Colorado Fishing Brochure 2012 : Page 6
2012 Colorado Fishing REFERENCE REFERENCE AQUATIC NUISANCE SPECIES DON’T LET INVASIVE SPECIES RUIN YOUR FAVORITE FISHING SPOT Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) are a significant and rapidly grow-ing threat to Colorado’s fisheries and water supplies. ANS are inva-sive animals, plants and diseases that are not native to our rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. Once introduced, most ANS cannot be eradicated and cost millions to manage. Preventing the introduction and spread of ANS is critical to maintaining our fisheries. Threats to Colorado’s aquatic ecosystem and fisheries include ze-bra and quagga mussels, New Zealand mudsnails, whirling disease, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) and Eurasian watermilfoil. Help CPW combat these invasive species and prevent new ANS from entering our state by following these guidelines: 1. Remove all plants, animals or mud and thoroughly wash boats, ! REPORT IT! If you find what you think is an invasive species on your boat or in a water body, report it to CPW by emailing ReportANS@state.co.us or call (303) 291-7295. DISINFECTING YOUR GEAR Disinfect waders or boots between uses. Scrub the bottom of waders with a wire brush and remove all mud, plants and organic materials. Following all label precautions, perform one of the following before going into the next body of water: OPTION 1 — Submerge waders and gear in a tub filled with 1:15 of Sparquat 256 institutional cleaner (3.1% concen-tration) (or other comparable institution-al cleaning compound) and water for at least 10 minutes, scrubbing debris from gear and visually inspecting the gear for mud, plants or snails before rinsing. OPTION 2 — Spray or soak gear with water hotter than 140º F for at least 10 minutes. OPTION 3 — Dry waders and equip-ment completely for at least 10 days in between uses. OPTION 4 — Place waders and boots in a freezer overnight between uses. trailers, waders and equipment that have come in contact with the water before leaving a lake or stream. 2. Drain any space or item that could hold water, including live wells, bait containers, bilge, ballast tanks, storage areas, engine © CPW cooling systems or any other place on boats or equipment that Zebra mussels are just one example of aquatic might hold water. nuisance species that can ruin fishing waters. 3. Allow boats, engines, boots and gear to dry completely before moving to other waters. 4. If draining and drying are not possible, wash boats, trailers and equipment carefully and completely with high-pressure hot water (140 degrees F). Stop by the Wildlife Service Center in Denver or Grand Junction Monday-Friday for a free professional ANS inspection or decontamination. Check the CPW website for hours of operation. 5. Don’t move or transport fish between water bodies. This can spread diseases and nuisance species. 6. Don’t dispose of fish entrails or other byproducts into any body of water. MORE ON INVASIVE SPECIES www.wildlife.state.co.us/ WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/Pages/WildlifeProfiles.aspx RUSTY CRAYFISH: AGGRESSIVE AND OPPORTUNISTIC Crayfish are not native to parts of Colorado, yet they have become established in many waters throughout the state. Rusty crayfish endanger aquatic native spe-cies and sportfish by: » PREYING on all life stages of fish, am-Learn how to help stop the spread of rusty crayfish at: www.wildlife.state. co.us/Wildlife Species/ Profiles/Invasive Species/Pages/Rusty Crayfish.aspx phibians and invertebrates and other species of crayfish » COMPETING aggressively for habitat and food » DESTROYING productive habitat in our streams, ponds and lakes Crayfish can be taken for personal consumption, but care should be taken with their use and disposal. » Even though crayfish can be taken live east of the Continental Divide, it is recommended that tails of all crayfish be removed im-mediately and packed in ice for transport. » Do not throw unused bait crayfish, or bait of any kind, back in the water alive. LIVE TRANSPORT PROHIBITED FROM WATERS WEST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AT SANCHEZ RESERVOIR SWA All crayfish caught west of the Continental Divide must be immediately killed (by removing the head from the thorax) and taken into possession, or im-mediately returned to the water from which they were taken. 6 Rusty crayfish were discovered last year at Sanchez Reservoir State Wildlife Area in Costilla County. To prevent their spread within and beyond this area, a CPW order prevents the trans-port of any live crayfish from Sanchez Reservoir SWA. ANS can hitchhike on boats and gear, being introduced into new waters accidentally. Inspect your boat between uses and make sure it is clean, drained and dry. Colorado has a man-datory boat inspection program. Your boat must be inspected if: 1. The boat has been in any water that is positive or suspect for ANS. 2. The boat has been in any wa-ter body outside of Colorado. 3. The boat will be entering any water where inspections are required. There are more than 100 inspec-tion stations in Colorado. Check the CPW website or call ahead for important details on hours of operation, ramp closures, fees and reservoir-specific boating policies: ATTENTION BOATERS www.wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/ Pages/MandatoryBoatInspections. aspx .
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