Cortez Area Fishing

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The Cortez Area provides excellent reservoir fishing, with easy access.

Totten Reservoir is located northeast of Cortez. Totten is a state wildlife area, with warm water fishing, a boat ramp, and stocked waters make it an appealing destination for kids.

Puett Reservoir is located south of State Highway 184 on County Road 33. Puett Reservoir has 163 acres of water with warm water fishing, and is a state wildlife area.

Summit Reservoir is larger than Puett with 526 acres of warm water fishing. Visitors will find a boat ramp as well as restrooms.

Joe Moore Reservoir, located north of Mancos on County Road 40. This state wildlife area contains 121 acres with warm water fishing for trout, Largemouth Bass and panfish.

The Jackson Gulch Reservoir is located in the Mancos State Park. This park provides camping, a boat ramp, and excellent fishing.

Colorado Area Parks and Wildlife Office: Durango- 970-247-0855

Totten Reservoir- elevation 6,153 feet
Fish: Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Northern Pike, Bluegill
Access: easy
Boating: Hand Launched

The minimum size for Largemouth Bass is 15 inches in length.

Additional Info: Northern pike have a negative impact on the fishery. Anglers can help CPW control these fish by keeping their legal bag limit.
Totten Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Puett Reservoir- elevation 7,272 feet
Fish: Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike
Access: Easy
Boating: Motor Boats
Purett Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Summit Reservoir- elevation 7,389 feet
Fish: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Crappie, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout
Access: Easy
Boating: Hand Launched
Additional Info: the minimum size for largemouth bass is 15 inches in length.
Summit Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Joe Moore Reservoir- elevation 7,700 feet
Fish: Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout
Access: Easy
Boating: Motor Boats
Joe Moore Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Jackson Gulch Reservoir- elevation 7,829 feet
Fish: Rainbow Trout
Access: Easy
Boating: Motor Boats

Additional Info: Underwater spearfishing may be used as a method of fishing for northern pike or carp (where present) in accordance with regulations issued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Underwater spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach or dam infrastructure.
Mancos State Park
Mancos State Park: 970-533-7065

Totten Reservoir


Puett Reservoir


Summit Reservoir


Joe Moore Reservoir


Jackson Gulch Reservoir