Brush, Colo. -- Colorado Parks and Wildlife is announcing a public fish salvage at Jumbo (Julesburg) Reservoir beginning immediately. Due to high irrigation demand created by severe drought, the water level in Jumbo (Julesburg) Reservoir is expected to decline to a point that will likely result in a loss of the entire fishery resource. Water levels are expected to be below the boat ramp by the third or fourth week of July, eliminating access for trailer-launched boats.
Due to the presence of quagga mussels at Jumbo (Julesburg) Reservoir, CPW cannot perform any salvage and translocation operations. The public salvage is being announced in order to optimize use of the fishery resource as outlined:
--All anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license
--No commercial angling will be allowed
--Only angling methods that are currently legal at the reservoir will be allowed
--Current size, bag, and possession limits for all species will be removed until the public salvage is terminated
The end date of the public salvage effort will be announced by Area Wildlife Manager Tom Kroening.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs.