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Endangered Fish Recovery Program and the Colora-
do Water Conservation Board, to initiate an angler
harvest incentive targeting all northern pike found
within the District¡¯s boundaries.
Beginning June 1 and continuing through
Nov 30, licensed anglers can earn $20 for
each northern pike caught and removed from
Kenney Reservoir, the White River and other
waters, from approximately Stedman Mesa to
the Utah border.
Kenney Reservoir is very popular with anglers and
currently recognized as an excellent channel cat-
fish, black crappie and common carp fishery.
In addition, CPW stocks rainbow trout annually at
the expense of the State of Colorado; however, due
to the presence of northern pike, Martin says the
agency will have little choice but to cancel the re-
maining catchable trout plants in Kenney Reservoir
in 2019. She says until the issue is resolved, she is
not sure when they can resume stocking.
¡°Moving any live fish is a criminal act and can
cause great damage to an existing fishery, threat-
en our native fishes and cost the sportsmen and
women of Colorado thousands of dollars annually,¡±
said CPW¡¯s Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie of
¡°We would prefer to dedicate our time and sports-
men¡¯s dollars on other projects that directly benefit
the angling public, rather than spend money and
manpower on fish removal efforts.¡±
Research conducted by partners in the Upper Colo-
rado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program has
shown that the unapproved presence of nonnative
predators like northern pike and smallmouth bass
in critical, native fish habitat is among the most
significant impediments to the recovery of Colo-
rado¡¯s endangered fishes - Colorado pikeminnow,
humpback chub, bonytail and razorback sucker. The
rare species exist nowhere else in the world except
in the Upper Colorado River Basin.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the
White River, upstream to the Rio Blanco Lake dam
west of Meeker and downstream of Kenney Reser-
voir, is designated critical habitat for the Colorado
pikeminnow, and the lower 18 miles of the White
River in Utah is designated as critical habitat for
razorback sucker. Smallmouth bass, northern pike
and other nonnative species in these river stretches
have proven detrimental to native fishes.
Other Northwest Region reservoirs dealing with
the repercussions of unlawful stocking of northern
pike include Green Mountain Reservoir and Wolford
Mountain Reservoir. CPW and the Colorado River
Water Conservation District initiated angler harvest
incentives at both reservoirs several years ago,
similar to the one planned at Kenney Reservoir. Li-
censed anglers can earn $20 for each northern pike
caught and removed.
To participate in the angler harvest incentive
within the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District¡¯s
boundaries, anglers should bring their freshly
caught northern pike to the District office at 2252
East Main Street in Rangely during typical busi-
ness hours, 7a-4p Monday-Thursday, and 7a-3p on
The District will administer the cash harvest incen-
tive with funds provided by CPW through a Colo-
rado legislative bill that appropriates severance tax
dollars to the Species Conservation Trust Fund.
To collect CPW¡¯s angler harvest incentive at Green
Mountain Reservoir, anglers can bring freshly
will entice you to wet a line at your favorite
lake or stream and remind you of why you live
in Colorado.
Here is a link to a CPW video by videographer
Jerry Neal about the hatchery truck images:
(source: By Bill Vogrin, CPW, All photos cour-
tesy CPW/Bill Vogrin)
¡°And we want people to understand
that their license dollars go to sup-
port stocking for recreation and
Trucks from warm water hatcher-
ies are wrapped in images of warm
water fish like walleye, crappie,
bass and catfish, White said. They
also have the name of the hatchery
along with the conservation mes-
Coldwater trucks have images of
rainbow trout, tiger trout, cut-
bow, native cutthroat and kokanee
salmon, as well as the hatchery
name where the truck is based.
So, next time you are stuck in
traffic, maybe a giant brown trout
or kokanee salmon will catch your
eye and it will distract you from the
gridlock. Even better, perhaps it
Nature & Wildlife
2019 June/July
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
CPW hatchery trucks now delivering vivid
conservation messages along with fish
COLORADO SPRINGS, May 30, 2019: Rainbow
trout, cutthroat, walleye and other game fish are
turning the tables on the people of Colorado.
Thanks to huge, visually stunning images adorn-
ing Colorado Parks and Wildlife hatchery trucks,
the fish are now doing the catching - eye catch-
ing, that is.
At the direction of then Director Bob Broscheid,
CPW embarked several years ago on a program
to wrap dozens of hatchery trucks in high-reso-
lution images of some of the 100 million fish it
stocks each year in Colorado.
The vibrant photos of glistening trout, bass,
crappie and other aquatic life beckon passing
motorists as the trucks make their rounds deliv-
ering fish from CPW¡¯s 19 hatcheries to Colorado¡¯s
2,000 natural lakes, 800 reservoirs and 9,500
miles of trout streams.
In addition to the photos, the trucks carry the
hatchery division¡¯s slogan: ¡°Your fishin¡¯ is our
mission¡± as well as an important message of
¡°These new wraps are a way to get our message
across about what our hatcheries do,¡± said Riley
Morris, CPW hatchery chief. ¡°The trucks offer
us a great way to display a message, talk about
how many fish we produce and why we do it.
¡°And maybe when they see these pictures of the
fish, they might get excited at the idea it¡¯s a CPW
truck delivering fish to their reservoir where they
like to fish.¡±
The vinyl wraps replace the familiar logo of two
leaping fish framing the name of the hatchery
where the truck is based.
The high-res images hint at the high-tech mod-
ern equipment used to raise and transport fish,
as compared to the ox cart a Cleveland man
used to bring seven sunfish to Denver from Ohio
in 1862 in the first documented introduction of
non-native fish in Colorado.
Fish, native and imported, have been on the
move ever since, including the introduction of
rainbow trout from California in 1882.
And they have travelled in a variety of ways
including by horse drawn wagons and in saddle-
bags. Pack mule trains carried fish to remote,
high altitude lakes and streams. Glass aquarium
trucks lured motorists who followed them to their
stocking locations. Trains, planes and helicopters
have all carried fish.
Today, CPW has a fleet of about four-dozen
trucks and trailers of various sizes delivering fish
for anglers including a Moby Dick sized truck that
carries six 600 gallon tanks.
¡°They are great billboards,¡± said Brandon White,
CPW assistant chief of hatcheries.¡±
Hatchery Trucks Sport New
Hi-Res Wraps
Anglers encouraged to catch
illegally introduced northern pike at
Kenney Reservoir, earn $20 per fish
RANGELY, CO: The illegal, unapproved reloca-
tion of fish from one body of water to another
continues to cause significant problems for
management agencies, water providers and
ethical anglers across Colorado.
Recently joining the list of reservoirs impacted
by the presence of illegally introduced northern
pike is northwest Colorado¡¯s Kenney Reservoir.
In the fall of 2018, Colorado Parks and Wild-
life aquatic biologists confirmed the presence
of the nonnative predator in the estimated
335-surface-acre reservoir located near the
town of Rangely. Authorities believe the north-
ern pike were most likely dumped illegally into
the reservoir, or the White River, by a ¡®bucket
biologist,¡¯ a pejorative term used to describe
someone that moves live fish in an effort to
create their own personal, unapproved fishery.
¡°Releasing fish unlawfully and selfishly is self-
defeating and will not work as intended,¡± said
Lori Martin, CPW¡¯s Northwest Region senior
aquatic biologist. ¡°Because northern pike are
indiscriminate predators and consume any fish
they catch, we will not throw our hands in the
air and ignore the problem. We will take action
one way or another to deal with this illegal
introduction because it is very harmful and the
stakes are so high. This hurt existing fisher-
ies and it certainly has negative impacts on
anglers, the majority of whom are law-abiding
and ethical.¡±
CPW says illegal fish stocking can result in
fines up to $5,000 and the permanent loss
of hunting and fishing privileges. In addition,
anyone convicted of illegal fish dumping will
likely have to pay up to hundreds of thousands
of dollars to reclaim the body of water.
The presence of northern pike has prompted
CPW and reservoir owner Rio Blanco Wa-
ter Conservancy District and other partners,
including the Town of Rangely, Rangely Area
Chamber of Commerce, Upper Colorado River
A stocking truck displays a new image and
conservation message along with the CPW
hatchery logo ¡°Your Fishin¡¯ is Our Mission.¡±
source: CPW/Bill Vogrin
Cash For Catching Pike