Wild Trout Waters in Colorado

The Rio Grande at Coller State Wildlife Area
The Rio Grande at Coller State Wildlife Area

Selected trout streams and lakes are managed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife specifically to produce wild trout and are not stocked with hatchery fish. These trout are raised completely in the wild under natural conditions, affording anglers an opportunity to experience the joy and challenge of catching truly wild fish.

The Colorado Fishing Guide and Land and Water Use information booklets have details on specific restrictions and regulations for Colorado waters. You should consult these resources before fishing. Portions of designated trout waters may be on private property.

Blue River
From Green Mountain Reservoir downstream for 2.5 miles.

Cache la Poudre River
(A) From the bridge at Pingree Park Road upstream to the west boundary of Hombre Ranch about 5.2 miles.
(B)From Black Hollow Creek upstream to and including Big Bend Campground.

Cascade Creek
6 miles east of Cumbres Pass. From the headwaters to confluence with Rio de los Pinos, 2.5 miles.

Cochetopa Creek
Within Cochetopa State Wildlife Area, 4.5 miles.

Colorado River
From the town of State Bridge upstream to the upper end of Gore Canyon.

Conejos River
From Aspen Glade Campground 4 miles upstream to Menkhaven Ranch.

East River
Downstream for 1 mile from the bridge at Roaring Judy Hatchery.

Emerald Lake
270 acres of lake trout fishing in the Weminuche Wilderness.

Fraser River
From 1 mile above the town of Granby to 1 mile below the town of Tabernash, 5 miles.

Gunnison River
From the upper boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park downstream to the confluence with the North Fork of the Gunnison River.

Lake Fork of the Conejos
From headwaters to natural dam at the outlet of Rock Lake.

Laramie River
Inside Hohnholz Lakes State Wildlife Area, 2.5 miles.

Los Pinos Creek
Within Cochetopa State Wildlife Area, 2 miles.

Middle Fork of the South Platte River
Within the Tomahawk State Wildlife Area, 3 miles.

North Platte River
From the Colorado-Wyoming state line upstream to the Routt National Forest boundary.

North St. Vrain Creek
From confluence with Horse Creek downstream to Button Rock Reservoir, 8.5 miles.

Osier Creek
7 miles east of Cumbres Pass. From the headwaters to the confluence with the Rio de los Pinos, 2 miles.

Roaring Fork River
From Upper Woody Creek bridge upstream 7 miles to Holum Lake.

South Platte River
(A) From the Wigwam Club upstream 3 miles to Cheesman Reservoir Dam.
(B) From South Platte Arm gauging station upstream 9 miles to the confluence with Beaver Creek.

Tarryall Creek
From the boundary at Pike National Forest downstream 2 miles to the confluence with the South Platte River.

Trappers Lake
Located in the Flat Tops Wilderness, 287 acres.

Rocky Mountain National Park
In Rocky Mountain National Park logo