Colorado is beautiful at all times of year. The tall mountains and lush vegetation set a magnificent backdrop to the numerous lakes, rivers, and streams. Regular “warm” fishing season in Colorado typically runs from springtime (after the ice melts) until fall (just before the ice forms). Ice fishing season begins and ends based on when the ice forms and melts, which may vary from year to year.
Before you try you hand at fishing in Colorado, you should know that many spots are only reachable by kayak. So its a good idea to have one picked out before you go. Here is a guide on how to buy a kayak.
These seasonal transitions are also when stocked waters are typically restocked with fish, so it is best to hit the waters at the beginning ice fishing season or the beginning of warm fishing season for the biggest bite on your line!
#1 Mt. Evans Trout Fishing, Idaho Springs
Mt. Evans Trout Fishing spot is perfect for the non-fisherman who just wants some recreational fishing fun or for an unforgettable family-fishing trip. Intimately named, “Grandma and Grandpa’s Fishing Pond”, it is located only forty-five minutes west of the bustling big city of Denver. The luscious greenery surrounding the mountain canyon will mesmerize you. This famous pond is generously stocked with “World-Famous Rocky Mountain Trout”. Since it is privately owned land, fishing licenses are not required and there is no daily limit!
There are even staff members available to assist with fish cleaning after your big catch. The children will be in awe as they gaze at the real reindeer walking around on the property. They are tame and enjoy the numerous guests visiting their home each day. There are numerous scenic spots to take in, around or near the property including the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. To make this adventure extend for a couple of days, stay in one of the log cabins, or take a short drive to stay at a local hotel.
#2 Schryver Park Kid’s Pond
Fountain Creek feeds this small pond in Manitou Springs. The city is famous for the spring water within the fully stocked pond. If you love trout, you are sure to catch your limit under the pretty Cottonwood trees. This area tends to be deep and having a fish finder for your kayak can help out a lot.
#3 Fort Collins City Park Lake, Fort Collins
Fort Collins City Park Lake is knows to the locals as Sheldon Lake. This urban reservoir is home to largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, crappie, rainbow trout, blue gill and catfish. Anglers find luck bait casting, spinning, and especially, fly-casting. The serious fishermen (and some families) usually take the morning shift. However, the place turns into a family affair in the evening, complete with family fishing, basketball, swimming, paddleboats, and a miniature train.
#4 Corn Lake Junction, Grand Junction
Corn Lake Junction boasts a self-sustaining population of bluegill, perch, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie combined with fully stocked population of rainbow trout. Do not be surprised if you see numerous Greylag geese surrounding the area. They have been long-term residents of Corn Lake and continue to heavily populate the area. The lake is next to the popular Colorado River and is only one mile away from the Colorado River Wildlife area, where you can observe many animals and fowl in their natural habitat, or hike through the magnificent Colorado terrain.
#5 St Vrain State Park, Longmont
St. Vrain State Park provides a multitude of ponds that will keep the avid fisherman busy for longer than just one day. These ponds remain heavily stocked at the beginning of warm fishing season and at the start of ice fishing season. This gorgeous park caters to all visitors with their many “handicap accessible” piers. Some of the many fish species you will come across include redear, saugeye, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, green sunfish, yellow perch, blue gill, and catfish.
It is not usually to see wild heron and eagles enjoying their natural habitat. Be sure to pay close attention to posted signs, or read up on the expectations prior to your trip. Some of the ponds have additional guidelines that must be followed.