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 Reservoir trips are operated under Colorado Adrenaline Fishing’s 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

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: 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 Colorado Adrenaline Fishing’s permit