COLORADO: Southeast – Rainbows & Kokanee Up to 14” Near Inlet & the Dam

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. Anglers should expect to catch rainbow trout from 10-16 inches and brown trout and kokanee salmon from 10-14 inches. Due to dam inspections, the water level will remain 10-20’ below the high water mark for the foreseeable future. Anglers should take caution on steep slopes approaching the water. Anglers have been successful for rainbows and kokanee up to 14” near the inlet area and along the dam. 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 typically accessed by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. The road is open but has not been plowed. Access by full size vehicle is not recommended. There has been very little fishing pressure and a report is not available at this time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Big Molas Lake: This 20 acre natural lake is located near Silverton. Ice conditions are good, however, the fishing success has been poor.  There are typically a few “holdover” trout from summer stockings. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Blue Mesa Reservoir: This 8,900 acre reservoir is located west of Gunnison. Winter fishing is excellent for brown trout , lake trout and rainbow trout. Due to an over-abundance of small lake trout, harvest of lake trout less than 30 inches is recommended. The bag and possession limit for lake trout is unlimited, only one of which may be greater than 38 inches in length. Ice development started slow in 2013 but recent cold weather has resulted in most of the reservoir capping over the second week of January. Ice on the Iola Basin to the Elk Creek Marina area is good but ice thickness is expected to vary significantly as you move toward the lower west most basins. Ice on the Cebolla and Sapinero basins, where larger lake trout are more abundant, is building but is thin in many locations. Fishing should be good for lake trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout in the Iola Basin. Rainbows up to 18 inches in length and lake trout 17 to 20 inches are commonly caught. Anglers may check on current conditions by contacting Curecanti National Recreation Area at (970-641-2337) or by visiting the National Parks Service web site.

Crawford Reservoir: This 390 acre reservoir is a Colorado State Park located 2 miles south of Crawford. As of January 14 there was about 10-12 inches of ice on the lake. The lake level is low and access can be difficult due to steep, rocky slopes and long distances to water. Fishing has been fair for small pike, medium sized black crappie and yellow perch around the dam. 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. Ice conditions are good but no recent reports on fishing success. Trout fishing is usually good this time of year.   For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Groundhog Reservoir: No current reports. Ice conditions should be good with the cold weather we have had in the past month. The reservoir is very low and fish should be concentrated rewarding those anglers willing to make the long trek up there by snowmobile. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, 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 good-sized splake as well (8-28 inches). 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.

Lemon Reservoir: Located approximately 15 miles northeast of Durango. No reports of angling or ice conditions. The reservoir is very low and we have had cold weather for the past month so there should be adequate ice for fishing. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, 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. There is vehicle access to several points around the reservoir. Fishing can be good for larger than average rainbow trout with occasional brown trout being caught as well. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Montrose office (970-252-6000). As of January 14th there was about 12 inches of ice on the lake and fishing was steady for good sized rainbow trout. Hot patterns include jigs and wooly buggers tipped with wax worms.

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. Anglers have reported fair to good fishing for rainbow trout up to 16 inches using powerbait. Anglers have also reported catching northern pike. This was most likely due to an illicit introduction and anglers are encouraged to keep all northern pike they catch as the bag and possession for this species is unlimited statewide. Northern pike can decimate a trout fishery in just a few years. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Pastorius Reservoir: Ice conditions are suitable for ice fishing and the fishing has been fair for 12-14 inch rainbows on mealworms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Rito Hondo Lake: This 40 acre lake is a State Wildlife Area located west of Creede. 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 have reported fair to good fishing for brook trout up to 15 inches. Jigs tipped with meal worms and kastmasters work best. Fair to poor action for rainbow trout. 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 however 4WD vehicles are advised. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout, and brook trout from 10 to 18 inches. Anglers have reported good fishing for rainbow trout up to 3 pounds on jigs tipped with meal worms or red worms. Fair action for brook trout up to 15 inches. This reservoir is completely frozen and fishable however, anglers should use caution as ice thickness is variable especially around the aerators. 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. Due to the low water levels this winter, anglers may find that the fish are more concentrated and easier to catch. Fishing is reported as fair for pike, walleye. 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 and ice conditions, 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. No reports; ice should be suitable for fishing though.

Taylor Park Reservoir: This is a 2,000 acre reservoir located northeast of Gunnison. Taylor Park Reservoir did freeze late this year, but was iced over in early January. Anglers can expect to catch lake trout and rainbow trout. During the winter, the road is plowed to the Taylor Park Trading Post. Road work was completed to improve the Taylor River Road in 2012, and those improvements were completed prior to the winter season. The Taylor Park Marina entrance road from the Taylor River Road (FR 742) is no longer maintained through the winter. It is advised that ice fishermen plan to access the reservoir by snowmobile, snowshoes or skis as snow depths otherwise 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. The lake sits at a relatively low elevation and anglers should be cautious venturing out on the ice. No reports on fishing. Totten is known for larger perch, bluegill, and some northern pike. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

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 is suitable for fishing but anglers should use caution when venturing out too far. The fishing as been slow to fair for 12-14 inch rainbow trout on jigs tipped with mealworms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Williams Creek Reservoir: Williams Creek Reservoir is covered with about 10 inches of ice. The road was open last week to within a couple hundred yards of the lake but with recent snows anglers should contact the Pagosa Springs USFS Ranger District at 970-264-2268. Fishing has been fair for brook and cutthroat trout on mealworms. Please note that snowmobiles are allowed only as an aid to ice fishing and not for recreational use on the lake. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

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