Lake John

Cowdry, Colorado 80434

Lake John

Lake John Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a highly productive, shallow 565-acre lake in the sagebrush covered hills of North Park.

Fingerlings stocked in the spring grow to 14 inches in their first year and to 20 inches by the end of their second summer. Nothing fancy is required at Lake John. The damselfly hatch in June and July is a highlight of fly angling, and an olive damselfly nymph fished just above the weeds and slowly pulled toward shore has proved to be deadly during this time. Trolling with spoons, casting brightly colored spinners from the bank or a float tube, casting nymphs and dry flies to cruising fish, or dropping Woolly Buggers to the bottom all seem to work. Prime bait-fishing time is at night—best with a night crawler below a bubble or bobber, which works particularly well in spring and summer. In the fall a Zonker or Muddler Minnow on a sink-tip fly line draws big fish to the angler."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Best early spring and late fall
Season & Limits
Colorado Division of Wildlife, Fort Collins
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