Rainbow trout spring spawning activity in the South Platte river below Spinney Mountain Reservoir.
City of Grand Junction draining Purdy Mesa Reservoir
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising anglers that the City of Grand Junction is draining Purdy Mesa (Hallenbeck) Reservoir, located southeast of Whitewater, to perform necessary maintenance and repairs of the dam. Until further notice, anglers are advised to find alternative areas to fish until the reservoir can be returned to a viable fishery. The draining process will continue until late April. Project design and completion of the necessary repairs is not expected to be complete until spring 2016 at the earliest. A list of alternative fishing areas in the Grand Valley and across the state can be found at www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Pages/FishingStatewideMaps.aspx.
Questions regarding draining of the reservoir should be directed to the City of Grand Junction at 970-244-1429, or 970-244-1580.
Learn where to go and how to catch "Ice-Out Trout."
Spring has sprung. And for trout fisherman, there's no better time to fish Colorado's lakes and reservoirs. Although many of Colorado's lakes and reservoirs offer excellent fishing, the following waters provide exceptional opportunities to catch trophy sized fish this spring. In this Colorado Outdoors article it highlights some of the many places in Colorado including places like Delaney Buttes Lakes, Lake John, Taylor Park Reservoir, Lake Granby and many more where catching the trout of a lifetime or filling your limit quickly is just a few casts away. Find out more, read the full Colorado Outdoors article that is available at http://coloradooutdoorsmag.com/2015/04/13/ice-out-trout-colorados-top-springtime-fishing-destinations/.
Eleven Mile Reservoir opens to boating April 14
Eleven Mile State Park officials will open the reservoir to boating for the season April 14. The North Shore Boat Ramp will be open each day from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset through October. The Witcher's Cove Boat Ramp will open May 22 in advance of the Memorial Day weekend and remain open through Labor Day. Night time boating is prohibited at Eleven Mile Reservoir. Recent surveys conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife show that the reservoir is home to an increasing number of naturally reproducing large, healthy northern pike. "In order to maintain a good balance between trout (the main food source for pike) and pike, we would like fishermen to harvest any pike they catch." said Kevin Tobey, park manager of Eleven Mile.
Boating season begins April 10 at Vega State Park
The ice on Vega Reservoir is gone and Colorado Parks and Wildlife will open the first of three boat ramps at Vega State Park to the boating public on April 10. Currently, boats can be inspected at Vega State Park's visitor's center from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free fishing events for kids in southeast Colorado
CPW hosts several free fishing clinics for kids, under 16 years of age in the lower Arkansas River Valley. A limited number of free fishing rods and fishing tackle will be available, but youth may also bring their own fishing equipment. No registration is required. Adults who accompany youth need a valid fishing license. For more information call 719-336-6600
Youth fishing clinics:
April 18 at Midwest Farms SWA, between Holly and Granada,10 a.m.- 2 pm
April 24 at Shalberg Pond, Sheridan Lake, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
April 26 at Leonard Hudnall Pond, Las Animas, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
May 2 at Turk's Pond, South of Two Buttes, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
May 3 at Jackson's Pond, Eads, Noon - 4 p.m.
May 16 at North Gateway Park, Lamar, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
May 23 at La Junta City Pond, La Junta, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Sept. 12 at La Junta City Pond, La Junta, Noon - 3 p.m.
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