BASALT, Colo. - Effective immediately, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is instituting a voluntary fishing closure at a popular area on the Frying Pan River located downstream from the Ruedi Reservoir Dam. The fishing spot - known locally as the 'toilet-bowl' - will experience significantly reduced flow as water that normally feeds the pool will be re-routed to facilitate required dam maintenance.
Work on the dam - owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation - could continue through Nov. 10; however, it could take longer if additional work is necessary.
"The situation will leave the fish in the pool isolated, stressed and very easy to catch," said Area Aquatic Biologist Kendall Bakich. "It would not be very sporting to fish in this area until after conditions improve."
Bakich says the angling community complied with a voluntary closure when a similar situation occurred last year.
"We appreciate everyone's patience." she said. "We will let the public know when conditions improve and when the voluntary fishing closure is lifted."
Anglers can expect to see signage advising of the closure and are urged to find alternative fishing locations in the meantime.
Although the closure is voluntary, CPW officials say a more stringent emergency closure enforceable by law is an option if angler compliance is minimal.
For more information about the voluntary fishing closure, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Glenwood Springs office at 970-947-2920.
For more information about work on the dam and dam operations, contact Tim Miller of the Bureau of Reclamation at 970-962-4394.
For more information about fishing in Colorado visit the CPW website.