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New fishing regulations at Blue Mesa Reservoir, Crawford State Park

New fishing regulations at Blue Mesa Reservoir, Crawford State Park
Joe Lewandowski
New fishing regulations at Blue Mesa, Crawford State Park
GUNNISON, Colo. -– Colorado Parks and Wildlife has announced some new fishing regulations that will affect anglers in Western Colorado.
At Blue Mesa Reservoir, new rules for lake trout and kokanee are in place. There are no bag or possession limits for lake trout, however, anglers can now only keep one fish longer than 32 inches each day. For kokanee salmon, the daily bag limit has been reduced by half, from 10 fish to five fish, and the possession limit is 10. Blue Mesa Reservoir is located just west of Gunnison.
At the reservoir at Crawford State Park there is no bag or possession limit for yellow perch. The bag and possession limit for largemouth bass is one fish 18 inches or longer. Crawford State Park is located near the town of Crawford in Delta County.
For all waters west of the Continental Divide, there are no bag or possession limits for smallmouth bass, unless otherwise specified by water-specific regulations.
Anglers should pick up a Colorado fishing brochure and check the regulations for the waters where they’ll be fishing. The regulations can also be found on line at:
Anglers are also reminded that they need a new annual fishing license starting April 1. The license will be valid through March 31, 2017.


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