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Lake: Dixon Reservoir
Fish: Arctic Char

Why Dillon?

Post By: xavierk31      Posted: 1/10/2020 2:58:34 PM     Points: 1386    
Didn't wanna hijack someone else's feed, but I've always wondered this....
but does anyone (FishSeal) know why Char were stocked in Dillon of all the random lakes in Colorado? And then why aren't they found in ANY other lakes here?
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 1/10/2020 3:26:45 PM     Points: 14699    
I found this article for the the Town Of Dillion I believe. Also if you do a search for Arctic Char it will bring up a CPW site. Basically it was an experiment to see if the Char would eat the shrimp and balance the fishery. It seems to be working well as Char are found all around the lake and inits deep waters and the shrimp are being kept in balance which helps the zoo plankton.

The mysis shrimp was introduced into Dillon Reservoir in 1970 as a food source to fatten trout and salmon. But the small nocturnal crustaceans missed the troutís daytime feeding patterns and began eating all of the zooplankton ó leaving salmon and trout hungry and small.

The Arctic char was introduced to the reservoir in 1990 to see if they would feed on the shrimp ó a main part of their diet. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages the fishery Arctic char was stocked in Dillon in 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998 and 2008 to 2011. The reservoir is the only public fishery in the lower 48 states outside of Maine where anglers have a chance of landing the prized fish.
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 1/10/2020 3:54:45 PM     Points: 8556    
And those Char were donated by the Foos family following the passing of one of their own who loved Arctic Char. There is a bench on the north or western shore in his memory.
 Reply by: Speezer      Posted: 1/10/2020 4:07:45 PM     Points: 690    
Doesn't Joe Wright have artic char as well?
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 1/10/2020 4:38:56 PM     Points: 8556    
You might be thinking Grayling.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 1/10/2020 7:44:35 PM     Points: 1386    
Thatís Grayling, Speezer.
But thatís interesting... thanks for the info!