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Old 03-27-2012, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just got done trollin the dam, division pulled uo behind us and started throwing the nets in. they started at the tower and went east.
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What time was this? I saw NO nets out today.. at least till 1:00 pm.. at least along the Dam face, anyway.
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What time was this? I saw NO nets out today.. at least till 1:00 pm.. at least along the Dam face, anyway.
2pm. looks to be a few on the west side of the tower as well. dont know how far east they went.
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WOW man... maybe them "goofie" eyes are having SEX during the mid- afternoon / early evening hours nowadays?
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WOW man... maybe them "goofie" eyes are having SEX during the mid- afternoon / early evening hours nowadays?
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I always thought they followed the CC schedule 3/15 - 4/15
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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they put them each afternoon about 5 and take them in in the morning at about 7
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whats the net for? why do they do this?
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An article from 2004...they have been doing it for awhile at Pueblo, Cherry Creek and Chatfield...

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Division of Wildlife
DOW SPAWNING OPERATIONS NET 102 MILLION WALLEYE EGGS
Spring and summer of 2004 promise to be among the most productive in recent history for the Colorado Division of Wildlife�s (DOW) walleye and saugeye stocking program. This success is due largely to the efforts of DOW personnel and citizen volunteers who collected more than 102 million walleye eggs from area reservoirs over the past several weeks. The harvest exceeded expectations of 85 million and will help the DOW bolster walleye populations in area reservoirs for anglers to enjoy for years to come.

Spring and summer of 2004 promise to be among the most productive in recent history for the Colorado Division of Wildlife�s (DOW) walleye and saugeye stocking program. This success is due largely to the efforts of DOW personnel and citizen volunteers who collected more than 102 million walleye eggs from area reservoirs over the past several weeks. The harvest exceeded expectations of 85 million and will help the DOW bolster walleye populations in area reservoirs for anglers to enjoy for years to come.

�It was a great year for taking walleye spawn,� said Robin Knox, sportfish coordinator for the DOW. �We are pleased with the number of eggs we collected and the eggs are hatching at a good rate. This also demonstrates that our walleye populations in those reservoirs are surviving the ups and downs of the recent water conditions rather well.�

The eggs will be hatched into fry and fingerlings and returned to Colorado�s walleye lakes and reservoirs throughout the spring and summer. Some eggs were fertilized with sauger milt, creating a hybrid fish known as the saugeye, which is believed to be easier to catch and more suitable for many irrigation reservoirs in the state. Some remaining eggs will be given to other state game and fish agencies in exchange for different species of fish to be stocked into Colorado waters.

Walleyes spawn in spring when water temperature is in the 40s. Female walleyes migrate into shallower water looking for suitable areas to lay their eggs and males follow them, looking to fertilize their eggs. To harvest fish eggs for stocking purposes, wildlife officials string nets in known spawning areas and check them every morning for fish. The walleye are than �milked� of both their eggs and milt and the two are mixed and the fertilized eggs are transferred to hatcheries. The spawned adult walleye are then returned to the water, usually unharmed. Fish of 15 pounds or more were netted during the spawn collection this year.

By giving nature a helping hand, DOW employees and volunteers are able to increase the hatch rate to higher than 70 percent, and are able to hatch the eggs into fry in approximately 10 days. In the wild, where predation, changing water levels, and varying water temperatures come into play, the hatch rate is far lower, and incubation can take up to six weeks, depending on water temperature.

Pueblo Reservoir yielded more than 44 million eggs, Chatfield nearly 44 million, and Cherry Creek 15 million. More than 25 million eggs were fertilized with sauger milt. Some of the eggs are being traded to Texas for wiper and striped bass fry. Other walleye eggs have been sent to Kansas for channel catfish, and saugeye fry will be traded to Arkansas for grass carp, blue catfish, and flathead catfish.

Volunteers play a major role in providing the manpower necessary to pull off a successful walleye spawn operation. The Colorado Walleye Association provides many of the volunteers every year. This year, the association also donated 12 float coats - jacket style life preservers - to the DOW. The 600-member organization hosts fishing tournaments, stages educational clinics throughout the state and offers its services whenever volunteers are called for.

Steve Puttman, a DOW senior aquatic biologist, praised walleye association members for their efforts.

�Those guys were there every day and did everything from pulling nets to stirring eggs,� he said. �They�re a tremendous asset to the angling community.�

Jeff Looney, a walleye association member, who organized volunteer efforts at Chatfield and Cherry Creek reservoirs, said more than 40 association members spent more than 300 hours helping DOW crews collect spawn.

�A lot of us took time off work to volunteer,� he said. �It�s our way of giving back to the state and helping an agency that is overworked, under funded, and always short of manpower.�
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