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Popular Fish Species Dillon Reservoir, CO

Dillon Reservoir Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

This year, fishing for rainbow trout in Dillon Lake is on the rise, as Colorado Parks & Wildlife continues a great stocking of catchable, and fingerling rainbows annually. Fish for rainbow trout here with worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, jerkbaits and small 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.

Dillon Reservoir Popular Fish - Brown Trout

Brown Trout

Currently, fishing for brown trout in Dillon Lake is delivering some nice catches. In the past this was one of the premiere fisheries for brown trout, although it has declined due to the Mysis shrimp that were introduced into the ecosystem. Hearty browns and strong fighters and migrate around the lake in search of baitfish and comfortable water temperatures, preferably in the 50 to 62 degree range. In spring brown trout, along with the baitfish, move to the shallows which warms first. As the days get warmer in summer they move deeper, again following schools of bait. As Fall and Winter arrive, browns tend to stay in deeper water. When these trout move deep, it is typically in the 20- to 45-foot range. Nightcrawlers are always a good bait for brown trout. In-line spinners, bait-colored crankbaits and small spoons are other options. Experiment with depth and retrieve speed. When the lake freezes over, ice fishing is popular.

Dillon Reservoir Popular Fish - Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee Salmon

Sockeye salmon which remain landlocked, never migrating to the ocean, are called kokanee salmon. On-going stocking of kokanee salmon by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife helps to maintain a nice population for the fishery. Typically kokanee average one to two pounds. As one of the premiere kokanee fishing lakes in Colorado, Lake Dillon delivers plenty of fish above normal averages. These tasty fish school in lakes at depths which remain at ideal temperatures of between 48 and 58 degrees. Once this depth is identified, use a fish finder to locate schools. Use small lures trolled at the appropriate depth. The can also be caught using corn, but the main way they are caught is using flashy lures which they attack when the lure intrudes their space. In winter, once the ice is safe, try ice fishing for kokanee.

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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon and Arctic char at Dillon Reservoir in Colorado.

Boasting 3,500 surface acres for boating and fishing, Dillon Reservoir is the largest body of water in the Denver water system. Anglers who enjoy fishing from the bank can choose their own stretch of more than 25 miles of shoreline and wet a line. The lake is home to trout, salmon and char.

Situated amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains, Dillon Reservoir in Colorado is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a variety of recreational activities. Fishing enthusiasts are drawn to the reservoir's abundant fish population, making it a prime spot for angling adventures. Dillon Reservoir is home to various species, including rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon, and Arctic char. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore or venture out on a boat to explore the reservoir's vast expanse and find the perfect fishing spot.

Dillon Reservoir, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, versatile boating options, and scenic camping facilities, offers a complete outdoor experience for all. Whether you're a passionate angler, an avid boater, or a nature lover seeking a peaceful camping getaway, Dillon Reservoir provides a picturesque setting with excellent fishing.

Pine Cove Campground, Frisco Bay Marina and Dillon Marina all have boat launch ramps for pontoons, pleasure boats and fishing boats.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Colorado

Fish Species in Dillon Reservoir, CO

Rainbow trout Brown trout Kokanee salmon

Lake Dillon Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rentals: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Concessions: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurants: YES

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Boating is another cherished activity at Dillon Reservoir. Boaters can navigate the reservoir's tranquil waters and admire the stunning mountain vistas that surround them. Whether you prefer sailing, power boating, kayaking, or paddleboarding, Dillon Reservoir provides an ideal setting for a day on the water. The marinas located along the shoreline offer boat rentals and convenient launching facilities, ensuring a seamless boating experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Dillon Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
970 468-5100

Frisco Bay Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats
970 668-4334


Dillon Marina
150 Marina Dr
Dillon, CO 80435
970 468-5100

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Dillon Marina Park Pavilion Boat Ramp
Located at the northwest corner of the lake, this is a really nice launch area. It has a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of paved parking.

Frisco Bay Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located at the southwest corner of the lake, this is a great launch area. It has a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of paved parking.

Pine Cove Campground Launch Ramp
This is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and limited parking. It is located in Pine Cove Campground, on the south side of the lake.

Fishing Guides On Dillon Reservoir

Big Ed's Fishing Ventures - trout

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

Dillon Reservoir Fishing Video
Fishing License

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Camping at Dillon Reservoir is a popular choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The reservoir features several campgrounds that provide both tent and RV sites, complete with amenities such as picnic areas, restrooms, and fire pits. Camping at Dillon Reservoir allows visitors to wake up to breathtaking views, enjoy outdoor activities throughout the day, and relish the tranquil evenings under the starry skies.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

Heaton Bay Campground - 970 468-7681

Peak One Campground - 877 444-6777

Prospector Campground - 877 444-6777

Windy Point Group Campground - 970 468-7681

Dillon Reservoir CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Dillon
Dillon, Colorado
275 Lake Dillon Dr.
Dillon, CO 80435


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