Thursday, October 23, 2014

Restocking Trout Program for Colorado River

Since the beginning of October, we have seen the first action of the restocking program in the Colorado River, devoted to putting trout back in the streams. The program, developed by the Arizona Game and Fish department, was one of many options they had been trying to decide on for bringing trout back into the Colorado River. It was such a momentous occasion to have grown the first batch of trout in the hatchery and then released them that it led to celebrations, and those celebrations continue as more than 20,000 trout are being pushed back into the streams.

Many of these celebrations over the past few weeks have included events for free fishing just in the excitement of having so many trout back in the River. Of course, fishing was never slacking for the Colorado River goers since Trout had been vanishing from the river. But this program is supposedly only temporary, as a means of putting trout back in the waters while a more long-term solution is determined.

Many people believe it is unlikely that restrictions on fishing will be set in place, other than ones that already exist. Mohave County in particular stated that the fish are biting and fishing is open, but others still think the only option is to limit fishing or continually restocking the lake so that water can still be drawn from the Colorado River.

The best advantage to the fishing events going on for the month though, is that fishing licenses are waived only for the events. Limits are still held such as the limit of ten trout to an adult, but anyone is free to fish during those event times. It’s a great time to bring along some people who haven’t, because even if they don’t catch any trout, the experience is still well worth it. So stop by for some fishing in Arizona and celebrate the emergence of the rainbow trout in the lake and river.
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