LIMITS ON BLUEGILL TEMPORARILY LIFTED AT JERRY CREEK RESERVOIR #1, ANGLERS URGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
All restrictions for other fish species will remain in effect at the reservoir and all other waters across the State of Colorado. Fishing at the reservoir is only permitted during daylight hours.
The reservoir, a domestic water supply for Grand Valley residents, is owned and operated by Ute Water and the fish are managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Because the preservation of water quality is the primary objective, the two agencies mutually agree to temporarily lift restrictions and allow unlimited take of bluegill. The goal is to appropriately manage the population of aquatic life in Jerry Creek Reservoir # 1.
Jerry Creek Reservoir No. 1, located 32 miles northeast of Grand Junction, is a popular fishing location with local anglers. It is the smaller of two reservoirs in this area, located in the Plateau Creek Valley, near Molina, approximately two miles east on Highway 330 from its junction with Highway 65.
All other regulations remain in effect, including fishing by artificial flies and lures only. Anglers may use scents on an artificial fly if it is longer than 1.5 inches. All other species must be returned alive to the water immediately.
The use of float tubes, with chest-high waders, is allowed. Wading is not allowed without waders. Anglers will not be allowed to clean the fish at the reservoir site.
Ute Water’s General Manager, Larry Clever, encourages the general public to take advantage of the temporary easing of fishing regulations.
"This is a great opportunity for anglers of all ages and abilities to take advantage of a premium fishing location," said Clever. "This is the first time in the history of Ute Water that we have allowed fish to be removed from the reservoir.
According to Clever, the reservoir was first opened to fishing, under the current restrictions, in the year 2000 under the management of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Northwest Regional Senior Aquatic Biologist Sherman Hebein of Colorado Parks and Wildlife adds that bluegill make excellent table fare and urges anglers to take advantage of the brief opportunity.
"This is your chance to catch a good number of these feisty fish and put some great-tasting food on the dinner table," he said.
For additional information, contact:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 970-255-6100