Fishing Hot Spots in Northwest Colorado



Northwest Colorado Fishing Hot Spots 
You are a very lucky angler if you are in this part of Colorado because, this area is one of the finest places for fly and lure fishing in the US.  In Northwest Colorado you will have a chance to catch some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish.


TRAPPERS LAKE
This lake holds the largest population of native Colorado River cutthroat trout in the world! As the second largest natural lake in Colorado, this pristine body of water is located within the Flattops Wilderness Area, but is only a quarter-mile hike from the end of the road.
Location: From Buford, 24 miles east on Highway 132.

Trappers Lake is one of the best trout hot spots in Colorado
Trappers Lake Colorado Fishing Hot Spot



RIFLE GAP RESERVOIR
This reservoir supports a large population of rainbow trout, but is known for the best yellow perch and walleye fishing. Boats are allowed and camping is available. A State Parks Pass is required.
Location: From Rifle, 4 miles north on Highway 325. 

WOLFORD MOUNTAIN RESERVOIR
Wolford Mountain Reservoir has gained a reputation for producing 16-inch rainbow trout. The area features 48 full-service campsites with electricity (fee required), picnic tables, shelters, fire grates, water, restrooms, trash removal, dump station, a concrete boat ramp and two group-use sites.
Location: Located 6.5 miles northwest of Kremmling on U.S. Highway 40.

If you are looking for a truly epic camping and rainbow trout fishing in Colorado, Wolford Reservoir is waiting for you. Photo: Jim & Robin Kunze
Wolford Reservoir Coloradi Fishing Hotspot

STAGECOACH RESERVOIR
Pike fishing and big rainbows hot spot. Some of the big rainbows, 2 pounds and up, are the rule, not the exception. Stagecoach also boasts of a healthy population of northern pike. A State Parks Pass is required.
Location: Seven miles east of Oak Creek, 15 miles south of Steamboat Springs


GOLD MEDAL FISHING RIVERS IN NORTHWEST COLORADO

FRYINGPAN AND ROARING FORK
Fly fishing hot spot in Northwest Colorado. These rivers offer some of the finest fly and lure fishing for trout in the United States. Catch-and-release sections on the Fryingpan River below Ruedi Reservoir provide an opportunity to catch rainbow trout up to 10 pounds! The Roaring Fork River offers the best mountain whitefish angling in the state.
Location: Take Interstate 70 to Glenwood Springs, then Highway 82 to Basalt and Aspen.

Fryingpan River,  Colorado fishing

BLUE RIVER
This water flows out of Dillon Reservoir and boasts fantastic rainbow and brown trout fishing. Fly- and lure fishing only.
Location: Located on Highway 9 at the Frisco-Silverthorne Exit off Interstate 70

GOLD MEDAL FISHING LAKES IN NORTHWEST COLORADO

STEAMBOAT LAKE
At the base of majestic Hahn's Peak, Steamboat Lake is known for its fine rainbow trout fishing hot spot. Boats are permitted. A State Parks Pass is required.
Location: From Steamboat Springs, west 2 miles on Highway 40 to County Road 129, turn north for 26 miles to the entrance.



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