Eagle River fishing restrictions lifted | VailDaily.com

Eagle River fishing restrictions lifted

Cliff Thompson

Signs posted along the Eagle River from Edwards to Gypsum will be removed over the next few days, said the agency’s Bill Heicher.

Drought this summer lowered streamflows and increased water temperature enough to stress cold water-loving trout, putting their survival at risk, wildlife experts said. When fish are environmentally stressed, catching and releasing them can kill them, they said.

The Eagle River was flowing at 25 percent or less of normal at the peak of the drought, but flows have increased with recent rains and snow. In recent days, the Eagle River has been at 100 percent or more of normal, but that could change.

“I’m still cautioning people that if we have an Indian summer and temperatures warm up, those flows could drop to 25 percent of normal,” he said.

While some people fished when the water was warm, for the most part the public compliance was excellent, Heicher said.

Water temperatures in the Eagle have been in the 40s and 50s, Heicher said.

Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555 ext 450 or cthompson@vaildaily.com

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