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11/3/2004
Division of Wildlife

DOW BEGINS FISHING REGULATIONS REVIEW


The public will be able to weigh in with their viewpoints as state wildlife officials begin reviewing fishing regulations.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has begun a comprehensive review of fishing regulations for the years 2006-2010.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission reviews fishing regulations once every five years. The three-step review process covers issues, draft regulations and final regulations.

During the process, the angling public is offered a variety of opportunities to comment on the rules and regulations that govern fishing in Colorado. In addition, the DOW has the opportunity to suggest new regulations, revise current regulations, or remove outdated regulations from the books.

As part of the first step of this review process, the DOW will present regulation issues to the Wildlife Commission at the panel's March 10-11 meeting in Denver.

Before then, however, the public will have ample opportunities to comment on existing or new fishing regulations during a series of angler roundtable discussions scheduled to take place around the state in November and December.

During the roundtable discussions, anglers will be able to visit with DOW staff and express opinions about fishing regulations and fishery-management issues. All public comments will be recorded and become part of the 2006-2010 fish regulation process to be reported to the Wildlife Commission.

Locations and dates for angler roundtable meetings:

Northeast Region

Denver: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, DOW headquarters, 6060 Broadway;

Fairplay: 6 p.m., Dec. 3, Park County government offices, 501 Main St.

Longmont: 6 p.m., Dec.7, Longmont Public Library, Fourth Avenue and Emery Street;

Greeley: 6-9 p.m., Dec. 8, Greeley Public Library, Farr Branch, 1939 61st Ave.

Brush: 7 p.m., Dec. 9, DOW regional office, 122 E. Edison;

Fort Collins: 6-9 p.m., Dec. 14, DOW regional office, 317 W. Prospect.

Southeast Region

Lamar: 7 p.m., Nov. 18, Lamar Community Building, 610 S. 6th St.;

Leadville: 7 p.m., Nov. 18, National Mining Museum Conference Center;

Cañon City: 7 p.m., Nov. 22, Bureau of Land Management, 3170 E. Main St.;

Colorado Springs: 7 p.m., Nov. 30, DOW regional office, 4255 Sinton Road;

Trinidad: 7 p.m., Dec. 2, Trinidad State Junior College, Sullivan Student Center;

Westcliffe: 7 p.m., Dec. 6, Custer County Courthouse, basement;

Pueblo: 7 p.m., Dec. 8, DOW Hunter Safety Building, 2600 W. Mesa.

Southwest Region

Gunnison: 7 p.m., Nov. 3, Gunnison Fairgrounds;

Alamosa: 7 p.m., Dec. 1, Clarion Hotel of the Rio Grande, 333 Santa Fe Ave.;

Montrose: 7 p.m., Dec. 7, Montrose Pavilion;

Cortez: 7 p.m., Nov. 30, Cortez Conference Center, 2121 E. Main St.

Northwest Region

Grand Junction: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 16, Ramada Inn;

Hayden: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 17, Carpenter Ranch, 4 miles east of Hayden;

Granby: 7 p.m., Dec. 1, Community Center;

Glenwood Springs: 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2, First Choice Inn.

Within several weeks, the DOW will have an open-ended comment link on the DOW fishing Web page, where interested anglers will be able to submit comments via the Internet.

Comments or questions may also be directed in writing to the Colorado Division of Wildlife Aquatic Section, Attention: Chapter 1 Review, 6060 Broadway, Denver, 80216, or by phone to Sportfish Program Manager Robin Knox, at 303-291-7362. # # #