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Lake: Dillon Reservoir
Fish: Arctic Char

Arctic char

Post By: WeldCountyFisherman      Posted: 6/28/2015 4:17:23 PM     Points: 30    
Was fishing up at Dillion reservoir today when I caught a 16 inch Arctic Char, atlas I think it is an arctic char. I was wondering if anyone knows if this is a common occurrence catching char here. Also I heard there was salmon in the lake and I was wondering how you would go about catching them. Any information would be appreciated.
 Reply by: JoeBifty      Posted: 6/28/2015 4:28:10 PM     Points: 40    
Wait for it....
 Reply by: Jacob J      Posted: 6/28/2015 5:30:35 PM     Points: 1591    
Look like rainbow trout to me.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 6/28/2015 5:40:46 PM     Points: 5873    
Agreed, rainbows. That is where you will find char though.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 6/28/2015 5:44:43 PM     Points: 5873    
That top one could be a char. Did the bottom find have white on the leading edges?

Just a heads up to those that care. Please release all Arctic char. They are rare and were put in there for a reason, to control the misis shrimp. They haven't had a chance to establish themselves yet.
 Reply by: jman      Posted: 6/28/2015 6:24:40 PM     Points: 2247    
That is a char.
And I would read your regs before you kill fish that char is under the legal size limit.
 Reply by: ColoradoOutdoorsman      Posted: 6/28/2015 7:02:42 PM     Points: 1531    
Top fish looks like a char. If it's questionable and under the size limit release it. You're about 4 inches short on that one. When in doubt release it!
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 6/28/2015 7:49:35 PM     Points: 9523    
 Reply by: Dangly      Posted: 6/28/2015 9:12:32 PM     Points: 238    
Yup that's a char, and illegal, not trying to bust your chops, now you know, and I'm sure you won't make the same mistake again. Nice fish, biggest char I've seen from there.
 Reply by: WeldCountyFisherman      Posted: 6/28/2015 10:38:49 PM     Points: 30    
Honestly I had no idea there was a size limit on any fish (I feel like this is something which should be posted with signs to make people more aware of it) and I did not even know it was a char till I brought it back and my grandpa told me it was. It didn't look that much different than a rainbow trout and I feel like it was an easy mistake to make.
 Reply by: jman      Posted: 6/29/2015 5:43:18 AM     Points: 2247    
Fishing is the same as hunting you have to know the rules and requirements before you go out. ranger would tell you the same thing and would have slapped with you with a ticket.
 Reply by: LivinItUpCO      Posted: 6/29/2015 5:44:47 AM     Points: 6    
They do resemble trout....Signs at the lake are an eye sore, plus our taxes would go up a bit since we'd have to print them in English and Spanish.
It's our duty to be stewards and know the regs.
 Reply by: old troll      Posted: 6/29/2015 7:01:54 AM     Points: 1296    
The rainbows have black spots and no white spots. The char has white spots and no black ones.
 Reply by: Dangly      Posted: 6/29/2015 8:00:38 AM     Points: 238    
Do you know you need a license?
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 6/29/2015 8:14:33 AM     Points: 682    
Sinks and coolers - wrong places for fish ID fellas. If you don't know what it is let it swim!
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 6/29/2015 8:59:15 AM     Points: 3764    
Not to pile on, but it is important to mention, you should read the regulations for the body of water you are fishing before you go. In the regs, it clearly states the size limit for char.

You should have a booklet with you, but even easier is to open the pdf, and do search by the body of water you are fishing.

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