Wildlife commission eyes emergency fishing regs at Harvey Gap

Anglers at Harvey Gap Reservoir someday may have tiger muskies as part of their bag as Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proposing stocking the sterile predators in an effort to control the reservoir’s northern pike population.



Final license numbers for the 2013 big-game season and an emergency fishing regulation to protect tiger muskies in Harvey Gap Reservoir are among the items to be considered when the Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission meets Thursday in Grand Junction. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Horizon Dr.

A full agenda and meeting details are available online at http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/.

Thursday’s agenda includes the consideration of an emergency regulation prohibiting spearfishing, archery or gigs, methods that target larger fish, for the take of northern pike at Harvey Gap. Fishery managers plan to introduce a number of 22-to-24-inch tiger muskies into Harvey Gap to assist in balancing the northern pike population.

Unlike northern pike, tiger muskies can’t reproduce and pose less risk to endangered fish populations in the Upper Colorado River basin.

Also on the agenda are staff presentations regarding changes for the 2013-2014 migratory bird hunting seasons along with proposed changes to the regulations for sanctuaries and commercial wildlife parks.

Members of the public unable to attend Parks and Wildlife commission meetings or workshops can access the live audio feed at the bottom of the commission webpage at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Pages/Commission.aspx.


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