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Leadville to Canon City - Offers nearly 80 miles of public access and boasts great catches of nice-sized brown trout and rainbows. Most average 12-13 inches with some reaching lengths over 20 inches. The Arkansas River has become a very popular fishery in recent years for both walk/wade and float anglers. Most anglers rate the quality of their fishing experience as good to excellent. The "blizzard" caddis fly hatch in late April/early May is well renowned but hatches throughout the year make this a very consistent fishery where anglers can usually enjoy lots of elbow room. Lure and bait angling also produce very well, particularly during higher water flows.
Within the City of Pueblo - This is a must for all stream anglers looking for a place to go during the winter months. The mild winter climate and consistent flows out of Pueblo Dam makes for a great tailwater fishing experience for rainbow and brown trout. Good access is available for approximately 8 miles of river below the dam. Contact the Pueblo CPW office or the City of Pueblo for access information. Interactive Map
BEAVER CREEK RESERVOIR SWA: This popular trout fishery in the South Fork area provides shore anglers with good action on rainbow trout using power bait, salmon eggs and lures. A concrete boat ramp allows access for boaters taking kokanee, brown trout and rainbow trout by trolling. Fly fishermen prefer the "dead chicken" wet fly. Ice fishing is popular during the winter. Location: From South Fork, 2 miles southwest on Highway 160 to USFS Road 360, then 6 miles south. Interactive Map
CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR: Clear Creek Reservoir is traditionally one of the most productive and dependable fishing reservoirs in the upper Arkansas River basin. This popular reservoir produces excellent year-round catches of nice-sized brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout with an occasional trophy tiger muskie being taken. Facilities are good with a boat ramp and camping nearby. Location: 13 miles west of Buena Vista on Highway 24. Interactive Map
DEWEESE RESERVOIR: This 250 acre reservoir located north of Westcliffe provides excellent fishing for creel-sized and larger rainbow and cuttbow trout. The reservoir also provides some excellent smallmouth bass fishing and the opportunity to catch a tiger muskie. Ice fishing is very good from mid December through February. Contact the Pueblo CPW office for further details. Interactive Map
JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR: Fine warm-water fishing and excellent state park facilities await anglers at this large plains reservoir. Start out the year with crappie fishing in April and May (try on the dam or at the railroad trestle), then move on to white bass, wiper and saugeye beginning in May and lasting throughout the summer and fall. Also enjoy some of the state’s best fishing for large catfish (using worms, crawdads, shrimp) toward the shallow upper end of the lake. Fall (September and October) usually brings another period of great fishing. Call the Lamar CPW office to check on water levels, access and best techniques. Interactive Map
NEE GRONDE RESERVOIR: If rod-bending fishing is more important than lots of amenities, then this is just your place. This lake provides for some of the most consistent fishing for warm-water predator fish like wipers, white bass, saugeyes and channel catfish. Nee Gronde also boasts good spring crappie and smallmouth bass fishing in some years. Fishing peaks in May and June when anglers can hook into a number of different species fishing using twister jigs tipped with a night crawler, shad imitation crank baits, worm harnesses and plain old minnows. The water level can fluctuate during the fishing season so call the Lamar CPW office for up-to-date information on boat ramp conditions. The reservoir is closed for fishing during waterfowl season from Nov. 1 to March 31. Interactive Map
PIKES PEAK NORTH SLOPE RESERVOIRS: Three reservoirs are found along the Pikes Peak Highway. Although just outside of Colorado Springs, these gorgeous waters boast rainbow and cutthroat trout and occasional brook trout. Exceptional lake trout can also be taken at Crystal Creek and North Catamount. Anglers can use carry-in boats propelled by hand or electric motor and float tubes. Open from May to October, check the Pikes Peak Highway Tollbooth for hours and access charges. Location: From Colorado Springs west of Highway 24 to Cascade, then follow signs for the Pikes Peak Toll Road.
PUEBLO RESERVOIR: This reservoir is one of the most popular destinations in southeast Colorado. High catch rates on largemouth and smallmouth bass provide an excellent fishery. Large numbers of walleye inhabit the reservoir, and fishing is good for walleye from 14-30 inches. The reservoir has special restrictions for walleye. The reservoir also has excellent fishing for wiper, catfish, bluegill and trout. A State Parks Pass is required. Location: West of Pueblo on Highway 50 to Pueblo Blvd., then south to Thatcher Ave., then west to entrance. Interactive Map
SKAGUAY RESERVOIR: This 114 acre reservoir located near Victor, Colorado offers scenic angling in a more remote setting. Catchable trout are stocked throughout the summer providing good action for anglers. They range in size from 10-14 inches. Though scarce, this reservoir supports a population of northern pike that average 24 inches with fish approaching 40 inches in length. Facilities are good including a concrete boat ramp, parking and restrooms. Beaver Creek below the reservoir offers good brown trout fishing for the stream fishing enthusiast. Interactive Map
TRINIDAD RESERVOIR: This 700 acre reservoir located immediately west of Trinidad offers up lots of amenities. A good boat ramp provides access to the reservoir at all water levels. Trinidad's warm-water fishery provides fishing for a wide range of species including yellow perch, channel catfish, saugeye, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Trinidad also provides an excellent trout fishery and is heavily stocked with creel sized rainbow and cuttbow trout. A State Parks Pass is required. Location: West of Trinidad on Highway 12. Anglers should take note of this mercury warning issued by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Interactive Map
TWIN LAKES RESERVOIRS: Twin Lakes have a combined surface area of 2700 acres and are located near Granite, Colorado. They offer good fishing in an exceptional mountain setting and are serviced by two concrete boat ramps (one in the upper lake and one in the lower) and two campgrounds. Twin Lakes are known for trophy lake trout (some over 40 inches) and offer good catches of rainbow and Snake River cutthroat trout, averaging 12 inches with some reaching lengths of nearly 20 inches. Interactive Map