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Catch of the Week & Fishing Facts
Catch of the Week & Fishing Facts
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Nick Peardot with a 20 inch Poudre River rainbow trout.

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​Fishing Fact of the Week

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Gold Medal Waters

Did you know that Gold Medal Waters are defined as any river or lake which is producing a standing stock of at least 60 pounds per acre, and at least 12 trout that are 14 inches or longer per acre?

Gold Medal Waters are the highest quality cold-water habitats and have the capability to produce many quality size trout. CPW has established criteria and management guidelines to support the public interest in angling, observing, and protecting these significant cold-water fishery resources. River segments designated as Gold Medal Trout Waters must be a minimum of 2 miles in length and lakes must be a minimum of 50 acres.

Mountain Whitefish

Did you know that in Colorado, the mountain whitefish was historically found in just the Yampa and White River drainages in the northwestern region? 

One of only two salmonids native to Colorado, the mountain whitefish was historically found in just the Yampa and White River drainages in the northwestern part of the state. Alarming declines in the Yampa River in the late 1990s spurred interest in this relatively unstudied species. Similar declines were documented in almost every other state across the native range during the same time period, while other populations in neighboring drainages often remained robust.​