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Blue Mesa Reservoir Fishery Management
Blue Mesa Reservoir Fishery Management
Kokanee salmon under water

Anglers: Help us maintain balance at the Blue Mesa Reservoir fishery 

Smaller lake trout on ice

After hosting two lake trout harvest incentive tournaments at Blue Mesa Reservoir in 2020 and 2021, Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues to monitor lake trout abundance to provide recommendations to manage the fishery.  No lake trout tournament is planned for 2023, however future tournaments are expected to be held.  Abundant small lake trout were sampled in 2022, so anglers are encouraged to harvest smaller lake trout that they catch. 

“We appreciate anglers' help in maintaining lake trout numbers at a level that allows for good survival of kokanee while continuing to provide opportunities for anglers to catch trophy lake trout,” said CPW aquatic biologist Dan Brauch. “Continuing to harvest small lake trout will help us to keep the lake trout population at the right level into the future.”

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Complete information on Blue Mesa Reservoir (BMR) fisheries management