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Conditions - Statewide
Conditions - Statewide
Fishing on the Arkansas

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Conditions for the week of December 16, 201​4. Information is provided by CPW employees and local fishing enthusiasts. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Keep in mind that fishing conditions change on a constant basis. A lot can change in a week from the time this fishing conditions report is produced. If the water you are interested in knowing more about is not listed here or if you're looking for the most current ​information, we encourage anglers to explore some of the numerous private websites that offer fishing condition reports. 

Examples include: 

Many other fly shops and marinas also offer fishing condition reports on their websites as well.

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

​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 December 9, there is no ice on the reservoir. For updated conditions, contact Aurora Reservoir Park (303-690-1633).

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 December 9, there is no ice on the reservoir. 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 December 9, there is no ice on the reservoir. For updated ice conditions, contact Cherry Creek State Park (303-699-3860). ​

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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Antero Reservoir

As of 12/10/2014, ice conditions range from open water to 8” thick. Extreme caution is advised to anyone who chooses to venture out ice fishing at Antero. This 2200 acre impoundment is located north of US Highway 24 between Antero Junction and the town of Hartsel. Once ice conditions improve, expect catch rates to be good to excellent. Rainbow trout will averaging 12-18” with an occasional larger fish being seen, with some fish in the four to six pound range. Brown trout, cutthroat trout, splake and brook trout are also present. 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).

​​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 December 9, there is no ice on the reservoir. 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 has some ice but conditions do not permit ice angling. Anglers can expect great action for trout, yellow perch, walleye once the lake is capped.

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 just forming in most areas, be cautious and always lookout for thin patches. 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.

Cowdrey 

This 80 acre reservoir is located along Highway 125, seven miles north of Walden. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice. Not much information on ice fishing is available at this time, but Cowdrey is usually a great early ice season choice. 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. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice. Please be aware of the special regulations that exist for fishing this property 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). 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

As of 12/10/2014 very unsafe ice conditions exist. Ice fishing is not advisable at this time. 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 large trout caught will be over deep water from the bottom of the ice surface down to 25 feet. Fishing for brown trout will be slower than for rainbows and cutthroats. Kokanee fishing is poor for those who put in the effort. Pike fishing for fish up to 20 pounds will be good with waterdogs and dead suckers on a tip up. 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 December 9, any ice on the reservoir is unsafe. On December 2nd, two people fell through the ice near the inlet and had to be rescued.  

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 December 9, any ice near the bridge that splits the lake is unsafe due to the water currents flowing under the bridge. On both ends farther away from the bridge the ice is 6”. The bite has been slow, but anglers have been catching  browns, rainbows and the occasional brook trout, typically with small jigs tipped with wax worms.  

Hohnholz Lakes

These three lakes are located west of the Laramie River Road (CR 103) 30 miles north of Highway 14. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice. 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 and ice conditions will be similar to those found on North Park Lakes. 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 12/9/2014 the ice that formed during late November had melted or broken up. Ice fishing should be fair for walleye, saugeye, and trout. 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 12/9/2014, the ice that formed during late November had melted or broken up. Ice fishing for walleye and crappie should be good once safe ice has formed. For more information about Jumbo Reservoir, please see the fishery survey sum​mary​. 

Lake John

This 565 acre impoundment is located 15 miles northwest of Walden. Ice conditions are good with thickness 2-6 inches, but can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice. Lake John grows fat rainbow trout, snake river cutthroat trout and cuttbows. 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 minnows. Additional information can be found at the fishery survey sum​mary​. 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 sum​maries page to learn more about this reservoir. The ice fishing season is yet to start lake with virtually no ice cover. 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. 

Lonetree Reservoir

The fall 2014 gillnet survey yielded exceptional numbers of walleye, saugeye, and black crappie. No trout are stock in Lonetree but ice fishing should be good for other species.

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 have iced over and be cautious when venturing out on the ice. 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 Expect trout around 10”. Dowdy Lake is 115 acres. 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. 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. Try Seymour if you are looking to get away from crowds on other North Park waters. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226).

St. Vrain State Park Ponds

Trout have recently been stocked in Coot and Pelican Ponds but what little ice present measures less than an inch.  Shore fishing is available. Sandpiper pond will be stocked with trout in the next 2 weeks and anglers can also expect decent fishing for saugeye and walleye on Coot Pond. Mallard pond should produce crappie while Redtail has a large population of bluegill. Bald Eagle pond will produce bluegill and bass but no bait can be used on this water and all largemouth and smallmouth must be released. Ice fishing on Pelican Lake is highly discouraged as a new aeration system keeps the pond from freezing solid. For additional information vist St. Vrain State Park​. 

Tarryall Reservoir

As of 12/10/14 up to 8 inches of ice exists on Tarryall Reservoir. Continued warm weather may create pockets of open water. Extreme caution should be used if ice fishing 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”. We encourage the harvest of all northern pike caught. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact The Jefferson Market (719-836-2389).

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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado​

Brush Hollow

This 200 acre lake is located near Penrose off of Highway 115. The reservoir is near minimum po​​ol. The ramp is inaccessible and boats cannot be launched. There is no ice on the reservoir.  Fishing is slow. Trout are being caught from the bank with worms and green power bait. 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. It is completely frozen over at this time but ice thickness varies and it is unstable. Fishing success is unknown at this time. 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 but thickness and fishing success is u6nknown at this time. Use caution near inlet or outlet as moving water undercuts the ice in those areas. 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, the lake has portions of open water mainly on the north side. Any ice should be considered unsafe at this time. For current conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300). 

Frantz Lake

This lake located in Salida is not iced over at this time. Conditions on Frantz lake can change quickly. Fishing has been slow, but fish are being caught along the shore with flies/lures and a variety of baits. 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 with 4-10 inches of ice 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. The Hugo ponds are completely free of ice.  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. Karval Reservoir is completely free of ice. 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). Kinney Lake is completely free of ice.  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. The lake is covered in thin (1-2” max) ice. The ice is not considered safe at this time. 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. We do not have any current reports on ice conditions at this time. 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. Any ice should be considered unsafe at this time. 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. Any ice should be considered unsafe at this time. 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. Fishing success is unknown at this time. 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 lake is completely ice free at this time. 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). See the North Lake SWA​ page for more information.

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 still passable for traditional vehicles at this point, with winter weather the road will require snowmobiles. Ice is sufficient to fish but use 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. ​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). For more information, see the Mt. Ouray State Wildlife Area​ page.

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 predominantly iced over but with thickness between 0.5-2 inches it is not safe to ice fish yet. Fishing success is unknown at this time. 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 lake is currently ice free at this time. 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 beginning to form on the lake but it is unsafe at this time. It should be accessible to ice anglers soon. Fishing success is unknown at this time. 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. Ice is beginning to form on the lake but it is unsafe at this time. It should be accessible to ice anglers soon. Fishing success is unknown at this time. 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).

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 Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado​​

Dillon Reservoir

Dillon has had an excellent early ice fishing season in the Snake River arm for late-spawn kokanee as well as arctic char. Ice elsewhere in the reservoir should be considered unsafe as of 12/15. For current conditions, contact Colorado Angler in Silverthorne at 970-513-8055.

Elkhead Reservoir

As of 12/15 Elkhead Reservoir does not have fishable ice. Call the Yampa River State Park office at (970) 276-2061 for current conditions.

Granby Reservoir

As of 12/15 Granby does not have fishable 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

No ice cover yet. Ice conditions will not set up until colder day and night time temperatures persist. Fish that can be caught in the western ponds include catchable trout, yellow perch, crappie, and green ​sunfish. Additionally, anglers may catch illegally introduced bass and are encouraged to remove them from the lake. 

Harvey Gap Reservoir

As of December 12th, the entire reservoir is not yet covered with ice. However, there are several areas where ice has been reported at 3” thick. Please keep in mind that ice thickness varies depending on the location. The reservoir is currently filling. 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 loca​​ted in several areas throughout the park. Anglers have reported catching yellow perch and northern pike. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN IDENTIFY TIGER MUSKIE FROM NORTHERN PIKE. ALL TIGER MUSKIE LESS THAN 36” MUST BE RELEASED ALIVE. For more information regarding tiger muskie, please contact CPW Area Aquatic Biologist Lori Martin at lori.martin@state.co.us. Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap​/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy.325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone: 970-625-1607. 

Lake Avery

As of 12/15 Lake Avery does n​ot have fishable ice. Call the Yampa River State Park​ office at (970) 276-2061 for current conditions. 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 December 12th, the entire reservoir is still open and not yet covered with ice. Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park​, 5775 Hwy.325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone: 970-625-1607. 

Rio Blanco Lake

As of 12/15 Rio Blanco Lake does not have fishable ice. Call the Yampa River State Park​ office at (970) 276-2061 for current conditions .Contact the Parks and Wildlife Meeker Office (970-878-6090) for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.

Ruedi Reservoir

Ice has not set up on the reservoir and safe ice conditions typically do not set up until mid- to late 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

As of 12/15 neither Shadow or Grand has fishable ice. 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 along the shoreline where there is still open water. The lake is about 30% iced over, with ice depth ranging from 6” down to 1”.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. 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

The lake is approximately 90% iced over, ice depth ranges from 4” - 6” in the coves to very thin further out.  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 cover has not yet established. Fish that can be caught in Sweetwater Lake includes rainbow, brook, and brown trout. Recent stocking of kokanee has led to an abundant kokanee fishery and​ high quality fishing last ice fishing season. 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 or Sweetwater Lake Resort at 970-524-7344.

Sylvan Lake

Iced over November 14. 7+" thick at boat ramp and dam. Fishing has been good. Seeing some nice 10-12" Brookies. Best luck is usually a jig with meal or wax worms. Unsafe conditions can always exist so please USE CAUTION! Biweekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Sylvan Lake 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 December 8th, the entire reservoir is still open and not yet covered with ice. Anglers may also contact Vega Reservoir State Park​, 15247 North 6/10 Road Unit A, Collbran, CO 81624; Phone: 970-487-3407. 

Williams Fork Reservoir

As of 12/15, the lake does not have ice coverage.

Wolford Reservoir

As of 12/15, the lake does not have ice coverage. Call the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce at (970) 724-3472 for information.

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​Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado​​

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. Ice has formed only on a small portion of the reservoir’s inlet above the lake city bridge as of early December. Generally the upper Iola Basin and the canyon near the Elk Creek Marina will freeze up first and should be capped over by late December. Westward basins of the reservoir often take longer to freeze up. Ice fishing should be good in 2015 for rainbow trout, brown trout, yellow perch, and smaller lake trout. Larger lake trout ice fishing opportunities should improve once the westward Cebolla and Sapinero basins freeze up. Anglers are encouraged to keep small lake trout to aid in efforts to reduce predation on kokanee salmon and to help re-build their numbers after recent kokanee population declines. 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. Crawford Reservoir does not have safe ice as of the start of December. With the warm weather, expect safe ice near the start of January. Ice fishing should be good in 2015 for black crappie, yellow perch, largemouth bass, rainbow trout and channel catfish. There are tagged northern pike in Crawford Reservoir from population monitoring work done in the spring of 2014. 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.Currently, there is no significant ice accumulation on Echo Canyon Reservoir.  Usually, it freezes up by late December. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855). 

Groundhog Reservoir

No reports of ice formation. Still a little early to venture up there. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Island Lake

Island Lake had ice over its’ surface as of the first week of December. There were areas that appeared to be thin, so anglers should use caution. By mid December, the ice should be safe across the lake. This 179 acre lake on the Grand Mesa offers good ice fishing opportunity for 10-12 inch rainbow trout, a few wild cutthroat trout, brook trout, 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. 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)

No ice.

Lemon Reservoir

No ice. 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​. There is no ice on Miramonte Reservoir​ as of December first due to the recent warm weather. Following the lake reclamation in September of 2013, the lake was restocked with rainbows and browns that have grown well over the last year. The 2014-2015 ice fishing season should see a return to for Miramonte with fat, feisty rainbow trout averaging 14 to 15 inches. 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. As of December 1, the lake was starting to ice up but still had a substantial amount of open water. At the time of this report, any ice on the reservoir is likely too thin for ice fishing.  This reservoir typically has fair to good ice fishing for rainbow trout. Anglers were also catching northern pike earlier in 2014. 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

No ice at time of this report. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Puett Reservoir

No ice at time of this report.   

Rito Hondo Lake

Access to the lake is typically only by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. However, as of early December, 4WD vehicles with chains could still access the lake. Vehicle access to the lake will likely no longer be possible following the next snow storm. Anglers can expect to catch brook trout and occasionally cutthroat and rainbow trout. Anglers are reporting excellent fishing for large (14-16 inch) brook trout and rainbow trout. Anglers reported approximately 6-8 inches of ice in early December but caution should be used as ice conditions can change rapidly and vary between locations on the lake. 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  good for rainbow trout and brook trout, especially early in the morning. Anglers reported approximately 6-8 inches of ice in early December but caution should be used as ice conditions can change rapidly and vary between locations on the reservoir. 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).

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. A warm fall has delayed ice development at Taylor Park Reservoir with the reservoir not forming ice cover until December 9th. Depending on weather the rest of the month, safe ice fishing conditions should exist later in December. 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. Taylor Reservoir has a healthy population of lake trout which provide great ice fishing opportunities. Stocked rainbow trout also add to the bite. ​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 Wild​life 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. The lake was ice free at the time of this report. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information. 

Williams Creek Reservoir

Williams Creek Reservoir was ice free at the time of this report. Please note that snowmobiles are allowed only as an aid to ice fish​ing and not for recreational use on the lake. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

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