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So if our two metro dams are closed during the walleye spawn for the DOW - why aren't there additional regulations to prevent harvesting during this time?

I'm just curious - it seems rather pointless to close one area for nets to help with the DOW fish hatchery guys, but the fish they're after can be harvested anywhere else ???

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I also believe we need to protect our spawning fish, especially eyes, bass, lakers, and pike. No harvest should be allowed during this time except of hammer handles and small lake trout.
 

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Cause if they regulate the harvest even more, my license fees will double. People fish to fish, let it be. Also give credit to where credit is due. I know a lot of people put months to find new areas for big fish and if they fell like harvesting great, if not great. If you think more modifications to the rule is going to land you a trophy, you havent fished enough.
 

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They aren't concerned about people out catching spawning walleyes...They are concerned about people getting gear tangled up in their nets and messing with the nets in general...hence the closures while the nets are in place.

As long as egg taking goals continue to be met...I'd expect no seasonal closures in relation to the walleye spawn and egg taking operations..
 

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it is also to protect the people who are pulling the nets. nothing makes your day more than freezing your arse off and getting a hook past the barb in your hand and tangled in the net
 

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Few things are more painful than a big old hook in your finger.
 

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I know that they are finished at Cherry Creek. The pontoon boat the DOW uses was gone by last Friday. Hope this means that they had a good take of eggs and were able to wrap it up early.
 

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The main DOW folks talked at the CWA north meeting last night. They had a very large take and have stopped collecting eggs for the year. They had enough left over to trade with 4 or 5 other states for wiber, cats, sauger milt and a few other species. The fry should be showing up at the lakes over the next couple of days and in two weeks or so the fingerling's will be placed in the lakes.

They presented some great stats on the health of the walleye across the state and I have a few new lakes to target in the metro area that I never new that had them. I wont say the names because most of the lakes are small and to much pressure may upset the balance the DOW is looking for.

They also talked about a study that the feds and maybe CSU is working on about the calcium levels and how the zebra mussels may be affected on the front range lakes. The eastern plans lakes have a different make up than the mountain and front range lakes so it will be interesting to see the results of the study when it is completed in a year or so.

Over all a very educational CWA meeting.

JT
 

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The main DOW folks talked at the CWA north meeting last night. They had a very large take and have stopped collecting eggs for the year. They had enough left over to trade with 4 or 5 other states for wiber, cats, sauger milt and a few other species. The fry should be showing up at the lakes over the next couple of days and in two weeks or so the fingerling's will be placed in the lakes.

They presented some great stats on the health of the walleye across the state and I have a few new lakes to target in the metro area that I never new that had them. I wont say the names because most of the lakes are small and to much pressure may upset the balance the DOW is looking for.

They also talked about a study that the feds and maybe CSU is working on about the calcium levels and how the zebra mussels may be affected on the front range lakes. The eastern plans lakes have a different make up than the mountain and front range lakes so it will be intereting to see the results of the study when it is completed in a ye ar or so.

Over all a very educational CWA meeting.

JT
Jim, does this mean that there may be a chance that zebra mussels can not thrive in front range lakes? Have not be able to figure why we don't see the shells of adults at Pueblo.
 
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