colorado reservoir
MONTE VISTA, CO: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
has authorized an emergency fish salvage at Tru-
jillo Meadows Reservoir located west of Antonito in
Conejos County starting Saturday (May 27). The
salvage order removes all size, possession and
bag limits for all species of fish.
Clean Those Boats
CPW and partners continue to intercept boats
infested with zebra or quagga mussels
DENVER, CO: Colorado Parks and Wildlife and their
partners continue to intercept boats infested with
zebra or quagga mussels as the boating season
gets underway. Some recent infested boats were
intercepted coming into Colorado from out of state
prior to launching at Blue Mesa, Boulder, Chatfield,
Horsetooth and McPhee Reservoirs.
CPW¡¯s Aquatic Nuisance Species program and their
partners have intercepted 11 boats infested with
zebra and quagga mussels this year. The infested
boats came to Colorado from Arizona, Kansas,
Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Texas, and
Utah (Lake Powell).
Interceptions of boats contaminated with invasive
mussels have increased every year and contin-
ues to increase as the infestations in other states
spread. Inspectors remain on high alert and
continue to work with boaters to prevent invasive
mussels from getting into Colorado.
¡°We are on record pace for mussel boat intercep-
tions this year and two of these waters had never
intercepted an infested mussel boat in the past,¡±
said Robert Walters, CPW¡¯s invasive species spe-
cialist. ¡°This is a testament to the increased risk
and challenges we face in protecting Colorado¡¯s
waters from these invasive species.¡±
There are no waters positive for zebra or quagga
mussels in Colorado, so all mussel boat intercep-
tions are coming into Colorado from out of state.
However, they are not all out of state registered
boaters visiting Colorado. Many of the boats inter-
cepted are Colorado residents that take their boats
out of state and then return home with invasive
mussels attached.
¡°The pubic remains a primary partner in the fight
to keep mussels out of our waters,¡± said Elizabeth
Brown, CPW invasive species coordinator. ¡°We
appreciate the public¡¯s honesty and cooperation
when bringing watercraft and equipment into Colo-
rado, so we can continue to work together to keep
our waters free of zebra and quagga mussels and
other harmful invasives.¡±
Zebra and quagga mussels are among the worst
invasive species in the nation and pose a great
ecological and financial threat to the state. The
invasive mussels are transported great distances
over land by attaching to recreational watercraft
and equipment. They clog water infrastructure
necessary to supply water to homes, farms,
ranches, hydropower facilities and for industrial
uses. They can cause irreversible harm to natural
resources by reducing water quality, disrupting the
aquatic food web ultimately harming fisheries and
negatively affecting the ecosystem. Mussels can
foul watercraft and damage engines and motors.