DOW, anglers to hold informational meeting

Moffat County anglers may want to put down their rods for an evening and attend a meeting that will cover many of the changes to area fishing regulations.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) will host an angler's round-table at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Carpenter Ranch, three miles east of Hayden on the north side of U.S. Highway 40. The purpose of meeting is to gather public input on draft regulations that will be implemented from 2001-2005. Anyone interested from the area is invited to attend.

Some of the issues that will be covered are:

Non-native fish removal from the lower and middle Yampa River.

Identifying ponds for non-native fish relocation.

Possibility of relocating non-native sport fish out of the Yampa River Basin to Rio Blanco Lake.

Angler removal of northern pike and smallmouth bass and fishing derbies.

Warmwater fish management in Steamboat Reservoir.

Colorado River cutthroat trout waters "B;" should they be managed for catch and release, fly lures only?

Presentation and discussion of fishing regulation issues currently received.

DOW biologists will be available to discuss any fishing issues that are of interest to people attending. They will also provide an update on the fish stocking schedule this year, including changes to whirling disease "B" waters. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

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