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Emergency Public Fish Salvage at Poudre Ponds in Greeley


Construction at Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery, 924 N 35th Ave., will begin in October 2020. Due to the impending repair work and draining of the reservoir, Colorado Parks and Wildlife authorized an emergency public fish salvage at Poudre Ponds.

  • The emergency fish salvage is permitted at Poudre Ponds only and only during daylight hours (sunrise to a half-hour after sunset).
  • All anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license following state statutes.
  • No commercial angling is allowed.
  • Current size, bag and possession limits for all species are suspended for Poudre Ponds only until this emergency public fish salvage is terminated.
  • All legal fishing methods are allowed except for the use of dip nets, seines and snagging.

Access is to the site is controlled by Greeley’s Natural Areas & Trails Division and will close the pond when it becomes too shallow to allow safe public access, currently anticipated in early October. The city will announce the end date of the emergency public fish salvage in conjunction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Poudre Ponds has been stocked with catchable trout as well as warm water species. Fish species in the pond include largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, black crappie and rainbow trout along with common carp and gizzard shad.

After this winter’s construction project, Natural Areas & Trails will partner with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to rebuild the fishery in the spring of 2021 with the introduction of fish habitat and a robust restocking plan with more diversity of fish species than is currently present in the pond.

As improvements are made this fall and winter, Poudre Ponds will close to the public until April 2021. 

The Poudre River Trail, between 25th and 35th avenues, will close during construction of erosion protection. Officials anticipate that closure will last through April 2021 as well. The city’s Natural Areas & Trails division and Poudre River Trail Corridor Inc. will provide up-to-date trail closure alerts. Sign up for alerts at


Release Date:
Sep 4, 2020

For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Scharton, natural areas & trails division superintendent

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