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Trujillo Meadows Reservoir Road Blocked by Snow

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The road to the reservoir in Conejos County where Colorado Parks and Wildlife has authorized a fish salvage is still blocked by snow. It will probably be two or three weeks before the road is opened by the U.S. Forest Service. 
Those who want to fish or access Trujillo Meadows Reservoir should go to the web site of the Rio Grande National Forest and check the road conditions report: https://www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande

Be Safety-Minded When Out on Your Paddleboard 

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Going out on the stand-up paddleboard is a great way to experience our state's waters, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging boarders to stay safe while on rivers and reservoirs.

"Paddleboarding is easy to learn and almost anyone can have fun doing it," said Scott Rist, head ranger at Paonia, Sweitzer Lake and Crawford state parks. "But because it's easy, a lot of people don't realize that you can get in trouble when you fall off. We urge everyone to wear life jackets and use a tether."

Free Fishing in Colorado this Weekend

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife's annual free fishing weekend takes place June 3-4. Licenses are not required for the weekend, however all other regulations and fees including Bag Limits and the State Park Vehicle Pass apply.

Throughout the remainder of the season, a license is required and is valid for a full year from April 1. One-day licenses can also be purchased.

Anglers Can Keep All Fish from Trujillo Meadows Reservoir

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife has authorized an emergency fish salvage at Trujillo Meadows Reservoir located west of Antonito in Conejos County starting May 27. The salvage order removes all size, possession and bag limits for all species of fish.
The reservoir will be drawn down through the summer to accommodate dam repair. That work will start this fall. The reservoir is north of Cumbres Pass and Colo. Hwy 17 on U.S. Forest Service Road 118.

Antero Reservoir Reopens to Fishing June 5

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Antero Reservoir will reopen to anglers June 5, at 9:00 a.m. after a major rehabilitation project on Antero Dam.

"Denver Water is very excited to reopen the reservoir to recreation," said Brandon Ransom, Denver Water's manager of recreation. "We fully understand that fishing and camping are major contributors to the South Park economy, and we consider it a privilege to be able to contribute to the recreational opportunities in the region."

Southeast Colorado Fishing Conditions – May 23

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Adobe Creek Reservoir 
Fishing for crappie has been rated as fair to good, with anglers having success using minnows and jigs. Fishing for saugeye has been rated as fair to good, with anglers having success using a variety of lures. There have been occasional reports of wiper and large mouth being caught, with anglers having success fishing from boats rather than the shore.

Independence Pass to Open Thursday

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Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews have been working for about a month to clear the way for an on-target opening of Independence Pass on Thursday, May 25 at Noon.

Each year, CDOT crews work with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) to perform avalanche mitigation to clear up to one dozen slide paths that can impact the road. Necessary work to open the gates may include the following:

Safety Tips for Boating on the Arkansas River in High Water

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Warm spring days bring wildflowers, baby critters and snowmelt in the high country. This means runoff filling the Arkansas River and pushing water flows to levels that make it difficult for boating.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Andrew Maddox, river ranger supervisor at the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), offers important tips for safely enjoying the runoff and the rapids the high water creates.