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Rueter-Hess Recreation

Fishing (Rueter-Hess)

Historic fish on the floor tile in DeckersFishing is not currently allowed at Rueter-Hess.

Once the reservoir’s fish stocking program reaches a point where a sufficient level of predatory fish are present, fishing will be allowed on the reservoir. We are also in the process of working with the State of Colorado to make sure we meet all legal permitting requirements.

When and how fishing is allowed will be determined based on the need to maintain sustainability, biodiversity, and water quality within the reservoir. Assuming all of these conditions are met, we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to open the reservoir to fishing in some capacity before the end of 2023.

Parker Water & Sanitation District began a fish stocking program in the reservoir and the following species have been stocked:  Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Grass Carp, Fathead Minnows and Channel Catfish and Walleye.   The developing fish habitat is made up of abundant inundated trees, bushes and various vegetation.  This habitat will continue to develop as the reservoir grows natural aquatic vegetation and additional inundation of terrestrial plants, trees and shrubs. 

The objective of implementing a fisheries management plan is to achieve and sustain the highest quality of fishing that remains consistent with the overall reservoir water-quality management goal and to balance reservoir’s uses.