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DBM Habitat Project Places Cover in Harriman Lake

Posted by on June 26, 2013

2_DBM_Prez_Tom_Grace_Sect._Steve_Ehrman_and_DBM_members_construct_the_cover.jpeg     The Denver Bassmasters (DBM) teamed with the Colorado Division of Wildlife for a fisheries habitat improvement project at Harriman Reservoir in the southwest Denver metro area June 9, 2013.

     Paul Winkle, Aquatic Biologist with CDOW, headed up the project and provided the boat for structure transport and placement around the reservoir. Bluegill were recently stocked with an additional stocking of bluegill and fathead minnows planned for late summer. Bass fingerlings will be stocked in 2014 and the lake will be monitored for natural reproduction with no brood stock introduced.

1_Unloading_supplies.JPG     With the green light from Winkle, Denver Bassmasters club member George Mauries began the process of planning the logistics of building the structures that would be placed into Harriman Lake. Early on in the process, Mossback Fish Structures was identified as a key partner. “After doing some research into buying products and making structures,” (traditional PVC in cement buckets,) “it made more sense to go with premade Mossback Fish Structures to save time and money. A bonus was the product is also green, being made from reclaimed plastic bottles,” said Mauries, adding, “Within one day of talking to David King at Mossback Fish Structures he had samples at my front door the next day.”

 3_Construction_complete_1.jpeg    The DBM team assembled a total of ten Mossback fish structures the morning of June 9th.  The structures will improve habitat for largemouth, smallmouth and the numerous other fish species planned for the lake.  Winkle talked about his vision for Harriman which should offer anglers a chance at a trophy catch in the coming years.

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Thanks to Denver Bassmasters club efforts to plan, fund and provide the manpower to make this project possible, along with CDOW approval and support, Harriman Lake should soon provide a quality fishery in the Denver Metro area.  This project was possible due to the fundraising efforts of the members of the Denver Bassmasters with further funding provided by the Colorado Bass Nation and its dedication to fisheries Conservation.

Brandon Genova & Tom Grace

 

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