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EVENT:Blue Mesa Res Lake Trout Tournament Ends
DETAILS:The Blue Mesa Reservoir Lake Trout Tournament is scheduled to run Jan. 1 through April 30, 2024.

Tournament is sponsored by CPW in an effort to reduce the population of lake trout 24 inches in length and smaller. This is the first time CPW has held this tournament since 2021.

Anglers participating in the tournament must possess a valid Colorado fishing license and follow all Colorado boating and fishing regulations.

Anglers who harvest a lake trout 24 inches or smaller can turn in the whole fish or the fish head and place them in a plastic bag provided at one of three boat ramps at the reservoir. Bags can be found at the Iola, Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramps. Heads may also be turned into CPW's offices in Gunnison (300 West New York Avenue, Gunnison, Colorado 81230, 970-641-7060) or Montrose (2300 South Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado 81401, 970-252-6000).

Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories at the conclusion of the tournament. Anglers who place in the top four of most fish turned in will earn a large portion of the total purse. First place will receive $3,000, second will earn $1,500, third place will take home $1,000 and fourth will claim $500.

In addition to those prizes, every angler will be entered in a raffle for each fish they turn in. A total of 20 winners will be randomly selected, and each will earn $200. All winners will be contacted by May 31, 2024.

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