Trout Fishing on Colorado Lake

Trout Fishing on Colorado Lake
Trout fishing on Colorado's many beautiful lakes can be very easy. There are five factors to consider that will significantly improve catch rates and help maximize time on the water, making for a more enjoyable outing.

Getting Started On The Road To More Successful Trouting

For starters, the time of day anglers choose to fish a given lake will decide the difference between catching fish and getting skunked. Trout are early risers and prefer to eat from sunrise to about 11 a.m. They also like to eat again from about 5 p.m. until dark.

Rigging Up for Action on Colorado's Lakes

Trout are one of the smartest fish species. Unlike warm water species, they mostly live in clear water fisheries and have good vision. Light line is key to catching more trout. Stick with 2-, 4- or 6-pound line to increase catch rates.

Baits, Lures and Flies for Colorado

Power Bait, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers are the top baits for trout fishing in Colorado's many lakes. Thomas Buoyants, Trout Teasers and suspending jerkbaits like Rapalas will work on lakes as well. For flies, try nymphs like Prince's or top water bugs like mosquitoes in the evening and renegades in the morning. As the day grows long, best bet is to fish salmon eggs off the bottom, but don't expect much until evening.

Lake Locations Offering More Trout

Finding a lake's hot spots and deciding where to set up seems like a daunting proposition. Almost any Colorado trout lake has at least three spots to try first. Is there a feeder stream or creek or an outlet for water to leave? Those places with current are best to try. Also, look for any quick drop-offs where deeper water is close to shore.

Think About Behaviors of Trout

Whether targeting rainbows, browns or cutthroat, anglers must consider time of year and visible signs on the water and capitalize on the conditions. See ripples? Try a fly or jerkbait near the surface. If the water is warm, as in August, fish bait on the bottom with a long leader of 18 to 24 inches. The longer leader will allow floating bait to suspend above any weed growth on the bottom.

Article Written By Brian La Rue

Perched atop the Mile High City, Brian La Rue has written outdoor-related articles since 1999. His features have appeared in magazine's including "Western Outdoors," "Fishing & Hunting News" and "High Country Angler." His work can be seen on "ESPN Outdoors." He holds a bachelor's in communications from Cal State Fullerton.

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