November 17, 2017

Anglers and suckers out early on the Rifle River

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OMER — Anglers took advantage of the 70-80 degree weather as winter turned to spring, as they lined the Rifle River hoping to catch perch and suckers making their annual spawning run early.

While net fishing is not legally allowed until April 1, anglers were out with poles, bait, and boats to get the first catches of the season on March 20 and 21.

Though the official Omer Sucker Derby has been canceled this year, Mayor Alice Sproule remarked that people would be coming into the area to fish anyway.

“This is the time of year that our population shoots up,” Sproule said.

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