Northeast region angler roundtables scheduled for discussions of 5-year fishing regulations
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW)
DENVER, Colo. — The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is starting its 5-year review of statewide fishing regulations and is asking anglers throughout the state to provide comments and suggestions on regulations and possible changes.
DOW's aquatic biologists continually evaluate Colorado’s fisheries, pausing every five years to review the fishing regulations with the Colorado Wildlife Commission to ensure that management objectives and recreation needs for anglers are met. The regulations set allowable methods of take, season dates, size requirements and bag limits, as well as statewide rules that apply to individual waters throughout Colorado.
In addition to regulations, DOW biologists will examine biological and social data from state waters. These include fish and creel surveys, research and trend information, water quality issues, stocking activity and angler-satisfaction surveys. This data will be considered in the decision-making process for setting new regulations.
“We have some very interesting feedback in the northeast region regarding our fishing regulations,” said Ken Kehmeier, Senior Aquatic Biologist,” We’ve already heard from folks who’d like to see carp tournaments allowed, bow and spear fishing, and changes to the walleye regulations. These meetings are a great place to hash out ideas on angling with the public and brainstorm ways to make fishing even better for Coloradoans.”
Northeast Region Meetings
Tuesday, April 27 Comfort Inn Fort Morgan, 1409 Barlow Rd., 6:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday, April 28 Sterling Ramada Inn, 22140 E Hwy 6, 6:30-8:30 PM
Tuesday, May 4 Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr., 6:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday, May 5 DOW Denver HQ, 6060 Broadway, Bighorn Room, 6:30-8:30 PM
Timeline for 5-Year Fishing Regulation Process
The DOW requests that most angler comments be received by the end of April. The DOW is also asking for comments from fishing organizations, sportsmen's groups water resource managers, including ditch companies, conservancy districts, and state and federal government agencies land management agencies, local governments and private landowners and businesses and communities that have an economic stake in fishing activity.
After receiving input from anglers and an internal review, draft regulations will be prepared by July and presented for more public comment. The draft regulations will be sent to the wildlife commission in September for review and more public comment will be allowed at that time. New regulations will be adopted formally in November.
For the northeast region, submit questions or comments to Ken Kehmeier by calling, (970 472-4350), or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Statewide-issue comments can also be submitted to Dave Chadwick, (303)291-7174, email@example.com.
Every year more than 600,000 people buy fishing licenses in Colorado. The state offers are wide variety of angling opportunities. Anglers can fish at warm- and cold-water lakes and reservoirs, in numerous big rivers, and in alpine streams and lakes. Every year, fishing in Colorado generates about $1.2 billion in economic benefits.
For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.