Colorado Parks and Wildlife has dropped its voluntary fishing closure on about 20 miles of the Colorado River between Kremmling and State Bridge, thanks to improving conditions for fish there, but a closure remains in effect on the river from State Bridge to Rifle.
CPW issued the voluntary ban on about 120 miles of the river on July 7 because of warm water temperatures and low flow levels, both of which cause stress for fish. There also issues caused by burn scar runoff that have affected the clarity of the water, adversely affecting fish.
“Environmental conditions have recently improved between Kremmling and State Bridge, due primarily to upstream reservoir releases,” CPW said in a news release.
That doesn’t mean the overall picture is improving, though. On Tuesday, CPW asked anglers to avoid fishing after noon in Yampa River State Park and the Yampa River State Wildlife Area, located just west of Hayden about 30 miles west of Steamboat Springs. It’s also asking them to refrain from fishing on a 1.5-mile section of the Elk River in the Christina State Wildlife Area, northwest of Steamboat.
“We are continuing to closely monitor changing environmental conditions, and appreciate anglers’ patience and cooperation relative to implementation and removal of fishing closures,” said CPW Northwest Region senior aquatic biologist Lori Martin. “Other waters that may see closures in the immediate future include sections of the Colorado River upstream of the Williams Fork River confluence, the Fraser River, and the upper Yampa River.”
A voluntary full-day closure remains in effect in the Steamboat Springs area from the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to the western edge of the city limits. That one was declared on July 8.
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