Purdy/Juniata management up for discussion at Wednesday meeting
Fishery management plans for Purdy and Juniata lakes will be discussed at a public meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northwest Region office, 711 Independent Ave.
Both lakes are a source of drinking water for Grand Junction and are popular fisheries with anglers in the area.
In spring of 2011, Colorado Parks and Wildlife installed a fish screen below the outlet of Purdy Mesa Reservoir to prevent non-native warmwater fish from escaping into the Gunnison River.
The screen gave biologists more options for responsible fish management.
“Our agency has responded to local anglers who would like to see an increase in warmwater fishing opportunity in this area and this meeting will address the options and opportunities for fishery management,” said Lori Martin, CPW aquatic biologist. “We need to do this in a way that complements our efforts to appropriately manage both our sport and native fish.”
All members of the public are invited to attend the meeting.
Completed plans will be posted on Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s website (http://wildlife.state.co.us) to provide additional opportunity for written input.