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Rocky Mountain Fishing – Winter Park, Colorado

by Pursue The Outdoors on November 30th, 1999 in Freshwater Fishing

Catching fish couldn’t be any easier than here in the Fraser Valley. You can wade 1,000 miles of streams, wander around 1,000 acres of high mountain lakes, or troll 11,000 acres of reservoirs.

Whether you’re fly-fishing or have a night crawler on the end of your line, you can find many different species of fish throughout Grand County. Rainbow, cutthroat, brown & brook trout can be found in most of the rivers, while mackinaw and kokanee salmon cruise the depths of the larger bodies of water.

The Colorado River offers gold medal trout fishing with some of the biggest browns and rainbows found in the state. The Fraser River runs through the town of Winter Park, as well as the resort, and is fed by many other great little secluded creeks with hidden pockets of trout. St. Louis Creek and Willow Creek offer brookies, bows and browns with scattered creek-side campgrounds.

The four major lakes of the area are located in the Granby area, and offer plenty of ramps & marinas for boating enjoyment. With 7,250 surface acres and 40 miles of shoreline, Lake Granby is known for its big mackinaws. Grand Lake, the largest natural lake in Colorado, and adjoined Shadow Mountain Lake can also produce 20 pounds macks. The lakes of the area are also well known for great ice fishing in the winter.


You just never know what the snowmelt will do in the high country, but one thing is for sure, it will produce an abundance of streams and lakes to choose from. The seclusion and surrounding wilderness will make you feel like an early American explorer, discovering your own trout paradise.

Stay Walking Distance From Winter Park Resort:
Slope View Bed & Breakfast – Just a five minute walk from Winter Park Resort

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