It’s common to have stream closures this time of year — near the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. That’s to protect fish, and now there’s a new effort to make sure people follow the rules.
The idea is to protect spawning trout, which congregate in certain places upstream from the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Fishing during spawning stresses out the trout, making it easier for them to die.
The closures mean no fishing and a new set of signs are alerting anglers to the restrictions. The postings are part of a collaboration by the Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.
Four streams in the Roaring Fork Valley area are affected by the closures. Those are Grizzly and No Name creeks, as tributaries to the Colorado River, and Three-Mile and Four-Mile creeks, as tributaries to the Roaring Fork River. The closures affect a half a mile on each creek.