Fly Fishing & Lake Fishing Near Lake City
The Lake Fork of the Gunnison River
With approximately 14 miles total of public fishing access, the Lake Fork is excellent for fishing from the banks or for wade fishing. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has stocked more than 24,000 fingerling and catchable trout in the Lake Fork in the last few years. Most fish in the Lake Fork are brown trout, plus a good number of rainbow trout, and in the fall, kokanee salmon. Most of the trout measure from 7 to 16 inches, with some nice big ones lurking around, too.
This article from the Colorado Division of Wildlife offers excellent information about fishing the Lake Fork, including a breakdown of species, regulations, spawn times, plus links to two maps that show public access locations.
Lake San Cristobal
Lake San Cristobal reaches 80 to 85 feet at its deepest points, plenty of room for trout that can reach up to 25 pounds or more in size. A boat ramp, docks, campground, boat rentals, and plenty of public access make this a complete fishing destination. Find out more about Lake San Cristobal.
Cebolla Creek & Deer Lakes
The gravel road along Cebolla Creek drops gently from the top of Slumgullion Pass, into the Cathedral and Powderhorn Valleys. From Lake City, take Highway 149 to the top of Slumgullion Pass; take a left onto FS Road 788.
For the first 8 miles of FS 788, there is public access to Cebolla Creek (pronounced "suh-voy-ah") and to the beaver ponds on it. Tributaries from the surrounding Powderhorn and La Garita Wilderness Areas are Brush Creek, Rough Creek, and Calf Creek. There is public fishing access at any of the six public campgrounds along this road, including at the Mason Family State Wildlife Area. A good place to take the kids fishing is Deer Lakes, where several man-made lakes are stocked with fish. Find out more about Cebolla Creek and Deer Lakes.
Big Blue Creek
The road to Big Blue Creek rises steadily above the Lake Fork Valley in twists and turns. This high-altitude creek is located about 20 miles outside of Lake City, at the end of a beautiful scenic drive. Find abundant public access to the Big Blue Creek, a campground, hiking, and more. Find out more about Big Blue Creek.
Lake Fork Spur
The Lake Fork Spur is an easy, 7-mile side trip off of the Silver Thread National Scenic Byway, offering public access to the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River and to Curecanti National Recreation Area. Find out more about the Lake Fork Spur.
Blue Mesa Reservoir
Known for its record-breaking fish, this reservoir is the focal point of the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest lake trout and kokanee salmon fishery in the United States. There are also brown trout and rainbow trout. This is the largest body of water in Colorado, about 20 miles long, with several ramps and marinas for your boat.
State fishing regulations now allow the unlimited bag and possession of lake trout, except that the taking of lake trout 38 inches or larger is limited to one per day. It's an easy drive to Blue Mesa Reservoir, about 45 miles north of Lake City.
This page at FishExplorer.com has great information about Blue Mesa Reservoir, including a map, boat dock descriptions, boating fees and inspection information, campgrounds, and other useful fishing and visitor information.
Take Your Pick: A Selection of Fishing Habitat & Terrain
A favorite destination of anglers for generations, the cold waters of Lake City are populated mainly by trout. The terrain runs a complete range, from easy, open shorelines to challenging deep pools hidden along streams; from areas that you can reach by vehicle, to those that require hiking or horseback riding to get to.
Fishing Licenses & Regulations
The Colorado Division of Wildlife has an excellent website full of information about fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, State Wildlife Areas, and applicable regulations. Visit the CDOW Fishing section.
Buy Fishing Licenses Online
The Division of Wildlife website also offers online sales of hunting and fishing licenses, and Habitat Stamps. To purchase your license online, go to the CDOW Total Licensing Page, and click on the "Buy & Apply for Licenses" button.
Interactive CDOW Fishing Guide
See the state fishing guide as an interactive flip book.
Fishing Photo Tour
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