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All about fishing in CO.

The state offers exceptional trout fishing in streams, rivers and lakes. Cold mountain streams and lakes are the perfect environment for trout. The state also offers walleye, catfish, crappie, striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, salmon and many species of panfish including bluegills. Visit each lake page for details on species residing within that lake.

  • Aurora Reservoir
  • Blue Mesa Reservoir Lake
  • Carter Lake
  • Chatfield Reservoir
  • Crystal Creek Reservoir
  • Dillon Reservoir
  • Eleven Mile Reservoir
  • Lake Granby
  • Grand Lake
  • Green Mountain Reservoir
  • Gross Reservoir
  • Horsetooth Reservoir
  • Lake Isabel
  • Lake San Cristobal
  • Lathrop State Park
  • McPhee Reservoir
  • Morrow Point Reservoir
  • Navajo Reservoir
  • Rampart Reservoir
  • Ridgway Reservoir
  • Ruedi Reservoir
  • Shadow Mountain Lake
  • Sloan Reservoir
  • Stagecoach Reservoir
  • Standley Lake
  • Taylor Park Reservoir
  • Williams Fork Reservoir
  • Wolford Mtn Reservoir

Major Colorado Lakes

Colorado major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Adobe Creek Reservoir is a 3,000-acre lake located in the southeast corner of the state mid way between Haswell and Las Animas.

Aurora Reservoir is an 800 acre lake, located in the central part of the state just southeast of Denver at Aurora.

Blue Mesa Reservoir is a 10,000-acre impoundment located in the southwest corner of the state, 10 miles west of Gunnison.

Bonny Reservoir is a 2,000-acre lake located on the eastern border of the state due east of Denver.

Carter Lake is an 1,100-acre lake located in the north-central part of the state 5 miles southwest of Loveland.

Chatfield Reservoir is a 1,500-acre lake located in the north-central part of the state on the southwestern outskirts of Denver.

Crystal Creek Reservoir is an 140 acre lake in the central part of the state, 15 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.

Dillon Reservoir is a 3,500 acre body of water in the north-central portion of the state, 70 miles west of Denver, nearby Silverthorne.

Eleven Mile Reservoir is a 3,400-acre reservoir in the center of the state 10 miles west of Lake George.

Grand Lake is a 500-acre lake located in the north-central portion of the state, at the southwestern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, at Grand Lake.

Green Mountain Reservoir is a 2,100 acre lake at an elevation above 7,900 feet. It is in northwest-central Colorado approximately 70 miles northwest of Denver.

Gross Reservoir, located 5 miles southwest of Boulder, is a 440 surface acre lake at an elevation of 7,225 feet. Accessible via Flagstaff Road from Boulder.

Horsetooth Reservoir is a 1,900-acre lake in the far-north, central part of the state on the western outskirts of Fort Collins.

Lake Granby is a 7,200-acre lake located in the north-central portion of the state, at the southwestern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, 5 miles from Granby.

Lake Isabel is a 40-acre trout lake at an elevation of 8,600 feet. The lake is located 35 miles southwest of Pueblo, and 18 miles northwest of Colorado City.

Lake San Cristobal, located 50 miles south-southwest of Gunnison, CO, is a 330 acre lake (the second largest natural lake in Colorado). It is 20 miles due east of Ouray, as the crow flies.

Lathrop State Park is 3 miles due west of the town of Walensburg, Colorado in the south-central portion of the state. Lake Meriam and Lake Oehm are located within the park.

McPhee Reservoir is a 4,500-acre lake located in the southwest corner of the state, due north of Delores.

Morrow Point Reservoir, located on the Gunnison River, at Cimarron, CO, is an 800 acre lake at an elevation of 7,160 feet.

Navajo Reservoir is a 15,000-acre lake located on the Colorado - New Mexico border mid way between Durango and Pagosa Springs.

Rampart Reservoir is a 500 surface acre lake 4 miles east of Woodland Park, CO (as the crow flies). Access to the lake is via Rampart Range Road.

Ridgway Reservoir, located a dozen miles north of Ouray, CO, can exceed 1,000 surface acres when full.

Ruedi Reservoir, a 1,200-acre lake, is 35 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs, at Meredith.

Shadow Mountain Lake is a 1,300-acre reservoir located in the north-central portion of the state southwest of Rocky Mountain National Park, at Granby.

Sloan Lake, located in the northwest section of Denver, is a 177 acre recreation lake within Sloan's Lake Park.

Stagecoach Reservoir is an 800-acre lake in the northwest section of Colorado, 20 miles south of Steamboat.

Standley Lake is a 1,000-acre lake in the north-central part of Colorado at Westminster, just northwest of Denver.

Taylor Park Reservoir, located 15 miles northeast of Gunnison, CO, is a 2,000 surface acre lake.

Williams Fork Reservoir is a 1,600-acre lake located in the north-central portion of the state 2 miles southwest of Parshall.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir is a 1,550 acre lake in the Rocky Mountains, located in the northwest part of the state 30 miles west of Grandby.

Many streams like this one at the bottom of Gunnison Canyon offer great fishing in the midst of fabulous views. Clean cold water from snow melt provides excellent habitat for trout.

State of CO Fishing Information

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources web site offers a wealth of information and regulations for fishing in Colorado.

Click here for a Colorado fishing license.

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Fish Species & State Records in Colorado

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 24 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 6 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 10 lbs 14 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 8 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 43 lbs 6 oz

Flathead catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 27 lbs 2 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 20 lbs 1 oz

White catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

State Record:

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 4 oz

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 18 lbs 13 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 4 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 1.25 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 19 lbs 10 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 0 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 10 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 30 lbs 8 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 46 lbs 14 oz

Salmon

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 0 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 13 oz

Striped bass

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

State Record: 15 lbs 11 oz

Other species

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 30 lbs 11 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 6 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 14 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 40 lbs 2 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

 

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