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Types of Fish in Colorado

Arctic Grayling
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Cutthroat Trout
Green Sunfish
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Sockeye Salmon
Splake
Walleye
Whitefish
Yellow Perch

Colorado is a land of unspoilt wilderness. It may be a landlocked state, but its lakes and rivers provide outdoor entertainment in every season. Colorado is afforded nine thousand miles of trout streams, is abundant in rivers, and is home to hundreds of lakes. There are few states with as much wilderness as Colorado, where you have a great chance to unwind and truly appreciate nature.

Bass fishing in Colorado is plentiful and popular. In addition to the usual species of bass Colorado is home to the wiper or palmetto – a striped and white bass hybrid. Wiper can be found in the Horsetooth Reservoir and Lake Pueblo. This lake is a popular fishing hole for wiper, small and largemouth, and spotted bass (as well as catfish, crappie, perch, trout, and northern pike).

For a calming fly fishing experience Colorado is almost unbeatable. The Fryingpan River is a gorgeous fly fishing spot, though it is catch and release for most fish but not brown trout. For bass fly fishing Lake Pueblo can reliably yield sizable fish.

Trout fishing is at its finest in Colorado, where you can cast while relaxing amid vast plains, or in the midst of mountains. Colorado’s diverse trout populous includes: rainbow, brown, brook, cutthroat, lake, splake, tiger, cutbow, grayling and the rarely seen golden trout! Carter Lake is a well liked, varied trout locale. Saint Mary’s Lake is one of few tiger trout locations. Also try the Blue Mesa Reservoir, where the state record lake trout was caught (also home of the state record kokanee salmon). One could say that the trout never stop biting in Colorado!

Though Colorado has fewer salmon when compared to its trout and bass offerings, they are great to fish for here. This state has so many miles of stream it would be almost be a shame not to fish for the vigorous salmon. The South Platte River is known for great kokanee salmon fishing, especially the section called the Dream Stream. For an adventurous expedition book a Colorado fishing trip during a salmon run.

In addition to walleye, perch, carp, and sauger, Colorado also features both wild saugeye and it stocks them in its waters. The saugeye is a hybrid of sauger and walleye. Both its parent species can be caught where saugeye are found – in places like the Douglas and Prewitt Reservoirs.

Ice fishing is not only a great way to get outdoors during the winter, but to many it is a tradition. Colorado has excellent ice fishing options from its many large lakes and reservoirs. Chambers Lake is a good winter trout fishing location, known mostly for lake, rainbow, and cutthroat trout, but also the occasional kokanee salmon. The Harvey Gap Reservoir is a great place for rainbow trout and perch fishing. Try the Chatfield Reservoir for winter walleye and rainbow trout.

The first weekend in June is a free fishing weekend with no licensing required. Anyone over sixteen needs a license to fish in Colorado. To buy a license in Colorado you can visit an agency, call a toll free number, or go online and apply for a license that will be mailed to you. One day licenses, annual licenses, and additional single day licenses are available for everyone, with five day only for non-residents. Lifetime and gift licenses can also be purchased, though only in person.

Residency is proven by having lived in Colorado for six months before buying a license, or having had a state driver’s license issued at least six months ago also qualifies. Military personnel are considered residents for the purposes of licensure if they are permanently stationed in Colorado. Residents returning from duty who qualify for the Safe Harbor Program may be give a free license.

For a truly wild time away from the modern hustle and bustle, visit Colorado!
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Abyss Lake


Abyss Lake, just 8 miles from Silver Plume, Colorado, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Abyss Lake include Georgetown, Montezuma and Empire. If Abyss Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Lake Fork, Tumbling Creek, Francis Creek, Duck Creek, Burning Bear Creek, Scott Gomer Creek, Beartrack Creek, Bear Track Creek, Tanglewood Creek and Threemile Creek.
Closest Cities : Silver Plume 8miles, Georgetown 9miles, Montezuma 11miles, Empire 12miles, Idaho Springs 13miles


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Acascosa Lake


Located around 26 miles from Romeo, Colorado Acascosa Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Acascosa Lake include Monte Vista, La Jara and Chama. If Acascosa Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Trail Creek, Valdez Creek, Saddle Creek, Lake Fork, South Fork Jim Creek, Beaver Lake Creek, South Fork Conejos River, Hansen Creek, Jim Creek and Torsido Creek.
Closest Cities : Romeo 26miles, Monte Vista 26miles, La Jara 27miles, Chama 27miles, Antonito 28miles


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Adams Lake


Adams Lake is located just 12 miles from New Castle, in Colorado. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adams Lake include Glenwood Springs, Silt and Rifle. If Adams Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Johnson Creek, Ute Creek, Spring Creek, Corral Creek, Patterson Creek, White Owl Creek, Keyser Creek, Park Creek, Dry Buck Creek and Wagonwheel Creek.
Closest Cities : New Castle 12miles, Glenwood Springs 14miles, Silt 18miles, Rifle 23miles, Carbondale 26miles


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Adams Lake


Adams Lake, just 7 miles from Grand Lake, Colorado, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adams Lake include Ward, Granby and Estes Park. If Adams Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Watanga Creek, Roaring Fork Arapaho Creek, Grouse Creek, Irving Hale Creek, Arapaho Creek, Echo Creek, Cascade Creek, Thunderbolt Creek, Columbine Creek and Twin Creek.
Closest Cities : Grand Lake 7miles, Ward 13miles, Granby 15miles, Estes Park 15miles, Jamestown 17miles


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Agua Fria Lake


Agua Fria Lake is located just 14 miles from Steamboat Springs, in Colorado. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Agua Fria Lake include Walden, Oak Creek and Hayden. If Agua Fria Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Whalen Creek, Butler Creek, Norris Creek, Newcomb Creek, Spring Creek, Porcupine Creek, Sawmill Creek, Sunday Creek, East Branch South Fork Mad Creek and South Fork Beaver Creek.
Closest Cities : Steamboat Springs 14miles, Walden 19miles, Oak Creek 29miles, Hayden 33miles, Yampa 35miles


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