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Colorado lakes, reservoirs stocked with 10-inch trout
Parks and Wildlife officials have been stocking Colorado lakes and reservoirs with 10-inch rainbow trout.
The following lakes are on this fall's stocking schedule and many will be stocked again in spring:
- Mack Mesa Lake at Highline State Park
- Fruita Red Rocks Lake at James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Fruita Section)
- Snooks Bottom Lake
- West Lake
- Corn Lake (James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Corn Lake Section)
- Palisade River Bend Park Pond
- Old Orchard and Roans Pothole Ponds at James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Island Acres Section)
- Parachute Pond - Rifle Pond South
- Rifle Gap Reservoir at Rifle Gap State Park
- Harvey Gap Reservoir at Harvey Gap State Park
Fishing licenses can be purchased at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices (4255 Sinton Road, Colorado Springs), from license agents, and at the CPW website, cpw.state.co.us.
The following boat ramps at Colorado state parks have closed for the season:
• Barr Lake State Park
• Crawford State Park
• Eleven Mile State Park
• Harvey Gap State Park
• Jackson Lake State Park
• Lathrop State Park
• North Sterling State Park
• Mancos State Park
• Pearl Lake State Park
• Rifle Gap State Park
• Ridgway State Park
• San Luis State Park
• Spinney Mountain State Park
• Stagecoach State Park
• Steamboat Lake State Park
• Vega State Park
At Chatfield State Park, the South Boat Ramp closed Oct. 31 and the North Boat Ramp will remain open through November. Chatfield will reopen to boating on March 1, if ice conditions permit.
The boat ramps at Boyd Lake, Navajo and Trinidad Lake state parks will close at the end of the day Nov. 30. However, anyone wishing to launch at Navajo between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28 can contact the Navajo State Park office at (970) 883-2208 to schedule an appointment for a boating inspection prior to launching.
For additional closures and information about hand launched vessels and ice fishing, please visit the individual park websites.
High country lakes are icing over, and there are reports of 4 to 6 inches of ice at some lakes above 11,000 feet, according to Dave Coulson of fishexplorer.com.