159. 644. 643. 501. If you have watched the flows on the Arkansas River tailwaters below Pueblo Reservoir, you have seen some fluctuation over the last month and some high numbers. The reason for the high volume of water flowing out of Pueblo: get more water to John Martin Reservoir.
As reported in the Pueblo Chieftain, about 1.6 billion gallons -- or 5,000 acre-feet -- is being released to boost levels at John Martin State Park, about 100 miles east of Pueblo. Brett Ackerman, regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, says that the 3,000 acre-feet of water devoted to John Martin will really help our friends out east. "Years of drought have really taken a toll on John Martin Reservoir and protecting this exceptional fishery has been tough at times."
If you have enjoyed fishing the Pueblo Tailwaters, please check the flow reports as they have fluctuated pretty dramatically over the last month. You can see the flows on the Division of Water Resources website. Check for flows at Moffat Street and "Arkansas Above Pueblo" when you head to that site.
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