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Lake: Harvey Gap Reservoir
Fish: Yellow Perch

Early Ice Harvey Gap - Messed Up Situation!!

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 1/2/2020 3:14:34 PM     Points: 48    
Was up at Harvey Gap Reservoir this past Sunday...and I'm pleased to announce it's ready to ice fish! About 3/4 of the lake is frozen and the entire south side by the dam wall is about 4-5" thick! As you go closer to the waterfall area, the ice gets thinner.

My GF and I land into some Yellow Perch and have some good times on the hardwater! We got some nice drone shots, although distant shots of the Lake since it is a State Park.

We also encountered a really unfortunate situation...A guy was fishing about 150-175 yards away from us, he left and we went over to that side of the lake...We walked up on a BUNCH of dead perch just sitting on the ice most of which were really small...It's explained/shown in the video, but it was really upsetting to see! Thoughts on that? Hope i'm not missing something...

Hope you guys enjoy the video...Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe if you do :D

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 Reply by: westsloper      Posted: Jan. 2, 5:15:52 PM     Points: 1324    
So Harvey Gap is severely over populated with yellow perch right now, thus the no limit regulation. The CPW is trying to get it under control by stocking more predators like largemouth and tiger muskies. They are also mechanically removing them, some are transported to near by Rifle Gap (I believe a couple thousand last spring) the rest are killed and used as feed at a local wildlife sanctuary. They also encourage anglers to remove as many as possible. I for one take 100+ almost every trip home and fertilize my garden with them or drop them off at the wildlife sanctuary. I actually fished that same area on New Yearís Day and gathered most of those fish up. Leaving them on the ice isnít ideal and Iím pretty sure itís illegal but itís not going to hurt the lake. I too drill holes in a similar pattern to locate and stay on top of crappie schools. Nice video BTW!
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: Jan. 2, 6:28:23 PM     Points: 534    
I've been using them to make fish stock. Yum.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jan. 2, 7:11:15 PM     Points: 48    
Westsloper - Good to know, I was informed on that earlier too. It was just shocking to see but makes sense now :D Thank you for the information...figured I was missing something! I'm glad you enjoyed the video though!! Thanks for the support!
 Reply by: icemaster      Posted: Jan. 2, 9:14:44 PM     Points: 227    
So they ruin a good pike lake by killing all of the pike and now people are encouraged to slaughter the perch. A great example of terrible fishery management. This is disgusting, what a waste of fish!!!
 Reply by: westsloper      Posted: Jan. 2, 9:50:53 PM     Points: 1324    
Yes it is unfortunate what has gone on, not just at Harvey but across western Colorado as a whole with the war on pike! As for the perch, decreasing the population is a must! Unless you like catching 100ís of 3-6Ē perch? With out a massive reduction in the perch population Harvey will never be a productive panfish fishery and it has the potential to be a world class one! I will never defend the CPW for killing pike and smallmouth in western Colorado, but the work Lori Martin and Ben Felt have and will continue to do at Harvey is commendable!
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: Jan. 2, 10:35:02 PM     Points: 2320    
I was there on New Years Day as well, Joey. I'm sure I saw you out there. Next time if I see a red beard I'll say hello! I was out there with my wife and kids, but off of the swim beach.

Whenever I am drilling holes over any spot, I drill a tennis court sized area with holes about 15 feet apart. Really helpful when fishing for perch and crappie for the same reason stated above.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jan. 3, 7:11:34 PM     Points: 48    
Regardless of the situation at hand...Great information provided in regards to everything!! Thank you all that have posted on here in response to my initial post!
 Reply by: blackdog1      Posted: Jan. 4, 8:11:22 PM     Points: 3    
hey Joey maybe we should have a perch restocking day at Harvey, take all the perch to relocate to rifle? just a thought but get 20-30 guys should be able move a thousand or so a day, rifle could use a boost! what do you think , run it by Lori.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: Jan. 5, 8:55:15 PM     Points: 534    
I've been using those 6 inch or smaller perch to make fish stock for soup. Just gut them and remove the gills. Put them in water with onion and celery and cook for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and add veggies, shrimp and scallops and you have an extremely yummy soup.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jan. 6, 7:18:15 PM     Points: 48    
- Pathway - That's awesome! That'll be a good idea for a fun catch and cook video! If we do that, i'll be sure to shout you out for credit on the idea :D
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: Jan. 7, 11:17:05 AM     Points: 534    
Want a little spice in your fish soup, just add some cayenne pepper.
 Reply by: westsloper      Posted: Jan. 7, 9:43:55 PM     Points: 1324    
blackdog1 Unfortunately they would never go for a bucket brigade style relocation. However I believe they do have plans to relocate some more this spring by electro fishing. If youíre wanting to help out contact Ben Felt, they are always looking for volunteers.
 Reply by: westsloper      Posted: Jan. 7, 9:51:45 PM     Points: 1324    
Pathway - I too make stock with them, I have several quarts in my freeze saved. Works great for making chowders! Itís defiantly a great way to utilize them!

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