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Shadow Mountain Lake, CO

Popular Fish Species Shadow Mountain Lake, CO

Shadow Mountain Lake Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Fishing

A continuing stocking program for Shadow Mountain Lake has allowed fishing for rainbow trout to be very productive for local anglers. 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.

Shadow Mountain Lake Popular Fish - Brown Trout

Brown Trout Fishing

Fishing for brown trout in Shadow Mountain Lake is delivering some nice catches. These hearty fighters 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, try your luck at ice fishing.

Shadow Mountain Lake Popular Fish - Brook Trout

Brook Trout Fishing

Currently, fishing for brook trout in Shadow Mountain Lake is popular due to the abundance of these tasty brookies. Brook trout spawn in the Fall, rather than the Spring, and they are quite prolific spawners. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing. Brook trout can be easily caught on flies, small spinners, worms, maggots and wax worms.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, brook trout, mackinaw lake trout and kokanee salmon at Shadow Mountain Lake in Colorado.

Shadow Mountain Lake Fishing Video

With over 1,300 surface acres for boating and water sports, Shadow Mountain Lake also offers good fishing. The lake houses populations of trout and salmon which are pursued by anglers year round. Rental boats, marina services, camping, dining and lodging are at or nearby the lake. A canal connects Shadow Mountain Lake to Grand Lake for additional fishing opportunities.

Shadow Mountain Lake, located in the scenic Colorado Rockies, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable angling experience. The lake is known for its excellent fishing opportunities and the variety of fish species that inhabit its waters. Anglers can expect to catch species such as rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, kokanee salmon, and northern pike. Whether you prefer fishing from the shore, trolling from a boat, or ice fishing during the winter months, Shadow Mountain Lake offers a pristine and serene environment to cast your line and reel in some remarkable catches.

Shadow Mountain Lake, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, enjoyable boating experiences, and scenic camping options, offers a complete outdoor getaway for nature lovers. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful camping retreat, Shadow Mountain Lake in Colorado provides a picturesque setting to indulge in your favorite activities while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the lake and its surrounding mountainous landscape.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Colorado

Fish Species in Shadow Mountain Lake, CO

Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Brown trout Lake trout Kokanee salmon

Shadow Mountain Lake Amenities

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

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Boating on Shadow Mountain Lake is a favorite activity among visitors, as it provides a fantastic way to explore the expansive waters and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery. The lake permits motorized boats, making it ideal for water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. Additionally, non-motorized watercraft like kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are welcome, allowing for peaceful excursions along the tranquil waters. With boat ramps available, Shadow Mountain Lake ensures convenient access to the water and enjoyable boating experiences for all.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Trail Ridge Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and pontoons
970 627-3586


Trail Ridge Marina
12634 US-34
Grand Lake, CO 80447
970 627-3586

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Green Ridge Boating Site
Located on the southern shore of the lake, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks, and lots of paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Shadow Mountain Lake

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

Fishing License

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Camping near Shadow Mountain Lake allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area and extend their outdoor adventures. There are several campgrounds available in the vicinity, offering a range of camping options. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping with hookups, you can find a suitable spot to set up camp. Camping near Shadow Mountain Lake provides an opportunity to wake up to stunning views, embark on scenic hikes, and relax in the serenity of the surrounding wilderness.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

Elk Creek Campground & RV Park - 970 627-8502

Green Ridge Campground - 970 887-4100

Shadow Mountain Lake CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Shadow Mountain Lake
US Forest Service
PO Box 10
Granby, CO 80446
970 887-4100


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