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Lake: Mountain Home Reservoir

Mountain Home Drainage

Post By: johnski      Posted: 9/27/2018 8:05:12 PM     Points: 5439    
Well I have been able to contact two persons with the CPW regarding the Mountain Home draining. One is the DWM for that area and the other is the Fisheries Biologist. As you know there has been a lot of confusion and wonderment as to why there was not a fish salvage at Mountain Home before its complete draw down. I wanted to make sure I understood the reasoning before writing about it.

CPW knew that the draining of the reservoir was going to happen. There was some talk (and I posted about this newspaper article) that there would be a conservation pool that would protect some of the remaining trout. I was elated over this. Money was being set aside. That news article, however, was premature and poorly founded as the work they needed to do would have required divers and the nature of the pipes that needed to be installed was really not suited to divers. Heavy equipment was necessary. Complete drainage was needed for the work to be done.

The CPW did not stock rainbows this year, not wanting to see them die or get washed away. Seems reasonable. They also planned for the reservoir to be maintained until November, which would have given us folks a little more time to catch the remaining LARGE trout and pike. Then rather suddenly, the water user groups, who really control water, announced complete drainage in 3 weeks. CPW explained that setting up a salvage operation with only 3 weeks left was difficult to accomplish. The water went down very quickly. Those of us fishing it in the last pools did well! An 8# Pike was my best yet! I helped the man in the picture land this 20 pound Northern Pike! He was elated!

It also became clear that the long term goal for this lake is a trout fishery. This is due to the fact that there is not much public access water available in Costilla County. Pike enthusiasts, there is still Sanchez and the river, is what I was told.

I appreciate the CPW for sharing their information on the story. I am still disappointed that a salvage of some kind could not happen. Perhaps snagging could have been allowed as well as no limits. On the last day I was there, the reservoir had been drained and hundreds of fish were dead on the mudflats. It was pretty tough to see it all.

Three months for the work to be completed and possible filling and stocking by spring, depending on runoff and IF we get snow this year. There you have it.

 Reply by: opencage      Posted: 9/28/2018 7:03:01 AM     Points: 164691    
Thanks John, this is some great info and reporting.
 Reply by: Oyey      Posted: 9/28/2018 8:56:08 AM     Points: 10    
!#* The CPW and their hate for pike... that's all
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: 10/1/2018 3:24:30 PM     Points: 5439    
Thanks Opencage. Appreciate the support. And, I too am a person who appreciates Pike. I like variety and while the San Luis Valley has plenty of troutwaters, we have few places for fish like walleye and pike (Sanchez, the Rio Grande River,). A salvage might have allowed a little more time for all fishermen to harvest some of those fish like the fella in the pic. Time to go hunting I guess......
 Reply by: Boog      Posted: 10/1/2018 4:29:07 PM     Points: 66    
Thanks a lot for the info
I was wondering about that
Once again thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
 Reply by: lvrider      Posted: 10/1/2018 7:56:18 PM     Points: 63    
Way to ruin another pike fishery! Shame on the dow!!!
 Reply by: tube m      Posted: 10/6/2018 9:34:48 AM     Points: 182    
What a waste! Is it true la jara reservoir was drained in the last couple years?
 Reply by: Ray Ray      Posted: 10/7/2018 10:50:01 AM     Points: 0    
so once again they waste our fish....How long did they know that they needed to draw down this lake? The lack of planning would get most people fired from a regular job! The excuses make me sick .... They work for us however the objective is clear . They believe trout is the best way to generate revenue from fishing licenses.
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: 10/16/2018 9:13:18 AM     Points: 5439    
They have known about it for some time. Seems to me a salvage would have been useful. Just saying.....
 Reply by: Coyute      Posted: 10/16/2018 9:41:45 AM     Points: 121    
The unfounded CPW pike hate continues. Lame.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 10/16/2018 10:54:49 AM     Points: 2332    
Why is this all about the pike? I agree with johnski...what about the browns, rainbows, and cuts that were also wasted? Something like a salvage or emergency fishing situation should have been instituted before the draw down. Its not just about the pike.
 Reply by: Artsy      Posted: 10/17/2018 12:31:43 PM     Points: 315    
It is just about pike.

Every dam lake in this state has trout. Every single one. However, whenever the is one with PIke, the DOW makes every attempt to eradicate it, thus ultimately ruining the lake.

They could at least provide a Pike lake in every region of the state for those of us who like to fish for them...Hell, I pay for a fishing license too.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 10/17/2018 1:36:22 PM     Points: 2332    
There are plenty of lakes containing pike in Colorado, and I seriously doubt CPWs sole purpose is to eradicate them. There are impoundments in most, if not all regions of the state, some of which hold some real trophies. The state has an obligation to provide the best fishing experience possible for the majority of anglers with their limited resources, and in my opinion, do a darn good job of doing so managing multiple species, pike being one of them. The license one purchases entitles one to fish in the entire state of Colorado. Where, how, and what you fish for is entirely up to you.

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