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Harvey Gap Reservoir is Rifle Gaps sister lake. At 190-acres it is a hidden gem home to Pike, Smallmouth, Largemouth, Tiger Muskie, and Catfish. It may be small but its diverse food web grows big fish. Harvey is an underrated powerhouse and a great place to target that trophy of a lifetime!...Read More
The Pike fishing is excellent year-round but shines April through June and again September through October. With an abundance of eater-sized fish, you are free to keep a few for dinner under 24 inches. The big fish are more prized but Harvey Gap has true trophy potential and many fish surpassing 40 inches.
Largemouth bass are the most popular sport fish in the country for a reason. They brow big, they fight hard, and they are just plain fun to catch! Largemouth can be caught year round on a variety of fishing techniques and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife has done an excellent job supplementing the population. During the midsummer when the other species get moody Largemouth Bass are always willing to bite.
Tiger Muskie are a sterile hybrid planted by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) as a management tool. They grow big and have a reputation of being the holy grail of freshwater sport fish. The population is low and they are smart but Harvey Gap supports a population of true giants surpassing the 30lb mark! Odds of hooking even one of these rare monsters in a day are low but the possibility still remains; your next trip could yield the fish of a lifetime.
Lastly, there are great Perch, Bluegill and Rainbow Trout populations that fish well year-round. Harvey Gap has a horsepower limit restriction so we rely completely on the electric trolling motor but the lake is small enough where this is never an issue. We can stay on the lake for up to 8 hours without needing a recharge.
Harvey Gap Reservoir is a Colorado State Park and does require a daily entrance fee for all vehicles. Harvey Gap is located about 1 hour east of Grand Junction, 45 minutes west of Glenwood Springs, and only 3 hours west of Denver.
On the day of your trip you'll be fishing out of a 2019 Lund Impact 1875 equipped with the latest in marine electronics and fishing gear. Plenty of room for up to 4 clients. The boat is loaded with absolutely everything we need to target fish whether casting, trolling, jigging, or fly-fishing. Depending on the season and the target species some days you will focus more heavily on a particular technique. But this is your trip so if you have a preferred method Connor is more than happy to hone in on that!
Colorado waters are receiving more pressure than ever before so we do our best to protect the resource. As such, Connor likes to practice selective harvest. This mean you will take measurements and pictures but all species of the following dimensions will be released to grow and fight another day!
Lake Trout -24” and greater Walleye -22” and greater Brown Trout -20” and greater Smallmouth -16” and greater Northern Pike -26” and greater Tiger Muskie -All released But outside of these restrictions you are free to keep your limit of fish.
A Valid Colorado Fishing License
(Everyone that fishes in Colorado must obtain at least a 1-day fishing license. Please follow this link to obtain a fishing license prior to your trip. The proceeds from fishing licenses help keep the outdoors healthy!)
Please bring snacks and beverages (NO ALCOHOL), appropriate clothing (layers recommended), cooler with ice if you plan on harvesting fish A Hat, Sunglasses, Sun screen, A fish-catching attitude!
Whether you prefer fishing for Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout, Rainbows, Browns, Largemouth, Smallmouth, Tiger Muskie, Salmon, Panfish, or a combination Connor can arrange a trip for you. As lead guide of his outfit, he strives to make every fishing trips as dynamic as possible, targeting an assortment of species and teaching you a variety of fishing techniques. It is not unusual to catch four to six different species and a few trophies in a full day. He can also teach you a myriad of techniques: how to cast, troll, jig, and even flyfish all in a single outing....Read More
Like most guides, Connor has been absolutely passionate about all things fishing since before he could remember. Growing up in Chicago that passion was sparked at a young age fishing with his dad and brothers. It started at the local neighborhood ponds and evolved rapidly from there. As he got older the passion grew stronger and he started exploring bigger bodies of water with his friends, he would routinely spend days on end fishing for an individual fish he had spotted earlier in the season.
Nowadays he calls Colorado home but he has spent time all over the country and has been blessed with the opportunity to fish for almost everything that swims. From Tarpon in Florida to Muskie in Michigan, he loves it all. He spends most of his time in western Colorado guiding for Northern Pike and Lake Trout but loves to target Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Brown Trout almost as much. Over the years he has logged thousands of hours on his home waters and perfected his approach. He loves casting, trolling, jigging and fly fishing. He believes there is no better feeling than helping a youngster catch their first or biggest fish!
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No cleaning service provided.
No beer allowed.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
No live bait provided.
No meal provided.
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Snacks/Beverages (NO ALCOHOL), Appropriate clothing (ask your guide), A cooler with ice if you plan on harvesting fish, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, A fish-catching attitude!
Valid Colorado Fishing License
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
The deposit for this trip is non-refundable.
Where to Buy a Fishing LicenseFind out more about licenses here.
Harvey Gap State Park, Silt, CO, USA | Bodies of water fished: Harvey Gap