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New fishing regulations for 2024

Post By: xavierk31      Posted: 4/1/2024 10:06:16 AM     Points: 5985    
With the new fishing season come some new regs to make sure to brush up on, especially if you plan on fishing around the Dillon area this year. Full list of new regs are located at the link below. Waters here on the site will be updated soon, and some already have been.
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 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Apr. 1, 12:52:58 PM     Points: 9107
Looks like they are trying to protect the brown trout, I hope it works out, the next thing they need to work on is the overpopulation of white suckers in Dillon Res.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Apr. 1, 1:19:56 PM     Points: 5985
I'm guessing that might be part of the reason why they're trying to preserve those larger browns.
 Reply by: fishinaddiction247      Posted: Apr. 1, 1:44:24 PM     Points: 638
Most people see the Blue River change in regulation but overlooked the new Ten Mile Creek regs, please check both. Personally I think these are good things and hopefully we will see good populations of big brown trout in the lake again. Was sad to see so many people fishing there in the fall on top of redds. Should help the salmon and char as well. Thank you Jon!
 Reply by: mx491      Posted: Apr. 2, 7:03:22 AM     Points: 131
Can anyone elaborate on the "fishing is prohibited Sept. 1–Dec. 1." Does that mean specifically targeting browns is prohibited during that obvious spawning time? I can't imagine they would be closing the blue river and tenmile creek for 3 months...
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Apr. 2, 12:41:30 PM     Points: 5985
mx491- Any time I've seen the state of Colorado use the word "prohibited" it does mean exactly that- the rivers are essentially closed to fishing during those months. Certainly an unexpected change, but I'm guessing they are trying to conserve the spawning browns that come out of Dillon. Unfortunately there really isn't any way to ensure you "aren't targeting browns" at all.
 Reply by: bluecreek      Posted: Apr. 2, 6:36:31 PM     Points: 3366
Glad to see that regulation restored, esp the Blue River. That reg was in force many years ago for the Blue, and I think it really helped with the spawning. Dillon had lots of big browns in it.
 Reply by: mx491      Posted: Apr. 3, 7:30:04 AM     Points: 131
Xavierk- Interesting, my thought was that its all or nothing when they say "prohibited" also. Would you think that's the whole blue river or just areas close to Dillon? I fish the blue a lot during that time so I'm just trying to get a grasp on what will be happening.
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Apr. 3, 9:25:38 AM     Points: 405
just look at the brochure....its all there with detailed maps..I also wouldnt 100% trust answers from people online in regards to laws and to verify on your own from the source

its specifically the blue above diillon

great regulation changes, now if only we could get lake trout slots in place at more lakes and more fly and lure only fisheries
 Reply by: mx491      Posted: Apr. 3, 10:52:43 AM     Points: 131
Thanks, and after reading the map and brochure it makes more sense..

1. Artificial flies and lures only.
2. NEW Brown trout over 14 inches long must
be returned to water immediately.
3. NEW Fishing prohibited Sept. 1–Dec. 1.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Apr. 4, 8:07:52 AM     Points: 5985
Thanks for that clarification mx491, I assumed that it was for the upper portion of the blue as opposed to the tailwater myself, but wasn't entirely certain how far upstream the regs would go myself.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Apr. 4, 9:29:08 AM     Points: 9107
The closer of the Blue above the reservoir is also for the kokanee. The number of spawning koks in the Blue has drastically fallen recently and they are not sure why at this point in time. The biologist in charge(can't remember his name) wrote an article about the reservoir and the brown and kokanee populations that was very informative.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Apr. 4, 10:00:40 AM     Points: 5985
ntotf- Hopefully it will have a positive effect on the kokes, too... I can attest firsthand to the big browns that I've seen in Tenmile Creek that come out of Dillon, but haven't had a chance to do any kind of fall fishing in the Blue River as of yet.
 Reply by: Doc      Posted: Apr. 4, 1:51:14 PM     Points: 481
Thanks for the heads up!
 Reply by: fishinaddiction247      Posted: Apr. 6, 8:06:36 AM     Points: 638
With these new rules in effect in certain places doesn't mean if the rules aren't set in other areas where fish are spawning that we should fish for them. Please stop fishing spawning fish in this entire state. Self regulation needs to be more observed.

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