Colorado Parks and Wildlife modifies voluntary fishing closures on the Colorado and Eagle Rivers

Grand Junction, Colo. – Recent weather patterns with cooler overnight temperature and several days of precipitation  have led to improved river conditions on sections of the Colorado River and Eagle River prompting Colorado Parks and Wildlife to modify voluntary fishing closures.

“We have been very fortunate with cooler temperatures and consistent afternoon rain showers over the last few weeks,” said NW Region Senior Aquatic Biologist Ben Felt. “Our hope is that conditions will continue to improve and that we will be able to lift other voluntary fishing closures in Northwest Colorado soon.”

Effective Wednesday, August 3, the following voluntary fishing closures have been modified:

  • REMOVED – After 12pm, voluntary fishing closure on the Colorado River from the confluence with the Fraser River near Granby downstream to the confluence with the Williams Fork River at Parshall

  • REMOVED – Full-day, voluntary fishing closure on the Colorado River from State Bridge downstream to the Red Dirt Creek confluence (downstream of Burns).

  • REVISED – From a full-day, voluntary fishing closure to an after 12pm, voluntary fishing closure on the Eagle River from the Hwy. 131 bridge at Wolcott downstream to the Eagle County Fairgrounds at Eagle.

  • MAINTAINED – Full-day, voluntary fishing closure on the Colorado River from the Red Dirt Creek confluence downstream to the Hwy. 13 bridge in Rifle.

  • MAINTAINED – Full-day, voluntary fishing closure on the Eagle River at the Eagle County Fairgrounds in Eagle downstream to the Colorado River confluence at Dotsero.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife would like to thank anglers for your continued help and support in conserving these valuable resources. “Conservation is a team effort,” said Felt. “Without the continued support of the public, access to these valuable resources may not be around for future generations.”

It’s important to keep in mind that fishing conditions change on a constant basis. CPW reminds anglers to look fast before you cast in Colorado’s rivers this summer and check out conditions related to mandatory and voluntary fishing closures on our website. Anglers can also check with local CPW offices to learn about destination water conditions before traveling.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife Voluntary Fishing Closures on the Colorado and Eagle Rivers

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has put both the Eagle and Colorado Rivers under a voluntary fishing closure due to high water temperatures. The lower Eagle (Wolcott to Colorado River confluence) has been reaching temperatures up to 70 degrees in the afternoon and the Colorado River (State Bridge to Bair Ranch) reaching temperatures up to 72 degrees in the late morning.

As trout are a cold-water species, they thrive in a water temperature range of 45 to 66 degrees. Once the temperature reaches above 68 degrees, the amount of dissolved oxygen significantly decreases in the water which stresses out the fish. Catching a trout in these water conditions can stress out the fish to the point of the fish likely not surviving when being caught.

Though the Colorado and Eagle are in closures currently, the Roaring Fork River, located near Glenwood Springs, is still open for fishing all day! The Roaring Fork is a Gold Medal River that is steep and fast paced in which hosts some of the best trout fishing that Colorado has to offer.

The Upper Eagle and Gore Creek in Vail are open for wade Trips! Gore Creek runs right through the heart of Vail and is also a Gold Medal Fishery. The upper Eagle is currently fishing very well! As this section is the head waters of the Eagle River with water temperatures are staying low.

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