Quandary: Fishing regulations on Gold Medal waters and Summit’s evacuation plan | SummitDaily.com

Quandary: Fishing regulations on Gold Medal waters and Summit’s evacuation plan

A fisherman prepares while on the Blue River in Silverthorne last winter. This part of the Blue will maintain its Gold Medal status while the area between Silverthorne and the Green Mountain Reservor is no longer designated.
Susan Gilmore / sgilmore@summitdaily.com |

Dear Quandary,

Is the Blue River no longer catch-and-release since it lost Gold Medal designation?


Fish and chips fiend

Slow yourself down a little bit, just because an area loses Gold Medal status doesn’t mean you should prepare the fish fry. Gold Medal status means that a particular section of a river or lake regularly produces a high quantity of trout. For you regular fishermen, a “high quantity” might mean you actually caught one this year, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a little bit higher standard. To receive this honor, the lake or river is supposed to produce at least 12 trout — 14 inches or bigger — per acre on a sustained basis. These quality areas are protected through fishing regulations, like catch and release only, as well as only being allowed to use flies or lures (no tossing a doughnut on a hook, or salmon eggs or anything else of the like).

Now that we’ve established you can cancel your barbecue plans, lets get back to the first part of your question. You’re a little too quick to write off an entire river, my friend. You see, while the part of the Blue flowing between Silverthorne and the Green Mountain Reservoir will no longer be Gold Medal, the section of the river that flows through Silverthorne’s town limits will maintain its top-of-the-podium status.

I know, it can all get a little confusing when really you’re just looking for an excuse to toss back a couple cold ones. Well have no fear, there is literature available for those with issues remembering the rules. So when you go get your fishing license ask for a copy of this year’s regulations. If you are one of those hermits that has switched to the computer to avoid all human contact, a pdf of the regulations is available at cpw.state.co.us. Here’s hoping you hook more than the tree behind you this season.

Quandary, an old and wise mountain goat, has been around Summit County for ages, and has the answers to any question about life, love and laws in the High Country. Have a question for Quandary? Send an email to quandary@summitdaily.com

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