Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) - As the weather heats up, so does fishing. This is also the time of the year when the Colorado Parks and Wildlife start to see some fish and aquatic animals that don't belong in the state's rivers and reservoirs.
Sometimes the illegal stocking of fish or dumping off aquatic animals forces the state to reclaim a reservoir or lake.
"It's amazing how many people will transfer the problem they face in their aquarium out to the waters of the state, and although we like all wildlife, we do not endorse the transfer of live fish into the waters of the state," says Sherman Hebein, senior Aquatic Biologist, with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
It's important to know that if you have a pond or body of water on your property, you can get a permit to add or transfer fish.
However if you're caught and found guilty of transferring live fish or animals into the states water areas, you can be fined and charged with the cost of reclaiming an area. In some cases you could lose your fishing and hunting permits for life.