Tuesday, February 28, 2012

10,000 Views And The Most Popular Rocky Mountain Adventure Posts

It's been almost a year since I started this blog.  Some of you may remember that it started out as Adventure Colorado Blog.  As the blog has grown I decided to move to the name Rocky Mountain Adventure to show that I'm interested in sports and activities from a larger area.  I know that I haven't been writing as much lately, but it's hard to write as much about activities that most people enjoy during the summer, when it's cold and snowy out.  I thought that I would post some of the most popular posts here.  Make sure you check out some of these posts if you haven't already.

Rocky Mountain Adventure's top ten posts:

Colorado Division of Wildlife is Giving Away Free Salmon

Trolling With Lead Core Line- Getting Set Up

Trolling With Lead Core Line- In The Water

Home-Made Fishing Pole Float

Smoke Salmon Recipe

Trolling With Lead Core Line- What is it?

Columbia Cougar Flats II Review

Big Brown Trout From Eleven Mile State Park

Bonny Reservoir Fish Salvage

Learning To Catch Salmon

Let me know in the comment section what you think about the articles above.  Have an idea for a new article? Give me suggestions below and I'll see if I can add some more articles about what you would like to see.  Or, if you would like, write your own article and submit it to me, e-mail me at adventurecolorado@gmail.com

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Colorado Parks And Wildlife Improves Salmon Fishing

For the last couple years, Colorado anglers have faced a controversial struggle between maintaining the populations of Lake Trout and Kokanee Salmon in Colorado Reservoirs.  Blue Mesa Reservoir, one of the nation's largest Kokanee Salmon fisheries, is also known as one of Colorado's Lake Trout hot spots.  While many people go to Blue Mesa looking for trophy Lakers, the majority of the Blue Mesa anglers are after Salmon.

Storm Clouds of Blue Mesa Reservoir

In the last few years, Blue Mesa's Salmon populations have dropped from over one million fish, down to a current estimate of about 280,000 fish.  The growing Lake Trout population is believed to be one of the largest causes of the drop in numbers.  In the last two years, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has removed the limits on smaller Lake Trout and started harvest programs designed to reduce the numbers of Lakers in the reservoir.

The CPW has also implemented changes in the way they harvest Salmon eggs, hoping to increase the number of fish that are stocked each year.  CPW recently released some info on the 2011 stocking efforts.  According to the CPW website, they collected a record number of eggs:

"Colorado Parks and Wildlife collected 11 million eggs from kokanee salmon running out of Blue Mesa Reservoir this fall, a record harvest which ensures that it and 26 other reservoirs which rely on stocking will receive an ample supply of salmon fry next spring.
        This fall's record eclipsed the previous mark of 9.2 million eggs harvested in 1993 and more than doubled the 5.4 million eggs taken in 2010"

While the CPW warns that the extra harvest does not necessarily indicate that the Salmon population has recovered, it is encouraging to see that more Salmon will be raised and stocked than ever before.  When I fished Blue Mesa last year, I was told by several of the guides and marina employees that they had seen a better catch in 2011, then they had seen in the last few years.  While the eggs from this year's harvest will not be big enough to catch in 2012, they will hopefully start to improve the fishery over the next few years.  

Here is a link to the CPW Press Release.

I also found a very interesting video on the CPW website that talks about how they collect eggs, you can check it out below:

Which species of fish do you prefer to catch, Lake Trout or Salmon?  Let me know in the comment section below.

Check out some of my similar posts:

Lead Core Series #1
Lead Core Series #2
Lead Core Series #3
Learning From Locals
Learning to Catch Salmon