Saturday, January 28th, 2023
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CO: Restored Lake John Fishery Opens Sept. 3

WALDEN. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife has completed a
reclamation project at Lake John, setting the stage for a
rejuvenated fishery that will be open for angling in early
September. Lake John is located northwest of Walden along CO Road

“The success we have had with the reclamation is like a reset
button for Lake John,” said Kurt Davies, aquatic biologist for the
northeast region. “The lake will be back online by the first week
of September and back to growing fish at its maximum potential. The
fish we are planting now will see tremendous growth before the lake
is even iced up and with the large brood fish we are putting in
there, there’s the possibility someone will hook into a real

Parks and Wildlife biologists and managers anticipate dramatic
improvements in Lake John post -reclamation. Signs posted at the
entrance to Lake John will notify the public of the re-opened
fishery in the near future.

“The reclamation has been very successful to this point and I’m
looking forward to seeing anglers catch fish out of Lake John this
September,” said Walden District Wildlife Manager Josh Dilley.
“This water is important to the local economy as well as to the
recreation of my district.

Fish stocking will continue throughout the fall, but anglers can
anticipate the following fish in the restored lake:

–130,000 4″-5″ Rainbow Trout

–50,000 5″-8″ Snake River Cutthroat

–40,000 6″-9″ Rainbow/Cutthroat Hybrid

–35,000 10″ Rainbow Trout

–1500 16″-22,” 3-7 lb. Rainbow Trout Brood

For photos of the fish stocking operation, contact Jennifer
Churchill at or call

For more information, please call the Steamboat Springs Parks
and Wildlife office at 970-870-2197, or Walden Work Center at

To learn more about Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s fish
management, go to:

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:


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