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ARKANSAS RIVER: Leadville to Canon City - Offers nearly 80 miles of public access and boasts great catches of nice-sized brown trout and rainbows, with some up to 20 inches. The "blizzard" caddis fly hatch in late April/early May is well renowned but hatches throughout the year make this a very consistent fishery where anglers can usually enjoy lots of elbow room. Lure and bait angling also produce very well, particularly during higher water flows. Within the City of Pueblo - This is a must for all stream anglers looking for a place to go during the winter months. The mild winter climate and consistent flows out of Pueblo Dam makes for a great tailwater fishing experience for rainbow and brown trout. Contact the Pueblo DOW office or the City of Pueblo for access information. Interactive Map

BEAVER CREEK RESERVOIR SWA: This popular trout fishery in the South Fork area provides shore anglers with good action on rainbow trout using power bait, salmon eggs and lures. A concrete boat ramp allows access for boaters taking kokanee, brown trout and rainbow trout by trolling. Fly fishermen prefer the "dead chicken" wet fly. Ice fishing is popular during the winter. Location: From South Fork, 2 miles southwest on Highway 160 to USFS Road 360, then 6 miles south. Interactive Map

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR: This popular reservoir produces excellent year-round catches of nice-sized brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout. It is best known for its ice fishery. The kokanee salmon fishery is improving with a good fall run up Clear Creek. Facilities are good with a boat ramp and camping nearby. Location: 13 miles west of Buena Vista on Highway 24. Interactive Map

PIKES PEAK NORTH SLOPE RESERVOIRS: Three reservoirs are found along the Pikes Peak Highway. Although just outside of Colorado Springs, these gorgeous waters boast rainbow and cutthroat trout and occasional brook trout. Exceptional lake trout can also be taken at Crystal Creek and North Catamount. Anglers can use carry-in boats propelled by hand or electric motor and float tubes. Open from May to October, check the Pikes Peak Highway Tollbooth for hours and access charges. Location: From Colorado Springs west of Highway 24 to Cascade, then follow signs for the Pikes Peak Toll Road. Interactive Map

JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR: Fine warm-water fishing and excellent state park facilities await anglers at this large plains reservoir. Start out the year with crappie fishing in April and May (try on the dam or at the railroad trestle), then move on to wiper and saugeye during the May and June. Also enjoy some of the state’s best fishing for large catfish (using worms, crawdads, shrimp) toward the shallow upper end of the lake. Fall (September and October) usually brings another period of great fishing. Call the Lamar DOW office to check on water levels, access and best techniques.

NEE GRONDE RESERVOIR: If rod-bending fishing is more important than lots of amenities, then this is just your place. This lake provides for some of the most consistent fishing for warm-water predator fish like wipers and saugeyes, but also boasts great crappie fishing in some years. Fishing peaks in May and June when anglers can hook into a number of different species fishing using twister jigs tipped with a night crawler, shad imitation crank baits, worm harnesses and plain old minnows. The water level can fluctuate during the fishing season so call the Lamar DOW office for up-to-date information. The reservoir is closed for fishing during waterfowl season from Nov. 1 to March 31.

PUEBLO RESERVOIR: This reservoir is one of the most popular destinations in southeast Colorado. High catch rates on largemouth and smallmouth bass provide an excellent fishery. Large numbers of walleye inhabit the reservoir and fishing is good for walleye from 14-30 inches. The reservoir has special restrictions for walleye. The wiper fishery is underutilized with large schools from 1-10 pounds. A State Parks Pass is required. Location: West of Pueblo on Highway 50 to Pueblo Blvd., then south to Thatcher Ave., then west to entrance. Interactive Map

TRINIDAD RESERVOIR: This 700-acre reservoir has been a sleeper for many years. A good boat ramp provides access to the reservoir at all water levels. Trinidad's warm-water fishery provides fishing for a wide range of species including rainbow trout, yellow perch, channel catfish, saugeye, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass. A State Parks Pass is required. Location: West of Trinidad on Highway 12. Anglers should take note of this mercury warning issued by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Interactive Map

TURQUOISE LAKE: This is one of the most scenic reservoirs in Colorado, located at the base of the Continental Divide. It has excellent campgrounds and boat ramps. Turquoise offers rainbow, brown, cutthroat and lake trout fishing. Location: Turquoise is 4 miles west of Leadville. Interactive Map


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