Fall closures to protect spawning brown trout | PostIndependent.com

Fall closures to protect spawning brown trout

Post Independent Writer

It’s that time of year again, the time when brown trout feel the love. So to give them their space, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is, for the second year, reminding anglers of fall closures in the areas where the trout do much of their spawning. From Friday through Nov. 30, the confluence areas of five creeks on the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers will be closed to fishing. The areas, which are also closed in spring for rainbow trout spawning, are Four Mile and Three Mile creeks on the Roaring Fork River; and Canyon, No Name and Grizzly creeks on the Colorado River. Fishing is banned along the river for 50 yards along the river both upstream and downstream of the creeks, as well as a half-mile up the creek itself during the closure dates. The regulations are aimed at protecting the larger trout in the two rivers. During spawning, fish tend to gather at the confluence of the five creeks, giving fishermen an unfair advantage, the DOW says.If the closures are violated, fishermen face a $68 fine.

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