DOW nears conclusion of CO fishing regulations review |

DOW nears conclusion of CO fishing regulations review

DENVER – The Colorado Division of Wildlife recently announced its regular five-year review of fishing regulations is nearly complete. Anglers and other interest groups can review the proposed regulations and submit feedback prior to finalizing the review.

Final regulations should be adopted at the Nov. 12 DOW meeting in Yuma.

The DOW is no longer looking for new proposals, but concluding comments are welcome.

The goal of the review is to ensure that the DOW continues to meet fisheries management objectives and recreational needs of anglers. The regulations dictate allowable fishing methods, season dates, size restrictions and bag/possession limits. They include statewide policies as well as localized rules that apply to individual waters.

The process has included examining data on fish populations and habitats, collecting social data on angler activity, satisfaction and preferences as well as holding “angler roundtable” meetings across the state and online forums to gather input. Through the process, DOW officials have identified new rules and out-of-date rules that can be eliminated.

The proposed changes and draft regulations can be viewed on the DOW website at:

Comments can be submitted to Dave Chadwick, DOW public involvement coordinator, at (303) 291-7174 or

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