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Ice Fishing

​​​​​​​​Opportunities for 2014 Season

Granby Reservoir ice angler using sonar and a two-rod system to catch lake trout. Photo courtesy of Dennis McKinney. Over the past 10 years, ice fishing has grown more popular. Almost 25% of all Colorado anglers wet lines through the ice between December and late February, according to the 2004 Statewide Angler Survey. The use of portable fishing shelters, electronic fish locators, and new and old bait types have increased angler success. In addition, through its late-fall stocking program, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Hatchery Program has helped to ensure there are plenty of fish to catch.

Don’t hesitate to contact local tackle s​​​hops and state parks for up-to-the-minute reports on fishing conditions.

For more details about fishery management at waters across Colorado, please see our Fishery Survey Summaries page.

NOTE OF CAUTION: SPRING CONDITIONS ARE APPROACHING AND ICE CONDITIONS ARE RAPIDLY CHANGING!! ​Anglers, please be careful to check local contacts for up-to-date ice conditions and take safety precautions before heading out. To review basic ice fishing safety considerations, please see Ice Fishing Safety.

Please be sure to check the dates next to the region for "last updated" information. For more Information on fishing conditions in your area, please contact your local CPW Office.

 

NORTHEAST REGION 

(last updated 3/3/2014)

Antero Reservoir: This 2200 acre impoundment is located north of US Highway 24 between Antero Junction and the town of Hartsel. Currently, catch rates are slow due to adverse water quality, especially for larger fish.  Rainbow trout are averaging 12-18” with an occasional larger fish being seen, with some fish in the four pound range. Brown trout, cutthroat trout, splake and brook trout are also present. Ice thickness is running about 18 – 24 inches with near shore ice thinning.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, please contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region Service Center (303-291-7227) or The Jefferson Market (719-839-2389).​

Aurora Reservoir: This 820 acre impoundment is located on Quincy Avenue, one mile east of Gun Club Road. The potential for nice rainbow trout and large walleyes is good here. Check out the fishery survey summary for more information. As of March 3, the ice in the Marina cove is starting to break up. However, Lonetree and Senac coves still have ice about 10” thick, but rising water levels have flooded the shoreline, so you might have to get wet getting to the ice. The key to catching fish here is to move around, keep drilling holes until you find the fish, especially if you’re fishing for perch. There is open water near the dam; some anglers have been catching walleye. For updated conditions, contact Aurora Reservoir Park (303-690-1633).

Bear Creek Reservoir: This 205 acre impoundment is located on Morrison Road, just east of C-470 in Lakewood. Fish that can be caught include saugeye over 20” and rainbow trout. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of March 3, the ice is unsafe. For updated ice conditions, contact Bear Creek Lake Park (303-697-6159)​.

Boyd Lake: This 1700 acre reservoir, located in Loveland, also serves a state park.  For additional updates contact Boyd Lake State Park (970-669-1739).  Fishing for trout has been excellent. A few largemouth bass have also been caught. Boyd still has some ice but conditions do not permit ice angling. Park personnel are anticipating open boating in 1-2 weeks. Call the Boyd Office to be certain conditions are favorable.​

Chambers Lake: This 250 acre impoundment is located seven miles east of the top of Cameron Pass on Highway 14 and requires some hiking to get to the lake. Chambers offers opportunities to catch cutthroat, rainbow, kokanee salmon and lake trout through the ice. Expect lake trout 12-20” though much larger fish are present as well. Most anglers do well using tipped tube jigs and finding the right depth to fish in. Chambers ice is 14-20” in most areas but be cautious and always lookout for thin patches.. Fishing has been slow for lake trout under 20”, usually caught right on the bottom. Fishing for rainbows has been spotty with occasional periods of activity throughout the day. The inlet bay at shallower depths is usually best for trout and the deeper locations near steep drops usually produce best for lakers. For more information head to the fishery survey summary.​

Chatfield Reservoir: This 1,100 acre impoundment is located on South Wadsworth Boulevard- about 0.5 miles south of C-470. Fish which can be caught include rainbow trout 15-18”, walleye over 24”, smallmouth bass, bluegill and black crappie. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of March 3, the reservoir is mostly open water, whatever ice is left is unsafe.  For updated ice conditions, contact Chatfield State Park (303-791-7275). 

Cherry Creek Reservoir: This 800 acre impoundment is located just east of I-225 and south of Parker Road. Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout, walleye over 24”. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of  As of March 3, the reservoir has no more ice.  For updated ice conditions, contact Cherry Creek State Park (303-699-3860). 

Cowdrey: This 80 acre reservoir is located along Highway 125, seven miles north of Walden. The lake has 18” of ice. Cowdrey has been fishing poorly in the last few weeks with no reported catch and has likely had at least a partial winterkill. Dissolved oxygen levels are well below healthy and unless the ice comes off quickly, Cowdrey will probably need to be restarted when we put fish in just after ice-off. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226) or North Park Chamber of Commerce (970-723-4600).

Delaney Butte Lakes: This State Wildlife Area is located 10 miles west of Walden. Please be aware of the special regulations that exist for fishing this property. Roads around the Delaneys have been prone to frequent drifting. Especially plan on the potential to hike in if you really want to fish the North Lake and take care not to stick your vehicle in a drift. Ice conditions are good with solid black ice around 18". There is an open patch of water on the west side of the East Lake so use caution. Expect to find smaller rainbows and browns at East Delaney (65 ac.), rainbows and Snake River cutthroats in the 14-18” range at South Delaney (150 ac.) and larger browns that tend to be a bit more difficult to catch at North Delaney (165 ac.) Fishing has slowed down but anglers are still catching fish though the day when “the bite is on” at all of these lakes. Fish are likely to be at different depths at different times of day so think about moving if fishing is slow. Remember, bait is not allowed at the Delaney Butte Lakes. Please refer to your fishing regulation brochure for special regulations. For additional information check out the fishery survey summary. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226) or North Park Chamber of Commerce (970-723-4600).

Elevenmile Reservoir:  This 3400 acre impoundment is located south of US Highway 24 between Wilkerson Pass and the town of Hartsel. Elevenmile Reservoir is  consistently producing rainbow trout, rainbow x cutthroat hybrid trout, and Snake River rainbow trout in the 14-20” range with 5-7 pound fish showing up regularly, with the largest fish pushing twelve pounds. A bulk of the trout caught has been over deep water from the bottom of the ice surface down to 25 feet, however spawning trout are beginning to enter shallow water for easier opportunities to catch a trophy fish. Fishing for brown trout will be slower than for rainbows and cutthroats. Kokanee fishing is picking up for those who put in the effort.  Pike fishing for fish up to 20 pounds is good with waterdogs and dead suckers on a tip up. Ice thickness ranges from 18 - 24 inches but the ice near shore is starting to thin quickly.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Elevenmile State Park (719-748-3401).

Evergreen Lake: This 42 acre impoundment is located just upstream of downtown Evergreen, on State Route 74 (Evergreen Parkway). Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout, brown trout, and an occasional tiger musky. As of March 3, the ice is 15-17” thick.  Fishing for small stocked rainbow trout has been good, due to a large stocking in late October. More fish have been caught earlier in the day before noon.  Try wax worms, nightcrawlers or meal worms on an ice fly or jig.  Switch colors until you find a combination that works.  White, pink, or a combination of the two has been catching trout.

Georgetown Lake: This 54 acre impoundment is located on I-70 just north of the town of Georgetown. Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout and brown trout. As of March 3, the ice is 16-20” thick. However, be careful near the bridge connecting the north and south basins, as water in this area has current and ice can be thinner than in other spots. Recent fishing has been good for browns and rainbows, with the occasional brook trout.​

Hohnholz Lakes: These three lakes are located west of the Laramie River Road (CR 103) 30 miles north of Highway 14. Hohnholz #2, is 37 acres and has rainbow trout and snake river cutthroat trout ranging 12-16”. Hohnholz #3 is 40 acres and has snake river cutthroat and brown trout up to 18”. Access to the lakes is weather dependent so watch for drifting conditions but ice conditions have become less stable. Reports of poor grey ice and open water suggest extreme caution and a good assessment of the current conditions if you decide to try up there. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact West Laramie Fly Store (888-745-9565).

 

Jackson Reservoir: This 2,967 acre reservoir is located approximately 32 miles east of Greeley and 10 miles north of Wiggins. As of 3/1/2014 ice thickness varied from skim ice to 10” thick, depending on location. With forecasted warming and windy conditions, the ice will not last long. Anglers are asked to use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice. Ice fishing has been fair for walleye, saugeye, and trout. The Park anticipates opening the boat ramp on March 15 as long as the reservoir is free of ice and bouys are set. For more information about Jackson Reservoir, please see the fishery survey summary. For up-to-date fishing and ice conditions, visit Jackson Lake State Parks or contact the park directly at 970-645-2551. 

Jefferson: This 145 acre impoundment is located northwest of Jefferson. After the first decent snow fall of the season, the road to Jefferson Lake will become impassable for vehicles except snow machines. Depending on snow drifts, many times by mid-winter the road becomes impassable for snow machines. The ice usually recedes from Jefferson Lake the last week of May. This winter anglers can seek to catch rainbow trout in the 12-14” range, mackinaw averaging 12-18” with a few large fish and possibly a few brook trout. The Forest Service has installed a new gate at the pay station which severely limits access to the lake except for snow machines. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Jefferson Market (719-836-2389). 

Jumbo Reservoir: This 1,570 acre reservoir is located 35 miles northeast of Sterling and six miles west of Sedgwick. As of 3/3/2013, ice thickness varied from 3” to 6”, depending on location. With forecasted warming and windy conditions, the ice will not last long, so bring your soft water gear in addition to your ice gear. Anglers are urged to use extra caution when venturing out onto the ice. Ice fishing for walleye has been fair. For more information about Jumbo Reservoir, please see the fishery survey summary

Lake John: This 565 acre impoundment is located 15 miles northwest of Walden. Ice conditions are good with thickness 18-22 inches. Lake John grows fat rainbow trout, snake river cutthroat trout and cuttbows. Action there has slowed down since the beginning of the season but is still good at times throughout the day, typically mid-morning and mid-afternoon with anglers getting into fish between 15” and 18”. The north side of the lake has been fishing better than the south. A variety of lures and jigs have been effective, especially tipped with a wax worm or other bait. Fish are dispersed throughout the lake so try changing depth if you aren’t getting into them. Most fish are probably in the upper 10 feet of water. Bait is allowed at Lake John but no live minnowsAdditional information can be found at the fishery survey summary. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226).

Lon Hagler Reservoir: This reservoir covers about 580 acres at full pool and is open year round to fishing. Bass must be 18 inches in length to keep at Lon Hagler; the limit for bass is one. Visit the fishery survey summaries page to learn more about this reservoir. ​The ice fishing season is essentially complete with 90% of the lake with open water. Both boat ramps are open. Shore anglers are doing well for 12 inch rainbow trout and few largemouth bass have been caught and released. Largemouth and smallmouth bass must exceed 18” in order to harvest, bag and possession for bass is 1. Spring crappie fishing should pick up in 1-2 weeks.

Red Feather Lakes: The Red Feather Lakes are northwest of Fort Collins about 20 miles west of Livermore. Parvin, Dowdy and West lakes are located on the east side of town. Bellaire Lake is a bit further south off of CR 162 and there is a short walk into the lake. All of the lakes are in decent shape with about 8”-10” of ice but it may come off quick with warm weather and a little wind. Use caution, beware of any open water, and especially stay away from the islands that tend to lose ice first. Bellaire is 10 acres and has rainbow trout. Fishing at Bellaire has been slow, which is normal for this lake at this time of year. Expect trout around 10”. Dowdy Lake is 115 acres. Fishing at Dowdy has still been good, with most folks catching rainbows around 10” and occasional larger 'bows and browns. Dowdy had a flare-up of anchor worm earlier this summer that causes red sores on the side of fish. This does not affect the meat and these fish are safe to eat when properly cooked. West is 25 acres. Fishing at West has been slow to fair. Try small jigs for both browns and rainbows. Parvin is 63 acres. Fishing is typically more challenging but browns and rainbows there are in excellent shape generally ranging 12”-16”. Note that Parvin is fly and lure only and has a different bag limit from other lakes in the area. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Fort Collins CPW office (970-472-4300).

Seymour: This lake is 81 acres and located about 15 miles south of Walden.  Seymour has rainbows ranging up to 16”. Access to Seymour is a significant walk-in as the main road to the lake is drifted over and low priority to clear. Try Seymour if you are looking to get away from crowds on other North Park waters. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226).

St. Vrain State Park Ponds: Because of flood related impacts the park is closed.  Managers at SVSP expect to reopen many ponds on the south side of the park on April 1.  Thousands of 10 inch rainbow trout will be stocked ahead of the opening.
 

Tarryall Reservoir: This 175 acre impoundment is located along Park County Road 77 between Jefferson and Lake George. This winter anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout averaging 12-14” with a few large fish here and there, such as brown trout, cutthroat trout and northern pike up to 36”. Catch rates are high due to a stocking of catchable rainbow trout that occurred the week of March 3rd. We encourage the harvest of all northern pike caught. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact The Jefferson Market (719-836-2389).​

NORTHWEST REGION 

(last updated 1/15/2014)

Dillon Reservoir:  Fishing for late-spawning kokanee through the ice has been good, but is now tapering off.

Elkhead Reservoir: Ice conditions have improved although still use caution as unsafe conditions can always exist.  Fishing for all species still remains relatively slow. Contact Yampa River State Park (970-276-2061) for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.

Granby Reservoir.  Fishing for lake trout has been fair.  Most anglers have been targeting lake trout in 30-60 feet of water. Ice on the South side of the lake averaged 6-8”, but observed anywhere between 4-12 inches, with the thickest in Rainbow Bay, thinnest between the dam and dike 3.  Recent snowfall is creating slushy conditions on the ice. Call Budget Tackle in Granby at (970) 887-9344 for more information and current updates. 

Green Mountain Reservoir: Fishing has been good for small lake trout and rainbows, with some larger fish being taken. Anglers are encouraged to harvest small lake trout. Call Master Bait and Tackle in Heeney at 970-724-3677 for current conditions.

Gypsum Ponds:  Fishing has been moderately productive.  Fish are being caught in deeper areas of the pond around 10 feet or more deep.  An assortment of terminal tackle has been productive, including jigs tipped with Powerbait, wax worms, night crawlers and tube jigs.   Always use caution when on the ice, unsafe conditions can always exist.

Harvey Gap Reservoir: As of January 7th, 6-7 inches of clear ice have formed in areas around the reservoir. Please keep in mind that ice thickness varies depending on the location.  Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes. Ice rescue stations are located in several locations throughout the park. Fishing has been slow, but anglers are having some luck with rainbow trout and yellow perch. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN IDENTIFY TIGER MUSKIE FROM NORTHERN PIKE. ALL TIGER MUSKIE LESS THAN 36 INCHES MUST BE RELEASED ALIVE. For more information regarding tiger muskie, please contact Lor​i Martin, CPW Area Aquatic Biologist. Weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Harvey Gap State Park​ page. Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy. 325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone: 970-625-1607.

Lake Avery: There is substantial ice covering the entire lake although recent warm conditions have melted the snow on top of the ice resulting in a layer of slush on top of the ice.  Fishing and fishing pressure has decreased slightly but fishing remains good.  A variety of terminal tackled has been fishing well.  Rainbow trout are the main species being caught with an occasional black crappie.  Contact the Parks and Wildlife Meeker Office (970-878-6090) for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.

Pearl Lake: Ice fishing for cutthroat trout and grayling are allowed. Please note that only flies & lures are allowed, with a bag limit of two trout 18” or longer. The road is only maintained to approximately ¾ of a mile from the lake. Anglers have to ski or hike from that point. There has been minimal fishing pressure on Pearl Lake to speak of. Weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Steamboat Lake State Park at (970) 879-3922 or steamboat.lake@state.co.us.

Rifle Gap Reservoir: As of January 7th, 11-12 inches of ice have formed in areas around the reservoir.  Please keep in mind that ice thickness varies depending on the location.  Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes. Ice rescue stations are located in several locations throughout the park.  Yellow perch are slowing down, but fishing for larger rainbow trout and brown trout has been consistent.  The 16th Annual Rifle Gap Ice Fishing Tournament will be held January 18th and 19th, 2014.  Visit the Rifle Chamber of Commerce website for more information, http://riflechamber.com/all-events/.  Weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website.  Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy. 325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone:  970-625-1607.

Rio Blanco Lake: Ice conditions have been good on the lake since the beginning of December.  Fishing for pan fish has been spotty while northern pike fishing have started to increase in areas, especially along the dam.  Anglers are encouraged to harvest northern pike if they are caught.  Contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Meeker Office (970-878-6090) before planning a fishing trip for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.

Ruedi Reservoir:  Ice-over usually does not occur until end of January. Fish that can be caught in Ruedi include lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout and brown trout. Additionally, anglers may catch illegally introduced yellow perch and are encouraged to remove them from the lake. Local contact info for water: U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 948, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 303-963-2266. 

Shadow Mountain/Grand Lake: Pumping of water through Shadow and Grand has been constant, creating large areas of open water. Fishing pressure has been light to date. Caution is advised. Call Rocky Mountain Outfitters at 970-798-8021 for current conditions. 

Stagecoach Reservoir: Fishing has been fairly good for catchable rainbow trout in the coves, and off the points throughout the lake at 8’ to 18’ of water. Trout in the 16”– 20” range are being reported in the catch, but several are averaging 12" to 14". An assortment of terminal tackle has been producing, such as jigs tipped with powerbait, wax worms, night crawlers, tube jigs, castmasters, solo night crawlers, salmon eggs, spoons, etc. The ice is approximately 14 - 16 inches thick, with a few inches of snow cover and a slush layer forming with warmer weather. Northern pike fishing has been slow, but some smaller fish are being picked up sporadically. In an effort to maintain a healthy trout fishery, the harvest of northern pike is strongly encouraged. Northern pike are good-eating, and numerous recipes are available on line. Weekly updates on ice conditions, access, accommodations and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-8342 or stagecoach.park@state.co.us.

Steamboat Lake: Fishing has been very good for rainbow trout in approximately 8’–12’ of water. The Marina cove area, in particular, has been fishing well with numerous 18” – 22” trout being caught. The Mill Creek area and Placer Cove have also been fishing well, with fish up to 24” in the catch. The ice is approximately 18” - 20” thick with about 8” – 10” of snow on top. There is currently a considerable slush layer, so use caution with snowmobiles. An assortment of terminal tackle has been producing, such as jigs tipped with powerbait, night crawlers, tube jigs, castmasters, jigging rapalas, etc.; however, wax worms and meal worms have been producing especially well. Weekly updates on ice conditions, access, accommodations and angling success is provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Steamboat Lake State Park at (970) 879-3922 or steamboat.lake@state.co.us.

Sweetwater Lake:  Ice anglers have had great success catching the kokanee stocked in the last couple years using just about anything on a jig.  Rainbow and brook trout fishing has been good, as well.  Unsafe areas of ice can always exist so please USE CAUTION!  Tackle suggestions: wax or meal worms with colorful small jigs. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and (recently) kokanee, and contains wild brook trout and brown trout. Feral kokanee are occasionally caught and stocked kokanee may start be large enough to catch this winter, as well.  For up-to-date conditions and local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service- White River National Forest, Phone: 303-945-3255.

Sylvan Lake:  Very good using a variety of jigs & meal worms. Rainbows and a few Brookies. The lake iced over the week of November 18 and now measures 12"+ near the dam and boat launch.  Unsafe areas ice can always exist so please USE CAUTION. Biweekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Sylvan Lake State Park, 10200 Brush Creek Rd., P.O. Box 1475, Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-2021, sylvan.lake.park@state.co.us.

Vega Reservoir: As of January 12th, 6-8 inches of ice have formed in areas around the reservoir.  Please keep in mind that ice thickness varies depending on the location.  Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes. Ice rescue stations are located in several locations throughout the park.  Anglers are having luck for trout near the dam, off of the island, Angler's Stairwell, and off the boat ramp near Early Settlers Campground.  The 2014 Vega Ice Fishing Tournament will be held February 1. Visit the Vega Lodge website for more information, www.vegalodge.com.  Weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website.  Anglers may also contact Vega Reservoir State Park, P.O. Box 186, Collbran, CO 81624; Phone: 970-487-3407. 

Williams Fork Reservoir: Fishing has been fair for lake trout and rainbows. Williams Fork has an abundance of small lake trout currently, and anglers are encouraged to harvest a full bag limit of smaller lake trout if possible. No motorized traffic is allowed on the ice. Fissing pressure has been light to date.

Wolford Reservoir: Fishing has been good for old kokanee and rainbows near the shores, and some silver kokanee have been taken in the main body of the lake. Full-sized vehicles will not be allowed on the ice this year, but snowmobiles and ATV’s will. There are some minor areas of slush on the lake. Call the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce at (970) 724-3472 for information. 

SOUTHEAST REGION 

(last updated 2/14/2014)

​Brush Hollow: This 200 acre lake is located near Penrose off of Highway 115.  As of February 7 the reservoir is completely covered with a thin layer of ice. This ice is currently too thin to support anglers, and anglers are cautioned to stay off the ice. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Clear Creek Reservoir: This 400 acre reservoir is located between Buena Vista and Leadville and is a consistently good ice fishing lake. Approximately 30” of ice covers the lake at this time and it is actively being fished, and fishing is fair to good at this time. Trout fishing is good using worms or meal worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
 
Cottonwood Lake: This 40 acre reservoir is located west of Buena Vista on U.S. Forest Service land. Ice covers the lake at this time. Use caution near inlet or outlet as moving water undercuts the ice in those areas. Fishing is good and those who are catching fish are using mainly jigs with meal worms or power bait, there are some 11 and 12 inch rainbows being caught. The road is passable to the outlet bridge but beyond that the roads are not plowed. There is limited parking during the winter time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
 
De Weese Reservoir: Located near Westcliffe. Ice is anywhere between 24-30+” thick. The lake is filling so edges are soft. Fishing has been fair and anglers have been catching fish with smaller tube jigs (white, green, or brown) tipped with meal worms or earth worms. Kastmasters are also working. Please stick to the main roads as the interior roads have drifted. For current conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300).
 
Frantz Lake: This lake located in Salida is iced over at this time. Conditions on this lake can change quickly, but is actively being ice fished. Fish are being caught with meal worms and power bait for the most part, fish are relatively small but are being caught at a good rate. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area office (719-530-5520).
 
Hayden Meadows Reservoir: This is a small (5 acres) lake located along Highway 24 just south of Leadville.  The lake is ice covered and should be safe to walk on for fishing. Fishing success is unknown, as fisherman traffic is slow at this time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
 
Hugo SWA Ponds: Hugo State Wildlife Area is located 14 miles south of the town of Hugo on CR109 then 2¼ miles east on CR2G. With the recent cold weather, the reservoirs should be completely covered in ice. Anglers should use extreme caution going onto the ice this time of year as ice thickness can vary considerably. There have been no reports of ice fishing.  For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Area Office (719-227-5200).
 
Karval Reservoir: This 20 acre lake is located SE of Karval. With the recent cold weather, the reservoirs should be completely covered in ice. Anglers should use extreme caution going onto the ice this time of year as ice thickness and condition can vary considerably. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).
 
Kinney Lake: This small lake is located south of Hugo (go 11 miles south of Hugo on CR109 then 1 mile east on CR2J and take CR33 to the north).  With the recent cold weather, the reservoirs should be completely covered in ice.  Anglers should use extreme caution going onto the ice this time of year as ice thickness can vary considerably.  For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).
 
Lake Isabel: Also called San Isabel Reservoir, this 30 acre lake is on U.S. Forest Service land off of Highway 165 just west of Rye. Ice is over 18” thick and fishing has been fair using standard ice jigs, worms, or powerbait.  Anglers are primarily catching rainbow trout, but activity has slowed recently.  For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300).
 
Manitou Reservoir: Located just north of Woodland Park, this 16 acre reservoir is situated on U.S. Forest Service lands.   Fishing has been quite good for trout ranging in size from 10-14 inches.  Anglers have had good success using red earthworms and wax worms. The ice is currently about 15 inches thick.  However, anglers should use caution as ice thickness can vary from day to day and in different regions of the reservoir. A $5 entry fee at the gate from the USFS must be paid in order to fish. Anglers are encouraged to contact the USFS at 636-1602 for current conditions as well as hours of operation. Anglers may also contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200) for current conditions.
 
Monument Lake (El Paso County): This 40 acre lake is located just west of the town of Monument. Anglers should have good opportunities to catch quality-sized trout with the mid-January stocking of 14-18 inch Snake River cutthroat trout. There have been reports of some trout including brown trout over 3 pounds being caught. The panfish and perch fishing has been quite good.  The ice is approximately 10-12 inches thick. Anglers should use caution as the ice thickness can vary from day to day and on different areas of the lake. For updated conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200) for current conditions.
 
Monument Reservoir (Las Animas County): This 40 acre lake is located at the Monument Lake Resort about 30 miles west of Trinidad. The ice condition is marginal and deteriorating, so please use extreme caution. There is currently open water toward the north end of the lake, but some fishermen continue to fish the dam area. Beware of open water between the shore and ice as warm temperatures melt the edges.  Conditions may only worsen with high winds and warming temperatures. Day use is from 0800-1600h (posted) and $3/car per day at the self serve station. Please use extreme caution. Anglers should be aware of changing conditions and have the proper equipment and ice safety knowledge. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).
 
Mt. Elbert Forebay: This 200 acre reservoir is located just north of Twin Lakes above Highway 82. This is a productive lake that has better than average sized rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anglers also target mackinaw. This reservoir fluctuates considerably and is ice free most of the time, creating open water opportunity in the dead of winter.  Ice conditions change daily at this reservoir due to hydropower operations so use extreme caution throughout the winter. Ice does cover the lake right now however, appearances at this lake are deceiving and ice conditions can change rapidly, and ice fishing is not recommended. However, ice fishing activity is up for the winter as the ice is fairly thick with fishermen having success with tube jigs and meal worms and are catching some small mackinaw. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
 
North Lake SWA: This 100 acre lake is located just east of Monument Reservoir (west of Trinidad). The ice is currently marginal and deteriorating; there is open water at the edges and the inlet.  High winds and warming temperatures will lead to worsening ice conditions.  Please use extreme caution and be aware of changing conditions and have the proper equipment and ice safety knowledge.  Please note that fishing is by artificial flies and lures only.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).
 
O’Haver Lake: This small (14 acre) lake is located southwest of Poncha Springs on U.S. Forest Service lands. The lake is accessible via County Road 200 (Marshall Pass Road). The road is not recommended for traditional vehicles at this point, with warmer weather the road will become more passable. Ice is sufficient to fish but u​​se caution near the middle of the lake where a spring may create open water or thin ice. Fisherman traffic has been slow so there is not much to report as far as what type of baits are working right now. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
 
Riverside Ponds (Mt. Ouray State Wildlife Area): These two ponds are located northwest of Salida off County Road 160.  Both ponds are iced over but can change quickly with warmer weather. Both require about a ¼ mile hike, as vehicles are restricted to the parking areas. The lower pond’s ice is not stable at this point with low water levels in that pond this winter. No fishermen have been ice fishing at either pond, but typical baits should catch you a few trout. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
 
Skaguay Reservoir: Located just east of Victor (near the town of Cripple Creek), this 114 acre reservoir is part of the Skaguay State Wildlife Area. The reservoir is iced over and the thickness is sufficient to fish ranging between 18”-30”. The reservoir is actively being fished, trout fishing is good with red and pink jigs with meal worms and orange power bait, there are reports of pike being caughton the north end of the reservoir. No vehicles allowed on ice. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
 
Trinidad Lake: Located just west of Trinidad, this 1000 acre reservoir is part of Trinidad State Park (entry fee required). The ice has been unsafe in spots and will quickly deteriorate with warm temperatures, so please use caution.  Anglers should be aware of changing conditions and have the proper equipment and ice safety knowledge.  Please use extreme caution. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Trinidad Lake State Park (719-846-6951) or DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).
 
Twin Lakes Reservoir: This 2000 acre reservoir is located southwest of Leadville, Colorado.  Ice is about 12” thick at the boat ramp and is actively being fished.  The US Forest Service has opened the gate to allow vehicles on the ice. Fishing is slow,  anglers are having success catching rainbow trout with power bait and jigs with meal worms.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

​Turquoise Reservoir: This 1600 acre reservoir is located just west of Leadville. The lake is ice covered with at least 12” of ice and is actively being fished.  Ice is thinner by the dam so use extreme caution in that area.  There are wet or slushy spots throughout the reservoir which is normal for this lake. Fishing is good for rainbow trout using all traditional baits. Snow fall can make access available only by foot or snowmobile from established parking areas, and parking is limited due to others using the area for outdoor activities. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).​

​SOUTHWEST REGION 

(last updated 3/14/2014)

Beaver Creek Reservoir: This 114 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area near South Fork. There is vehicle access to the parking lot near the boat ramp but 4WD drive vehicles can often be needed to get past the dam. An emergency public fish salvage began at Beaver Creek Reservoir on February 1st because of the anticipated loss of the fishery later in the year due to low water levels associated with dam maintenance operations.  Bag and possession limits have been removed from the reservoir but anglers must still use legal methods of take and have a valid Colorado Fishing License.  Anglers should take caution on steep slopes approaching the water and should be cautious on the ice, especially around the edges where very thin ice has been reported.  Ice conditions will deteriorate rapidly as temperatures continue to increase.  Anglers have reported slow to fair fishing for 10-14 inch rainbow trout and brown trout using small jigs tipped with meal worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).​

Big Meadows Reservoir: This 114 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area southwest of South Fork. From Highway 160, access along Forest Road 410 (two miles) is only by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. Fishing conditions and ice thickness were unknown at the time of this report.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900). ​

Blue Mesa Reservoir: This 8,900 acre reservoir is located west of Gunnison. As of mid March, solid ice is still good on most of the reservoir, but is beginning to develop some open water along the edges and around pressure ridges in some locations. Care should be taken to find safe locations to access ice from shore. Reported ice depths are 16 inches on the lower two basins and three feet in the Iola Basin, but will be deteriorating significantly over the next month or so. Ice fishing has been good for browns and rainbows, with many nice fish caught around 20 inches in length. Anglers have reported catching good numbers of perch this winter with some fish measuring over 10 inches in length. Opportunities for small lake trout should remain good, while larger lake trout should remain more numerous closer to the western end of the reservoir. Anglers are encouraged to keep small lake trout to aid in efforts to improve survival of kokanee salmon. Anglers can check on current ice conditions by contacting Curecanti National Recreation Area at (970-641-2337) or by visiting the National Park Service website.
 
Crawford Reservoir: This 390 acre reservoir is a Colorado State Park located 2 miles south of Crawford. As of March 12 Crawford Reservoir was inaccessible to ice fish with open water around most of the shoreline and rapidly deteriorating ice over the main lake. Look for good angling for black crappie, yellow perch, largemouth bass and channel catfish through 2014.  There are still a few tagged pike from population monitoring work done in 2007-2008, please report any tagged fish to the state park office or call (970) 252-6017. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Crawford State Park  (970-921-5721) or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office (970-252-6000).   ​

Echo Canyon Reservoir: This 118 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area located a few miles south of Pagosa Springs on US 84. There is still about 8 inches of ice on the lake but open water is starting to appear around the margins of the lake. Some anglers have been using boards to get from the shore to the ice. Fishing has been slow. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).
 
Groundhog Reservoir: Ice conditions are still relatively good but starting to deteriorate with the warm days. Anglers report catching some nice rainbow trout averaging around the 15-17 inch range; action is slow. The road to Groundhog Reservoir is not plowed and access is by snowmobile only. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).​

Island Lake: This 179 acre lake on the Grand Mesa offers good ice fishing opportunity for 10-12 inch rainbow trout, a few wild cutthroat and brookies, and splake. Most splake are less than 14 inches, but there are splake over 10 pounds available. For larger splake, use tube jigs or bucktail jigs to imitate suckers. For fast action on smaller splake, rainbow trout, and brook trout, smaller jigs tipped with shrimp, mealworms or wax worms are highly effective. This lake is popular with anglers with snowmobiles. There is plenty of ice, but access is difficult due to slushy conditions on the ice surface. Slush increases as the year progresses, so expect extremely slushy conditions for the remainder of the ice fishing season. Check with the USFS for road and ice conditions (970-874-6600) or contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office (970-252-6000). Fishing has been good for splake and rainbow trout.​

Jackson Reservoir (Mancos State Park): Lake is ice free. Park will be open to trailered watercraft on April 1st.​

Lemon Reservoir: Located approximately 15 miles northeast of Durango. Ice conditions are unsafe for fishing. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).​
 
Miramonte Reservoir: This 400 acre lake is located 20 miles south of Norwood on the Dan Noble State Wildlife Area. Ice fishing season generally runs from December to March. Ice conditions are unsafe and ice fishermen are encouraged to avoid this lake for the rest of the season.  Following the lake reclamation in September of 2013, the lake was restocked with rainbows and browns.  Most fish should be 8-12 inches at this time, however a handful of brood stock rainbows were stocked.  These fish were as large as 21” at the time of stocking, so there is trophy potential currently. Catches of a few of these larger fish have been reported to CPW personnel. Reports also indicate that the fish have been growing well, and ice off fishing should be great. Crayfish imitations are good bets, given the abundance of crayfish in the reservoir. Fishing the shallower coves can prove effective, as these are the areas that trout frequent to feed.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Montrose office (970-252-6000).​

Mountain Home Reservoir: This is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland. The water level in this reservoir is variable and may be low during the winter. It is accessible by vehicle to the boat ramp. The reservoir was ice free as of early March and fishing has been fair for rainbow trout and brown trout. Anglers have also reported catching northern pike. This is most likely due to an illicit introduction and anglers are encouraged to keep all northern pike they catch. Northern pike can decimate a trout fishery in just a few years. For updated fishing reports, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).   
 
Pastorius Reservoir: Lake is ice free. Rainbow trout will be stocked in the next couple of weeks. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).​

Puett Reservoir: No ice.  Fishing has been slow.​
 
Rito Hondo Lake: Access is by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. This is a good opportunity for anglers to potentially have the lake to themselves. Anglers can expect to catch brook trout and occasionally cutthroat and rainbow trout. Anglers are reporting good fishing for brook trout and rainbow trout using jigs tipped with meal worms and kastmasters. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).​
 
Road Canyon Reservoir: This 140 acre lake is a State Wildlife Area located near Creede. The reservoir is accessible by vehicle but 4WD vehicles are advised. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout and brook trout from 10 to 18 inches.  Fishing has been slow. Anglers reported approximately 12-18 inches of ice in early March but caution should be used as ice conditions will deteriorate rapidly as temperatures continue to increase. Extreme caution should be used around the solar water circulators because the ice is much thinner near these units. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
 
Sanchez Reservoir: This large reservoir is a State Wildlife Area near San Luis. It is accessible by vehicle to the boat ramp. Water levels are extremely low this year and fishing for pike and walleye was slow this winter. Ice conditions are unsafe for fishing and the edges of the lake were open as of early March.  For updated fishing reports, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900). 

Smith Reservoir: This is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland.​ Water level is very low and fishing conditions are poor. For updated fishing reports, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
 
Summit Reservoir: Summit Reservoir is a 350 surface acre lake located about 8 miles NW of Mancos and 20 miles NE of Cortez. Summit is stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish.  Lake is ice free.  
 
Taylor Park Reservoir: This is a 2,000 acre reservoir located northeast of Gunnison. Solid ice cover is present throughout the reservoir as of mid March, but significant snowfall on top of the ice has made foot access difficult. Anglers have also reported slush conditions on top of the ice and should expect slush to increase as winter progresses. Fishing is excellent for lake trout with some rainbow trout also contributing to the catch. During the winter, car access is limited to Highway 135 / Taylor River road (FR 742) from the town of Gunnison. The Taylor River road is plowed throughout the winter to the Taylor Park Trading Post. The Taylor Park Marina entrance road is no longer maintained through the winter, so it is advised that anglers plan on parking on the Taylor River Road or adjacent to the Taylor Park Trading Post. It is advised that anglers plan to access the reservoir by snowmobile, snowshoes or skis as snow depths often make access difficult. For updated ice conditions, contact the Taylor Park Trading Post at (970) 641-2555 or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Gunnison office (970-641-7060).​

Totten Reservoir: This small reservoir (204 acres) is located a few miles east of Cortez. Lake is ice free.  Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information.
 
Trujillo Meadows Reservoir: This 69 acre lake is a State Wildlife Area​ located 40 miles west of Antonito. Access is by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. Anglers can expect to catch brown trout and rainbow trout. A current fishing report was not available. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).​

Vallecito Reservoir: This 2,700 acre reservoir is located NE of Durango. Ice conditions are very poor.​ Ice fishing not advised at this time. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information.​
 
Williams Creek Reservoir: ​Williams Creek Reservoir still has ice but the conditions are deteriorating rapidly. Anglers should use caution near the shoreline where the ice is thinnest this time of year. The road to the lake is currently closed and anglers will have to walk about a mile and a half to reach the lake. No recent reports of fishing. Please note that snowmobiles are allowed only as an aid to ice fishing and not for recreational use on the lake. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).