John Martin Reservoir offers many types of warm-water fishing. Early and late spring are popular for crappie and saugeye fishing. Anglers from all over the country come to John Martin Reservoir early to mid-summer to fish for bass, wiper, and striper (shown at left). Late-night anglers will find channel catfish and walleye all summer long. Bluegill and drum are found throughout the seasons as well. Fall usually brings another run of crappie and wiper.
Lake Hasty, just below the dam, is stocked with trout, bluegill, bass, crappie, saugeye, and wiper.
Check the CPW fishing guidelines for more information.
North shore gates to the boat ramps and dam close November 1 through the last day of dark goose season for the annual waterfowl closure, per the lease and operating agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers. Fishing is not allowed inside this area.
For current fishing conditions, check the John Martin Conditions page. For current water levels, see the USGS Water Level site.