Straightline Sports’ Response to Commercial, Voluntary Closure of the Yampa River - Written by Patrick Gamble 

The city of Steamboat Springs announced Wednesday afternoon that it will enact a commercial and voluntary closure of the Yampa River beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The intention of the closure is for the protection of our best resource in the Yampa Valley, which is the river. 

According to the Steamboat Pilot, “The river experienced water temperatures greater than 75 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday, which exceeds the threshold for closure as outlined in the city’s Yampa River Management Plan. Low water flows, high water temperatures and low levels of dissolved oxygen can impact aquatic life and are factors when determining the river’s closure.”

So we’re asking everyone to please respect the voluntary closure. This is crucial so that we have a sustainable fishery for the future. The closure is enacted for a legitimate reason. Please respect it and give the river and our fish friends a break until conditions are more favorable. This includes lower water temperatures and higher water flows.

Although this is disappointing, there’s a silver lining to the river closing. It presents a great excuse to go out to explore new areas. The higher you go in the watershed, the better the fishing is going to be this time of year. Hike to the mountain streams in our area. In those higher elevation waters you’ll be sure to find Cutthroat. 

Thanks to everyone who is doing their part in protecting the river and our ecosystems. We will be sure to keep our anglers updated as more information comes in. 


Patrick Gamble

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