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Popular Fish Species Chatfield Reservoir, CO

Chatfield Reservoir Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

This year, fishing for rainbow trout in Chatfield Reservoir is on the rise. Catching rainbow trout here often involves using worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, and crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. Additionally, floating or sinking flies, such as nymphs, streamers, or dry flies, are popular choices for fly anglers targeting rainbow trout. Trolling with lures or flies behind a boat, casting near shoreline structures, or still fishing with bait can all yield success. Adjusting lure size, color, and retrieve speed can enhance chances of enticing these colorful and spirited fish. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing.

Chatfield Reservoir Popular Fish - Walleye


Thanks to good fisheries management by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a healthy population of sizeable walleye are now thriving in the waters of Chatfield Reservoir this year. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate on flats and ledges off the river channels. The best results for catching walleye here is most often by trolling, however casting live bait, jigs, worms, spoons and deep-diving crankbaits also work well at times. When the lake freezes over in winter, ice fishing for walleye can be very productive. Use GPS to locate spots you normally fish prior to icing over.

Chatfield Reservoir Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Chatfield Reservoir, as they are plentiful and easy to catch, once located. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Other bass to be caught here include largemouth bass and spotted bass. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill and yellow perch at Chatfield Reservoir in Colorado.

With 1,500 surface acres, Chatfield Reservoir is an ideal location for boating and fishing just outside Denver. There are over 25 miles of shoreline to fish from boats or from the bank. Hiking paths around the lake provide accessibility to sections of the lake for fishing from the bank.

Nestled on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Chatfield Reservoir is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The reservoir offers fantastic fishing opportunities, making it a haven for anglers of all skill levels. Chatfield Reservoir is home to a variety of fish species, including trout, walleye, bass, catfish, and crappie. Whether you prefer casting from the shoreline, fly fishing in the tranquil waters, or trolling from a boat, Chatfield Reservoir provides ample opportunities to reel in a prized catch.

Overall, Chatfield Reservoir in Colorado offers a complete outdoor experience, with exceptional fishing, boating opportunities, and convenient camping facilities. Whether you're a fishing enthusiast, a boating lover, or a nature lover seeking a peaceful camping getaway, Chatfield Reservoir provides a picturesque setting and a range of activities to satisfy every outdoor adventure.

Chatfield Lake has boat ramps, a marina and plenty of room for all boating activities, camping and fishing. The lake is home to bass, catfish, walleye, sunfish and perch. There are sections of the lake that are "no wake" zones, which provide some ideal areas for fishing.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Colorado

Fish Species in Chatfield Reservoir, CO

Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Rainbow trout Bluegill Yellow Perch

Chatfield Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rentals: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NO
Concessions: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy at Chatfield Reservoir. The expansive reservoir offers plenty of space for boaters to explore and enjoy water activities. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent them from the marina, allowing them to cruise along the calm waters, go water skiing, or try their hand at wakeboarding. The reservoir's convenient boat ramps and marina facilities make it easy to launch and enjoy a day of boating adventures.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Chatfield Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoons
303 791-5555


Chatfield Marina
Inside Chatfield State Park
303 791-5555

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Chatfield Lake North Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and plenty of paved parking.

Chatfield Lake South Boat Ramp
Located in Chatfield State Park, on the south side of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and excellent, paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Chatfield Reservoir

The Finesse Angler Guide Service - bass, trout

Parr's Guide Service - walleye, smallmouth bass, trout

If you offer fishing guide services on Chatfield Reservoir, please contact us for a free listing to be posted here.

Chatfield Reservoir Fishing Video
Fishing License

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Camping at Chatfield Reservoir is a popular choice for those who wish to extend their stay. The reservoir features a well-maintained campground with a variety of amenities. Campers can choose from tent sites, RV sites, or even opt for group camping areas. The campground provides facilities such as picnic areas, restrooms, showers, and fire pits, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience. Being surrounded by the natural beauty of Chatfield Reservoir and its scenic surroundings creates a serene atmosphere for campers to relax and unwind.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

Chatfield State Park Campground - 303 470-1144

Chatfield Reservoir CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Chatfield Reservoir
11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd
Littleton, CO, 80125
303 791-7275


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Chatfield Reservoir in CO.

Bass, perch and catfish fishing in north-central CO.

Chatfield Reservoir, a fishing lake in Colorado.