Colorado is world renowned for its trout fishing. Angling in a State Park, National Park, or National Forest is an excellent way to spend some time alone or with the family. Many spots are accessible by car or four wheel drive vehicle. Other spots can only be accessed by hiking or backpacking to them.
Many campgrounds come complete with built-in access for anglers.
Fishing in Colorado means an opportunity and a chance to catch some 80
species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for the famed rainbow trout in a
cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. There are 6,000 miles of streams and more
than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to choose from. 167 miles of Gold Medal streams provide
outstanding angling opportunities for large trout. These waters are managed to ensure populations of big fish.
Attractions - The Arkansas Headwaters State Park is a unique cooperative effort between the State Parks system and the Bureau of Land Management. The 148 mile stretch of the Akansas River is a haven for white water rafting, kayaking and fly fishing.
Nearby Leadville area is well known for its Turquoise and Twin Lakes Recreation Areas.
Few states can boast the outdoor resources around the Denver metro area alone.
Barr Lake is a wildlife watcher's
paradise and a great place for boating and angling. Chatfield and Cherry Creek state parks have it all -- reservoirs for boating, sailing, horse rentals, sandy beaches,
marinas and miles of hiking and biking trails.
Don't miss Eleven Mile and Spinney Mountain,
two neighboring state parks with scenic beauty and trophy-size fish...an angler's paradise! Spinney Mountain Reservoir and the nearby
South Platte River are classified as Gold Medal Water.
Lake Pueblo is a water-sports mecca with 400 campsites, miles of trails and the expansive Pueblo
Reservoir for unlimited boating fun!
Gold Medal Water can be found on the Crystal,
Fryingpan and Roaring Fork Rivers near
Aspen and Glenwood Springs, on the
Rio Grande River between South Fork and Del Norte,
on the Blue River below the Dillon Reservoir,
and on the Gunnison River. Additional Gold Medal Water is located at Steamboat Lake State Park.
Additional Information - The state's Division of Wildlife website has a wealth of information including current fishing conditions, rules and regulations and licence information.
They can also be contacted at: Denver Service Center, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216, Phone: (303)291-7227.