Ice Fishing: Where to go?

by K. Christopherson

It's cold out - but you love it! Itching to go ice fishing.... here are some of the favorites of Colorado. Be sure to check on conditions before you go, making sure that the ice is ready and lake is open to ice anglers.

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State Parks:

For info and conditions, plus tournaments, for these areas, go to Each area has its own set of pages
  • Boyd Lake - near Loveland
  • Chatfield Reservoir - southwest Denver metro area
  • Cherry Creek Reservoir - southeast Denver metro area
  • Elevenmile Reservoir - in South Park, west of Colorado Springs
    • Cabela's Tournaments 2016 - Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 5
    • More info CLICK HERE
  • Harvey Gap Reservoir - north of Rifle
  • Rifle Gap Reservoir - north of Rifle
  • Stagecoach Reservoir - southeast of Steamboat Springs
  • Steamboat Lake - north of Steamboat Springs
  • Vega State Park - south of Rifle

State Wildlife Areas-

For more info on these areas, go to CPW SWAs
  • Tarryall Reservoir - in South Park, south of Hwy 285, southeast of Fairplay
  • Lake John - in North Park, west of Walden
  • Delaney Buttes Lakes - in North Park, west of Walden

Other Areas-


In South Park. More info, go to Denver Water

Aurora Reservoir-

East of Aurora more info

Blue Mesa

West of Gunnison; Tournament Feb 20, 2016 INFO

Granby Reservoir, Grand Lake, Shadow Mtn Reservoir-

Grand Lake. 2016 Ice fishing contest Jan 29,30,31 more info

Grand Mesa

East of Gunnison - TOURNAMENT Feb 6 (Saturday) at Island Lake
9 to 3pm; entry = $30; open to adults and children; cash prizes
Call Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce 970-856-6961
or email the Cedaredge Chamber or WEBSITE INFO

Williams Fork Reservoir-

East of Kremmling, south of Parshall more info

Wolford Mountain Reservoir-

Located near Kremmling. Tournament Feb 20, 2016  more info

Green Mountain Reservoir-

South of Kremmling, north of Silverthorne on Hwy 9.

Taylor Reservoir

Located NE of Gunnison and NE of Almont

Classes and Clinics

Ft Collins - CSU - Jan 29,30 - info; Feb 5,6 - info

Jeffco Open Space - Pine Valley Ranch - Jan 29 - info

Note: Photo at top of page courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Colorado fishing map Click here to buy a topo maps for these areas.