Fishing Colorado An Anglerand39;s Complete Guide to More than 125 Top Fishing Spots  by Ron Baird

Fishing Colorado: An Angler's Complete Guide to More than 125 Top Fishing Spots Guide Book

by Ron Baird (Falcon Guides)
Fishing Colorado An Anglerand39;s Complete Guide to More than 125 Top Fishing Spots  by Ron Baird
For more than twenty-five years, FalconGuide® has set the standard for outdoor recreation guidebooks. Written by top outdoors experts and enthusiasts, each guide invites you to experience the endless adventure and rugged beauty of the great outdoors. Fishing Colorado is the angler's complete guide to one of the most popular fishing destinations in America. Local fly fisher and author Ron Baird shares insider knowledge about where the fishing is good; addresses habitat preferences for each species, from trout and walleye to wiper and saugeye; and draws on years of experience to provide in-depth descriptions for the best sites in the state.

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Adobe Creek Reservoir is a 5,000-acre shallow impoundment on the windswept eastern plains. The reservoir has blue catfish up to 10 pounds and 8- to 20-pound channel cats. Use stink bait, cut bait, or gobs of night crawlers at night to catch these fish. Two boat ramps are available but often don’t reach the water when the lake is drawn down. Open camping is available on the south side of the reservoir, but there are no trees and therefore no shade. Key Species: Channel catfish, blue catfish.
Arlington, CO - Fishing
The Animas River begins in the Red Mountain mining district high in the San Juan Mountains and flows freely for about 60 miles to the Colorado–New Mexico border. The Animas River through Durango is wide and deep and experiences tremendous runoff from May to July, so fishing is best in the spring, late summer, and fall. Key Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, Snake River cutthroat trout.
Durango, CO - Fishing
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The Arkansas River begins in the high mountains above Leadville and runs 300 miles to the Kansas border. Due to drainage from the Sawatch Mountains, the highest mountain range in the lower forty-eight states, runoff creates an unfishable torrent mid-May to mid-July during “normal” precipitation years. There has been normal runoff the past two years. At moderate to low flows, the river offers consistently good fishing between Leadville and Cañon City. Key Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, wiper.
Buena Vista, CO - Fishing
Aurora Reservoir is an 820-acre impoundment in the suburb of Aurora. Key Species: Wiper, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, walleye, panfish. An estimated 76,000 10-inch rainbow trout were stocked in this reservoir in 2000, and similar numbers will likely continue to be planted here. The ones that survive the first year will be smart but can still be caught by using lures and bait from the bank or by trolling deep. Wipers range from 8 to 12 pounds and in the spring are vulnerable near the shoreline as they forage for minnows.
Denver, CO - Fishing
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Bass Lake is a 3-acre cattail-rimmed impoundment along Clear Creek in west Denver. Key Species: Largemouth bass, crappie, panfish. Terrain and water conditions at each site are described in this section. Due to the length and changing nature of many Colorado rivers, some are detailed in multiple sections. Tips: This section contains speci?c information related to successful fishing techniques, safety, and other related material. The fishing: Various techniques and considerations relevant to angler success for the key species, as well as prime locations, times to fish, and public access, are contained in this section.
Denver, CO - Fishing
Big Creek Lake is a 450-acre reservoir in the sagebrush and pinestudded foothills on the northwest rim of North Park. Key Species: Arctic grayling, tiger muskie, lake trout.
Cowdry, CO - Fishing
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Big Meadows Reservoir is a 110-acre reservoir in the headwaters of the South Fork of the Rio Grande. Brook trout lake-fishing is quite a bit different than stream-fishing. The big brookies will run up into the shallows in the spring and fall and can be taken on small spinners, salmon eggs, and streamers like black leeches. In the summer they’ll stay below 20 feet deep, so use the same lures and bait but ?sh them deep. Rainbows will come up in the morning and evening during warm weather and can be taken with night crawlers, spinners, wet flies, and nymphs.
South Fork, CO - Fishing
A 15-mile-long crystalline blue impoundment, Blue Mesa Reservoir snakes through the sand-colored, sagebrush-studded mesas of the lower Gunnison Basin beneath the jagged peaks of the West Elk Wilderness. While rainbows and kokanees are the reservoir’s most popular fish, lake trout can reach 30-plus pounds. Springtime is the best lake trout and big brown trout fishing. Lake trout can be taken on deep-trolled heavy jigging lures with chunks of sucker meat. Key Species: Lake trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, Snake River cutthroat trout.
Gunnison, CO - Fishing
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The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir runs beneath Interstate 70 and then through strip malls and outlet stores in the ski village of Silverthorne. Habitat improvements in the river and the addition of walkways and bridges have created an urban fishery with both spectators and anglers numerous during good weather. Some of the prime spots have earned nicknames such as the Big Gulp, due to its proximity to a 7-Eleven convenience store. Rainbow trout near the dam run up into the 10-pound range, with scarcer brown trout averaging 12 to 14 inches. These fish have become huge due to the presence of mysis shrimp in Dillon Reservoir, which are flushed downstream through the dam and provide a flow of food to the trout. The tiny fly patterns that imitate these shrimp can make the difference between a skunking and the fishing of a lifetime. Midges are another major food source—you’ll want the smallest nymphs you can see and handle. The key to success is nymphing with a taut line and exact placement of the flies in front of the fish. This isn’t as hard as it sounds because many of these fish can be seen in the crystalline water.
Dillon, CO - Fishing
This 1,900-surface acre reservoir sits in the wide valley of the South Fork of Republican River north of Interstate 70 near the Kansas border. In May and June, walleyes up to 12 pounds, with an average size range of 7.5 to 10 pounds, can be caught on worms or worm harnesses. Later in the summer, they can be taken with crankbaits, Rapala Shad Raps, or ThunderSticks along the face of the dam. Wipers run from 6 to 10 pounds and can be caught by searching out boiling schools of shad and throwing shad imitations into the turbulent water. Key Species: Walleye, wiper, white bass, catfish.
Hale, CO - Fishing
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This 1,800-acre reservoir is located in the gently rolling hills on the northeast outskirts of Loveland. Stocked with 24,000 10-inch rainbow trout in 2000, Boyd Lake also has a decent holdover population of rainbows in the 3- to 5-pound range. Lures, bait, and flies all work well on these stockers. However, the real attractions of Boyd Lake are the white bass and walleye. Key Species: Rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, white bass, walleye, yellow perch.
Fort Collins, CO - Fishing
Named for a secret site along the river where early French trappers stashed their gunpowder for fighting off Arapaho and Cheyenne raiding parties, the Cache la Poudre River runs 70 miles west to east from the north side of Rocky Mountain National Park through one of the most beautiful valleys in Colorado. One of the few undammed rivers in the state, the Poudre is rightfully designated a Wild and Scenic River until it reaches the foothills northwest of Fort Collins. Key Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, cutbows, greenback cutthroat trout, brook trout.
Fort Collins, CO - Fishing
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This section begins at the Big South trailhead, where Highway 14 diverges from paralleling the river, and the river runs for 16 miles to its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park. The lower section contains a series of cascades and plunge pools, which all but dictates that this stretch be fished well after runoff. The upper section is a classic small meadow stream. Key Species: Greenback cutthroat trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout.
Fort Collins, CO - Fishing
Carter Lake is a 1,100-acre reservoir located behind the Dakota Ridge hogback northwest of Longmont. Key Species: Rainbow trout, walleye, kokanee, largemouth bass, perch.
Loveland, CO - Fishing
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All the following cutthroat lakes are very high-altitude waters and tend to be covered with ice until July during normal-snow years. Weather at these altitudes can change very rapidly, and lightning presents a very real danger, especially to someone holding a graphite rod. Many lakes can only be reached by strenuous hiking. Take warm clothes, a first-aid kit, and food. Know your level of fitness, and time your fishing so you can reach your base camp or car before dark. Key Species: Greenback cutthroat trout.
Estes Park, CO - Fishing
Chatfield Ponds consists of five ponds totaling 140 surface acres of water. Key Species: Panfish, largemouth bass, bullhead, channel catfish.
Denver, CO - Fishing
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Chatfield Reservoir is a 1,400-acre impoundment nestled against the foothills in southwest Denver. Key Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, panfish, channel catfish.
Denver, CO - Fishing
This 800-acre impoundment is in a state park surrounded by the suburbs of south Denver. Key Species: Walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, wiper, rainbow trout, panfish.
Denver, CO - Fishing
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This is a small stream draining a high, sage-covered valley on the west side of the Cochetopa Hills. Key Species: Rainbow trout. The Coleman easement below Dome Lakes is heavily grazed and suffers from low water, but you can drive to it, and this stretch is designated Wild Trout water. Rainbow trout up to 15 inches can be caught using small-stream tactics and common attractor dry flies. Streambed vegetation precludes spinners or heavy nymphs, except during high water. Stocked rainbows in the private stretches are susceptible to standard attractor dry flies and nymphs, worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait, and spinners. Ask for permission.
Gunnison, CO - Fishing
The headwaters of the Colorado River are in the alpine basins located on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Neversummer Range to the west. The tributaries come together in the beautiful Kawuneeche Valley, where the river meanders several miles down the long valley. Key Species: Rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout hybrid.
Grand Lake, CO - Fishing
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