Bluegill catch-and-release restrictions lifted
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Ute Water Conservancy District are cooperating to temporarily lift the catch-and-release restrictions for bluegill at Jerry Creek Reservoir No. 1, beginning July 29 and running through 11:59 p.m. on July 31.
All restrictions for other fish species will remain in effect at the reservoir and all other waters across the State of Colorado. Fishing at the reservoir is only permitted during daylight hours.
The reservoir, a domestic water supply for Grand Valley residents, is owned and operated by Ute Water and the fish are managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Because the preservation of water quality is the primary objective, the two agencies mutually agreed to temporarily lift restrictions and allow unlimited take of bluegill.
The goal is to appropriately manage the population of aquatic life in Jerry Creek Reservoir No. 1.
The reservoir, located 32 miles northeast of Grand Junction, is a popular fishing location with local anglers. It is the smaller of two reservoirs in this area, located in the Plateau Creek Valley, near Molina, approximately two miles east on Highway 330 from its junction with Highway 65.
All other regulations remain in effect, including fishing by artificial flies and lures only. Anglers may use scents on an artificial fly if it is longer than 1.5 inches. All other fish species must be returned alive to the water immediately.
The use of float tubes, with chest-high waders, is allowed. Wading is not allowed without waders. Anglers are not be allowed to clean the fish at the reservoir site.
“Catch them, take them home and have a great meal with these tasty fish,” said Lori Martin, CPW’s northwest regional senior aquatic biologist. “We hope everyone takes advantage of this unique opportunity.”
For additional information, contact CPW at 970-255-6100 or Ute Water Conservancy District External Affairs Manager Joseph Burtard at 970-242-7491.