Colorado Division Of Wildlife Is Giving Away Free Salmon!

Check out the 2013 announcement here.

Each year the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) gathers along several rivers throughout the state to collect eggs from spawning Kokanee Salmon.  The eggs collected from these fish are then used by the DOW to raise a new generation of Salmon.  Once the Salmon are a little older they are reintroduced to lakes all over the state.   Once they are done "milking" the Salmon for the eggs, they want to give those Salmon away, free!

Just like their Pacific brothers, famous for returning to rivers along Washington, Canada and Alaska, the Kokanee Salmon in Colorado will die shortly after spawning.  The DOW has decided that after milking the fish, they will give them away, rather than releasing them, only to die shortly afterwards.  That way others can take advantage of the meat that the Salmon have to offer, instead of letting them go to waste.

That means that if you have a Colorado fishing license, and you're willing to drive to one of the pick up points, you could receive some free Salmon.  The giveaways are, of course, first come, first serve.  They are also dependent on the number of fish that are actually collect by the DOW. 

Here are the giveaway locations and dates:

  • Roaring Judy hatchery near Almont, Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4; be in line by 9 a.m.; call 970-641-7070 for information.
  • Vallecito Reservoir, community center on northwest side of reservoir; 3 p.m. on Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 and 11; call 970-247-0855.
  • Dolores River, Joe Rowell Town Park in Dolores; 3 p.m. on Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3 and 10; call 970-247-0855.
  • Williams Fork Reservoir, at reservoir inlet; Oct. 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 3; call 970-725-6200.
  • Granby at Shadow Mountain; Nov. 7, 10, 14, 17, 21 and 28; call 970-725-6200.
So if you are looking for Salmon, make sure you check out those dates!  You can always try to catch your own Salmon as well!

Check out some more of my posts on Salmon:

Learning To Cacth Salmon
Smoked Salmon Recipe

Want to catch your own salmon?  Check out the video below for some of my favorite lures and info for salmon:


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