Tips for Winter Trout Fishing in Colorado

Tips for Winter Trout Fishing in Colorado
Colorado's cold winters are good for more than skiing. The winter months offer a chance to fish for trout without the summer crowds that are common on many of the state's pristine trout streams. Several techniques can help you catch more trout in the Colorado winter.

Fish Below Dams

Water from reservoirs flowing through Colorado's man-made dams provides excellent winter trout-fishing grounds. According to Tad Howard of Colorado Trout Hunters fishing guide service, the water coming out of these dams is much warmer than in a naturally flowing stream. The warm water from the bottom of the reservoir during the cold winter season attracts trout. Productive, below-dam waters include: Spinney Reservoir, Eleven Mile Canyon, Cheeseman Canyon and Waterton Canyon.

Fish with Midges

Midge flies sink below the water surface, coming closer to trout, which are typically inactive and close to the bottom of the water column during cold months. In winter, trout feed mostly on midges and some small nymphs. Sticking to these wet fly patterns can help you present the fly very close to the sedentary Colorado trout. Choose flies common to the area of Colorado you will fish. Such information is available online or at local fly shops.

Ice Fish for Rainbow Trout

The species most likely to be caught while ice fishing is the rainbow trout. Targeting bodies of water that are home to this species can increase your chances of catching a fish. Fishing for this species is most productive in Georgetown Lake, Eleven Mile Reservoir, Harvey Gap Reservoir and Evergreen Lake. Colorado fishermen have found that the best ice fishing setups for rainbow trout include ice flies and jigs tipped with mealworms.

Article Written By Jim Jansen

Jim Jansen has been writing articles since 2005 and has been featured in publications such as "The River Watch," and also contributes to and LIVESTRONG.COM. He has a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Michigan State University. Jansen specializes in outdoor recreation and environmental topics.

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