CPW to giveaway walleye fillets, first come, first served.
RIFLE, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife will give away approximately 190 walleye fillets, free to licensed anglers on a first come, first served basis, May 20 at Rifle Gap State Park. Limit one package of two fillets per angler.
If you have a current fishing license, come to Rifle Gap State Park's boat ramp, by 8 a.m. and get in line for your chance to enjoy what many consider to be one of the best tasting fish in the world.
The frozen, vacuum sealed fillets are from 95 walleye removed from Rifle Gap Reservoir by CPW biologists as required by the Rifle Gap Reservoir Lake Management Plan, approved in 2015. To remain in compliance with plan stipulations, CPW must remove fertile walleye, considered a threat to native fish, and replace them with sterile walleye.
"This is a win-win for everyone,"said Ben Felt, CPW's Area Biologist. "We remain dedicated to our efforts to protect native fish, comply with the requirements of the Lake Management Plan, maintain Rifle Gap Reservoir as a great walleye fishery and provide the angling public with an opportunity to sample great tasting fish."
Felt says CPW stocked 38,050 sterile walleye fry in 2015 and 8,390 last year. CPW biologists will stock approximately 35,000 sterile walleye into the popular fishery this year.
For more information, contact Felt at 970-255-6126, or Rifle Gap State Park at 970-625-1607.