Hi everyone. I am the Colorado Parks and Wildlife fisheries biologist responsible for managing the fish populations in Grand and Summit counties, Colorado - plus a little more on the downstream end. Everything that flows into the Colorado River down to State Bridge, minus the Piney River watershed, but including the Toponas country.
Anyway, I have decided to start this blog as a method of interacting with my constituency. In the aquatic section of this agency, the traditional forum for public involvement has typically consisted of a meeting which we have called an "Anglers' Roundtable." My opinion is that the age of these meetings has come and gone. Don't get me wrong, there is still very much a place for face-to-face interaction, however our current technology allows for much more efficient means of communication. "Anglers' Roundtable" meetings are often attended by very few people. Sometimes not much that is constructive comes out of them.
For the past couple of years, I have been participating in an ongoing bulletin board discussion on the website www.coloradofisherman.com. If you haven't checked that out, you should read up on that a little bit. It has been a huge success and definitely beneficial for everyone who has participated. However, I'm leaving that site and starting this instead. I've got a few reasons for that. My thread on that bulletin board has become the most-viewed item on that website, and yet I have no idea who owns or operates that site. I've never been contacted by anyone associated with that site. My assumption is that someone is attempting to make money from that website, and I don't have any particular reason to contribute to that. The information that I am presenting has been paid for by the license-buying sportsmen of this state, and it doesn't seem quite right to put it out there using an outlet that is a for-profit enterprise. Another reason that I'm switching to this format is that it seems as if there are only a small handful of guys willing to interact with me on that thread, and they happen to be most interested in our kokanee and lake trout fisheries. That's not a problem, but my job is far more diverse than that. I certainly hope those guys come over to this blog and continue those conversations. However, I am hoping to pick up more folks interested in other aspects of our fisheries, and more representative of the full spectrum of our license holders. There will be a lot of kokanee and lake trout talk here, but after a while I get tired of talking in circles forever about just kokanee and lake trout, and I think folks get a little tired of reading about only that topic as well.
I'm going to be learning this blogging thing as I go, so it's going to be a work in progress for a while. But my intention is to have good, detailed discussions through the comment sections. We can get as detailed as anyone wants to regarding the data that I collect and how I'm interpreting that data. I don't know the exact requirements for a person to post on this blog, but I very much hope that folks will participate in that aspect of it. The public forum this will provide is the whole reason I'm doing this. I hope that folks post as who they actually are, because the practice of posting under a pseudonym is the biggest downfall of those other sites.
I'll lay out a few ground rules to start off with. I'd like to keep the conversation somewhat limited to waters that I cover. Sometimes I can answer relatively simple questions about other waters around the state, but I don't typically examine the fine details of the management of those waters. Nothing that ever appears on this blog should ever be construed as me second-guessing or questioning the management of one of my counterparts in another part of the state. They know what they're doing there - I don't.
So anyway, welcome aboard and I hope you stick with me on this new little adventure. 2013 is going to be a good year.