Jeff Reardon wrote:
I think it may be time to rethink summer closures at some spots. This needs to be done carefully. We don't want to shut down water where the fishing is primarily for bass, put-and-take trout, etc. We don't want to close waters that by virture of high elevation, great shading, tailwater influence, or groundwater inputs, remain cool enough for trout most of the summer. But those places where trout leave warm water and concentrate in numbers on springs or trib mouths--those we need to consider closing, either seasonally, or with some kind of temp. monitoring
Would it be relatively easy to implement such measures if controlled locally / regionally? Meaning local biologists could compile a list of traditional spring holes / thermal refuges susceptible to over harvest and stress in their region. Those areas could be then be monitored during the summer and, when appropriate, visibly posted at access points or above and below affected stretches of water with signs as "temporarily closed to fishing". Those closures could be implemented at times deemed appropriate based on each seasons conditions (with factors being water temp, flow, oxygen, etc), with enforcement coordinated with local wardens. Those closures could be shared with the public via the standard web site and email notification system already in place (of course the cynic in me would only give public notice that 'season closures are in place', not by listing specific locations).
Seems reasonable and simple enough, so Im sure it also be easily screwed up.