While some waters heal after flood, there are still fishing options
Dave Coulson, The Coloradoan
The recent flooding damaged many area fisheries. Looking at pictures of the Big Thompson Canyon, one has to wonder how any fish could have survived. Iím sure many did. While I donít know what the long-term impacts will be, Iím fairly sure within a short time, the Big T will once again sport an excellent fishery, just as it did after the last major flood in 1976.
In addition to the streams and rivers, many adjoining ponds and reservoirs also were flooded, such as Big Thompson Ponds State Wildlife Area, Watson Lake SWA, Simpson Ponds SWA, Frank SWA and St. Vrain State Park as well as many others. Despite the damage, if the ponds remain, Iím sure fisheries will once again be established by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Some reservoirs received waters from the storms, allowing them to fill ó at least partially. This is a bonus, as they will winter with more water than expected. While that wonít benefit anglers in the short term (the fish are spread out more), more water is good for fisheries in the long run. Lon Hagler, Lonetree, Boedecker, Loveland, Horseshoe and Boyd are some of the reservoirs benefiting from the recent rains.
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