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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Tournaments:

  • Boyd Lake - near Loveland
  • Stagecoach Reservoir
  • Eleven Mile Reservoir
  • Chatfield Reservoir - southwest Denver metro area
  • Granby Reservoir, Grand Lake, Shadow Mtn Reservoir-
    • Grand Lake. 2017 Ice fishing contest Jan 27, 28, 29
    • more info
  • Eleven Mile Reservoir
  • Island Lake - Grand Meas
    • Tournament Feb 4, 2017
    • Call Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce 970-856-6961
      or email the Cedaredge Chamber or WEBSITE INFO
  • Blue Mesa Reservoir - west of Gunnison
  • Eleven Mile Reservoir
  • Rifle Gap Reservoir - north of Rifle
  • Steamboat Lake - north of Steamboat Springs

State Parks with Ice Fishing:

For info and conditions, plus tournaments, for these areas, go to parks.state.co.us Each area has its own set of pages
  • Chatfield Reservoir - southwest Denver metro area
  • Cherry Creek Reservoir - southeast Denver metro area
  • Eleven Mile Reservoir - in South Park, west of Colorado Springs
  • 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 with Ice Fishing:

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-

Antero Reservoir (EMPTIED and CLOSED FOR DAM REPAIRS)

In South Park. More info, go to Denver Water

Aurora Reservoir-

East of Aurora more info

Grand Mesa

East of Gunnison - TOURNAMENT Feb 4 (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


Resources:

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