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Colorado Parks and Wildlife issue an emergency fish salvage at Pikes Peak north slope reservoir

Colorado Jill

(Colorado Springs, CO) South Catamount Reservoir is one of three popular fishing destinations on the north slope of Pikes Peak. The high-elevation, cold-water reservoir is stocked with trout and has almost four miles of shoreline, 120 acres of surface water, and stunning views.

The reservoir stores drinking water for Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities, and Colorado Springs Utilities will be repairing the structure in 2024.

In preparation for the upcoming repairs, Colorado Springs Utilities has lowered the water level at South Catamount Reservoir. Rather than having the fish die, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has issued an emergency fish salvage for that reservoir only.

As of May 11th, there are no bag or possession limits at South Catamount Reservoir. There will be posted signs in the area, and the fish salvage will continue until further notice.

South Catamount Reservoir is part of the North Slope Recreation Area on Pikes Peak. The fee to access this area is $5 per person (ages 16 and older), and tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance here.

The pass provides access to the recreation area only, not the Pikes Peak summit. Due to limited parking at the reservoir, it is recommended that visitors purchase day passes in advance and add the free parking pass.

A valid Colorado fishing license is required for all individuals ages 16 and older who are fishing. Swimming or wading in the reservoir by humans or pets is prohibited.

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