Lake Pueblo steps up invasive mussel inspections

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Here’s an update on the fight against invasive mussels at Lake Pueblo, from Chris Woodka writing for the Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

Lake Pueblo remains open to boating 24 hours a day, but the boat ramps and inspection stations will be open only between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. through April 14. On April 15, additional inspectors will be available and the station hours will be extended to between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.

During March and continuing through April 14, boaters should expect the gates to the boat ramps to be locked between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. Boats will not be able to enter or leave the water during this time. “Boaters can still fish or moor their boats 24 hours a day. However, they will only be able to launch and load when the boat ramps and inspection stations are open,” Henley said. All trailered boats, including personal watercraft, must launch and load at the boat ramps. Launching and loading of hand carried vessels without electric motors, such as rafts, kayaks, canoes, belly boats, windsurfer boards and sail boards will be permitted along the shorelines and inspections will not be required.

On April 1, new regulations on aquatic bait go into effect. The owner or operator of watercraft carrying bait in water will be required to produce a receipt for the bait from a Colorado bait dealer. The receipt must show the date and place of purchase. All bait must be purchased and used within seven days.

More Coyote Gulch coverage here and here.

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