Fishing Colorado: An Angler's Guide to More Than 140 Top Fishing Spots


This latest addition to the Falcon Fishing series tackles the great angling state of Colorado. Features the best fishing locations, with maps and detailed directions, information on the best times of year and the different gamefish available at each location, tackle recommendations, advice on camping, notes on special regulations, and much more. An indispensable guide both for Colorado residents and visiting anglers.
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This latest addition to the Falcon Fishing series tackles the great angling state of Colorado. Features the best fishing locations, with maps and detailed directions, information on the best times of year and the different gamefish available at each location, tackle recommendations, advice on camping, notes on special regulations, and much more. An indispensable guide both for Colorado residents and visiting anglers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762710980
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: Fishing Guide Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

A resident of Boulder, Colorado, Ron Baird is a professional writer and an avid angler. He currently works with a coalition of environmental groups studying the native cutthroat trout of the West, and recently published his first novel, Dark Angel.
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Fishing Colorado

By Baird, Ron

Falcon Press Publishing

Copyright © 2003 Baird, Ron
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0762710985

Colorado is one of the most popular sport-fishing destinations in North America. It offers blue-ribbon trout streams, backcountry jewels, high mountain lakes, easy access parks, and trophy warm-water fisheries. But how do anglers know when and where to fish, how to get there, and what kind of fly, lure, or other gear will reel in the catch? The answers are all here in Fishing Colorado.
The key to successful fishing is finding waters where there are fish. With this guide, local angler, conservationist, and author Ron Baird shares his intimate knowledge of more than 100 lakes, rivers, and streams in Colorado where trout, walleye, bass, and other sport fish swim. This book answers the questions every angler asks before fishing new water.
Look inside to find: site descriptions, including the species present and the best times to fish; tips on lures, flies, bait, tackle, and techniques; information about trails, distances, terrain, availability of campgrounds, river access and regulations; detailed maps and photos.
Whether you're planning an afternoon or a week of angling adventures, take Fishing Colorado along for the trip.


Excerpted from Fishing Colorado by Baird, Ron Copyright © 2003 by Baird, Ron. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
Introduction 1
Whirling Disease 2
How You Can Help 2
Hatchery Renovations and Stocking 3
Drought 3
Wildlife 3
Weather 4
Finding Your Way 4
Catch and Release 4
Hiking 5
Fishing Regulations 5
Colorado Gamefish 5
Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) 5
Saugeye (Stizostedion vitreum x S. canadense) 5
Northern Pike (Esox lucius) 6
Tiger Muskie (Esox masquinongy x E. lucius) 7
Wiper (Morone saxatilis x M. chrysops) 7
Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) 8
Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui) 8
White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis) 9
Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) 9
Rainbow Trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss) 9
Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) 10
Cutthroat Trout (Onchorinchus clarki) 10
Fine-Spotted Snake River Cutthroat Trout (Onchorhynchus clarki behnkei) 11
Kokanee (Onchorynchus nerka) 11
Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) 12
Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 12
Using This Guide 12
Southwest Colorado
1 Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir 15
2 McPhee Reservoir 16
2A Camping: McPhee Reservoir Recreation Area 16
2B Camping: House Creek Recreation Area 16
3 Upper Dolores River 16
3A Camping: Cayton Area 18
4 Totten Reservoir 18
5 Puett Reservoir 18
6 Miramonte Reservoir 20
6A Camping: Miramonte Reservoir Area 20
7 Groundhog Reservoir 20
7A Camping: Groundhog Reservoir Area 22
8 Animas River 22
9 Haviland Lake 24
9A Camping: Haviland Lake Area 26
10 Hermosa Creek 26
11 East Fork of Hermosa Creek 26
11A Camping: East Fork of Hermosa Creek Area 28
12 Lime and Cascade Creeks 28
12A Camping: Purgatory Flats Area 28
13 Little Molas Lake 28
14 Lemon Reservoir 29
14A Camping: Miller Creek Area 29
15 Vallecito Reservoir 30
15A Camping: Graham Creek Area 30
15B Camping: North Canyon Area 30
15C Camping: Pine Point Area 30
15D Camping: Middle Mountain Area 32
16 Piedra River 32
16A Camping: Lower Piedra River Area 33
16B Camping: First Fork Area 33
16C Camping: Williams Creek Area 35
17 San Juan River in Pagosa Springs 35
18 Ridgway Reservoir 35
18A Camping: Elk Ridge Area 37
18B Camping: Dakota Terraces Area 37
18C Camping: Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Area 37
19 Uncompahgre River 37
20 Upper Gunnison River 39
20A Access: Palisades Park Area 43
20B Camping: Almont Area 43
21 Taylor River 43
21A Camping: One Mile Area 44
21B Camping: North Bank Area 44
21C Camping: Lottis Creek Area 46
21D Camping: Lakeview Area 46
22 Taylor Park Reservoir 46
23 Lake Fork of the Gunnison River 46
23A Camping: Gateview Campground 48
23B Camping: Red Bridge Campground 48
23C Camping: Gate Campground 48
24 Cochetopa Creek 48
25 Blue Mesa Reservoir 50
25A Camping: Ponderosa Area 54
25B Camping: Dry Gulch Area 54
25C Camping: East Elk Creek Area 54
25D Information and Services: Elk Creek Visitor Center 54
25E Camping: Stevens Creek Area 54
26 Fryingpan River 54
27 Roaring Fork River 56
27A Access: Grizzly Creek Rest Area on the Colorado River 59
28 Sylvan Lake 59
28A, B Camping: Elk Run and Fisherman's Paradise Areas 59
29 Eagle River 59
30 Vega Reservoir 61
30A Camping: Vega Coves Area 63
30B Camping: Oak Point Area 63
30C Camping: Aspen Groves Area 63
30D Camping: Early Settlers Area 63
31 Crawford Reservoir 65
31A Camping: Clear Fork Area 65
31B Camping: Iron Creek Area 65
32 Corn Lake 65
Northwest Colorado
33 Rio Blanco Reservoir 69
34 Ritle Gap Reservoir 71
34A-D Camping: Rifle Gap Reservoir Area 71
35 Harvey Gap Reservoir 73
36 White River 73
36A Camping: North Fork Campground 77
36B Camping: Himes Peak Campground 77
37 Trapper's Lake 77
37A Camping: Trapper's Lake Campground 78
38 Flat Tops Wilderness Lakes 78
39 Elkhead Reservoir 80
39A, B Camping: Elkhead Reservoir Area 82
40 Steamboat Lake 82
40A Camping: Sunrise Vista Campground 82
40B Camping: Dutch Hill Campground 82
40C Camping: Bridge Island 84
41 Lower Yampa River 84
41A Loudy Simpson Park 84
41B Double Bridges Access 85
42 Upper Yampa River in Steamboat Springs 85
42A Stagecoach Reservoir Tailwater 87
43 Williams Fork Reservoir 87
44 Upper Colorado River 90
45 Blue River in Silverthorne 93
Northeast Colorado
46 North Platte River 97
47 Michigan River 97
48 Lake John 100
48A Camping: Lake John Area 100
49 Delaney Butte Lakes 100
49A North Delaney Butte Lake 102
49B East Delaney Butte Lake 102
49C South Delaney Butte Lake 102
49D Camping: Delaney Butte Lakes Area 103
50 Big Creek Lake 103
50A Camping: Big Creek Lake Area 103
51 Cowdrey Lake 103
52 Seymour Lake 104
53 North Park Cutthroat Lakes 104
53A Bighorn Lake 105
53B Jonah, Whale, and Shoestring Lakes 106
53C Camping: Grizzly Creek Area 106
54 Colorado State Forest Cutthroat Lakes 106
54A Ruby Jewell Lake 107
54B Kelly Lake 107
54C Clear Lake 107
54D Camping: North Michigan Reservoir Area 107
54E Snow Lake, Upper Lake Agnes 107
54F Camping: Crags Area 107
55 Rawah Wilderness Cutthroat Lakes 107
55A Twin Craters Lake 109
55B Rock Hole Lake 109
55C Carey Lake 109
56 Zimmerman Lake 109
57 Joe Wright Reservoir 111
58 Cache La Poudre River 111
59 Cache La Poudre River, Big South Trail Segment 112
59A Camping: Aspen Glen Area 114
60 Upper Cache La Poudre River 114
60A Camping: Sleeping Elephant Area 114
61 Middle Cache La Poudre River 114
61A Camping: Big Bend Area 116
62 South Fork of the Cache La Poudre River 116
62A Camping: Mountain Park Area 117
63 Lower Cache La Poudre River 117
63A Camping: Dutch George Area 117
63B Camping: Stove Prairie Area 118
64 Rocky Mountain National Park 118
65 Colorado River 118
65A Camping: Timber Creek Area 121
66 Fall River 121
66A Camping: Aspenglen Area 122
67 Roaring River 122
68 Lawn Lake 122
69 Crystal Lake 124
70 Upper Big Thompson River 124
70A Camping: Moraine Park Area 125
71 Lily Lake 125
72 Central Park Cutthroat Lakes 126
72A Fern Lake 126
72B Odessa Lake 126
72C Spruce Lake 126
73 Wild Basin Cutthroat Lakes 126
73A Sandbeach Lake 128
73B Ouzel Creek, Ouzel Lake 128
73C Pear Lake 128
73D Cony Creek 128
73E Hutcheson Lakes 128
73F Camping: Olive Ridge Area 130
74 Lower Big Thompson River 130
75 Douglas Reservoir 132
76 Boyd Lake 134
76A Camping: Boyd Lake Area 134
77 Lon Hagler Reservoir 134
78 Carter Lake 136
78A Camping: Carter Lake Area 138
79 Flatiron Reservoir 138
79A Camping: Flatiron Reservoir Area 138
80 Pinewood Reservoir 139
81 Union Reservoir 139
81A Camping: Union Reservoir Area 141
82 Barbour Ponds 141
82A Camping: Barbour Ponds Area 141
83 South Platte River between Spinney Mountain and Elevenmile Reservoirs 143
84 South Platte River below Cheesman Reservoir 143
85 Spinney Mountain Reservoir 147
86 South Platte River in Elevenmile Canyon 148
86A Camping: Elevenmile Reservoir Area 148
87 North Sterling Reservoir 150
87A Camping: The Elks Area 150
87B Camping: Inlet Grove Area 152
87C Camping: Chimney View Area 152
Southeast Colorado
88 John Martin Reservoir 153
89 Lake Hasty 155
89A Camping: Lake Hasty Area 155
90 Meredith Reservoir 155
91 Adobe Creek Reservoir 157
92 Nee Noshe and Nee Gronda Reservoirs 158
93 Trinidad Reservoir 159
93A Camping: Carpios Ridge Area 161
94 Horseshoe and Martin Reservoirs 161
94A Camping: Pinon Area 163
94B Camping: Yucca Flats Area 163
95 Pueblo Reservoir 163
95A Camping: Northern Plains Area 164
95B Camping: Juniper Breaks Area 164
95C Camping: Southshore Marina Area 164
96 Arkansas River 164
97 Upper Arkansas River 166
97A Camping: Hecla Junction Area 168
98 Middle Arkansas River 168
98A Camping: Rincon Area 171
99 Lower Arkansas River 171
99A Access: Arkansas River in Pueblo 174
100 Medano Creek 174
100A Camping: Pinon Flats Area 177
101 Conejos River 177
101A Camping: Aspen Glade Area 180
102 Kerr Lake 180
103 Elk Creek 180
103A Camping: Elk Creek Area 181
104 Lake Fork of the Conejos River 181
105 Trujillo Meadows Reservoir 182
105A Camping: Trujillo Meadows Reservoir Area 182
106 Rio Grande 183
106A Camping: River Hill Area 185
106B Camping: Palisade Area 185
107 Big Meadows Reservoir 185
107A Camping: Big Meadows Reservoir Area 187
108 Road Canyon Reservoir 187
109 Poage Lake 187
Denver Metro Area
110 Chatfield Reservoir 189
110A Camping: Chatfield Reservoir Area 189
111 Cherry Creek Reservoir 191
111A Camping: Cherry Creek Reservoir Area 191
112 Quincy Reservoir 191
113 Aurora Reservoir 194
114 Hine Lake 196
115 Ward Road Pond 196
116 Chatfield Ponds 198
117 South Platte River Ponds 201
118 Bass Lake 201
Appendix Colorado Angling Resources 203
About the Author 205
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