High Plains Environmental Center


Fishing Rules and Regulations


 Help us protect habitats by only fishing from the marked areas. Do not walk on the shoreline.

Houts Reservoir

  • The rocky landing on the southwest side of Houts (below the wagon bench) 
  • The Houts side of the landbridge from the pumphouse to the headgate
  • A fishing park is currently being developed on the northside of Houts were the pedestrian underpass comes in under Kendall parkway. Fishing is allowed at the bottom of the soft trail to the lake

Equalizer Lake

  • 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

In order to protect vulnerable habitat walking along the shoreline is strictly prohibited.   

Rules and 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 and Trails Protect sensitive wildlife habitat by using the designated fishing areas apply all Colorado state and fishing regulations Be a clean angler, fishing line and other litter can kill waterfowl and wildlife legend - drop a line, lakeside trail yellow perch common carp large mouth bass black crapie channel catfish White sucker White Bass Black Bulkhead Gizzard Shad

Fish Species

The following species 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

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.


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 -