Spring fishing closures go into effect March 15 | PostIndependent.com

Spring fishing closures go into effect March 15

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” It’s that romantic time of year again ” for rainbow trout, that is.

So in order to give the fish a safe, hook-free version of Inspiration Point, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is implementing its yearly spring fishing closures on the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers.

“It’s to protect spawning rainbow trout,” Glenwood Springs area wildlife manager Pat Tucker said.

The closures ban fishing from March 15 to May 15. The restrictions run 50 yards upstream and downstream, as well as a half mile up the tributaries themselves.

The closed-off creeks are:

– Four Mile and Three Mile creeks on the Roaring Fork River.

– Grizzly, No Name and Canyon creeks on the Colorado River.

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.

“If you’re saving those big fish, they’re returning to the river and there has to be a positive effect,” Tucker said.

The restrictions first took effect in the spring of 2001.

If caught fishing in these areas, anglers can expect to receive a $68 fine.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511


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