The club is open to all, but club events take place during the week and we meet at Chilson Senior Center in Loveland, CO. Our basic purpose is to fish, but we're easily distracted by the chance to work with youngsters or improve northern Colorado outdoor resources.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Public fish salvage lifted at Jumbo (Julesburg) Reservoir
SEDGWICK AND LOGAN COUNTIES, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is lifting the emergency
public fish salvage at Jumbo (Julesburg) Reservoir immediately (Oct.
The emergency public fish salvage was enacted on Aug. 24 due to high
irrigation demand created by severe drought. It was expected that the
reservoir would decline to a point that would likely result in a loss of
the entire fishery resource.
However, irrigation demands have decreased since the salvage was
initiated and the reservoir has received water following recent storms.
Anglers are expected to revert to fishing under the normal regulations:
- Minimum size for walleye and saugeye is 15 inches (only one can exceed
- Minimum size for wiper is 15 inches
- Minimum size for crappie is 10 inches
- Statewide bag and possession limits also apply
- Anyone 18 or older must have a valid hunting or fishing license to
access the property
"We are pleased that Jumbo was not completely drained as
anticipated, and that the reservoir did not suffer a fish kill during
this drought," said Area Aquatic Biologist Mandi Brandt. “It will
take some time for the reservoir to completely refill, but the incoming
water should support the fishery for now. Anglers are still welcome to
fish the reservoir, but must obey the normal regulations as of Oct. 8. We
will know more about the fishery if we are able to sample it this fall,
but it appears the fish survived the low water levels and anglers can
expect good fishing again next spring."
During the fish salvage, anglers were catching mostly channel catfish,
black bullheads, and bluegills. Walleye fishing from the shore was not as
The boat ramp at Jumbo Reservoir will remain closed for the season, which
means boating both from gas and electric motors is prohibited until the
ramp reopens next spring. The boat ramp usually closes between the end of
September and mid-October, depending on the availability of the ANS
Members of the public can still enjoy shore fishing and other types of
boating, like in a kayak or canoe. Any use of ANS-exempt non-motorized
boats must be hand-launched. Visitors will not be able to drive their
vehicle down to the water's edge, due to the low water levels.
Similar to all northeastern plains reservoirs, Jumbo Reservoir was
constructed to store irrigation water for agricultural use first and is
utilized secondarily for recreational purposes.