HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have completed draining operations at Dumont Lake, and are thanking anglers for their help and cooperation during a temporary public fish salvage authorized by CPW managers. The lifting of the catch and release restrictions was slated to continue until Oct. 31 however, the lake was drained much sooner than expected.
In order to facilitate repairs of recently discovered damage to the lake's dam, the 220 acre feet of water in the lake was drained, and anglers were encouraged to catch and keep as many of the trout in the lake as they could to prevent them from going to waste.
"We thank the public for their help and cooperation," said Senior Biologist Sherman Hebein. "When the repairs are complete, we plan to restock the lake with trout and we will announce when the public can once again enjoy this fishery."
Anglers are encouraged to enjoy other fishing spots in the area, but officials remind everyone that the usual bag and possession limits are in effect statewide.
Dumont Lake is located near the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass, just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 40 and CO Rd 199.
For more information, please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hot Sulphur Springs Office at 970-725-6200.