Sunday, March 10, 2013

Area lakes to get early trout stocking

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be stocking Boyd Lake with 5,000 catchable rainbow trout this week, according to area biologist Ben Swigle.  

Speaking at the Larimer County Fishing Expo on Sunday, Ben also said Lon Hagler would also receive fish this week.  The earliest stocking in 2012 was made in early April.
Ben also said the DOW has stocked a number of 8” tiger muskie in Joe Wright Reservoir, in an effort to reduce the grayling population to help with the stunting problem there. 

Curt Davies, DOW biologist for northeast Colorado, also said there were no indications of fish lost in the Cache la Poudre after last summer's High Park Fire, but there may have been losses in smaller tributaries.  He confirmed that the DOW had temporarily boosted trout fishing success in Horsetooth last fall, when 73,000 trout at the Bellevue Watson Fish Hatchery were threatened by runoff from the fire.  There are no plans to repeat the event, so it's a temporary windfall.

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