Johnstown Reservoir - Fishing Regulations Lifted Temporarily

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife has issued an emergency public fish salvage for Johnstown Reservoir starting October 6 and in effect until November 1, 2021. These fishing regulations have been temporarily lifted to maximize use of the resource (fish) prior to the reservoir being drained for planned work on the reservoir dam. 

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Johnstown, Colorado, October 6, 2021 - The Town of Johnstown is Colorado Parks and Wildlife is announcing an emergency public fish salvage at Johnstown Reservoir, effective immediately (Wednesday, Oct. 6).

The fish salvage has been enacted so the Town of Johnstown can completely drain the reservoir to allow for planned needed repairs to be made on the dam.

Because the entire fishery may be lost, CPW has enacted the public fish salvage in order to optimize use of the resource. The fish salvage will be effective through November 1.

The following emergency salvage regulations apply only to Johnstown Reservoir:

  • The emergency fish salvage is permitted only at Johnstown Reservoir and only during daylight hours (sunrise to ½ hour after sunset).
  • All anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license in accordance with state statutes. 
  • No commercial angling is allowed.
  • Only angling methods that are currently legal at the reservoir are allowed.
  • Current size, bag and possession limits for all species are suspended for Johnstown Reservoir until the emergency public fish salvage is terminated.
  • Notification of the emergency public fish salvage opening and closure will be made through press releases, and signs will also be placed at the reservoir.
  • Angling is prohibited from the dam located on the east side of the reservoir, as well as 500 feet west of the dam along the north and south shoreline.
  • Anglers shall assume any and all liability and shall hold the Town of Johnstown harmless from any and all damages, either direct or consequential.
  • A Town of Johnstown angling permit will be waived for anglers during the emergency salvage.

Johnstown Reservoir has been stocked with trout as well as warm water species. Other fish species in the reservoir include largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, black and white crappie and walleye.



Jamie Barker, Communications Manager


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