Colorado Fishing Report

August 9, 2008 – Jefferson Lake – Fished Jefferson Lake, Colorado, above Jefferson on highway 285; 15 minutes northwest of Bailey, in the South Park basin area on Friday, August 8, 2008, from 6am – 12pm. Foggy, very cool, with light breeze. Casted from very rocky shore just below picnic area on slight rocky point. Caught two 15″ rainbows on night crawlers within first 45 minutes, likely chasing stocker fingerlings for their breakfast. After that, four more rainbows 10-12″ over the next five hours. Beautiful quiet place to fish; postcard picturesque mountains surround this glacial lake. We were the only ones until about 9am, then it became busier with bellyboats, pairs, and a few families on near side of lake. Far side is vacant of people. No motorized boats allowed and there is a $5 per day entrance fee. For best action, get there by day-break, self-pay, and take a jacket. This is a good place for pre-teens to practice and get excited.

– rolfecat

August 6, 2008 – Belaire Lake – Fished Belaire Lake next to the campground in Red Feathers, Colorado on Sunday, July 27 from 2pm – 6pm. Caught 4, 15″ rainbow trout. Many strikes. Lots of people at this lake because of the proximity to the campground, many small children, families, and many loud talkers. If you’re here to catch fish, have fun with the kids, and admire the beauty, it’s a good spot. If you are here for tranquility, go elsewhere.

– rolfecat

July 8, 2008 – Need tips for catfish in Denver area – Looking for some tips on where to find catfish in the denver metro area with any decent rate of success. Any help would be appreciated.


July 8, 2008 – Pella Crossing – Fished there Wed. Thurs. & Fri. Did my best on Wed. in the afternoon til dark. 8 small mouth best one 15″ . Thrur. Afternoon til dark 5-6 small mouth all about 8-10″ and took my kids mid-day Fri. and they had success for Blue gills and Perch all little ones. Wed. and Thurs. I took the bass on either a black worm or black grub fished slow and twitched. Had no success on bass Fri. but the kids kept me busy with the Gills and Sunnies.

Woody from Berthoud.

Just an FYI there is a CAT FISH night at the fairgrounds pond in Longmont on Aug. 6th I believe (may need to visit the Boulder Parks web site for more info) worms and stink bait allowed. Should be a good night to take the kids out.

June 24, 2008 – Walden area in North Park Colorado.

We hit Cowdry on June 13th at 5:00pm. I was surprised at the moss growth already. We fished from shore with bait and tried some wading throwing lures. Didn’t get a bite. There were a few folks in boats (2) who picked up a few.

The following morning we went up to Big Creek. There were lots of campers. We wanted to hit the day use area but it was still closed. There was a 4 ft drift across the road and the gates were closed. We went to the west shore and tried bait, a few bites but no fish. I then waded out and started throwing a spoon. Caught maybe 25 with in a couple hours. They were all in the 10″ to 14″ range. We decided to walk in at the day use area and hiked in to the boat ramp. We both waded in at the boat ramp and threw lures. We caught about a dozen in the 12″ To 14″ range, all Rainbows.

June 15th we hit Cowdry again about 7:00am. Fished lures and bait. Caught 1 18″ Rainbow. Again a few of the boaters were bringing in fish. I was surprised there were no bellyboaters. Saw lots of fish rising. Left about noon with only the 1 fish caught.

Dave & Dar

June 21, 2008 – Answer to Crappie Question – an angler recently posted a question about fishing for crappie in colorado.

I’ve recently caught my limit every time I went to Beckwith Reservoir and they’ve been .75 to 1.5 lb crappie. Location was right near the main lake regulations sign. lures used were a black/red pistol pete fished slowly behind a float and a white/silver roadrunner spinner jig, which also produced a decent-sized largemouth.

another man caught his limit quickly using a fly rod. so, flies on either a spinning rod/float or fly rod will easily produce crappie off the dropoff shelving near the main Beckwith Reservoir regulations sign. anyone that wishes can email me at for any questions regarding fishing in southern/mid colorado and I’ll try to help.

Dameon Mullins

May 27, 2008 – Vallecito – I apologize for the delay in my report!! We went out to Vallecito Reservoir on the 16-19, we only fished two of the 4 days, but the fishing was pretty good! We caught mainly Rainbows ranging in the 12-16 inch area, but to our surprise we brought in some salmon, same range of size. All of them were taken trolling, we tried several colors of spinners, copper, silver, green and silver all seemed to work. We caught nothing bait fishing or just chucking and winding.

I will be going out there again this weekend, 5/30-6/2, I will send another after that trip as well. Have a great day!!

PS – They are having a fishing tournament at Vallecito this weekend, if you need more info about it, call Trent Sanders at 970-769-0309, I believe he is the one running it! If you do indeed call him, would you be so kind to let him know that I had you call him?? Thank you, until next time

Craig Buster

April 10, 2008 – Cherry Creek Reservoir – I have been fishing at Cherry Creek Res. for the past 3 weekends and have been getting multiple strikes and releases of good 1lb and 2lb trout by the west boat ramp directly east of the swim beach have been just fishing the bottom with an 18″ leader and a nightcrawler have been producing numbers of fish and thrown back tons of stockers. Have had a limit of 4 trout everyday within 4 hours never more than that.

I am planning on going to Estes Lake this weekend and will post on my results.

Jason Cooper

April 1, 2008 – Cherry Creek Reservoir – The rainbows have been biting like crazy over by the swim beach and directly east of there. In fact we haven’t had one dry day in the last 3 weeks. We have had some great luck with night crawlers, especially when we use some garlic attractant and float them off the bottom about 9-12 inches.
We are planning on stopping by Eleven Mile for one last ice fishing trip before spring (I’ll let you know how it goes). The great folks at the Eleven Mile Store told me they still have 36 inches as of today.

March 31, 2008 – Clear Creek – last weekend I fished Clear Creek @ high way 6th and highway 58 right under the bridge… pulled out a few rainbow stockers on a black and gold fly… figured i would drop a line considering that its that time a year again for the reports to be coming back up…

also… fished bear creek resv. night crawlers are getting nailed at all times of the day along with the normal eggs and green and rainbow power bait for the trout

March 14, 2008 – Crappie Question – I am a crappie fanatic and I am from Florida, I am looking for good places to fish for crappie here in Colorado and so far I have not had any luck. Can you please suggest some good places to try

Editor’s note: If you have any suggestions, please email them to us and we will post them on this page.

March 9, 2008 – Valco Ponds – I’m in Colorado for a Military TDY and had an opportunity to fish in the Valco Ponds below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam. There was an incoming weather front and the fishing was slow. I did not see anyone else catching any fish, but I was able to catch a few. I caught two bass on a silver/blue Rat-L-Trap and managed to snag some sort of carp. I had another, larger fish on but it got off before I could get a look at it. The fish I caught were on the bottom in 5-6ft of water. Hopefully next weekend will be a little nicer.

January 28, 2008 – Cherry Creek Reservoir – Fishing right now at Cherry Creek reservoir has been great. The rainbows are biting. Ice in most places is 12 to 15 inches thick. We found that salmon eggs are working best right now. I would also recommend fishing over the hazards in the reservoir, they are easily found by locating the tops of the buoys.
Good luck and be careful, its been warm here the last 3 days.

January 3, 2008 – Antero Reservoir Hello just thought I would share some info regarding Antero Reservoir in South Park Colorado. Fishing for large trout through the ice has been good, a recent trip yielded some large fish landed and large fish lost. Bring a varity of baits and jigs such as salmon eggs, pink colored jigs, meal worms and corn grubs try cast masters in gold with small pink jigs below the cast master with about 10 ” of line between the 2. Some hits with jigging some with just leaving still. Fish are big I hooked one in the 8lb range so if you plan on keeping the fish might want to bring a gaf. Very fun fights on light line.

Have a great time fishing–

December 27, 2007 – Swanson Reservoir Question – good day, has anyone been on the ice at Swanson res. yet? would like to go on new years day, but would like to hear an ice and fishing report. thanks

August 3, 2007 – Fly fishing on river near highway 58 and US 6 junction – This is for fly fishing. Fished a stretch of river 3.5 mile from Highway 58/US 6 junction. There is a turn off here on the way to Blackhawk on Clear Creek. I used a variety of different flies while there, and caught a 9″ brook trout on a brown dry fly. Had multiple hits on flies ranging from gray to black but no luck setting any of those hooks. This was Aug. 1st from aprox. 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Good Luck!

J Sidwell

May 23, 2007 – Lemon and Vallecito –

Lemon – Very slow, not to many people fishing there at all, bank fishing with spinners for 7-10″ rainbows, we were there for 5 hours roughly and caught 4 between 4 of us!

Vallecito – Very good for rainbow trout, trolling seemed to be the best method. Early afternoon showers seemed to be the norm for right now as well. Pike are still in the spawning stage, you may be lucky to either anger a nesting female, or hook up with a rogue male. Within the next week or so Pike fishing will pick up as it will be post spawn for them and they will be back to their normal behavior. Some salmon are being taken as well as the water is still pretty cold, so they aren’t as deep as they will be in the next couple of weeks to a month when the weather heats up. Some browns are also being taken trolling. The lake is high as well, it gained about 3-5″ while we were there.

Craig Buster & The Franchise

April 23, 2007 – Question on Trout in Denver area – I live in Denver and am interested in good stocked waters for trout. Is there anyway you can provide me with some places to go where I can fish for trout. Thanks a lot.


September 16, 2006 – Answer to Florida Bass question – Hello. I read your question about how to catch those bass you are seeing. I am a florida native and have been fishing central florida for over 30 years and i can tell you that if you put a live golden shiner in front of those fish you will indeed connect with them. If you need more information on how to fish with this kind of bait let me know and i will send to you a link to all the info you need. I have a few places where i catch my own golden shiners and keep them in a tank to use when i want to go fishing. This is another complete subject i know but once you start catching bass with shiners you won’t want to stop. If you buy them they run from $16.00 to $20.00 a dozen, this is to much for me to pay so i catch my own. Catching the bait is almost as much fun as catching the bass! Jeff Morrow, Sarasota, Fla

August 21, 2006 – Denver/Boulder/Longmont Area

Dear Jim,

I wish more people would report too. One more report for you.

Wheat Ridge – Prospect Park Lakes: Went fishing there yesterday morning from
about 7:30am to 11:30am and caught for largemouth bass using a large white
and grey Strike King spinner bait. I used some jitterbugs as well but got
no hits. The bass were 16″, 13″, 8″ and 5″ in length. I do have a scale
but do not weight them unless they are approaching state record weight or
just huge, my goal is to get them back in the water as quick as possible.

I will definately keep them coming!


Albert Nieto

August 18, 2006 – Denver/Boulder/Longmont Area

Dear Kansas Angler,

First of all I would just like to say that I love your website and love the weekly updated fishing reports for the Denver area. I go fishing every chance I get around town for lunker bass or just large Colorado largemouth and thought I would send you some reports. I noticed you dont list a few other places around town that have quality bass fishing, but I guess sometimes for some of us thats a good thing!!

Longmont – Golden Pond: Went fishing here last saturday and the fishing was very slow with no bites. Using various jitterbugs, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or other lures.

Longmont – Pella Crossing: Was there last saturday and had some pretty good luck. Bass were cruising the shores along with a lot of bluegills. I landed two 14″ to 16″ largemouth bass. One on a jitterbug and the other on a large white/gold Strike King spinnerbait. Only fished for a few hours, but this lakes has some good bass if you know what they want.

Denver – Rocky Mountain lake: Fishing for bass has been fair to good. Mainly catching small 6″/7″ laregemouth using jitterbugs along the shore here and there. Somedays just no luck. Lake gets a lot of pressure from the trout fisherman.

Wheat Ridge – Prospect Park Lakes (Not listed on your site): This series of lakes has a lot of good bass fishing and big ones too. Bass are cruising the shores and hitting various plastic worms, spinnerbaits and topwater lures. About 3 weeks ago someone pulled out about a 17″ largemouth, and I have also caught an 18″ largemouth from here late last year.

Boulder – Walden Ponds (4 Lakes on a wildlife habitat) (Not on listed on your site): This can be a pretty fun place to fish if you have kids or love bass fishing. The lakes are very low but the fishing has been great. Was there last weekend and caught 15+ largemouth ranging from 6″ to 12″ (fishing Bass Pond) using jitterbugs, inline spinners and minus-1 topwater lures.

The lake is not very deep so with the water very low it makes it tough to fish crankbaits or spinnerbaits with the exception of a few areas. During that time fishing walking around another gentleman caught a nice 16″ largemouth out of Duck Pond on a plastic frog. Duck pond is tough to fish, its very low in water, shallow in depth and has lots of weeds and algae/moss on the surface. The good thing about this place is that it butts up to Sawhill Ponds which combined makes around 12 to 14 ponds/lakes you can fish. It’s all artificial lures and flies only with catch and release with the exception of one lake that is part of Sawhill Ponds.

I hope this information is helpful to you. I do a lot of fishing so look forward to receiving more reports from me.


Albert Nieto

August 2, 2006 – South Delaney Butes – south delaney butes in colorado. THe fishing was slow to fair. Trolling didn’t seem to work so try casting kastmasters or daredevils on the south end of the lake for ur best luck. This lake is also very mossy with moss beds on the top of the water which makes it difficult to troll because u are always picking up moss. Cassidy

July 31, 2006 – Lake John – My name is Cassidy. This fishing report is for lake john. try using a bubble or bobber with a three foot leader over by the chokecherries with a worm. The fishing is fair to good. Also it is somewhat low and pretty mossy. I just got back from there today.

July 19, 2006 – Response to request for reports on Golden Pond, Pela Crossing & Lageman Reservoir – all three lakes that you are talking about have not had even ok fishing for years golden ponds are one of the worst fishing spots in the area, lagerman res. is just a lake i have not seen a fish pulled out of that lake in 10 years try going out of longmont if you want fair to good fishing

July 14, 2006 – Chatfield Reservoir – Littleton, CO – I have been hearing about the great walleye fishing on Chatfield this year. So my buddy and I gave it a try last night. We fished from 5:30pm to 10:30pm and the only fish we saw was a dead carp floating by. We trolled, jigged, and casted both the river channel and the dam. Tried with worms and without, trolling at different speeds, different depths, different colors, and not a single fish was caught. Somebody must be catching something out there though or at least reading the same stuff since there were a ton of boats out there fishing. Hopefully, a different night will prove to be better luck.


June 30, 2006 – Request for reports on Golden Pond, Pela Crossing & Lageman Reservoir – I noticed that some fishing spots in my area are absent from your report for north eastern Colorado. I live in Longmont and could not find Golden Ponds, Pela Crossing, or Lagerman Reservoir. I understand that you can’t post every fishing spot but all three locations have fair fishing. Please consider posting these also.

Thank You

June 13, 2006 – South Fork of Rio Grande Colorado Report – I fished this river from June 5-10. Water was clear and dropping daily. Fishing was good for Brown Trout on Copper John and Bead Head Prince Nymphs size 12. Caddis fly hatch was evident but small numbers and fish were not on them yet. Noticed a few Stone flies along the bank but full fledged hatch had not started yet. I didnt see any rising trout on the river the entire time.



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