Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir

Cortez, Colorado 81321

Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir

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"The lower Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir is a tailwater trout fishery stretching 12 miles northeast through the high desert in the southwest corner of Colorado, maybe a few miles farther depending on flow and clarity. It eventually joins the San Miguel River a few miles from the Utah border.

The fish are extremely wary despite relatively low fishing pressure. This river was severely hurt by drought in 2002, and it may take some time to bounce back. Browns are predominate in this stretch, and while their numbers are down, nearly a fourth of those caught are larger than 14 inches. The introduction of fingerling rainbows and Snake River cutthroat in 1999 has brought some catches of these fish up to 14 to 16 inches. The fish here are strongly oriented to key insect hatches. The best fishing is between late April and early June. Key Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, Snake River cutthroat trout."

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Trail Information

Cortez
Nearby City
Avoid May through July
Season & Limits
Colorado Division of Wildlife, Durango
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