Fish salvage begins at Harvey Gap Reservoir, Sept. 1; bag, possession and size limits removed for all fish species
SILT, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife has authorized an emergency fish salvage atHarvey Gap Reservoir
, located north of Silt, effective Sept. 1.
Minimum size, bag, and possession limits have been removed for all species in the reservoir including tiger muskie, northern pike, channel catfish, black crappie, trout, yellow perch, bluegill, largemouth and smallmouth bass. On Colorado's Western Slope, there are no bag limits for northern pike and smallmouth bass in most bodies of water, unless otherwise posted.
All other fishing regulations are in effect and will be enforced. Anglers 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. Overnight fishing is allowed to encourage the take of channel catfish. CPW officials advise anglers that the shoreline is extremely muddy and to be cautious when approaching the water. Fishing from the dam is a good option to avoid these muddy conditions.
The Silt Water Conservancy District will lower water levels in Harvey Gap Reservoir this fall to allow the inspection of the damís outlet structure. Although lowering operations have not officially begun, the water level has dropped considerably in the last few weeks.
Silt Water originally planned the outlet inspection during fall of 2016; however, due to the unexpected collapse of nearby County Road 237, the District postponed operations until this year.
According to the District, the reservoir will remain mostly empty until the dam is thoroughly inspected and any maintenance issues are addressed. Once the reservoir is permanently refilled, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will restock the popular fishery with approved species; however, when that will occur is undetermined.