SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – In continuing efforts to engage the public in constructive conversations, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold two ‘State of the Fish’ gatherings in Summit and Grand County later this month. Agency biologists and managers will be available to answer questions about the current status of local fisheries, and future management plans.
The first will occur at 6:30 p.m. March 27 in Granby in the Granby Library Meeting Room, 55 Zero Street. The second is at 6:30 p.m., March 29 in Frisco at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Place.
“Science and biology are the primary considerations when we form our management strategies, but the public’s input is critical,” said Area Wildlife Manager Lyle Sidener of Hot Sulphur Springs. “We want to make decisions the public will support so we encourage everyone to come out and tell us what they think.”
CPW’s Area Biologist Jon Ewert says the meeting will function as a data workshop which he describes as being effective in encouraging discussion and interaction between the agency and sportsmen.
“Anglers will have the opportunity to call out a body of water and then I will provide data, stocking records and future plans about that fishery, followed by an open discussion,” he continued.
Ewert says anglers are typically very engaged in the management of their favorite fisheries, often commenting on social media and other forums.
“Unfortunately, there is often quite a bit of misinformation that gets churned up in the rumor mill,” he said. “Meetings like this are important because this is where the public can learn the exact reason certain decisions had to be made, or get the most accurate information about the future of their favorite fishing areas directly from those making the decisions.”
For more information about fishing in Colorado, visit the CPW website.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that fishing licenses can be purchased online, at license agent or CPW office. They are valid for one year – April 1 through March 31 of the following year.
Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
What: ‘State of the Fish’ meetings
When and Where:
Contact: CPW Area Biologist Jon Ewert – 970-725-6214
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.