Anglers with a valid Colorado fishing license can catch and keep as many fish as they’d like from Crystal Creek Reservoir starting May 1.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has lifted the bag and possession limits because water is being released from the reservoir so crews can do maintenance on the dam. The water level won’t be high enough to sustain fish throughout the 2019 season, so rather than letting the fish die, CPW ordered an emergency fish salvage operation. The operation is in effect until further notice.
Anglers must use legal fishing methods. Fishing is only permitted during daylight hours. A Colorado fishing license is required for all anglers over 16 years old.
Crystal Creek Reservoir is located on the north slope of Pikes Peak. It’s part of the North Slope Recreation Area, which opens May 1 and is accessible from the Pikes Peak Highway. The access fee is $5 per person ages 16 and older. Children under 16 are free.
Bag and possession limits are still in effect at the nearby North and South Catamount Reservoirs.
Colorado Springs Utilities is lowering the water level at Crystal Creek to perform maintenance on the dam, which was built in 1935. The complete dam surface, including the foundation, must be exposed to ensure safety while making the upgrades.
Utilities said they won’t be able to determine the length of the project until they can assess the dry dam surface. Right now, they expect work to continue through 2020, with the reservoir refilled in 2021.
Utilities said the project won’t affect the city’s water supply, because the system allows for movement to other storage reservoirs.