Get off your perch, attend meeting about reservoirs

Ever wonder where those yellow perch in Rifle Gap Reservoir came from?

And now that the intruders have made themselves quite at home, what the options are for fisheries management in a reservoir never expected to house exotic invaders?

The answer to where the perch came from may never be answered unless a confession is forthcoming from the scofflaw who dumped them.

However, you can learn about some of the Division of Wildlife’s management options during a public meeting Aug. 31 focusing on both Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap reservoirs.

The meeting is set for 6:30–9 p.m. at the South Event Hall at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle.

“We hope that anglers who are interested in the management of these reservoirs will come and discuss the options that exist,” said Lori Martin, aquatic biologist with the division.

Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists will discuss the illegal introduction of unwanted fish species in both reservoirs and how the presence of those invaders have changed the fisheries.

According to the DOW, the meeting will outline the changes in the fisheries, including the results of angler creel surveys taken this year and in 2009.

Information regarding fish species, age, growth rates and the changes in predator-prey relationship also will be available.

In addition, a discussion is planned for a proposed instream fish screen in Rifle Creek below Rifle Gap Reservoir.

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