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Colorado Ice Fishing Opportunities for 2013-2014 Season

 

 


Granby Reservoir ice angler using sonar and a two-rod system to catch lake trout. Photo courtesy of Dennis McKinney. Over the past 10 years, ice fishing has grown more popular. Almost 25% of all Colorado anglers wet lines through the ice between December and late February, according to the 2004 Statewide Angler Survey. The use of portable fishing shelters, electronic fish locators, and new and old bait types have increased angler success. In addition, through its late-fall stocking program, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Hatchery Program has helped to ensure there are plenty of fish to catch.

Don’t hesitate to contact local tackle shops and state parks for up-to-the-minute reports on fishing conditions.

 

For more details about fishery management at waters across Colorado, please see our Fishery Survey Summaries page.

NOTE OF CAUTION: Anglers, please be careful to check local contacts for up-to-date ice conditions and take safety precautions before heading out. To review basic ice fishing safety considerations, please see Ice Fishing Safety.

Waters by Region


Please be sure to check the dates next to the region for “last updated” information. 

For more Information on fishing conditions in your area, please contact your local CPW Office.

 

NORTHEAST REGION  (last updated 1/1/2014)

Antero Reservoir: This 2200 acre impoundment is located north of US Highway 24 between Antero Junction and the town of Hartsel. Currently, catch rates are good with a better bite occurring in the early morning hours. Rainbow trout are averaging 12-18” with an occasional larger fish being seen, with some fish in the five pound range. Brown trout, cutthroat trout, splake and brook trout are also present. Ice thickness is running about nine inches.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, please contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region Service Center (303-291-7227) or The Jefferson Market (719-839-2389).

Aurora Reservoir: This 820 acre impoundment is located on Quincy Avenue, one mile east of Gun Club Road. The potential for nice rainbow trout and large walleyes is good here. Check out the fishery survey summary  for more information. As of December 20, the ice in Marina Cove is 6” thick southwest of the pressure ridge, unstable northeast of the ridge, Senac Bay is 80% ice covered with ice 4-6” thick and Lonetree Bay is 60% ice covered, 4-6” thick. Try jigging spoons tipped with minnows and drill holes until you find the fish. For updated conditions, contact Aurora Reservoir Park (303-690-1633).

Bear Creek Reservoir: This 205 acre impoundment is located on Morrison Road, just east of C-470 in Lakewood. Fish that can be caught include saugeye over 20” and rainbow trout. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of December 20, the lake is  covered with 5-8” of ice, with thinner ice near the boat ramp. Fishing for brown trout this winter may be better than past years due to fish being washed downstream from Bear Creek into the reservoir during the September floods. When fishing for saugeyes, drill holes until you find the fish. For updated ice conditions, contact Bear Creek Lake Park (303-697-6159)

Boyd Lake: This 1700 acre reservoir, located in Loveland, also serves a state park.  For additional updates contact Boyd Lake State Park (970-669-1739).  Fishing for trout has been excellent. White bass, largemouth bass, and crappie are also willing participants.  The fall net survey yielded good numbers of walleye but none have been reported in the creel. The ice in marina cove measure about 4 inches.  Call the Boyd Office to be certain conditions are favorable.

Chambers Lake: This 250 acre impoundment is located seven miles east of the top of Cameron Pass on Highway 14 and requires some hiking to get to the lake. Chambers offers opportunities to catch cutthroat, rainbow, Kokanee salmon and lake trout through the ice. Expect lake trout 12-20” though much larger fish are present as well. Most anglers do well using tipped tube jigs and finding the right depth to fish in. Chambers is iced over and fishable but reports have been varied. Check ice thickness before venturing onto the ice. The inlet bay at shallower depths is usually best for trout and the deeper locations near steep drops usually produce best for lakers.

Chatfield Reservoir: This 1,100 acre impoundment is located on South Wadsworth Boulevard- about 0.5 miles south of C-470. Fish which can be caught include rainbow trout 15-18”, walleye over 24”, smallmouth bass, bluegill and black crappie. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of December 20, ice thickness was 5-6” in the north boat ramp cover, Massey Draw, and swim beach. Fishing has been slow, but some anglers have been catching stocked trout on tube jigs off the swim beach.  For walleyes, try fishing the old road bed with jigging spoons tipped with wax worms or nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass have been caught near the outlet tower. Drill holes until you find the fish. For updated ice conditions, contact Chatfield State Park (303-791-7275).

Cherry Creek Reservoir: This 800 acre impoundment is located just east of I-225 and south of Parker Road. Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout, walleye over 24”. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of December 20, the ice thickness is 4-6”thick. Fishing has been slow. For updated ice conditions, contact Cherry Creek State Park (303-699-3860).

Cowdrey: This 80 acre reservoir is located along Highway 125, seven miles north of Walden. The lake has over 6” of ice.  With a couple seasons without a winterkill, Cowdrey has the potential to produce some bigger fish this ice fishing season. Expect rainbows, cuttbows and the occasional brook trout.  This is a great place to take kids for success.  Action has been consistent if not hot, but fish have not been too picky. Try jigging smaller lures tipped with waxworms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226) or North Park Chamber of Commerce (970-723-4600).

Delaney Buttes: This State Wildlife Area is located 10 miles west of Walden. Please be aware of the special regulations that exist for fishing this property. Ice conditions are good with ice around 8″. Expect to find smaller rainbows and browns at East Delaney (65 ac.), rainbows and Snake River cutthroats in the 14-18” range at South Delaney (150 ac.) and larger browns that tend to be a bit more difficult to catch at North Delaney (165 ac.) Fishing has been consistent for fish at all of these lakes. Remember there is no bait allowed at the Delaney Butte Lakes Please refer to your fishing regulation brochure for special regulations. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226) or North Park Chamber of Commerce (970-723-4600).

Elevenmile Reservoir: This 3400 acre impoundment is located south of US Highway 24 between Wilkerson Pass and the town of Hartsel. Elevenmile Reservoir is  consistently producing rainbow trout, rainbow x cutthroat hybrid trout, and Snake River rainbow trout in the 14-20” range with 5-7 pound fish showing up regularly, with the largest fish pushing twelve pounds. Fishing for brown trout will be slower than for rainbows and cutthroats. Kokanee fishing is poor.  Pike fishing for fish up to 20 pounds is fair.  Ice thickness ranges from nine to eleven inches.   For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Elevenmile State Park (719-748-3401).

Evergreen Lake: This 42 acre impoundment is located just upstream of downtown Evergreen, on State Route 74 (Evergreen Parkway). Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout, brown trout, and an occasional tiger musky. As of December 20, the ice thickness was 8-10”.  Fishing for small stocked rainbow trout has been exceptional, due to a large stocking in late October. More fish have been caught early in the day. Try wax worms, nightcrawlers or meal worms on an ice fly or jig.

Georgetown Lake: This 54 acre impoundment is located on I-70 just north of the town of Georgetown. Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout and brown trout. As of December 20, the ice is 8-10” thick. However, be careful near the bridge connecting the north and south basins, as water in this area has current and ice can be thinner than in other spots. Fishing is better early or late in the day, slow during the midday. Fishing in the smaller south basin has been better than the larger north basin.

Hohnholz Lakes: These three lakes are located west of the Laramie River Road (CR 103) 30 miles north of Highway 14. Hohnholz #2, is 37 acres and has rainbow trout and snake river cutthroat trout ranging 12-16”. Hohnholz #3 is 40 acres and has snake river cutthroat and brown trout up to 18”. These lakes are iced over and fishable but check ice depths before going out. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact West Laramie Fly Store (888-745-9565).

Jackson Reservoir: This 2,967 acre reservoir is located approximately 32 miles east of Greeley and 10 miles north of Wiggins. As of 12/20/2013 the ice was 2 to 4 inches thick, depending on location. Anglers are asked to use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice this early in the season because the inlet is still running, which creates thin ice and dangerous conditions around the edges of the reservoir. Fishing has been slow for the very few anglers that have fished through the ice this season. No trout were stocked in the fall of 2013 due to severely low water levels, so anglers are encouraged to target other species. For more information about Jackson Reservoir, please see the fishery survey summary. For up-to-date fishing and ice conditions, visit the State Park’s website or contact the park directly at 970-645-2551.

Jefferson: This 145 acre impoundment is located northwest of Jefferson. After the first decent snow fall of the season, the road to Jefferson Lake will become impassable for vehicles except snow machines. Depending on snow drifts, many times by mid-winter the road becomes impassable for snow machines. The ice usually recedes from Jefferson Lake the last week of May. This winter anglers can seek to catch rainbow trout in the 12-14” range, mackinaw averaging 12-18” with a few large fish and possibly a few brook trout. The Forest Service has installed a new gate at the pay station which severely limits access to the lake except for snow machines. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Jefferson Market (719-836-2389).

Jumbo Reservoir: This 1,570 acre reservoir is located 35 miles northeast of Sterling and six miles west of Sedgwick. As of 12/9/2013 ice was 4” thick. However, ice conditions may change quickly due to warm weather. Please use extra caution when venturing out onto the ice. Ice fishing for walleye, crappie, and channel catfish has been slow for the few anglers who have fished through the ice. Ice fishing for trout should be good this season. Approximately 10,000 catchable trout were stocked in 2013. For more information about Jumbo Reservoir, please see the fishery survey summary.

Lake John: This 565 acre impoundment is located 15 miles northwest of Walden. Ice conditions are good with thickness around 8 inches. Lake John grows fat rainbow trout, snake river cutthroat trout and cuttbows.  Action there has been good with anglers getting into good numbers of fish between 15” and 18” with the occasional fish topping 20”. A variety of lures and jigs have been effective, especially tipped with a wax worm or other bait. Fish are dispersed throughout the lake so try changing depth if you aren’t getting into them. Bait is allowed at Lake John but no live minnows. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226).

Lon Hagler Reservoir: This reservoir covers about 580 acres at full pool and is open year round to fishing. Bass must be 18 inches in length to keep at Lon Hagler; the limit for bass is one. Open to boating. Visit the fishery survey summary page to learn more about this reservoir. Ice cover is roughly 4 inches along the north and south shores, anglers have reported catching trout and largemouth bass. Prior to ice-on crappie were suspended about 10 feet off the bottom in 20 feet of water. Several truck loads of 10 inch rainbow trout were stocked in November.

Red Feather Lakes: The Red Feather Lakes are northwest of Fort Collins about 20 miles west of Livermore. Parvin, Dowdy and West lakes are located on the east side of town. Bellaire Lake is a bit further south off of CR 162, and there is a short walk into the lake. Bellaire is 10 acres and has rainbow trout. All of the lakes are in good shape with about 12 inches of ice. Bellaire is now open to walk in access. Dowdy Lake is 115 acres. Fishing has been  great for rainbows around 10” and occasional larger ‘bows and browns. Fish seem to be going after anything presented. Dowdy had a flare-up of anchor worm earlier this summer that causes red sores on the side of fish. This does not affect the meat and these fish are safe to eat when properly cooked. West is 25 acres. Try small jigs for browns and rainbows. Parvin is 63 acres. Fishing has been uncommonly hot for rainbows 12-16 at Parvin with tiny green jigs and jigging minnows some of the go to lures. Note that Parvin is fly and lure only and has a different bag limit from other lakes in the area. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Fort Collins CPW office (970-472-4300).

Seymour: This lake is 81 acres and located about 15 miles south of Walden. Seymour has rainbows ranging up to 16” and the ice thickness is about 8”. Try Seymour if you are looking to get away from crowds on other North Park waters. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226).

St. Vrain State Park Ponds: Because of flood related impacts the park is closed.  Managers at SVSP expect to reopen in March or April of 2014.

Tarryall Reservoir: This 175 acre impoundment is located along Park County Road 77 between Jefferson and Lake George. This winter anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout averaging 12-14” with a few large fish here and there, such as brown trout, cutthroat trout and northern pike up to 36”. Catch rates are currently excellent with limits being had. We encourage the harvest of all northern pike caught. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact The Jefferson Market (719-836-2389).


 

 

 

 

 

NORTHWEST REGION  (last updated 12/20 – 12/30/2013)

Dillon Reservoir: None at this time.

Elkhead Reservoir: Ice conditions are poor limiting fishing opportunities and success. Contact Yampa River State Park(970-276-2061) for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.

Granby Reservoir: Call Budget Tackle in Granby at (970) 887-9344 for more information and current updates.

Green Mountain Reservoir: Fishing has remained good for small lake trout and rainbows, with some larger fish being taken. Anglers are encouraged to harvest small lake trout. Call Master Bait and Tackle in Heeney at 970-724-3677 for current conditions.

Gypsum Ponds: As of December 20th, ice cover on the main pond is 5”.  Unsafe areas ice can always exist so please USE CAUTION. Trout fishing has been good.  An assortment of terminal tackle has been productive, including jigs tipped with Powerbait, wax worms, night crawlers and tube jigs.

Harvey Gap Reservoir: As of December 20th, 6-7 inches of ice have formed in areas around the reservoir. Please keep in mind that ice thickness varies depending on the location. Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes. Ice rescue stations are located in several locations throughout the park. Anglers are having luck with rainbow trout, yellow perch, and northern pike. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN IDENTIFY TIGER MUSKIE FROM NORTHERN PIKE. ALL TIGER MUSKIE LESS THAN 36 INCHES MUST BE RELEASED ALIVE. For more information regarding tiger muskie, please contact CPW Area Aquatic Biologist Lori Martin at lori.martin@state.co.us. Weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy. 325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone: 970-625-1607.

Lake Avery: Ice conditions are good and fishing is open across the entire lake.  Ice fishing has been really good so far for catchable sized rainbows.  Black crappie fishing has been slow but some crappie are being caught.  Fishing pressure has been increasing with the high catch rates for trout.  Green chartreuse jugs have been fishing well.  Access is available at both boat ramps. Contact the Parks and Wildlife Meeker Office (970-878-6090) for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.

Pearl Lake: Ice fishing for cutthroat trout and grayling are allowed. Please note that only flies & lures are allowed, with a bag limit of two trout 18” or longer. The road is only maintained to approximately ¾ of a mile from the lake. Anglers have to ski or hike from that point. There has been minimal fishing pressure on Pearl Lake to speak of. Weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Pearl Lake State Park page. Anglers may also contact Steamboat Lake State Park at (970) 879-3922 or steamboat.lake@state.co.us.

Rifle Gap Reservoir: As of December 20th, 6-7 inches of ice have formed in areas around the reservoir. Please keep in mind that ice thickness varies depending on the location. Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes. Ice rescue stations are located in several locations throughout the park. Yellow perch are slowing down, but fishing for larger rainbow trout and brown trout has been consistent. Anglers are also having luck with northern pike and walleye. The 16th Annual Rifle Gap Ice Fishing Tournament will be held January 18th and 19th, 2014. Visit the Rifle Chamber of Commerce website for more information. Weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy. 325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone:  970-625-1607.

Rio Blanco Lake: Ice conditions on the lake are good with adequate ice covering the lake.  Ice fishing has been fairly good with several anglers targeting northern pike.  Bluegill and black crappie are also present and are regularly caught through the ice. Contact the Parks and Wildlife Meeker Office (970-878-6090) before planning a fishing trip for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.

Ruedi Reservoir: Ice-over usually does not occur until January. Fish that can be caught in Ruedi include lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout and brown trout. Additionally, anglers may catch illegally introduced yellow perch and are encouraged to remove them from the lake. Local contact info for water: U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 948, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 303-963-2266.

Shadow Mountain/Grand Lake: Call Rocky Mountain Outfitters at 970-798-8021 for current conditions.

Stagecoach Reservoir: Fishing has been fairly good for catchable rainbow trout in the coves, and off the points throughout the lake at 8’ to 18’ of water. Trout in the 16” – 20” range are being reported in the catch, but several are averaging 12″ to 14″. An assortment of terminal tackle has been producing, such as jigs tipped with powerbait, wax worms, night crawlers, tube jigs, castmasters, solo night crawlers, salmon eggs, spoons, etc. The ice is approximately 12 inches thick, with a few inches of snow cover. Northern pike fishing has been slow, but some smaller fish are being picked up sporadically. In an effort to maintain a healthy trout fishery, the harvest of northern pike is strongly encouraged. Northern pike are good-eating, and numerous recipes are available on line. Weekly updates on ice conditions, access, accommodations and angling success will be provided on the Stagecoach State Parks page. Anglers may also contact Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-8342 or stagecoach.park@state.co.us.

Steamboat Lake: Fishing has sporadic for rainbow trout in approximately 8’–12’ of water. The Marina cove area has been fishing fairly well with a few 18” – 22” trout being caught. The ice is approximately 12” thick with about 6” of snow on top. An assortment of terminal tackle could produce, such as jigs tipped with powerbait, night crawlers, tube jigs, castmasters, jigging rapalas, etc.; however, wax worms and meal worms have been producing better. Weekly updates on ice conditions, access, accommodations and angling success is provided on the Steamboat Lake State Parks page. Anglers may also contact Steamboat Lake State Park at (970) 879-3922 or steamboat.lake@state.co.us.

Sweetwater Lake: As of December 20, 6-7 inches of ice have formed in areas around the lake.  Unsafe areas of ice can always exist so please USE CAUTION!  Anglers have luck fishing for brookies and rainbows.  Tackle suggestions: wax or meal worms with colorful small jigs. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and (recently) kokanee, and contains wild brook trout and brown trout. Feral kokanee are occasionally caught and stocked kokanee may start be large enough to catch this winter, as well. For up-to-date conditions and local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service- White River National Forest, Phone: 303-945-3255.

Sylvan Lake: Fishing is very good for rainbows and brookies using pink jigs and meal worms. The lake iced over the week of November 18 and now measures 6″+ near the dam and boat launch. Unsafe areas ice can always exist so please USE CAUTION. Biweekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Sylvan Lake State Park, 10200 Brush Creek Rd., P.O. Box 1475, Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-2021, sylvan.lake.park@state.co.us.

Vega Reservoir: As of December 20th, 6-8 inches of ice have formed in areas around the reservoir.  Please keep in mind that ice thickness varies depending on the location.  Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes. Ice rescue stations are located in several locations throughout the park.  Anglers are having luck for trout near the dam and off of the island.  The 2014 Vega Ice Fishing Tournament will be held February 1. Visit the Vega Lodge website for more information. Weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Vega State Parks page. Anglers may also contact Vega Reservoir State Park, P.O. Box 186, Collbran, CO 81624; Phone: 970-487-3407.

Williams Fork Reservoir: Fishing has been fair for lake trout and rainbows. Williams Fork has an abundance of small lake trout currently, and anglers are encouraged to harvest a full bag limit of smaller lake trout if possible.

Wolford Reservoir: Fishing has been excellent for rainbows, and some kokanee have been taken near the dam. Call the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce at (970) 724-3472 for information.


 

 

 

SOUTHEAST REGION  (last updated 12/18/2013)

Brush Hollow: This is a 200 acre lake is located near Penrose off of Highway 115.  As of December 7, 2013 the lake had some ice but anglers were still able to fish from shore. Fishing has been good using worms and salmon eggs.  Anglers should use extreme caution going onto the ice this time of year as ice thickness can vary considerably. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Clear Creek Reservoir: This 400 acre reservoir is located between Buena Vista and Leadville and is a consistently good ice fishing lake. Ice covers the lake at this time and it is actively being fished, however fishing is slow at this time. Use caution as it is early season ice and make sure it is thick enough to fish. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Cottonwood Lake: This 40 acre reservoir is located west of Buena Vista on U.S. Forest Service land. Ice covers the lake at this time.  Use caution near inlet or outlet as moving water undercuts the ice in those areas. Fishing is fair and those who are catching fish are using mainly meal worms for bait. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

De Weese Reservoir: Located near Westcliffe. Ice is currently 8-12” thick, with the thickest ice on the west end.  Fishing has been decent and anglers have been doing well on jigs and Kastmasters. Small fish are primarily being caught.  Please stick to the main roads as the interior roads have drifted. For current conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300).

Frantz Lake: This lake located in Salida is iced over at this time. Conditions on this lake can change quickly, but is actively being ice fished. Fish are being caught with meal worms and salmon eggs for the most part, fish are relatively small but are being caught at a good rate. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area office (719-530-5520).

Hayden Meadows Reservoir: This is a small (5 acres) lake located along Highway 24 just south of Leadville.  The lake is ice covered and should be safe to walk on for fishing.  Fishing success is unknown. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Hugo SWA Ponds: Hugo State Wildlife Area is located 14 miles south of the town of Hugo on CR109 then 2¼ miles east on CR2G. As of December 9, 2013 the ponds were completely covered with ice and snow. There have been no reports of people ice fishing yet. Anglers should use extreme caution going onto the ice this time of year as ice thickness can vary considerably. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Area Office (719-227-5200).

Karval Reservoir: This 20 acre lake is located SE of Karval. As of December 9, 2013 the ponds were completely covered with ice and snow. There have been no reports of people ice fishing yet. Anglers should use extreme caution going onto the ice this time of year as ice thickness can vary considerably. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).

Kinney Lake: This small lake is located south of Hugo (go 11 miles south of Hugo on CR109 then 1 mile east on CR2J and take CR33 to the north). As of December 9, 2013 the ponds were completely covered with ice and snow. There have been no reports of people ice fishing yet.  Anglers should use extreme caution going onto the ice this time of year as ice thickness can vary considerably. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).

Lake Isabel: Also called San Isabel Reservoir, this 30 acre lake is on U.S. Forest Service land off of Highway 165 just west of Rye. Ice is 6-8” thick and anglers have been doing well with meal worms. Kokanee should be becoming active very soon. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300).

Manitou Reservoir: Located just north of Woodland Park, this 16 acre reservoir is situated on U.S. Forest Service lands. As of January 9, 2013 the reservoir is completely covered with ice and people are having relatively good success using worms and salmon eggs. However, anglers should use caution when going onto the ice this time of year. Ice thickness can vary from day to day and in different regions of the reservoir. A $5 entry fee at the gate from the USFS must be paid in order to fish. Anglers are encouraged to contact the USFS at 636-1602 for current conditions as well as hours of operation. Anglers may also contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200) for current conditions.

Monument Lake (El Paso County): This 40 acre lake is located just west of the town of Monument. The lake is completely covered in ice, and people have been reported ice fishing. Most of the ice is 4-5 inches thick, but anglers should use caution as the ice thickness can vary from day to day and on different areas of the lake. For updated conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200) for current conditions.

Monument Reservoir (Las Animas County): This 40 acre lake is located at the Monument Lake Resort about 30 miles west of Trinidad. The ice is currently unsafe and there is open water on the edges. Day use is from 0800-1600h (posted) and $3/car per day at the self serve station. Please use extreme caution. Anglers should be aware of changing conditions and have the proper equipment and ice safety knowledge. See the Ice Fishing Safety page for safety information. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).

Mt. Elbert Forebay: This 200 acre reservoir is located just north of Twin Lakes above Highway 82. This is a productive lake that has better than average sized rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anglers also target mackinaw. This reservoir fluctuates considerably and is ice free most of the time, creating open water opportunity in the dead of winter. Ice conditions change daily at this reservoir due to hydropower operations so use extreme caution throughout the winter. Ice does cover part of the lake but is not safe to go out on. Fishing is fair at this time, fishermen are having success with power bait and cocktail shrimp. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

North Lake SWA: This 100 acre lake is located just east of Monument Reservoir (west of Trinidad). Approximately 35-40% of the lake has open water and ice is currently unsafe. Please note that fishing is by artificial flies and lures only.  Please use extreme caution, as high winds make ice formation difficult. Anglers should be aware of changing conditions and have the proper equipment and ice safety knowledge. See the Ice Fishing Safety page for safety information. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).

O’Haver Lake: This small (14 acre) lake is located southwest of Poncha Springs on U.S. Forest Service lands. The lake is accessible via County Road 200 (Marshall Pass Road). The road is snow packed and icy. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to reach the lake, but can become impassable with a large amount of snow. Ice is sufficient to fish but use caution near the middle of the lake where a spring may create open water or thin ice. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Riverside Ponds (Mt. Ouray State Wildlife Area): These two ponds are located northwest of Salida off County Road 160. Both ponds are iced over but can change quickly with warmer weather. Both require about a ¼ mile hike, as vehicles are restricted to the parking areas.  Fishing is fair at this time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Skaguay Reservoir: Located just east of Victor (near the town of Cripple Creek), this 114 acre reservoir is part of the Skaguay State Wildlife Area. The reservoir is iced over and the ice is clear. The reservoir is actively being fished, but the ice is not safe for fishing yet. No vehicles allowed on ice. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Trinidad Lake: Located just west of Trinidad, this 1000 acre reservoir is part of Trinidad State Park (entry fee required). The lake is currently unsafe with marginal ice cover and some open water areas. Please use extreme caution. Anglers should be aware of changing conditions and have the proper equipment and ice safety knowledge. See the Ice Fishing Safety page for safety information. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Trinidad Lake State Park (719-846-6951) or DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).

Twin Lakes Reservoir: This 2000 acre reservoir is located southwest of Leadville, Colorado.  Ice is about 5” thick at the boat ramp and is actively being fished. There is a large area of open water at the power plant inlet to the lower lake, where anglers are having success catching trout. Fishing is slow, anglers are most successful using tube jigs tipped with sucker meat and fished on the bottom. Trout anglers are having success with Power Bait and rapalas. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Turquoise Reservoir: This 1600 acre reservoir is located just west of Leadville. The lake is ice covered and is actively being fished. Ice is thinner by the dam so use extreme caution in that area. There are wet or slushy spots throughout the reservoir which is normal for this lake. Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout using meal worms or salmon eggs.  Snow fall can make access available only by foot or snowmobile from established parking areas, and parking is limited due to others using the area for outdoor activities. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).


SOUTHWEST REGION  (last updated 12/19/2013)

Beaver Creek Reservoir: This 114 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area near South Fork. There is vehicle access to the parking lot near the boat ramp but 4WD drive vehicles can often be needed to get past the dam. Anglers have reported good action for 10-14 inch rainbow trout and brown trout using small jigs tipped with meal worms. Although anglers have not reported catching any kokanee salmon this year, kokanee ranging from 10-14 inches are typically captured on the southeast side of the reservoir. Water levels are extremely low this year due to dam maintenance operations scheduled for 2014. Anglers should use extreme caution on the ice as approximately 5 inches of ice was reported near the middle of the reservoir, with thinner spots being found near the edges. Anglers should also take caution on steep slopes approaching the water. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Big Meadows Reservoir: This 114 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area southwest of South Fork. From Highway 160, access along Forest Road 410 (two miles) is only accessible by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. Anglers should expect to catch rainbow trout and brook trout. There has been very little fishing pressure and a report is not available at this time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Big Molas Lake: This 20 acre natural lake is located near Silverton. Ice conditions are good, however, there are typically only a few “holdover” trout from summer stockings. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information.

Blue Mesa Reservoir: This 8,900 acre reservoir is located west of Gunnison. Winter fishing is excellent for brown trout, lake trout and rainbow trout. Due to an over-abundance of small lake trout, harvest of lake trout less than 30 inches is recommended. The bag and possession limit for lake trout is unlimited for fish under 38 inches in length and one lake trout may be kept greater than 38 inches. Cold weather has started the ice fishing season with the upper Iola basin capped over with about 10 inches of ice as of mid-December, although ice thickness does vary. Cebolla and Sapinero basins are not yet capped over as of December 19th. Early ice fishing has been good for browns and rainbows, with many nice fish caught around 20 inches in length. Opportunities for small lake trout should remain good particularly in the Iola basin, while larger lake trout remain more numerous in the open water areas within the lower basin of the reservoir. It is expected that ice cover will continue to work its way west as we move into January. Anglers can check on current ice conditions by contacting Curecanti National Recreation Area at (970-641-2337) or by visiting the National Park Service website.

Crawford Reservoir: This 390 acre reservoir is a Colorado State Park located 2 miles south of Crawford. As of December 19 there was 4.5 inches of ice on the lake. Few anglers have been out so far because of the thin ice, so there is not much information on how the lake is fishing.   Last year, fishing was fair for small pike, black crappie up to 11 inches and yellow perch up 12 inches. With the low water levels the area around the dam offers some of the best habitat in the reservoir, while any weedy areas in the coves can be good for crappie and pike. There are still a few tagged pike from population monitoring work done in 2007-2008, please report any tagged fish to the state park office or call (970) 252-6017. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Crawford State Park (970-921-5721) or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office (970-252-6000).

Echo Canyon Reservoir: This 118 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area located a few miles south of Pagosa Springs on US 84. Ice conditions are about 5 ½ inches thick and fishing has been good for rainbow trout. The road is plowed to the boat ramp. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Groundhog Reservoir: Ice conditions are good and anglers report catching rainbow trout in the 12-15 inch range. The road to Groundhog Reservoir is not plowed in the winter. Although a few 4-wheelers have made it recently the lake is best accessed  by snowmobile only. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Island Lake: This 179 acre lake on the Grand Mesa offers good ice fishing opportunity for 10-12 inch rainbow trout, a few wild cutthroat and brookies, and splake. Most splake are less than 14 inches, but there are splake over 10 pounds available. For larger splake, use tube jigs or bucktail jigs to imitate suckers. This lake is popular with anglers with snowmobiles. There is over a foot of ice, but access is difficult due to the early deep snowpack which is causing slushy conditions on the ice surface. Check with the USFS for road and ice conditions (970-874-6600) or contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office (970-252-6000). Fishing has been good for splake and rainbow trout.

Lemon Reservoir: Located approximately 15 miles northeast of Durango. Thin ice at Lemon Reservoir. No reports of fishing. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Miramonte Reservoir: This 400 acre lake is located 20 miles south of Norwood on the Dan Noble State Wildlife Area. Ice fishing season generally runs from December to March. As of December 19th, there is 6 inches of good ice on the reservoir which can be accessed from several points around the reservoir. Following the lake reclamation this September, the lake was restocked with rainbows and browns. Most fish should be 8-12 inches at this time, however a handful of brood stock rainbows were stocked. These fish were as large as 21” at the time of stocking, so there is trophy potential currently. Hot patterns include jigs and wooly buggers tipped with wax or meal worms. Crayfish imitations are also popular baits, given the abundance of crayfish in the reservoir. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Montrose office (970-252-6000).

Mountain Home Reservoir: This is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland. The water level in this reservoir is variable and may be low during the winter. It is accessible by vehicle to the boat ramp. Anglers have reported fair to good fishing for rainbow trout up to 14 inches using powerbait and salmon eggs. Anglers have also reported catching northern pike. This is most likely due to an illicit introduction and anglers are encouraged to keep all northern pike they catch. Northern pike can decimate a trout fishery in just a few years. As of December 10, there was approximately 5-6 inches of ice on the southern end of the reservoir. Anglers are advised to use caution as ice thickness may vary between locations and can change rapidly. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Pastorius Reservoir: Ice conditions are suitable for fishing but no recent reports of success. Anglers should use caution out on the lake during warm days. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Rito Hondo Lake: Access is by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. This is a good opportunity for anglers to potentially have the lake to themselves. Anglers can expect to catch brook trout and occasionally cutthroat and rainbow trout. A current fishing report was not available. Historically, jigs tipped with meal worms and kastmasters work best. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Road Canyon Reservoir: This 140 acre lake is a State Wildlife Area located near Creede. The reservoir is accessible by vehicle but 4WD vehicles are advised. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout, and brook trout from 10 to 18 inches. Anglers have reported good fishing for rainbow trout and brook trout especially in the morning and late afternoon using jigs tipped with meal worms. Anglers have reported approximately 6-8 inches of ice but caution should still be used as ice conditions can vary between locations and can change rapidly. Ice thickness will also be especially variable in thickness around the aerators. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Sanchez Reservoir: This large reservoir is a State Wildlife Area near San Luis. It is accessible by vehicle to the boat ramp. Water levels were extremely low this year and fishing for pike and walleye was very slow earlier in the year. A current fishing and ice conditions report was not available. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Smith Reservoir: This is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland. Water level is very low and fishing conditions are poor. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Summit Reservoir: Summit Reservoir is a 350 surface acre lake located about 8 miles NW of Mancos and 20 miles NE of Cortez. Summit is stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. No reports on fishing but the reservoir does has sufficient ice to walk out on.

Taylor Park Reservoir: This is a 2,000 acre reservoir located northeast of Gunnison. As of mid December, solid ice cover is present throughout the reservoir but snow and slush on top of the ice can make access difficult. Fishing is excellent for lake trout with some rainbow trout also contributing to the catch. During the winter, the road is plowed to the Taylor Park Trading Post. The Taylor Park Marina entrance road from the Taylor River Road (FR 742) is no longer maintained through the winter, so it is advised that anglers plan on parking on the Taylor River Road or adjacent to the Taylor Park Trading Post. It is advised that anglers plan to access the reservoir by snowmobile, snowshoes or skis as snow depths often make access difficult. For updated ice conditions, contact the Taylor Park Trading Post at (970) 641-2555 or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Gunnison office (970-641-7060).

Totten Reservoir: This small reservoir (204 acres) is located a few miles east of Cortez. The lake sits at a relatively low elevation and ice conditions change rapidly. Right now the ice is too thin to walk on. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information

Trujillo Meadows Reservoir: This 69 acre lake is a State Wildlife Area located 40 miles west of Antonito. Access is by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. Anglers can expect to catch brown trout and rainbow trout. A current fishing report was not available. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Vallecito Reservoir: This 2,700 acre reservoir is located NE of Durango. Ice conditions are good on the shallow north end of the lake but there is still a fair amount of open water near the dam. Fishing is generally pretty good this time of year for 13-14 inch rainbows. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information.

Williams Creek Reservoir: Williams Creek has a 4-5 inch layer of ice and some recently frozen sections in the middle. No reports of angling but fishermen should use extra caution this time of year on the ice. Please note that snowmobiles are allowed only as an aid to ice fishing and not for recreational use on the lake. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

 

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