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Jul 26, 2012 6:11 PM by Greg Boyce

Limits lifted on smallmouth bass at western Colorado reservoir

Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans to kill all the fish in Miramonte Reservoir west of Montrose.

This is because of smallmouth bass that have become entrenched there, apparently after people illegally moved those fish into the lake.

The agency will use an organic pesticide to kill all the fish in the reservoir and then rebuild the population.  This will happen next year.

In the meantime, Parks and Wildlife is implementing an emergency order that removes all bag and possession limits on smallmouth bass at Miramonte Reservoir.

"Killing all the fish in the reservoir lake is something we wish we didn't have to do, but we know we must," said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose. "People who illegally move fish into lakes, ponds and rivers are not only committing a criminal act, they are endangering native species, stealing a resource and recreational opportunity from thousands of anglers and negatively impacting the local community."

Miramonte Reservoir is located in San Miguel County about 10 miles south of Norwood in western Colorado. The reservoir is one of the most productive still-water trout fisheries in the state and people travel from throughout the West to catch the rainbow and brown trout that regularly grow to quality size. The lake is also a popular destination for crayfish enthusiasts. Miramonte accounts for about 20,000 angler days every year which contribute $1.5 million to the economy of San Miguel County.

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