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Local Spring Fishing


By Michael Berg


I would encourage going to local shops such as Jax and St. Petes for finding any information regarding spring fishing NoCo. These shops will know current useful information, provide fishing licenses, and supply you with any gear you may need. Here are a list of local waters that I would recommend all within an hours drive:

Fort Collins:

Fort Collins local Jeff Robinson casts his line Tuesday afternoon fishing at City Park Lake. The local catch-and-release fishing hole boasts rainbow trout, bluegill and crappies.

Prospect Ponds

City Park Lake

Poudre River (in town)

Horsetooth Reservoir

Dixon Reservoir


Boyd Lake


CSU student Michael Berg fly fishes the Poudre Canyon before classes on Friday, September 22nd. (Michael Berg | Collegian)

Carter Lake

West of Fort Collins:

Red Feather Lakes

Poudre Canyon

Estes Park


Colorado Gold Medal Waters

What are Gold Medal waters? These fishing areas have been designated by the Colorado Wildlife Commission as providing great spots to catch those large trout. These waters are defined as being able to produce 60 pounds of trout per acre, and at least twelve 14″ or larger trout per acre. Only 322 miles of Colorado’s 9000 miles of trout streams, and three lakes, carry the “Gold Medal” signature.”  (Source: Colorado Fishing Network.) You can find an interactive map of Colorado Gold Medal waters here:

Closest Gold Medal Waters: North Platte River, North Delaney Lake, Steamboat Lake, Colorado Reservoir

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