Every brown trout between the Glenn Cayon Dam and the mouth of the Paria River on the Colorado just had a bounty put on their head. A $25-$33 bounty per Brown Trout caught, that is. The National Park Service (NPS) calls this practice “Incentivized harvest” and it is part of a multi-year program meant to benefit the native fish species of the Colorado River.
From the National Park Service:
“The incentivized harvest begins on November 11, 2020. For the next 3 to 4 years, eligible anglers will be offered a reward of $25 per Brown Trout over 6 inches in length removed from the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and the mouth of the Paria River. This reward may vary with the seasons or be adjusted annually, but will typically be in the $25-$33 dollar range.
The goal of this pilot program is to determine if an incentivized harvest can help manage and reduce the number of brown trout in the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and the mouth of the Paria River. The initial research into the use of this tool is designed to last three to four years, at which time the program will be evaluated for its effectiveness.”
So if you’ve got a few months to kill this winter, now’s the time to go cash in big on Arizona’s Colorado River Brown Trout and help out the river’s native species!
Featured image from NPS.