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Emergency fish salvage at Groundhog Reservoir

Emergency fish salvage at Groundhog Reservoir
Joe Lewandowski
Emergency fish salvage at Groundhog Reservoir
DURANGO, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is implementing an emergency fish salvage starting immediately at Groundhog Reservoir because the lake is being drained to accommodate repairs to the outlet structure of the dam. The reservoir is located in Dolores County .
The salvage removes all bag and possession limits for the reservoir. Anglers can catch and keep all of the fish they catch. They must have a valid 2018 Colorado fishing license, and fishing can be done only by traditional means using standard fishing equipment. Catchable size rainbow trout have been stocked in the reservoir this year.
The salvage order does not apply to any part of Groundhog Creek or Nash Creek above or below the reservoir.
The reservoir is only about one-quarter full, so anglers will experience muddy conditions getting to the water. The boat ramp is also out of the water and cannot be used.
The emergency salvage continues through April 1, 2019. When the reservoir has adequate water Colorado Parks and Wildlife will stock the reservoir again with trout.


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