The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding anglers across Colorado that new fishing regulations took effect Jan. 1.
The new regulations were developed through an extensive public process last summer and fall as part of the division’s five-year review of fishing regulations in the state. The new regulations were passed by the Colorado Wildlife Commission last November.
New statewide regulations include a prohibition on transporting bait fish between bodies of water and on transporting crayfish on the Western Slope. Additionally, to protect native and endangered fish populations in the Colorado and San Juan River basins, a number of creeks, streams and rivers now allow for unlimited take of non-native fish including channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, green sunfish, bluegill, bullhead, yellow perch or crappie. This regulation expands existing regulations and covers sections of the following waters: Animas River, Blanco River, Colorado River, Dolores River, Eagle River, Florida River, La Plata River, Los Pinos River, McElmo Creek, Mancos River, Navajo River, Piedra River, San Juan River, San Miguel River and White River.
Anglers will find new water-specific regulations in the Pagosa area:
Piedra River: From the Piedra River bridge on Forest Road 631 (Piedra Road) downstream to the lower boundary of the Tres Piedra Ranch (1.5 miles above U.S.160), fishing is by artificial flies and lures only; all trout must be returned to the water immediately upon catch.
Poage Lake: Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only; bag and possession limit and maximum size for trout is two fish, 12 inches in length.
Alberta Park Reservoir: Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only; bag and possession limit for trout is two fish.
Regulations at waters not listed did not change from the previous year and remain in effect.
In all, the Wildlife Commission adjusted fishing regulations at more than 30 bodies of water statewide. Complete fishing regulations are available online at http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/279EA0CB-C63F-4B49-8150-8B1DD38FB390/0/Ch01.pdf.