Drought, heat and fire prompt fishing ban on 120-mile stretch of Colorado River

Sign of the times…

Colorado wildlife officials on Wednesday urged anglers to avoid fishing along a stretch of the Colorado River because of low flows during a historic drought in the U.S. West, critically warm water temperatures, and sediment runoff from wildfire burn scars are all starving trout of oxygen.

The move along a 120-mile stretch of the river — unusual so early in the summer — is another consequence of the record heat and drought that’s afflicted the American West. The voluntary fishing ban runs from the town of Kremmling in north-central Colorado to Rifle in the western part of the state.

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