Blue Mesa kokanee salmon numbers cause for concern

Matt Smiley holds a 41-pound, 10-ounce lake trout caught from Blue Mesa Reservoir on April 11, 2003. Smiley’s catch held the state record until a 50-pound laker was caught in 2007. The Colorado Division of Wildlife’s ongoing project aimed at protecting kokanee salmon by reducing the number of lake trout in Blue Mesa has caused some controversy among lake trout fans.



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Matt Smiley holds a 41-pound, 10-ounce lake trout caught from Blue Mesa Reservoir on April 11, 2003. Smiley’s catch held the state record until a 50-pound laker was caught in 2007. The Colorado Division of Wildlife’s ongoing project aimed at protecting kokanee salmon by reducing the number of lake trout in Blue Mesa has caused some controversy among lake trout fans.

Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists this year are continuing a project aimed at protecting kokanee salmon by reducing the number of lake trout in Blue Mesa Reservoir. The project…




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