Waters Fished

Colorado Waters Fished: Blue Mesa Reservoir

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest body of water in Colorado; with 9,000 surface acres and nearly 100 miles of shoreline it is an impressive lake. Blue Mesa is nationally known for having the largest population of Kokanee Salmon in the United States. The fishing can be action packed; salmon are great fighters and even better table fair. Big blue is also known for producing some of the largest Lake Trout in the country including several Colorado State Records. The Lake Trout in Blue Mesa grow to enormous proportions reaching weights of 50 pounds. It is hard to beat the springtime if you wish to target these big Lakers. Lastly there are excellent populations of Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Perch that fish well year round.

*All Blue Mesa Reservoir trips are operated under Sport Fish Colorado’s permit

Harvey Gap Reservoir

Harvey Gap Reservoir is Rifle Gaps sister lake. At 190-acers it is a hidden gem home to Pike, Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Tiger Muskie. It may be small but its diverse food web grows big fish. Harvey is an underrated powerhouse, and a great place to target that trophy of a lifetime!

*All Harvey Gap trips are operated under Sport Fish Colorado’s permit

Colorado Waters Fished: Harvey Gap Reservoir
Colorado Waters Fished: Harvey Gap Reservoir

Harvey Gap Reservoir

Harvey Gap Reservoir is Rifle Gaps sister lake. At 190-acers it is a hidden gem home to Pike, Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Tiger Muskie. It may be small but its diverse food web grows big fish. Harvey is an underrated powerhouse, and a great place to target that trophy of a lifetime!

*All Harvey Gap trips are operated under Sport Fish Colorado’s permit

Pueblo Reservoir

Pueblo Reservoir is the only lake on this list that is not located in the mountains. Instead it is a 4,000-acre reservoir built on the Arkansas River in southern Colorado. At under 5,000ft in elevation and being so far south it stays warm year round and does not freeze. Its warm fertile waters support an abundance of fish including Walleye, Smallmouth, Largemouth, Spotted Bass, Wiper, Catfish, and an assortment of Panfish. The giant shad population in Pueblo fuels the entire ecosystem. Early spring is the best time to target those trophy Walleye and Wiper and again in the fall. However, the months of May and June are the best for action packed fishing. If the weathers right it’s not uncommon to catch 100 fish in a single day! We use a variety of fishing techniques throughout the season including casting, jigging, and trolling. Pueblo Reservoir is a fantastic place to bring the family and catch a limit for the dinner table.

*All Pueblo trips are operated under Fishhead Outdoors permit

Rifle Gap Reservoir

Rifle Gap Reservoir is a 350-acre impoundment located in the high desert of western Colorado. Its weedy, aqua blue water is home to a number of different sport fish including Northern Pike, Smallmouth, and Walleye. The open water season is April through October and fishing is excellent year round. Casting, trolling, or fly fishing near the weeds is the name of the game on Rifle. April through June offers some incredible opportunities at Pike in the 20lb class and again September through October.

*All Rifle Gap trips are operated under Sport Fish Colorado’s permit

Colorado Waters Fished: Rifle Gap Reservoir
Colorado Waters Fished: Rifle Gap Reservoir

Rifle Gap Reservoir

Rifle Gap Reservoir is a 350-acre impoundment located in the high desert of western Colorado. Its weedy, aqua blue water is home to a number of different sport fish including Northern Pike, Smallmouth, and Walleye. The open water season is April through October and fishing is excellent year round. Casting, trolling, or fly fishing near the weeds is the name of the game on Rifle. April through June offers some incredible opportunities at Pike in the 20lb class and again September through October.

*All Rifle Gap trips are operated under Sport Fish Colorado’s permit

Colorado Waters Fished: Ruedi Reservoir

Ruedi Reservoir

Ruedi Reservoir is a high-elevation impoundment that is over 1,000-acres of fish catching paradise. It is located in the heart of the White River National Forest, which provides some of the most incredible scenery Colorado has to offer. It’s deep, clear, and cold waters are the perfect habitat for Lake Trout, which have been self-sustaining in the lake for years. We use a combination of trolling and jigging techniques to get at these deep dwellers. April through June offers the best chance at trophies; fish between 15-30lbs are not uncommon. September-November offers the best chance at numbers, with 40 fish days not uncommon. There are also great populations of Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Kokanee Salmon.

*All Ruedi Reservoir fishing trips are operated under the Frying Pan Anglers permit #2389

Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Spinney Mountain Reservoir near Fairplay CO is a world-renowned trout fishery. It is one of the only still water Gold Medal fisheries in the state of Colorado. As such Spinney arguably has some of the best Cutbow, Brown, and Rainbow Trout fishing in the western United States. In addition to trout Spinney is also home to Northern Pike and Perch. The pike and trout fishing can be excellent year round; trout in this lake average 20 inches and the pike can grow over 20 pounds! The boat ramp usually opens April 1st and closes October 31st.

*All Spinney Mountain Reservoir trips are operated under Fishhead Outdoors permit

Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Spinney Mountain Reservoir near Fairplay CO is a world-renowned trout fishery. It is one of the only still water Gold Medal fisheries in the state of Colorado. As such Spinney arguably has some of the best Cutbow, Brown, and Rainbow Trout fishing in the western United States. In addition to trout Spinney is also home to Northern Pike and Perch. The pike and trout fishing can be excellent year round; trout in this lake average 20 inches and the pike can grow over 20 pounds! The boat ramp usually opens April 1st and closes October 31st.

*All Spinney Mountain Reservoir trips are operated under Sport Fish Colorado’s permit

Colorado Waters Fished: Turquoise Reservoir

Turquoise Reservoir

Turquoise Reservoir is a beautiful lake surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest. It is a high elevation impoundment and about 1,500 surface acres, the water stays cool year round creating the perfect habitat for trout. Turquoise Reservoir is home to Cutthroat, Rainbow, Cutbow, Brown, and Lake Trout. It is not uncommon to catch 4 species in a day and have a 40 fish outing! Turquoise is almost never crowded making it a great place to bring the family. Although there are large fish in Turquoise it is primarily a numbers game and a great place catch your limit for the dinner table. The boat ramp usually opens in early June and closes in October.

*All Turquoise Reservoir trips are operated under Patriot Outfitters Inc’s permit

Twin Lakes Reservoir

Twin Lakes Reservoir, located just outside of Leadville CO, is easily one of the most beautiful lakes on this list. Sitting at 9,500ft in elevation and surrounded by some of the tallest peaks in the state this fishery is impressive. Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout all call this reservoir home; and as one of the only places in the state specifically managed for Lake Trout the fishing can be excellent. May through October is the open water season and Lake Trout can be caught using a variety of methods all season long. This lake can be great for numbers of fish but trophies over 30 pounds are caught here every season!

*All Twin Lakes Reservoir trips are operated under Patriot Outfitters Inc’s permit

Colorado Waters Fished: Twin Lakes Reservoir
Colorado Waters Fished: Twin Lakes Reservoir

Twin Lakes Reservoir

Twin Lakes Reservoir, located just outside of Leadville CO, is easily one of the most beautiful lakes on this list. Sitting at 9,500ft in elevation and surrounded by some of the tallest peaks in the state this fishery is impressive. Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout all call this reservoir home; and as one of the only places in the state specifically managed for Lake Trout the fishing can be excellent. May through October is the open water season and Lake Trout can be caught using a variety of methods all season long. This lake can be great for numbers of fish but trophies over 30 pounds are caught here every season!

*All Twin Lakes Reservoir trips are operated under Patriot Outfitters Inc’s permit

Colorado Waters Fished: Twin Lakes Reservoir

Williams Fork Reservoir

Williams Fork Reservoir is a truly unique body of water located near Parshall CO. At 1,600 surface acres it contain populations of Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Brown Trout. It is one of the most diverse fisheries in the state offering anglers a fantastic chance at catching a Colorado Grand Slam. The open water season begins in May and lasts into October. This lake has a reputation for producing giant Lake Trout and has even given up a state record Northern Pike.

*All Williams Fork Reservoir trips are operated under High Country Anglers LLC’s permit