Fishing

Students from Front Range Community College conducted a fish sampling lab at Houts Reservoir in April 2017. This is just a snapshot as the sample was by no means representative of the lake since they used only two types of sampling gear, with only one sample each, both near the same location.

Species

Trap Type

Length (in)

Weight (lbs)

Walleye

Gill Net

20.4

3

Walleye

Gill Net

24

5

Walleye

Gill Net

20.5

2

Walleye

Gill Net

20.2

3

Walleye

Gill Net

19.8

3

Large Mouth Bass

Gill Net

12.5

1

Walleye

Gill Net

19.5

2.5

Gizarde Shad

Gill Net

12.5

0.5

Walleye

Gill Net

21.2

3.5

White Sucker

Gill Net

16.5

1.5

Gizarde Shad

Gill Net

12.1

0.5

Yellow Pirch

Gill Net

10.5

0.25

White Sucker

Gill Net

17.1

1.75

Yellow Pirch

Gill Net

12.2

0.5

Cat fish

Trap Net

2

Yellow Pirch

Gill Net

6

Green Sunfish

Trap Net

3.4

Fish Species

The following species of fish have been identified in Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake by the Colorado Dept. of Wildlife

Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Common Carp, Gizzard Shad, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass, Yellow Perch

Fishing is allowed from certain shore locations around Houts and Equalizer Reservoirs including:

Equalizer

  • From the fishing pier located west of Old Canal Park

  • From the rip-rap/shoreline stabilization along the southeastern edge

  • From the dam rip-rap along the southern edge

Houts

  • From the shoreline along the southwestern edge, from the pump houses to where the land bridge begins

Rules/Regulations

  • All Colorado State Fishing Regulations Apply

  • No Ice Fishing

  • No Boats or Flotation Devices

  • No Bow Fishing

  • No Swimming

  • Dogs on leash at all times and pick up after your dog

  • Fish only in designated areas

  • No Alcohol

  • Pack your trash

Fishing at HPEC

Fishing areas at HPEC