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Popular Fish Species Taylor Park Reservoir, CO

Taylor Park Reservoir Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Fishing

This year, fishing for rainbow trout in Taylor Park Reservoir continues to be a successful endeavor 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.

Taylor Park Reservoir Popular Fish - Brown Trout

Brown Trout Fishing

Currently, fishing for brown trout in Taylor Park Reservoir is delivering some really 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.

Taylor Park Reservoir Popular Fish - Northern Pike

Northern Pike Fishing

Thriving in the cool waters of Taylor Park Reservoir, northern pike are a popular target for local anglers. This year they are being caught in good quantity and some mighty big sizes. April and May are the best months of the year for northern pike fishing here. Summer is spotty but pike can be caught all summer long. Fall can also be good sometimes stretching into October. Large, flashy lures that mimic the bait they prey upon are great lures for northerns. Effective lures include spoons, spinners, and crankbaits, particularly those with bright colors or metallic finishes to attract the pike's attention. Additionally, big flies, soft plastic swimbaits and jerkbaits can be successful, especially when retrieved erratically to mimic wounded prey. Trolling along weed edges can often entice strikes. When the lake has safe ice in winter, ice fishing for northern pike can be quite thrilling. Use GPS to locate spots you normally find northern pike holding during summer. Portable fish finders can be a big help.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, kokanee salmon and northern pike at Taylor Park Reservoir in Colorado.

Taylor Park Reservoir Fishing Video

Taylor Park Reservoir, nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable angling experience. The reservoir is renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities and the abundance of fish species that inhabit its waters. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of species, including rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, lake trout, and kokanee salmon. With its pristine waters and diverse fish population, Taylor Park Reservoir offers a perfect setting for anglers of all skill levels to reel in their prized catches.

This 2,000 surface-acre lake is on the Gunnison River just twenty miles from Gunnison, CO. Fishing enthusiasts have a variety of fish species to pursue, including three types of trout plus salmon and pike. Taylor Park Reservoir has much to offer outdoor enthusiasts whether on land or on water. Boating, hiking, picnicking, canoeing and fishing opportunities draw visitors from far and wide. Taylor Park Marina, located on the southern part of the lake, has rental boats, fishing gear, a restaurant, camping, lodging, shopping and a spectacular view.

Taylor Park Reservoir, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, thrilling boating experiences, and scenic camping options, offers a complete outdoor retreat for nature lovers. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful camping getaway, Taylor Park Reservoir in Colorado provides a picturesque setting to indulge in your favorite activities while immersing yourself in the beauty of the reservoir and the majestic Rocky Mountains that surround it.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Colorado

Fish Species in Taylor Park Reservoir, CO

Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Kokanee salmon Northern pike

Taylor Park Reservoir Amenities

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

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating on Taylor Park Reservoir is a popular activity, allowing visitors to fully explore the vast expanse of the lake and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery that surrounds it. The reservoir permits motorized boats, making it an ideal spot for water sports enthusiasts. Boaters can engage in activities such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Non-motorized watercraft like kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are also welcome, providing a peaceful and environmentally friendly way to navigate the reservoir's calm waters. Boat ramps are available for convenient access to the water, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable boating experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Taylor Park Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoons
970 641-2922


Taylor Park Marina
21700 Co Rd 742
Almont, CO 81210
970 641-2922

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Taylor Park Marina Boat Launch
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Fishing Guides On Taylor Park Reservoir

Guided Fishing on Taylor Park Reservoir - trout

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

Fishing License

Click here for a Colorado fishing license.

Camping near Taylor Park Reservoir offers a chance to extend the outdoor adventure and immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the area. The reservoir boasts several campgrounds that cater to different camping preferences, ranging from tent camping to RV camping with electrical hookups. Campers can enjoy the serene surroundings, the fresh mountain air, and the opportunity to witness stunning sunsets over the water. With amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restroom facilities, camping near Taylor Park Reservoir provides a comfortable and convenient experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

Lakeview Campground - 970 642-0566

Rivers End Campground - 970 874-6600

Taylor Park Reservoir CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Taylor Park Reservoir
21212 Colorado Rd 742
Almont, CO 81210
970 641-0471


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