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All about fishing for chinook and kokanee salmon.

Salmon fishing in Colorado

Colorado offers limited salmon fishing. They cannot spawn in Colorado, so populations of salmon are replenished by stocking. Two types of Pacific salmon are stocked in lakes and streams. They are the kokanee and the chinook salmon.

Salmon Fishing Waters In Colorado

Blue Mesa Reservoir, Carter Lake, Dillon Reservoir, Eleven Mile Reservoir, Grand Lake, Green Mountain Reservoir, Gross Reservoir, Lake Granby, Lake San Cristobal, McPhee Reservoir, Morrow Point Reservoir, Ridgway Reservoir, Ruedi Reservoir, Shadow Mountain Lake, Spinney Mountain Reservoir, Taylor Park Reservoir, Williams Fork Reservoir and Wolford Mountain Reservoir are the primary salmon fishing lakes in the state.

Williams Fork Reservoir produced the Colorado state record chinook salmon (king salmon) and the state record kokanee salmon came out of Spinney Mountain Reservoir.

Salmon Organizations

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by specie. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean and adjoining ocean waters.

Colorado Salmon Fishing

Kokanee salmon are stocked in many Colorado waters including Beaver Creek, Eleven Mile Reservoir, Blue Mesa, Clear Creek, Grand Lake, Blue Mesa, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Williams Fork Reservoir, Taylor Reservoirs and others.

Fishing for salmon in Colorado

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

CO State Record: 11 lbs 0 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

CO State Record: 6 lbs 13 oz

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

Salmon fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Colorado salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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