Fishing in the Colorado Springs
& Pikes Peak Area.
You walk down a mountain
trail, fishing equipment in hand. Just ahead is a sparkling reservoir
with a backdrop of majestic mountains. You rig your line and cast into
the clear, cold water. As you take in the panoramic view, a fish
strikes. You play it, allowing it to tire and then reel it in.
You’ve caught a beautiful rainbow trout.
This is fishing at its best in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado.
Choose whether to spend an hour or two, a day or even a week exploring
and fishing on the waters in the Pikes
Peak region. For a casual fishing experience, stop at a lake in a city
park or stop by a stocked pond where you pay to fish. More serious
anglers will want to get out into remote areas to try their luck in
lakes, reservoirs and mountain streams.
Pikes Peak Reservoirs – North Slope
There is a great fishery at Crystal Creek,
located on the north slope of Pikes Peak. Catch brook trout, cutthroat
and rainbows. Occasionally lake trout are caught here. Catch rates in
the area are high.
South Catamount offers Pikes Peak cutthroat,
brook, lake and rainbow trout. North Catamount offers
the potential for anglers to catch lake trout that weigh in excess of
ten pounds. The North Catamount reservoir is only accessible by foot,
but catch rates for small trout are incredible.
Boating access is limited to crafts that are electrically
propelled and those that are hand or wind propelled. Boats powered by
gasoline motors are prohibited and strictly enforced.
The reservoirs in the Pikes Peak region are for day use only.
Night fishing is prohibited and this rule is also strictly enforced.
To gain access to the Pikes Peak reservoirs, drive to Cascade
and travel south on the Pikes Peak Toll Road. The entrance to the
reservoirs is just off the Toll Road.
A State Parks pass is required in order to fish at Elevenmile
Reservoir, but angling opportunities are excellent. Some of the
largest Kokanee salmon in Colorado have been caught here. Large brown
trout, cutthroat and rainbows are caught only a few feet from the
area’s campsites. Elevenmile Reservoir is the place to troll for
trophy fish of the above mentioned species.
To gain access to Elevenmile Reservoir, drive to Lake George
and then south to the Park’s entrance
This challenging and scenic stretch of water is a classic
western stream and offers excellent angling opportunities. The
Arkansas offers brown and rainbow trout up to 20 inches in length and
the River runs for 80 miles. One of the best areas to fish along the
Arkansas is Brown’s Canyon.
South Platte River
If you wish to do a bit of angling in a five star fishing spot,
try South Platte River in South Park. It’s located west of
Colorado Springs on Highway 24. Here you will find large brown trout,
cutthroat and rainbows. One of the best spots in the area is
If you’ll be visiting the Cripple Creek area, don’t
overlook Skaguay Reservoir, just east of Victor. The
Reservoir is stocked with trout and occasionally northern pike are
caught here. Along the scenic route, the Rosemount
Reservoir is located off Gold Camp Road. Rosemount also offers great
fishing opportunities for anglers.
If you are in the Pikes Peak region and are at a loss of where
to wet your line, stop by one of the many fishing tackle shops along
the way. The staff in these shops will be more than happy to give you
a few fishing tips, locations and conditions. If you wish to hire a
guide for fly fishing, both the Peak Fly Shop and The
Angler’s Covey offer guide services.
To find where waters will be stocked within the next week, pick
up a copy of the Gazette on Thursday and check out the Sport section.
A complete list of waters to be stocked in the coming week is listed
For a great angling experience, be sure to check out the waters
in the Pikes Peak area. It’s possible that you will land the
trophy fish of your dreams.
FIshing in Colorado Springs