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Colorado P&W to Give Away Walleye Fillets May 20

Post By: culinarypunk      Posted: 5/16/2017 8:54:34 AM     Points: 84456    

CPW to giveaway walleye fillets at Rifle Gap State Park, first come, first served.

RIFLE, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife will give away approximately 190 walleye fillets, free to licensed anglers on a first come, first served basis, May 20 at Rifle Gap State Park. Limit one package of two fillets per angler.

If you have a current fishing license, come to Rifle Gap State Park's boat ramp, by 8 a.m. and get in line for your chance to enjoy what many consider to be one of the best tasting fish in the world.

The frozen, vacuum sealed fillets are from 95 walleye removed from Rifle Gap Reservoir by CPW biologists as required by the Rifle Gap Reservoir Lake Management Plan, approved in 2015. To remain in compliance with plan stipulations, CPW must remove fertile walleye, considered a threat to native fish, and replace them with sterile walleye.

"This is a win-win for everyone,"said Ben Felt, CPW's Area Biologist. "We remain dedicated to our efforts to protect native fish, comply with the requirements of the Lake Management Plan, maintain Rifle Gap Reservoir as a great walleye fishery and provide the angling public with an opportunity to sample great tasting fish."

Felt says CPW stocked 38,050 sterile walleye fry in 2015 and 8,390 last year. CPW biologists will stock approximately 35,000 sterile walleye into the popular fishery this year.

For more information, contact Felt at 970-255-6126, or Rifle Gap State Park at 970-625-1607.

 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 5/16/2017 10:00:38 PM     Points: 531    
But they removed 6.3 million eggs. How does that compare to a few thousand fry.
 Reply by: Artsy      Posted: 5/17/2017 9:08:25 AM     Points: 309    
Do you really think that CPW cares how 6.3 million eggs compare to the fry they dump in?

All they care about are the precious little trout..err, native fish in the res. As long as they aren't harmed, everything will be OOOKAY!
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 5/17/2017 10:35:28 AM     Points: 26362    
Would you rather they go back to the plans to kill the whole lake and remove all the predator fish??

They took out 100 fish... 20 people leaving with limits does the same..

The fact that they are going as far as releasing sterile fry and not focusing solely on trout is a miracle... Look for the upside..
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 5/17/2017 10:54:14 AM     Points: 531    
The limit is one fish over 18", so that is 55 people leaving with their limit. Very few serious eye fishermen at Rifle harvest any fish. I know of 2 people who release fish 10 pounds or better last year. Those two fish would have produces 200,000 eggs which translates into 2000 fish returned to the creel in the future.
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 5/18/2017 11:58:19 AM     Points: 30    
Sterile fish are for the birds and a waste of our license resources. And, today, the trajectory of Rifle Gap fisheries is more grim than that of Donald Trump's future.
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 5/19/2017 8:30:07 AM     Points: 195    
Can't re Produce Walleye. Yes that's a great plan. Look how awesome the fishing for sterile tiger muskie is at Quincy and Evergreen.
 Reply by: suckermeat      Posted: 5/20/2017 8:30:58 AM     Points: 30    
big picture they didn't kill the whole lake!
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 5/20/2017 10:17:24 AM     Points: 531    
This is true but they are going to do it again next year. It will know the spawning population down for 5 or 6 years. I'm getting old and might be dead before they come back.
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 5/20/2017 12:16:59 PM     Points: 30    
If Vega is as bad this coming winter as last year, I probably won't bother with a second car park sticker next year. Maybe I'll try Rifle once through the ice for trout and perch, then Blue Mesa. Bout it for ice fishing around these parts. State parks are about at rock bottom. Thank goodness for stream fishing.....while it lasts. Wish we had a Lake Powell nearby - right on the CO River and its endangereds, but with loads of tasty, good fighting predators, and no fish killing in Utah. Guess FWS just has it in for CO - a totally sick double standard and no scientific sense whatsoever.