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Licensed anglers, get in line May 13 at Rifle Gap State Park if you want free walleye fillets from CPW
5/4/2018
Credit:
CPW News Release
RIFLE, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife will give away approximately 126 walleye fillets, free to licensed anglers on a first-come, first-served basis, May 13, at Rifle Gap State Park.

If you have a current fishing license, come to 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 63 walleye removed from Rifle Gap Reservoir by CPW biologists as required by the Rifle Gap Reservoir Lake Management Plan. Approved in 2015 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and States of Utah and Wyoming - three of CPW's partners in the Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program - the plan directs CPW's fish management goals for the reservoir.

To remain in compliance with plan stipulations, CPW must remove ripe, female walleye for three years and replace them with sterile walleye. The first year of this effort occured in 2017. CPW will also donate fillets from 25 northern pike and eight smallmouth bass captured during the walleye project. All three species are considered a significant threat to native fish recovery efforts.

"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, 8,390 in 2016, and 26,579 in 2017. CPW biologists plan to stock approximately 36,000 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.

Who: CPW's Rifle Gap State Park

What: Walleye fillet give-a-way

When: 8 a.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018

Where: Rifle Gap State Park boat ramp