Tarryall Reservoir to open May 1

Division of Wildlife

Tarryall Reservoir to open May 1

DENVER, Colo. –May 1 marks the opening for the warm weather fishing season at Tarryall Reservoir.

Anglers can look forward to another good season of rainbow trout fishing, as well as Snake River cutthroat trout in the 11-16 inch size range with an occasional large brown trout. Northern pike catch rates are increasing and so is the size structure. Anglers are encouraged to harvest all northern pike caught at Tarryall Reservoir.

In the continued effort to curtail the spread of Zebra and Quagga mussels, and other aquatic nuisance species, all trailed watercraft will again be required to submit to inspection prior to entering and exiting Tarryall. Mussels were detected in Tarryall Reservoir in October 2008. Trailered watercraft will be allowed on Tarryall from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays after going through an inspection, but prohibited on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Trailered watercraft must use the north boat ramp off of Park County Road 77 and must be off of the reservoir by 10 P.M. on the above mentioned days. Tarryall Reservoir will be closed to trailered boat Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hand launched boats, such as float tubes, personal pontoon craft, non-motorized row boats, etc. will be allowed on Tarryall Reservoir at all times and will not need to go through an inspection.

Boating is allowed June 1 – October 31, 2009

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will require mandatory inspections for boats coming in from out of state or those leaving an infested water, including Tarryall. All boaters should come to any lake in the state with their boat CLEANED, DRAINED AND DRY to help stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species and to speed up the boat inspection procedure. This means that no water should be in the bilge area, ballast tanks, live wells, anchor well, etc. and the drain plug should be pulled out. Any boat that does come to the reservoir with water will be subject to a higher level of inspection and possibly need to be disinfected before being allowed on the reservoir.

Zebra and Quagga mussels can clog pipes, valves, gates and any water-related equipment or surface. They can ruin boats by jamming equipment and causing motor damage, and they can harm fisheries by consuming beneficial plankton and disrupting the food chain. However, Antero and Tarryall Reservoirs are not known to be infected with zebra or quagga mussels at this time. The vessel inspections are designed to help prevent these waters from becoming infected with zebra/quagga mussel or other Aquatic Nuisance Species.

For more information on non-native species threatening Colorado waters, go to: wildlife.state.co.us or visit your local DOW office for information.

Division of Wildlife

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1 Comment »

  1. jordan Said:

    I cant wait till it opens for another good season of fishin!!!!

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