Colorado Statewide Fishing Regulations Review

The Colorado Fishing Explorer posted on their blog about the Colorado Department of Wildlife’s upcoming review of their statewide regulations. There will be a meeting here in Trinidad Colorado also on:

April 26, Trinidad Jr. College Sullivan Center, 600 Prospect St., Trinidad, 7 p.m.

Here is part of their post

Over the last couple weeks the Colorado Division of Wildlife has made several press releases concerning the 5-year review of statewide fishing regulations and “Angler Roundtable” meetings. DOW is actively seeking angler input on fishing regulations and their management practices.

Rest assured I will heed the call. There are a number of issues that I feel strongly about and will be voicing my opinion. For example, several states have mandatory “kill’ laws on their books for undesirable species. Simply if you catch one, legally you cannot release it back into the water. And undesirable is a management perspective. On the Green River in Utah, from below Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the confluence of the Colorado, it is illegal to release smallmouth bass. I think Colorado needs to adopt the same stance in a few cases throughout the state, Trappers Lake and brook trout is one such example.

I would hope that each and every one of you takes to the time to attend one of the angler round tables between now and the end of April (those announced are listed below, more to follow). At the very least, shoot an email to one of the biologists listed here and express your views. Don’t just be vocal on the forum and with your fishing buddies, make yourself heard with the DOW. They need and deserve your input.

Meeting times/locations announced as of March 20, 2010

March 23, at Coco’s Restaurant at the Holiday Inn Express in Cortez, 6-9 pm
March 30, at the Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center, Gunnison County Fairgrounds, 6-9 pm
March 31, at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose, 6-9 pm
April 13, National Mining Museum, 120 W. 9th Street, Leadville, 6:30 p.m.
April 20, Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Rd., Colorado Springs, 6:30 p.m.
April 21, Thyme Square Soup & Salad, 302 Colorado Ave., LaJunta, 7 p.m.
April 22, Division of Wildlife, 2500 S. Main St., Lamar, 7 p.m.
April 26, Trinidad Jr. College Sullivan Center, 600 Prospect St., Trinidad, 7 p.m.
April 27, Cliff Lanes Bowling Alley, 25 Main St., Westcliffe:, 7 p.m.
April 28, Pueblo State Parks Auditorium, 640 Reservoir Rd., Pueblo 7 p.m.

Comments on regulations can be submitted to:
Statewide issues, Dave Chadwick, (303)291-7174, [email protected];
Southwest Region, John Alves, (719)587-6907, [email protected];
Northwest Region, Sherman Hebein, (970)255-6186, [email protected];
Southeast Region, Doug Krieger, (719)227-5202, [email protected];
Northeast Region, Ken Kehmeier, (970)291-4350. [email protected].

This article was posted on the Colorado Fish Explorer Website and if you are interested in fishing in Colorado you will find this an excellent resource! Check them out.