Colorado Fishing Brochure 2012 : Page 8
2012 Colorado Fishing REFERENCE REFERENCE SPECIAL CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS 1. CATCH AND RELEASE — Any fish released upon catch must be released alive and into the same body of water from which it was taken. THREATENED, ENDANGERED AND NONGAME SPECIES If caught, these species must be returned to the water immediately. Except, taking greenback cutthroat trout is permitted in specific waters and with restrictions as listed in this brochure. IT IS ILLEGAL TO TAKE OR USE THE FOLLOWING: Arkansas darter, bluehead sucker, bonytail, boreal 2. SOME PROHIBITED FISHING METHODS INCLUDE — Chumming, using toxicants or poisons, stupefying substances, electrofishing. 3. PROHIBITED SPECIES — These species and their viable eggs are detrimental to other fish and habitat in Colorado. Unless authorized in writing by CPW for controlled and experimental purposes only, it is illegal to export, import, transport, stock, sell, acquire and possess for release these species: piranha, trahira, gar (all species), snakeheads or murrels, sticklebacks, walking catfish, tilapia, bowfins, rudd, zebra mussels, quagga mussels, New Zealand mudsnail, Eurasian ruffe, white perch, rusty crayfish, carp (silver, catla, Indian, bighead, giant barb, mrigal, largescale sliver, rohu, black and mahseers), Asian swamp eel, green frog and gobies, fish hook fleas and spiny water fleas. toad, brassy minnow, Colorado pikeminnow, common shiner, flannelmouth sucker, flathead chub, greenback cutthroat trout, humpback chub, Iowa darter, lake chub, mollusks, mountain sucker, north-ern leopard frog, northern redbelly dace, plains leopard frog, plains minnow, plains topminnow, plains orangethroat darter, razorback sucker, Rio Grande chub, Rio Grande sucker, river shiner, roundtail chub, southern redbelly dace, stonecat, suckermouth minnow, wood frog and Woodhouse’s toad. Hinsdale counties in the Rio Grande drainage. This does not apply to fish handled or produced at commercially licensed aquaculture facilities. g. BULLFROGS AND SALAMANDERS — Bullfrogs and the aquatic gilled form of the tiger salaman-der for private and commercial use are permit-ted. Statewide bag limits apply. Bullfrogs can be taken by fishing, archery, hand, gigs and nets. Artificial light is allowed. Salamander larvae can be taken by fishing, hand, traps, seines or nets. h. CRUSTACEANS — Taking crustaceans, crayfish, for commercial use is allowed. Take methods include by hand, baited lines, traps, pots, nets or seines for food or bait. The minimum size is 3 inches for com-mercial food (measured from the tip of the acumen (bony spike between the eye) to the telson (last bony plate in the tail)). Crayfish with eggs attached must be returned to the water immediately. All set pots and traps must be labeled with the licensee’s name, address and license number. In all waters west of the Continental Divide all crayfish must be returned to the water of origin immediately or killed by separating the abdomen from the cephalothorax (tail from body) and taken into possession immediately upon catch. i. MOLLUSKS — Taking mollusks for personal or commercial use as bait is prohibited. 9. ILLEGAL TAKE AND TRANSFER OF FISH — Only people designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may take fish, amphibians, mol-lusks or crustaceans within the boundaries of any Federal fish hatchery or rearing unit. a. Molesting, disturbing or damaging gill nets, traps or seines set by CPW is prohibited. 4. USE AND COLLECTION OF BAIT FISH — a. Except as otherwise noted in this brochure, in 10. EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF FISHING WATERS — Emergency closure of waters may be 8 waters east of the Continental Divide and below 7,000 feet elevation, live fish collected for use as bait may only be used in the same body of water from which they were collected. In addition, collection and use is allowed in any man-made ditches and canals within one-half of a mile of the adjoining lake or reservoir. Use of any baitfish collected in those ditches and canals is restricted to only the water from which it was collected and the adjoining lake or reservoir. Baitfish collected under this provision may not be otherwise transported or stored for later use. b. The collection, use or possession of live fish for use as bait is prohibited in all waters east of the Continental Divide above 7,000 feet elevation and all waters west of the Continental Divide, except in Navajo Reservoir; collection, use or possession of live fish for bait is also prohibited in the Arkansas River above Parkdale (in Fremont and Chaffee counties) and in Watson Lake in Larimer County. c. In Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers coun-ties, live fish collected for personal use as bait may be transported, stored or used anywhere within these counties. Transportation to, or use of, any such baitfish in any other county is prohibited. d. The only fish allowed to be taken for commercial use are minnows, gizzard shad, white and longnose suckers and carp. All live baitfish from a commer-cial source and transported by anglers must at all times be accompanied by a receipt from the source. It is illegal to import any live native or non-native aquatic wildlife into Colorado without authoriza-tion from CPW or as stated in regulations. e. The only species allowed to be taken and used for consumption or used as bait (either alive or dead) by fishing, seining, netting, trapping or dipping are minnows, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, carp, sunfish, gizzard shad, sculpin, white and longnose suckers, yellow perch and rainbow smelt. Statewide bag limits apply to sunfish, bluegill, hybrid bluegills and yellow perch. f. The seining, netting, trapping and dipping of fish is prohibited statewide in all natural streams, springs, all waters in Adams, Arapahoe, Boul-der, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Elbert, Jefferson and Park counties, and all public standing waters in Rio Grande, Sagua-che, Conejos, Costilla, Alamosa, Mineral and 5. ICE FISHING — The following rules apply to authorized for up to nine months when environ-mental conditions in these waters warrant and fish-ing could result in unacceptable levels of fish mortal-ity. Public notice will be given if waters are closed and notice will be posted at the site. Closures may occur when any of the following criteria are met: a. Daily max. water temperatures exceed 74º F, or the daily average temperature exceeds 72º F. b. Measured stream flows are 25 percent or less of the historical average low flow for the period. c. Fungus and other visible signs of deterioration may be present. d. Daily minimum dissolved oxygen levels are below five parts per million (ppm). e. When environmental events such as wildfires, mudslides, oil spills or similar events have oc-curred, resulting in the need for recovery time or remedial action for a fish population. waters open for ice fishing: a. Ice-fishing holes cannot exceed 10 inches in diameter, or 10 inches on any side. b. All fires on the ice must be enclosed in a container. c. No litter allowed on the ice. d. Portable ice-fishing shelters (where permit-ted) must be removed at the end of the day. e. Permanent ice-fishing shelters (where permit-ted) must display the name and CID number of the owner or user on the outside of the shel-ter facing the shore. Writing must be in legible, contrasting color letters at least 2 inches high. 11. PROTECTED WATERS — Fishing may be prohibited as posted to protect: threatened or endan-gered species, spawning areas, waters used in CPW research projects, newly acquired access to fishing wa-ters, and the integrity of aquatic wildlife populations. 12. EMERGENCY PUBLIC SALVAGE — If substantial numbers of fish are in imminent danger of being lost, CPW can allow licensed anglers to take fish during daylight hours. Public notice will be given and notice will be posted at the site regard-ing the catch limit and approved fishing methods. 6. RELEASING TAGGED FISH — It is illegal to re lease tagged or marked fish, except for approved contests, into public waters. Tagged or marked fish can be released in public waters for scientific research with written application and approval by CPW at least 30 days before release. 13. FISHING CONTESTS — Fishing contests can-not be advertised, promoted or conducted without CPW approval if the purpose is to take marked or tagged fish released in waters open to public fishing. Applications and a $40 nonrefundable fee must be made 60 days before the contest. Written ap-proval must be obtained from landowners or agen-cies before applying. Contests are not permitted on streams, rivers, other flowing water or Gold Medal Waters, or commercial or private lakes licensed by CPW. All standard fishing regulations apply. Contests for tagged or marked trout will be permitted only on waters greater than 200 surface acres and managed as a catchable fishery. Public fishing areas will remain open during a contest, regardless of contest fees. Sponsors shall document the number of par-ticipants, average time spent fishing and estimated total catch by species in a written report for CPW within 20 days of the contest end. 7. DONATING FISH — You can donate edible parts of fish to like-license holders anywhere or to anyone at the recipient’s home. Donor and recipient subject to bag and possession limits. A “like-license” is a Colorado fishing license. 8. TRANSPORTING, EXPORTING FISH — The license holder must accompany any species in this brochure, or parts of game fish, that are trans-ported within or exported from Colorado. Wildlife shipped by common carrier must be accompanied by license or photocopy of license and donation certificate, if needed.
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