Angling Trophy Fish in Colorado
Resuming our last week post regarding fishing and angling recognition we would like to go further with the subject and share some useful tips in order to become a really good angler, worthy of admiration.
Now, anyone can catch a fish, but to catch a trophy fish is a completely different story. It doesn’t only require a good fishing technique, you also need a basic knowledge of the environment where you are fishing in order to choose the right spot.
It also requires knowledge on what kind of fish you are aiming. Otherwise, you won’t be able to choose the correct bait. You will become the angling sensation between your friends, neighbors and relatives, by combining these elements and a constant practice.
So, since you already know you can get recognition in Colorado for your trophy fish, today we are going to share with you some of the best locations for fishing in Colorado. That way you can begin practicing until you are able to break some Colorado angling records.
Remember the first thing you need before throwing a line in the water is to have a valid Colorado fishing license. Then, all you need is to choose your location. Here is a list of some of Colorado’s best fishing spots.
North Platte River
The Colorado section of the North Platte River is legendary for its fishing opportunities. The North Platte starts in the grassy meadowlands of North Park and flows northwest to Wyoming. North Gate Canyon near the town of Walden is the Gold Medal Trout Water area. This section can only be accessed with a raft or kayak and has some of the best wild trout fishing in the West.
The Animas River
The Animas River is a beautiful trout fishery surrounded by majestic mountains. The city of Durango has the best public access to the Animas River. Here, the river stretches 100 feet wide in some sections. Large boulders, deep pools and riffles create habitat for loads of trophy trout.
Clear Creek River
Clear Creek, for the most part, is fishable year round. Runoff definitely hits this river hard, making it an extremely popular place for whitewater rafting.
This is a very popular and easily accessible river within an hour or so of Denver. This small freestone originates in the mountains above Georgetown and runs hard along the I-70 corridor through Idaho Springs and Golden, on its way to the South Platte River.
Clear Creek has a good population of small to mid-sized Rainbow and Brown Trout and abundant bug life. This is a great option for anglers limited on time or those looking for a smaller stream experience.
Gore Creek is a small, tranquil mountain stream that offers great year-round trout fishing. Anglers often fish Gore Creek to complete the trout angler’s Grand Slam: brook, cutthroat, rainbow and browns. It’s a fairly small creek, but the trout are big. Gore Creek starts high in the mountains at Gore Lake and flows down to the confluence with the Eagle River near Vail. The creek has two main fisheries: the Upper Gore Creek north of Vail, and the Lower Gore Creek just south of Vail.
The Gunnison River
The Gunnison River has some of the best brown and rainbow trout fishing opportunities in Colorado. The Gold Medal Trout Water section of the river runs through the Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park. The roads leading into the canyon are steep and windy, but the fishing is worth it. Alternatively, you can get a backcountry permit and hike into the river along one of the inner canyon routes.
The Frying Pan River
The Frying Pan River is world renowned for its fly and lure trout fishing. Colorado carefully manages this river to produce large impressive wild trout. In some sections of the Frying Pan, anglers can easily catch 10-plus pound rainbows. The Gold Medal Water section is between Ruedi Reservoir and the confluence with the Roaring Fork. Clear waters, monster trout and stunning mountain vistas make this the most popular sections of the river.
These are only a few examples of great fishing spots for anglers to try catching a trophy fish and get some recognition for it. However, Colorado is packed in excellent angling locations.
Next week we will continue with the topic and share some tips regarding the correct type of bait. Follow our next post and become the angler you always wanted.