DENVER - Antero Reservoir in Park County will open for operation on Wednesday, Colorado Parks and WIldlife and Denver Water announced Monday.
The aquatic nuisance species (ANS) inspection station at the south ramp will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 1-Sept. 30. From Oct. 1-31, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
The north boat ramp will not open up until May 25 and stay open through Sept. 1. That inspection station is only open Thursday through Sunday, with its hours of operation being 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The reservoir was 90 percent covered with ice on the week of April 15, but with mild temperatures and plenty of wind, the ice recede rapidly. The reservoir became 100 percent ice free over the weekend.
CPW reminds all boaters that boat inspection for aquatic nuisance species is mandatory. All watercraft that is trailered, and gas, diesel and electric-powered will need to be inspected at the boat ramps.
Zebra and quagga mussels are a serious threat to Colorado waters. Invasive species such as the zebra mussel negatively influence the food chain for native fish. The mussels reproduce prolifically, consume phytoplankton and devastate fisheries. The small mollusks also grow on engines and boats, and can clog water pipes and dam mechanisms.
Boat owners are urged to clean, drain and dry their boats thoroughly before they launch for the first time this season. After that, owners should do so every time they leave the water.
The bag and possession limit for trout at Antero Reservoir is two, while the daily bag and possession limit on tiger muskie is one, and it must be at least 36 inches long. Fish caught and placed on a stringer, in a container or live well, or not returned to the water immediately count in the daily bag and possession limit.