Colorado wildlife agency juggling fish to strike balance
GUNNISON, Colorado – State wildlife officials plan to move some fish out of Blue Mesa Reservoir to protect Colorado’s primary producer of kokanee salmon.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife says there are too many lake trout in the reservoir west of Gunnison. The trout are preying on the salmon and the rainbow trout and the numbers of both fish are dropping.
The lake trout population is also declining as competition for food increases.
State aquatic biologist John Alves says the situation at Blue Mesa is a long-term threat to Colorado’s production of trophy-size lake trout and kokanee salmon. The plan is to move small- to medium-sized lake trout out of the reservoir starting in the late fall.
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