North Catamount Reservoir on Pikes Peak is flies and lures only. It has mostly rainbows and cutthroat trout and is known for having large Mackinaw. There is no fishing access from the dam. There is a charge of $5 to drive up Pikes Peak Highway to gain access to the three main reservoirs (North and South Catamount and Crystal Reservoir). Be sure to tell them at the gate that you are fishing and not going to the top of the Peak so you don't get charged the full amount to drive the full distance.
This Year's Forecast
Water levels should be good to begin the fishing season. Provided waters levels are adequate, 25,000 catchable fish are scheduled to be stocked throughout the summer season in these reservoirs. Fishing should be good to excellent for trout species especially rainbows. Fishing for lake trout should be fair early in the spring at North Catamount and fishing should be good to excellent at South Catamount for rainbows. North Catamount is restricted to flies and lures only. Both of these reservoirs are heavily stocked with the majority of the fish stocked in the early spring.
Hours of operation are as follows:
May 1 – Thursday before Memorial Day: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday before Memorial Day - Labor Day: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday after Labor Day - Sept 30: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Oct 1 – Third Sunday of October: 9:00am – 4:00pm
In addition, the Recreation Area is closed to fishing during the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Race
View North Catamount Reservoir ** in a larger map
Distance - 24.5 miles - 43 Mins
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