Best fish to catch on Colorado fishing trips

Colorado fishing trips vary widely. There are many small, well-stocked ponds and lakes with easy access. There are also some extremely rugged fishing opportunities tucked high in the Rocky Mountains that are suitable for the adventurous Colorado fishing enthusiast.

Trout are the most popular species in Colorado. Brook, rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and even greenback cutthroat trout are abundant in many sections of the fast, cold, and clear streams. Local fly fishing shops may offer Colorado fishing guide services that can help you reach a “grand slam” that you catch one at a time. Target species on some Colorado fishing trips may include Kokanee salmon or lake trout (sometimes called “mackinaw” by locals), which lurk in some of the deep reservoirs with a state record of over 50 pounds.

Bonus fishing trips in Colorado may include other species such as walleye, channel catfish, or pike. You can even help the fisheries management of Green Mountain Reservoir, where pike were illegally imported, and collect a small reward at Heeny Marina for harvesting these aggressive predators.

Read CO fishing reports and state regulations before fishing in Colorado as it has 41 pages of all the information you need. For example, many locations only allow lures and you are only allowed “one personally visited line” per angler. But the fishing in Colorado is so good that one line is enough.

The weather can change quickly, especially in the mountains. Plan accordingly and stay safe. Dress in layers and share your travel plans with others before embarking on extreme fishing trips. And make sure you have your fishing license that supports Colorado’s 90 million sport fish in stock annually.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.

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