Credit: Colorado Division of Wildlife Press Release
RIFLE, Colo. - Aquatic biologists and wildlife managers with the Colorado Division of Wildlife are asking the public for help in future planning for fishing opportunities in Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap Reservoirs in Garfield County. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South Event Hall at the Garfield County Fairgrounds.
Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap are popular fisheries in western Colorado but illicit introductions of fish species and other factors have changed the fisheries over time. This meeting will explain how the fisheries of both waters have changed and share results of angler creel surveys completed in 2009 and 2010. Information will also be provided about age and growth of species and predator-prey relationships within the water. Discussion will be held in regard to options for fisheries management and plans for an in-stream fish screen below Rifle Gap Reservoir.
"We hope that anglers who are interested in the management of these reservoirs will come and discuss the options that exist," said Lori Martin, DOW aquatic biologist.