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PUBLIC FISH SALVAGE

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has authorized a public fish salvage at three bodies of water in southeastern Colorado beginning May 15. The waters are: Upper Queens Lake, Nee So Pah Reservoir (also know as Sweetwater Reservoir) and the small, separated eastern most pool of Nee Noshe Reservoir.

The salvage was authorized because water levels in the lakes have become extremely low and a significant loss of fish is imminent.

Bag and possession limits are still in effect, but fish may be taken by any technique including archery, snagging or using nets.

All anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license, but the requirement for a second rod stamp is waived for anglers who want to use more than one pole.

Bag limits are 20 of each species for catfish, wiper, perch, and crappie. The bag limit is 10 of each species of saugeye, walleye or bass. There are no limits on suckers, carp, pike or shad.

The shoreline around these lakes may be soft and muddy so anglers should use extreme caution due to slippery and dangerous conditions around the water?s edge.

This emergency regulation does not allow for trespassing on private property. Anglers should still respect the rights of private property owners and use only recognized public access points.

For more information call the Larmar office of the DOW at (719)336-6600.
 

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yes sad to hear and the crappie just started biting
out there

and the walleye saw a real nice one this past week
about 5 pounds thick fish
 

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I wonder if you catch a record when they do a salvage does it count?
 

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Dan said:
ePiC said:
I wonder if you catch a record when they do a salvage does it count?
As long as its taken by a legal means it should.  Don't you think?

Dan
I dont know, the fish salvage they had on prospect lake was insane and I most of those fish would never have been caught if they hadn't drained the lake.
Is it an unfair advantage? I think if I was fishing it and caught a record my opinion would be it should count, but thats because I caugth the fish. But think about how the guy who had the record would feel "well I had the record but some dude snagged a *lb <insert fish here> during a fish salvage and they gave the record to him."
 

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ePiC said:
Dan said:
ePiC said:
I wonder if you catch a record when they do a salvage does it count?
As long as its taken by a legal means it should. Don't you think?

Dan
I dont know, the fish salvage they had on prospect lake was insane and I most of those fish would never have been caught if they hadn't drained the lake.
Is it an unfair advantage? I think if I was fishing it and caught a record my opinion would be it should count, but thats because I caugth the fish. But think about how the guy who had the record would feel "well I had the record but some dude snagged a *lb <insert fish here> during a fish salvage and they gave the record to him."
Ok looking closer at the regs for the fish salvage, I see snagging and netting are allowed. I would hope that a record caught by one of these salvage methods would not be allowed. But if you caught by hook and line, I would submit it to the DOW. I would not hold the low water conditions against someone who caught a record with hook and line. If you started doing that than a lot of fish would not count for the past few years.

But then again I am not the DOW. So who knows what the rules are.

Dan
 

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That does suck cause I was planning to go out there. But since it is getting drained and they AINT gonna move the fish elsewhere, go ahead, knock yourselves out. I may go, but I'd rather be out challenging the SKUNK to a dual. I hope I whoop his a$$. Cause if I do, there's no need for hittin up the salvage.

I dunno, it all depends on how desperate I am to eat freshly caught wipers and crappie.
 
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