Drought conditions and low water flows throughout the state have prompted Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials to remind anglers to monitor water temperatures when they are out fishing.
Several water-specific recommendations have already been released this summer; however aquatic biologists recognize that fish can be stressed due to temperatures in many different coldwater fishing locations.
"Handling fish in waters that are 68 degrees and above can put undue stress on them, causing mortalities and compromising the fishery as a whole," said Ken Kehmeier, senior aquatic biologist for the Northeast region. "We ask that anglers keep in mind the production opportunity of a fishery and not solely the fishing opportunity. Get out and fish, but bring along a thermometer and try to fish early in the day for the best opportunities."
For more information about fishing in places not affected by low flows, visit: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Pages/Fishing.aspx
Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational facilities.