MIRAMONTE RESERVOIR TROUT FISHING HEATING UP
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Miramonte Reservoir, was reclaimed as a trout fishery by Colorado Parks and Wildlife last year after the illegal introduction of smallmouth bass. Thanks to its clean, cold water that produces abundant aquatic food sources, Miramonte is renowned for producing large trout.
The reservoir is located in San Miguel County, south of Norwood.
After the reclamation project was completed last fall, Parks and Wildlife restocked the reservoir with 25,000 catchable-size rainbow trout and 81,000 fingerling rainbow and brown trout. Another 89,000 subcatchable troutóthree to five inchesówere stocked early in the summer.
"This is the way to jump start a trout fishery," said John Alves, senior aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "We want anglers to know that Miramonte is again a destination for catching trout."
The productive water of Miramonte Reservoir helps fish to grow quickly. By next spring the fingerlings and subcatchables will likely be 12 inches and larger. Besides aquatic insects and plankton, trout also feed on crayfish that are prolific in the reservoir.
"The meat of many of the trout in Miramonte is pink and very flavorful," said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose. "Miramonte is managed as a recreational fishery and we encourage people to harvest and enjoy eating these fish."
The 400-acre reservoir sits in a very scenic location below famed Lone Cone, a picturesque 12,000-foot mountain peak. While there's plenty of water in the reservoir for fishing, the boat ramp is not usable this year. There are also 15 camp sites around the reservoir.
"September is a great time to enjoy camping and fishing at Miramonte," DelPiccolo said.
Visitors to the reservoir are also asked to report any unusual activity around the water to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Moving fish from one body of water to another is against the law in Colorado. The illegal introduction of bass a few years ago severely impacted the trout fishery and cost Colorado Parks and Wildlife more than $100,000 to remedy.
"Miramonte is ideally suited for trout and it's one of the great still-water trout fisheries in the state. We need to keep it that way," Alves said.
Anglers who see any suspicious activity at the reservoir, or know of any illegal stocking activity anywhere in Colorado, should call CPW's Montrose office at 970-252-6000, or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.
For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us.