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Agate Creek Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This creek is easily accessible from Agate Creek Trail that leads to its headwaters. The creek has rainbow, brook and native trout (at the higher elevations).
Baldy Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Fishing at Baldy Lake is a gamble because of the short seasons and finicky fish, but if your lucky you could land one of the one and a half pounders that live there.
Big Blue Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Big Blue Campground is located 19 miles northwest of Lake City, Colorado. Visitors to this site will enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding and backpacking.
Big Blue Creek Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The headwaters of Big Blue Creek begin in the Uncompahgre Wilderness and flow northward to the Gunnison River. The stream is clear and cold. Brook trout are plentiful, although they are relatively small.
Boulder Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Boulder Lake lies immediately south of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness boundary. It can be accessed via a steep climb on a spur trail from the Fossil Ridge Trail.
Cataract Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This alpine lake can be accessed on horse or foot only. Because of Cataract Lake's high elevation, fishing in it varies every year, but it is reported to be good at times.
Cebolla Creek Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Mill Creek forms the headwaters of Cebolla Creek southeast of Lake City. These streams have good populations of rainbow and brook trout and are easily accessible.
Cochetopa Creek Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Cochetopa Creek is easy to access with good to excellent fishing. The headwaters are described here. They lie within or adjacent to the La Garita Wilderness.
Crystal Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Crystal Lake lies northwest of Lake City along the Crystal Lake Trail. The hike to Crystal Lake is difficult. Fishing for brook and rainbow trout varies from fair to good.
Deer Lakes Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Deer Lakes are a series of small, easily accessible, man-made reservoirs offering good to excellent fishing for rainbow trout.
Lamphier Lakes Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Lamphier Lakes lie high in an alpine valley of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness. Because of the high altitude, the fishing in these lakes varies day to day. Native cutthroat and rainbow trout can be found here.
Larson Lakes Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Larson Lakes lie four miles from the Old Lake City Cemetery on Larson Lakes Trail, 236. The hike to Larson Lakes is of moderate difficulty. Fishing for brook and rainbow trout is often good at this site.
Marshall Creek Drainage Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Marshall Creek headwaters begin near Marshall Pass on the Continental Divide. They flow westward to join the waters of Tomichi Creek. The creek contains rainbow, brook and brown trout.
McDonough Reservoir Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
McDonough Reservoir is located west of Cochetopa Canyon and the old Ute Agency Center. This man-made reservoir has rainbow, brook and brown trout up to 12 inches long.
Mill Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Mill Lake lies at an elevation of 11,720 feet. The fishing can vary dramatically from hour to hour, but fish of 18 inches have been caught at this site.
Needle Creek Reservoir Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Needle Creek Reservoir was developed in 1962 as an irrigation holding area. It has good fishing with rainbows and brook trout averaging ten to eleven inches.
Quartz Creek Drainage Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Quartz Creek flows from the Continental Divide to Tomichi Creek near Parlin. This stream and surrounding drainages have rainbow, brook, brown and native (cutthroat) trout.
Tomichi Creek Drainage Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Tomichi Creek begins on the west of the Continental Divide between Pitkin and Sargents, Colorado. It has rainbow and brook trout in its upper, faster moving waters. The slower waters have German Brown.
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