Something fishy: CPW sends 3 million kokanee salmon into Blue Mesa Reservoir
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GUNNISON — In an annual ritual conducted to provide anglers with a unique sport-fishing opportunity, Colorado Parks and Wildlife sent 3.1 million kokanee fingerlings to Blue Mountain Reservoir on the evening of April 24.
After hatching at the Roaring Judy Hatchery north of Gunnison last fall, the fingerlings were released from the hatchery raceways into the East River as they are every year. The young kokanee move with the flowing water about three miles to the confluence of the Gunnison River and then they travel another 20 miles into Blue Mesa Reservoir where they grow up.
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