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River: Colorado River Glenwood Canyon

Near DeBeque?

Post By: Wishful Fisher      Posted: 6/24/2013 9:49:26 AM     Points: 290    
Anybody live in or near DeBeque that wants to fish the Colorado River in town? Some nice fish down there!
 Reply by: Inlandsharpie777      Posted: 6/24/2013 11:39:11 AM     Points: 255
Uhhh, 2 of those aren't trout. That looks like a chub. Was that c&r? Hate to be the self declared warden, but that is a critically endangered species.

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 Reply by: Wishful Fisher      Posted: 6/24/2013 12:14:35 PM     Points: 290
I was actually fishing for Smallmouth and Trout, and those are the first 2 that I caught. They are Roundtail Chubs. Don't worry, I put them back quickly and revived them. You can still fish for endangered fish, as long as you don't keep or kill them. If they are illegal to catch, please show me where it says that and I'll try to avoid it, but as was said, you can't pick and choose what bites. But Cutthroat are endangered, and you can fish for them. You just have to put them back unharmed if the law says so.
 Reply by: Wishful Fisher      Posted: 6/24/2013 12:32:12 PM     Points: 290
I'd also like to say, that was my first time fishing this far down, so I had no idea what to expect.
 Reply by: eron      Posted: 6/24/2013 2:52:34 PM     Points: 1164
Nice catch... I've never fished there but I hunt ducks and geese down there in the fall, pretty country for sure. Just guessing here but I'm gonna say that a real game warden would tell you that a round tail chub is not critically endangered, endangered or even threatened, but only a protected non-game native species... and like you mentioned, even it it was, ain't nothing illegal about catching em! Great pics!
 Reply by: Wishful Fisher      Posted: 6/24/2013 6:51:34 PM     Points: 290
Thanks Eron. I hear shotguns down there all fall, so maybe I've heard you. I called the DOW, and they said it is not illegal to catch them, but it's not a good idea to go fish just for them, cause you can kill them. I wasn't even looking for them, and seeing as how they were the first 2 that I caught, and that 1/2" babies were in the shallows and fill up our ditch, and that I got tons over other bites from them, I'd say they shouldn't be endangered. Even though I am totally against environmentalism, and have endangered species, I will abide by the law so I don't get in trouble or loose my license. Do you live here Eron?
 Reply by: eron      Posted: 6/24/2013 8:01:16 PM     Points: 1164
No, I just know that if you're a waterfowler that's the place to be when all the mountain lakes freeze over!
 Reply by: Inlandsharpie777      Posted: 6/25/2013 7:58:41 AM     Points: 255
Not saying you shouldn't catch them, just wanted to know if they were released. Jeez, so easy to start fights. Interesting post actually, do they fight? Once again, sorry to be a jerk, didn't realize they were round tails.

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 Reply by: Luke the Dog      Posted: 6/25/2013 11:29:49 AM     Points: 37
Dude, did someone punch you in the lip while you were fishing?
 Reply by: Wishful Fisher      Posted: 6/25/2013 5:16:43 PM     Points: 290
That's what I get for being a beekeeper.
 Reply by: Wishful Fisher      Posted: 6/25/2013 9:25:43 PM     Points: 290
Nobody has answered my question about fishing down there.
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