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BLUE HERON is the name used by the BLM for the recently acquired ponds at the east end of florence here is a basic map of the area


come straight down 115 past penrose and highway 50 the ponds are east of 115 and north of the arkansas river

the 2 ponds refered to as the north and south ponds are accessable by foot for right now also the ark is accessable east and south of both ponds

i stopped in at the canon city BLM office and spoke pete (incharge of the managment of these ponds) he was a very nice fella and povided some interesting information along with a nice map showing the property boundrys he said i could post it here but i need to dig out my scanner first and will do some touch up on it for clarity
it seems that penrose and maybe florence want to use the ponds as storage maybe even enlarge them by excavating west of the north pond. IF this happens pete hopes that some island might be made for water fowl nesting habitatalso the state park system has expressed an interest in putting in a river boat launch area and maybe even a campground all this is on hold due to the proposed expansion of pueblo res seams that if/when the expantion is done the res will only be 2 miles down stream at full pond and the state parks thinks it might be a waste of money to provide a ramp for only 2 miles of river

so for right now BLM has no active management plans. pete confirmed that DOW stocked the south (youngest) pond aproax 1.5 years ago with warm water fish. pete has heard of request to stock with trout but it dint sound like any had been stocked yet attleast by not by DOW he did belive that the ponds had had fish transplanted from the river by anglers in the past and said that people had been catching fish for awhile but didnt have specifics. he belived that when the DOW stocked it they included sunfish, bluegill, and SMALL mouth bass and thinks/assumes some catfish.

as of now the property is just public land and nothing special, walkin day use is encouraged

i inquired about organizing a voulenteer fish habitat project and pete sounded interested but said that at this time there was no way to get permission for such a project due to the uncertain future of the property ,possible state park, SWA or whatever. but that the property would remain available for fish regardless of the final plan. although if the state parks get involved that mean it will likely be a pay site

myself i hope the park dont put a ramp down to the river or make a campground it is a nice quiet spot right now and i would rather see it become an SWA like kinney karvel and hugo out east. a nice little place to kick back and relax and do a little fishing

if any of you folks that get down this way have a chance stop by the BLM office and talk to pete about it we need to get our 2 cent in before they decide what to do let them know what you would like to see out there. maybe if some more folks offer to voulenteer on a fish habitat project maybe some of us could get permission to sink some structure out there i bet those pond bottoms are pretty bleak

i did get more interesting info from the BLM so if you are interested about these ponds and would like to contribute send me a PM
 

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it is nice to get into something in the begining. and we could sure use a nice warm water spot allready got plenty of trout
 

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Good info-thanks for doing the legwork on this. These ponds could offer good fishing if they just spend a little money. Personally, I think stocking trout would be a waste of time as the ponds seem shallow to me and the water gets too warm for any trout to make it thru a summer but thats just me. I say manage them for bass, catfish and bluegill/crappie and put some fathead minnows in there for forage. In 3-4 yrs they could have some darn good fishing. Ed
 

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Wow, thanx for the info... I'm with you on hoping for it to become a SWA. Something nice and quiet like that, I'd hope for anything but a State Park.
 

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BLM:   Bureau of Land Management (public)
SWA:  State Wildlife Area (public)

There are also state trust lands (STL) which are public, too.

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the word from BLM (pete) was that the DOW stocked small mouth

im going to try to get down there tonight

i hope they stay as a warm water spot but the trout make it thru the summer in the ark and im thinking those ponds are rather deep gone use the redneck depthfinder if i make it tonight
 

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at about 30-40 feet out from the spot i was at it was pushing 10' deep see my post in fishing reports for more
 
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