State wildlife officials say rainbow trout populations in Colorado are finally on the rebound after they were hard hit by whirling disease in the 1990's. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano spoke to Eric Fetherman, an aquatic research scientist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, to learn more about the recovery of the fish.
Last weekend was the Winter Celebration at Crawford State Park. It was a chance for the park to highlight the recreation available to winter enthusiasts. One of the events was an ice fishing seminar and demonstration. KVNF’s Jake Ryan was there.
The day started with a class led by Senior Ranger Scott Rist.
“Today we’re teaching people how to catch crappies through the ice, focusing on equipment, strategies, electronics, just everything that’s involved,” says Rist.
The last day for boating in Ridgway State Park is this Friday, Halloween. From November first all the way until March, the lake will be closed to motorized craft. As Kirstin Copeland, the park manager explains, it has less to do with the boat’s occupants, and more to do with their stowaways.
The boat ramp at Ridgway has a season to it after 2009 when we started needing to do education and inspection for aquatic invasive species, like zebra mussels," says Kirstin, "for budgetary reasons we could only staff those for the predominant use season, and not the fringe season."