A common question we get regarding the Rueter-Hess Reservoir is, "Will there be fishing?"
The answer is "YES!" For water quality purposes, Parker Water & Sanitation District began a fish stocking program in the reservoir in 2014. They are now in the fourth year of a planned 5-year stocking program.
As of the fall of 2017, the following species are stocked in the reservoir: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Grass Carp, Fathead Minnows and Channel Catfish.
The developing fish habitat is made up of abundant inundated trees, bushes and various vegetation. This habitat will continue to develop as the reservoir grows natural aquatic vegetation & additional inundation of terrestrial plants, trees and shrubs.
As a large proportion of the reservoir exceeds 50 feet in depth, it could conceivably support sport fish such as Trout and Walleye.
Rueter-Hess Reservoir is very "young" when it comes to analyzing this body of water.
The objective of implementing a fisheries management plan is to achieve and sustain the highest quality of fishing that remains consistent with the overall reservoir water-quality management goal & seek to find a balance among the many reservoir uses.
In 2018, sampling efforts will be focused on identifying habitat use (evaluated & inventoried), and determining growth and reproduction of resident fish populations.
More information to come as the summer arrives....