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Lake: Harvey Gap Reservoir

Harvey Gap

Post By: BuffaloMt      Posted: 1/22/2018 5:37:16 PM     Points: 0    
Hey has anyone been up to harvey gap this winter? I heard from a few sources that some fish did survive. Its going to be awhile before the pike population gets back up but hopefully they survive. One of my favorite fisheries I have found in Colorado and then this. Sad thing to see but hope maybe some tigers and pike made it.
 Reply by: westsloper      Posted: 1/22/2018 5:58:41 PM     Points: 746    
Harvey is alive and well! It's seems that very few fish died during the dam inspection process. The most damage was done by anglers selfishly keeping and killing fish just because it was "ok" to do so. The CPW should of never put the fish salvage in place. Pike fishing has been decent this winter, as well as crappie and bluegill fishing. The perch are still stunted but there might be a plan in the works that could help that. We also got a habitat improvement plan approved. This will add some much needed structure to an otherwise featureless lake. This spring as soon as ice is off we will be placing artificial fish habitats in multiple locations throughout the reservoir to promote better crappie and bluegill recruitment.
 Reply by: BuffaloMt      Posted: 1/22/2018 6:25:10 PM     Points: 0    
Thats great to hear. I would be more then willing to help out with this project if needed. I would need a little advance notice but would love to help.Anything to keep this a great fishery, then I am all about it. I wish we could get the same for Crawford reservoir but from what I have heard the water users wont allow any structure to be put in. And yes I think CPW made a huge mistake with the salvage but in my opinion I think if they could they would get rid of every fish species except for trout in all lakes of colorado.
 Reply by: Catcherman      Posted: 1/22/2018 6:58:38 PM     Points: 3155    
Are they holding any tournaments at the gap this year?
 Reply by: westsloper      Posted: 1/22/2018 7:06:32 PM     Points: 746    
BuffalloMt - We had to meet with the Silt Water Conservancy District to get approval. Maybe this victory will set the path to get this done on other bodies of water in Western Colorado.

Catcherman - Not this year, ice probably would support it anyways.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 1/22/2018 8:01:08 PM     Points: 531    
Good work on the habitat improvement. It's difficult to get them to do anything.
 Reply by: Catcherman      Posted: 1/22/2018 9:57:29 PM     Points: 3155    
I figured, this will be the first year since I was a youngin that I have only iced 2 tourneys, maybe the sub zero will come and ice will last until may....a guy can wish anyway.