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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill, white bass, yellow perch, saugeye, northern pike, tiger muskie and wiper at North Sterling Reservoir in Colorado.

North Sterling Reservoir, CO

A full-service marina and public boat launch ramps welcome all boats to North Sterling Reservoir for great fishing and boating. Come enjoy this 2,800-acre lake in the northeast corner of the state. For those who prefer to fish from the bank, there is access to much of the 20 miles of shoreline.

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North Sterling Reservoir, located on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, is a haven for fishing enthusiasts seeking a memorable angling experience. The reservoir is known for its excellent fishing opportunities and diverse fish species. Anglers can cast their lines in search of various fish, including walleye, saugeye, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Whether you prefer fishing from the shore, wading in the water, or launching your boat, North Sterling Reservoir offers plenty of spots to reel in a catch and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

North Sterling Reservoir, with its excellent fishing opportunities, enjoyable boating experiences, and well-equipped campgrounds, offers a complete outdoor getaway for visitors. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful camping retreat, North Sterling Reservoir in Colorado provides a picturesque setting to indulge in your favorite activities while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the reservoir and its surrounding plains.

Walleye, saugeye and crappie are the main draws, but there is good fishing for bass, catfish, trout, perch, pike and muskie. Rental boats, camping and RV hookups are conveniently located at the lake. In addition, lodging, restaurants, fishing tackle and convenience stores are all nearby. All these amenities make this lake an ideal venue for fishing tournaments.

Primary fish species residing in North Sterling Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Saugeye Rainbow Trout Bluegill White Bass Yellow Perch Hybrid Stripers Northern Pike Tiger Muskie

North Sterling Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a popular activity at North Sterling Reservoir, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore the expansive waters and indulge in water-based adventures. Boaters can bring their own watercraft or rent boats from the marina, ensuring a day filled with excitement and leisure. The reservoir's calm waters are ideal for water skiing, tubing, or simply cruising along and enjoying the panoramic views. With convenient boat ramps and a marina offering various amenities, North Sterling Reservoir caters to boating enthusiasts of all kinds.

Fishing Boat Rentals

North Sterling Boat Rental
Rentals: Pontoon boats and kayaks
970 520-9570


PJ Marina
24005 Co Rd 330
Sterling, CO 80751
970 466-2279

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Elks Boat Ramp
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock, and paved parking. It is located in the northeast corner of the lake.

South Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, on the east side of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks, and paved parking.

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Camping at North Sterling Reservoir allows visitors to extend their outdoor experience and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The reservoir offers multiple campgrounds with well-maintained facilities, including tent sites, RV sites with hookups, picnic areas, restrooms, and fire pits. Whether you prefer a more primitive camping experience or desire the comforts of modern amenities, North Sterling Reservoir provides options to suit different camping preferences. Camping in this serene environment allows campers to wake up to stunning sunrises, enjoy scenic hikes along the shoreline, and appreciate the tranquility of the reservoir's surroundings.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

North Sterling State Park - 970 522-3657

North Sterling State Park Inlet Grove Campground - 970 522-3657

North Sterling Reservoir CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

North Sterling Reservoir
North Sterling State Park
24005 Co Rd 330
Sterling, CO 80751
970 522-3657


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North Sterling Reservoir in CO

Fishing for walleye, saugeye and crappie in north-central CO.

North Sterling Reservoir, in Colorado.