Allen Hischke: Attention fishermen

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To the editor:

There is a plan underway to drain Elkhead Reservoir, poison it and kill every fish in the lake. This plan is coming from the people that have been killing the fish in the Yampa River for years. We as fishermen need to do our best to stop this ridiculous waste of our natural resources, and our recreation.

We need to contact all of our elected officials. Our U.S. senators, U.S. representative, our state senator, state representative, county commissioners, city council the mayor, and the state parks department.

If you have any expectations of being able to go fishing without having to drive hundreds of miles each time you want to go, you need to contact all these people and tell them what a waste this action will be.

Allen Hischke

Craig

Comments

Benjie Robinson 1 month ago

Hey Allen, where have you heard about this plan?

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David Moore 1 month ago

August 26 Moffat county commissioners meeting recap: Elkhead fish could be poisoned. It's right on the front page.

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David Moore 1 month ago

From the article on the front page of this site....

Burt Clements discussed how the Colorado River District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife are looking at poisoning the fish at Elkhead and draining the reservoir in order to protect four endangered fish, including the bonytail, humpback chub, razorback sucker and Colorado pikeminnow.

“We got a concern over at Elkhead Reservoir,” Clements told the commissioners. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife, now they’re wanting to drain the Elkhead Reservoir and poison it. They can’t explain why their native species are disappearing.”

Clements wants to see the involved agencies put up a screen to keep the bass and pike from getting into the Yampa River from the spillway. Clements said the river district will hold a meeting around Sept. 5, and that the public and the press are not invited.

“They’re trying to have meetings without the newspaper, radio and television,” he said.

Many in the audience thought the meeting should be public.

“I would think if there’s any public money involved the public has the right to be there,” Lois Wymore said.

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