Crawford Res. fishery meetings next month

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is hosting two public meetings to discuss a proposed management plan for Crawford Reservoir.

Meetings are set for 6 p.m. May 6 at the Hotchkiss Public Library and 6 p.m. May 14 at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta.

“This reservoir is a popular destination for anglers, but the fishery has changed drastically in the last ten years and we are no longer meeting our management goals,” said Dan Kowalski, fisheries biologist for the DOW. “We want to hear from anglers about what they want for the reservoir.”

The reservoir fishery, once known for producing perch and bass, has changed in recent years with the expansion of carp and northern pike populations. Since then, the quality of the panfish and numbers of bass has declined.

The DOW wants to hear angler opinions and ideas on what fish species should be emphasized in the reservoir and what management strategies should be put in place.

“These meetings are important because they’ll guide the DOW’s management strategies for many years,” Kowalski said.

Information about the Crawford Reservoir fishery is available at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Reports/FisherySurveySummaries/

Information: Dan Kowalski, 252-6017.



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