Winters in Colorado are known for many sports including skiing, snowboarding,snowshoeing and more but a very popular activity in Colorado is ice fishing. With many different locations around Colorado available for ice fishing, it’s surely a dream come true for those looking to get out on the ice and catch some fish for dinner. The laws in Colorado only allow for two lines in the water and a fishing license is required to go, but it’s a fun and easy sport to get into just be sure to follow safety rules and be prepared with warm things. There are plenty of places to buy gear and find an ice fishing guide if you need the training.
If you need ideas on where to go ice fishing in Colorado, here are a few spots around the state.
Twin Lakes Reservoir
Just thirty minutes north of Buena Vista, Colorado is Twin Lakes Resservoir. According to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Twin Lakes Reservoir has a variety of “brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout with trophy lake trout potential.” Sitting at the base of Mt. Elbert, the tallest peak in Colorado, there are well over 2,000 acres of fishing. This reservoir hosts an annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby every year.
11 Mile Reservoir
If you are looking to stay close to the 719, then 11 Mile Reservoir is probably the closest to town to make it a day trip for ice fishing, Filled with Kokanee salmon and several types of trout, 11 Mile is a favorite spot to venture close to home. At 3,400 acres, it’s a substantial and popular waterway for ice fishing trout average 14-20 inches. According to Colorado Outdoors magazine, some of the “largest fish ever caught” have been pulled from Eleven Mile State Park.
Trinidad Lake State Park
Just a few hours south of Colorado Springs is Trinidad Lake that draws in anglers from all over for the plentiful fish available during the summer and the winter ice fishing season. Bordering the Santa Fe Trail and the Highway of Legends, Trinidad Lake State Park is a stunning location to enjoy a day ice fishing.
The lake boasts of having rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, crappie and bluegill available for fishing. Learn more at https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/TrinidadLake.
Harvey Gap Reservoir
With 190 acres of fishing galore, Harvey Gap Reservoir is open year-round for fishing, small boating and a swim beach. IT’s only a day use beach with camping six miles away at Rifle Falls State Park. The park is beautifully landscaped with cedar and sagebrush. With stunning crystal clear water, the long reservoir is great for a variety of activities in addition to ice fishing such as kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and sailing.
If it’s a good-sized trout that you are aiming to catch, then head out to Chambers Lake where the cutthroat and rainbow trout are a 16 to 18 inches in the deeper parts of the lake. Chambers Lake is a 250-acre lake located near Cameron Pass that gives you kokanee salmon and occasional glacial relic lake cherubs. Learn more here: https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Fishery%20Survey%20Summaries/ChambersLake.pdf.