Basalt pond now all about trout |

Basalt pond now all about trout

Jake Eichler of the Colorado Division of Wildlife gives some trout a new home. (Jim Paussa/The Aspen Times)

BASALT Something’s fishy at the Old Pond in Basalt once again.The pond, part of Old Pond Park, next to Taqueria el Nopal restaurant, was stocked Friday with 333 rainbow trout that are in the foot-long range. The Colorado Division of Wildlife took some of the fish that were appropriated for Lake Christine and replenished Old Pond instead, according to Kelly Wood, the wildlife manage for the Basalt district.

Lake Christine couldn’t be stocked this year because of extensive rehabilitation planned this winter. A contractor for the wildlife division will restore the dam, dredge the lake and expand it to historical levels.Lake Christine is being drained to undertake that work. Once the work is completed, it will be stocked again.

Old Pond was rehabbed earlier this decade by the town of Basalt when it acquired the land and created the park. It was once a good fishing hole but had become overgrown with algae. The pond was dredged and water flow improved.Basalt Town Manager Bill Efting said town officials appreciated the wildlife division’s effort to restore the pond to its former glory.

The freshly-stocked rainbows won’t be easy pickings for anglers. Town regulations preserve fishing at the pond for kids 16 and younger. The pond isn’t posted as catch as release, but that is also the intent of the town, Efting said.

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