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All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout in Colorado lakes and streams.

Colorado Fishing Lakes

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

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Trout Fishing Waters In Colorado

Rivers, streams and creeks across the state have healthy populations of trout. In addition, Adobe Creek Reservoir, Aurora Reservoir, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Carter Lake, Chatfield Reservoir, Crystal Creek Reservoir, Dillon Reservoir, Eleven Mile Reservoir, Grand Lake, Green Mountain Reservoir, Gross Reservoir, Horsetooth Reservoir, Lake Granby, 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 Lake, Stagecoach Reservoir, Standley Lake, Taylor Park Reservoir, Williams Fork Reservoir, Wolford Mountain Reservoir are some of the major lakes in CO and all have a trout population.

Trout fishing in Colorado

For information regarding trout stocking in Colorado, visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife website.

The Colorado state record brook trout was caught from Upper Cataract Lake and the CO state record brown trout came form Roaring Judy Ponds. Twin Lakes produced the state record cutthroat trout and the state record golden trout was taken from Kelly Lake. Blue Mesa Reservoir served up the state record lake trout and the Colorado state record rainbow trout came out of Morrow Point Reservoir.

Fishing for trout in Colorado

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

CO State Record: 19 lbs 10 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

CO State Record: 16 lbs 0 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

CO State Record: 7 lbs 10 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

CO State Record: 30 lbs 8 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

CO State Record: 50 lbs 3.5 oz

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

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the habits of a trout

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Colorado waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

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