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Denver's South Platte River rehabilitation plan designed to restore fisheries

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South Platte​ river at Confluence Park Thursday morning with about seven inches of fresh snow. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post) South Platte​ river at Confluence Park Thursday morning with about seven inches of fresh snow. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

South-metro leaders and a growing number of fishermen are pushing to let the South Platte be more of a natural river as it flows down from the mountains through the Denver area.

Source: The Denver Post

They're planning to rechannel the river, revegetate and bring in boulders to rehabilitate the wide, shallow waterway into a deeper, meandering river that could sustain significantly more fish. Not just wily big-mouth bottom-feeders — but trout.

Enhancing the South Platte, proponents contend, will lead to a healthier metro economy.

"We are the custodians of the river. It is incumbent upon us to keep that river a viable, healthy source for the ecology of the area, the wildlife, migratory birds and for the community," Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman said. "We're not doing this for economic reasons. There may be an economic benefit."

Anglers report healthy rainbow and brown troughs all along the river. And fly-fishing for carp continues to draw people who are following the advice of Chris Santella's new book "50 More Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" to the South Platte.

Fishing guides in Denver say they earn as much as $300 leading outsiders to the good spots.

The South Platte "already has gained a reputation as a carp fishery," said Will Rice, who submitted the recommendation to Santella. "But if the small-mouth species (such as trout) could be introduced, this definitely could be an economic draw for Denver."

 

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Comments (5 posted):

gretch6364 on 08/04/2013 18:39:48
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Reviving an old thread. Any update on how things are progressing?
fredaevans on 08/04/2013 20:57:13
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Good Call G4, good call.
mcnerney on 08/04/2013 22:54:54
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Paul: What a great plan, I sure hope they can pull that off.
williamhj on 09/04/2013 00:22:11
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Great to have this revived. I hope we hear from some people who have fished it! I cross it multiple times a week but frankly if I have a half day to fish I go to front range creeks. My brother and I talk about hitting it though. He's got his eye on the carp and while I wouldn't mind trying to catch one, I miss swinging streamers for bass. Would be great to hook a trout near Mile High Stadium though :)
asmithpro on 11/04/2013 13:42:31
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It can be interesting to fish, but its never crowded and catching a 10 lbs carp is exciting no matter what. It's one of those places to enjoy a wet line without running up the mountain!
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