Grand Mesa National Forest

Fishing
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The Colorado Division of Wildlife actively stocks the numerous waters of Grand Mesa, primarily with rainbow trout, but brooks and cutthroat are also plentiful in selected streams and lakes. Beaver ponds often hold large cutthroat and brook.

Carson Lake (10,000 ft) has been a good producer of brook to 12 inches, as well as a few rainbow and 12-inch cutthroat.

Island Lake is a good trolling and fly lake for 10-inch rainbow and brook (though sometimes they are taken up to 18 inches).

Cobbett Lake is rated fair to good for 10-inch rainbow; best results are with bait.

South of Cobbett Lake about 2 miles, east of Highway 65, Ward Creek Reservoir is rated fair for brook and rainbow averaging 10 inches.

Southeast of Cobbett Lake about 1/4 mile is deep yard Lake. Ward is rated good for 8- to 16-inch rainbow.

West of the village of Grand Mesa, on the south side of the highway, is Baron or Barren Lakes, rated good for rainbow and brook from 10 to 12 inches.

At Baron Lake, a road goes south to Highway 65 and off the mesa. A northeast road leads to more lakes and eventually to the town of Collbran, in the valley north of the Grand Mesa.

Across the road to the east from Baron Lake is Eggleston Lake. Eggleston is rated good for rainbow from 10 to 12 inches, but some to 3 pounds. On the north side of the road, a trail leads about 1/4 mile from Crag Crest Campground to Upper Eggleston Lake, which is good fishing for cutthroat and brook to 16 inches and 12- to 13-inch rainbow.

A 1.5-mile trail northeast from Forest Lake leads to Butts Lake, one of the prettiest lakes on Grand Mesa. It offers a lot of sport for 10- to 12-inch cutthroat.

North of Big Creek Reservoir on the Collbran Road, Bonham Reservoir is rated fair to good.

Silver Lake, good fishing for 12-inch cutthroat, can be reached from the Bonham Reservoir by trail or by taking County Road 257 from the Bonham Lake Campground.

Mesa Lakes are at an elevation of 9,900 feet and are on both sides of Highway 65 on the north side of Grand Mesa. Both lakes offer the promise of large fish.

Fishing Restrictions Delta and Mesa Counties

Bull Creek Reservoirs #1 and #2 and Connecting Channel: (a) Fishing by artificial flies or artificial lures only. (b) The bag, possession, and size limit for trout is 2 fish, 16 inches or longer.

Crawford Reservoir: All smallmouth and largemouth bass possessed must be 15 inches in length or longer.

Griffith Reservoir: (a) Fishing by artificial flies or artificial lures only. (b) The bag, possession, and size limit for trout is 2 fish, 16 inches or longer.

Highline Reservoir: All largemouth and smallmouth bass possessed must be 15 inches in length or longer.

Hollenbeck Reservoir: (a) Fishing by artificial flies or artificial lures only. (b) The bag and possession limit for trout is 2 fish. (c) The bag and possession limit for bass is 2 fish, except that all bass 12 to 15 inches in length must be returned to the water immediately.

Juanita Reservoir: (a) Fishing by artificial flies or artificial lures only. (b) The bag and possession limit for trout is two fish.

Kitson Reservoir: All grayling caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Nack Hesa Reservoir: All smallmouth and largemouth bass possessed must be 15 inches or longer.

Silver Lake: (a) Fishing by artificial flies or artificial lures only. (b) Bag limit for game fish is 2 fish 16 inches of longer.

Walker Lake State Wildlife Area: Fishing is prohibited from October 1 through the last day of February.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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