Fish the Lower Colorado River

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The lower section of the Colorado River provides fishing opportunities year round, with Spring through Fall being the most productive. It is important to note, as the River flows west, the water temperatures increase, and one can find warm water fish, including Smallmouth Bass, Catfish and the common Carp. Float fishing becomes the key to this section of the River.

Colorado River from the I-70 Bridge at Rifle downstream to the Utah state line:

Fish: Channel Catfish, Common Carp Access: Easy Boating: Motor Boats

Additional Info: Fishing the Colorado River from I-70 Exit Bridge at Rifle downstream to the Utah State Line.

Fishing Regulations: -There is no bag limit for Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Green Sunfish, Bluegill, Bullhead, Yellow Perch or Crappie.

 

Rifle Lions Club Pond- elevation 5,305 feet

Fish: Common Carp, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: Non-motorized

 

Colorado River from I-70 Exit Bridge at Rifle downstream to the Utah State Line:

Fishing Regulations: -There is no bag limit for Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Green Sunfish, Bluegill, Bullhead, Yellow Perch or Crappie.

 

Parachute Ponds State Wildlife Area- elevation 5,063 feet

Fish: Common Carp, Channel Catfish

Access: Easy

Boating: Non-motorized

Parachute Ponds SWA Map

 

Battlement Mesa Reservoir 7- elevation 10,230 feet

Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Access: Diffiuclt

Boating: Non-motorized

 

W & G Reservoir- elevation 10,194 feet

Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Access: Difficult

Boating: Non-motorized

 

Battlement Mesa Reservoir 3- elevation 10,168 feet

Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Access: Difficult

Boating: Non-motorized

 

Battlement Mesa Reservoir 1- elevation 10,171 feet

Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Access: Difficult

Boating: Non-motorized

 

Buzzard Creek- elevation 7,890 feet

Fish: Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout

Access: Medium

Boating: na

 

Vega State Park- elevation 7,968 feet

Fish: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Snake River Cutthroat Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: Motor Boats

Fishing Regulations:

-Underwater spearfishing can be used for Northern Pike or Carp (when present), regulations are issued by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

-Underwater spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach, or dam infrastructure. Vega State Park Guide .

 

Park Creek- elevation 8,847 feet

Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Access: Medium

Boating: na

 

Leon Creek- elevation 8,524 feet

Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Access: Medium

Boating: na

 

Jerry Creek Reservoir 2- elevation 5,387 feet

Fish: Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Green Sunfish

Access: Difficult

Boating: na

Additional Info:

-Fishing is with flies and lures only. Scented flies or lures may be used on this water if they are 1.5 inches or longer.

-The use of float tubes with chest high waders is allowed. -All fish must be returned to the water immediately upon catching.

Jerry Creek and Morgensen Ponds SWA

 

Jerry Creek Reservoir 1- elevation 5,387 feet

Fish: Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill

Access: Difficult

Boating: na

Additional Info:

-Fishing is with flies and lures only. Scented flies or lures may be used on this water if they are 1.5 inches or longer.

-The use of float tubes with chest high waders is allowed. -All fish must be returned to the water immediately upon catching.

Jerry Creek and Morgensen Ponds SWA

 

  Morgensen Ponds 1, 2 & 3- elevation 5,196 feet

Fish: Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill

Access: Medium

Boating: Non-motorized

Jerry Creek and Morgensen Ponds SWA

 

 

Old Orchard-James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park (Island Acres)- elevation 4,757 feet

Fish: Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Rainbow Trout, Green Sunfish

Access: Easy

Boating: Electric

Roans Pothole- elevation 4,757 feet

Fish: Rainbow Trout, Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Green Sunfish

Access: Easy

Boating: Electric

James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park, Island Acres Section

Additional Info: – Underwater spearfishing may be used for fishing Northern Pike or Carp, when present, in accordance with Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.

-Underwater Spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach or dam infrastructure.

-Fishing the Colorado River from I-70 Exit Bridge at Rifle downstream to the Utah State Line:

Fishing Regulations -There is no bag limit for Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Green Sunfish, Bluegill, Bullhead, Yellow Perch or Crappie.

James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park, Island Acres Section

 

 Riverbend Park Pond- elevation 4,688 feet

Fish: Rainbow Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: na

 

Colorado River(Palisade)- elevation 4,682 feet

Fish: Channel Catfish, Common Carp

Access: Easy

Boating: Motor Boats

Additional Info: Fishing the Colorado River from I-70 Exit Bridge at Rifle downstream to the Utah State Line:

Fishing Regulations -There is no bag limit for Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Green Sunfish, Bluegill, Bullhead, Yellow Perch or Crappie.

 

Clifton Nature Park Pond- elevation 4,623 feet

Fish: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Green Sunfish

Access: Easy

Boating: na

 

Corn Lake, James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park- elevation 4,616 feet

Fish: Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Common Carp, Black Bullhead, Bulegill, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: Electric

Corn Lake, James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park

Additional Info: -Underwater spearfishing may be used for fishing Northern Pike or Carp, when present, in accordance with Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.

-Underwater Spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach or dam infrastructure.

Duke Lake-James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park- elevation 4,537 feet

Fish: Largemouth Bass, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish

Access: Easy

Boating: Electric

Additional Info: -The bag and possession limit for Largemouth Bass is two fish with a minimum size of 18 inches.

-Underwater spearfishing may be used for fishing Northern Pike or Carp, when present, in accordance with Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.

-Underwater Spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach or dam infrastructure.

James M. Robb- Colorado River State Park, Connected Lakes

Connected Lakes-James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park- elevation 4,533 feet

Fish: Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Common Carp, Bluegill, Green Sunfish

Access: Easy

Boating: Electric

Additional Info: -Smallmouth Bass and Walleye can negatively impact the recovery of native fishes. Anglers can help Colorado Parks and Wildlife by keeping their legal bag limit.

-The bag and possession limit for Largemouth Bass is two fish with a minimum size of 18 inches.

-Underwater spearfishing may be used for fishing Northern Pike or Carp, when present, in accordance with Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.

-Underwater Spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach or dam infrastructure.

James M. Robb- Colorado River State Park, Connected Lakes

Fruita Red Rocks Lake-James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park- elevation 4,473 feet

Fish: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Crappie, Rainbow Trout, Green Sunfish

Access: Easy

Boating: Electric

Additional Info: -Underwater spearfishing may be used for fishing Northern Pike or Carp, when present, in accordance with Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.

-Underwater Spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach or dam infrastructure.

James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park- Fruita Section

 

Snooks Bottom Lake- elevation 4,473 feet

Fish: Rainbow Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: Electric

 

Highline Lake State Park- elevation 4,693 feet

Fish: Common Carp, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: Motor Boats

Additional Info: -Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike can negatively impact the recovery of native fishes. Anglers can help Colorado Parks and Wildlife by keeping their legal bag limit.

Highline Lake State Park Brochure

Highline Lake Bookcliff Campground Map​​​

Highline Lake Small Game Hunting Area Map

Additional Info: The bag and possession limit for Largemouth Bass is two fish with a minimum size of 15 inches.

-Underwater spearfishing may be used for fishing Northern Pike or Carp, when present, in accordance with Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.

-Underwater Spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach or dam infrastructure.

Mac Mesa Lake-Highline Lake State Park- elevation 4,733 feet

Fish: Common Carp, Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Rainbow Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: Electric

Additional Info: -Smallmouth Bass and Walleye can negatively impact the recovery of native fishes. Anglers can help Colorado Parks and Wildlife by keeping their legal bag limit.

-The bag and possession limit for Largemouth Bass is two fish with a minimum size of 15 inches.

-Underwater spearfishing may be used for fishing Northern Pike or Carp, when present, in accordance with Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.

-Underwater Spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach or dam infrastructure.

 

Fruita Reservoir 3- elevation 8,980 feet

Fish:Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

Access: Medium

Boating: Non-motorized

Fruita Reservoir 2- elevation 8,835 feet

Fish: Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: Non-motorized

Fruita Reservoir 1- elevation 9,146 feet

Fish: Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: Non-motorized

 

Enochs Lake- elevation 8,905 feet

Fish: Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: Electric

West Creek- elevation 5,507 feet

Fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

Access: Easy

Boating: na

Additional Info: -From the Colorado Hwy 141 Bridge downstream for 5 miles to the confluence of Ute Creek; the bag and possession limit for trout is 2 fish.

North Fork West Creek- elevation 6,173 feet

Fish: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout

Access: Medium

Boating: na

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