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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, saugeye, striped bass and wipers at John Martin Reservoir in Colorado.

John Martin Reservoir, CO

John Martin Reservoir State Park features excellent boating and fishing at John Martin Reservoir. Come and enjoy a day of fishing, or an extended stay at this 11,600-acre lake in southeastern corner of the state. Find your favorite section of its 22 miles of shoreline and fish for a host of warm-water fish species.

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John Martin Reservoir, located in southeastern Colorado, is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. The reservoir is renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities, attracting anglers from far and wide. John Martin Reservoir is home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, saugeye, catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass. Whether you prefer fishing from the shore, casting from a boat, or even ice fishing during the winter months, John Martin Reservoir provides ample opportunities to catch your favorite species.

John Martin Reservoir, with its excellent fishing opportunities, exciting boating adventures, and scenic camping options, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're a passionate angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful camping retreat, John Martin Reservoir in Colorado offers a serene setting to indulge in your favorite activities and create lasting memories amidst the beauty of nature.

Favorites include crappie, saugeye, bass, wiper and striped bass, but the lake also offers fishing for sunfish, walleye and white bass. There is no marina or rental boats, so come prepared. Campgrounds, RV spaces, convenience store, bait and tackle, and dining is available close to the lake. Lodging is nearby. Local fishing tournaments held here regularly speak to the quality of the fishing.

Primary fish species residing in John Martin Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Walleye Saugeye Bluegill White Bass Striped bass Hybrid Stripers

John Martin Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating on John Martin Reservoir is a popular activity, allowing visitors to explore the vast expanse of water and take in the stunning panoramic views. Boaters can bring their own watercraft or rent boats from the marina, ensuring a day filled with adventure and relaxation on the reservoir. Whether you enjoy powerboating, water skiing, or simply cruising along the tranquil waters, John Martin Reservoir offers a fantastic boating experience for all. The marina provides convenient access to boat ramps, fueling stations, and other amenities to enhance your boating trip.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

John Martin Reservoir Boat Ramp
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks, and paved parking. It is located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Highway 24.

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Camping at John Martin Reservoir is a wonderful way to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area. The reservoir offers several well-maintained campgrounds equipped with facilities such as picnic areas, restrooms, and fire rings. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, there are suitable options available to accommodate various preferences. Waking up to the peaceful sounds of nature, enjoying a campfire under the starry night sky, and being surrounded by the scenic beauty of John Martin Reservoir create a memorable camping experience.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

John Martin Reservoir State Park - 719 829-1801

Lakeview RV Campground Bait & Grocery - 719 776-9811

Lamar Sportsman's Campground - 719 336-3623

John Martin Reservoir CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

John Martin Reservoir
John Martin Reservoir State Park
30703 County Road 24
Hasty, CO 81044
719 829-1801


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John Martin Reservoir in CO

Fishing for crappie, saugeye, bass, wiper and striped bass in southeastern CO.

John Martin Reservoir, in Colorado.