DURANGO, Colo. (CBS4)– For the first time, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is putting a voluntary fishing closure in place on the Dolores River near Durango. The closure is from McPhee Reservoir to Bradfield Bridge.
The purpose is to limit fishing when the water is warmer which is unhealthy for trout.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: State Health Experts Using Wastewater To Detect Omicron Variant
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Officers are asking anglers to only fish in the morning when the water is cool, before noon. That is because most anglers practice catch and release.MORE NEWS: Helicopter Helps Repair Damaged I-70 Through Glenwood Canyon
Although the fish seem OK when they swim away, they recover better in cooler temperatures. Warmer water means there is less oxygen which can increase trout mortality.