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Fishing Water

Comments

Elev (ft)

BKT

BRN

RBT

CRC

GBC

SPL

LKT

CUT

Banana Lake (lake just west of Diamond Lake)

If you hike to Diamond Lake, it’s worth the extra jaunt to Banana Lake.

11,350








Betty Lake

A perfect hike to combine with Bob and King Lakes.

11,453








Blue Lake

Beautiful cutts in one of the deepest lakes in IPWA.

11,311








Blue Lake, Upper

A steep ascent is worth the fish you’ll catch.

11,847








Bob Lake

Visit this smallish lake with Betty and King Lakes.

11,580








Brainard Lake

Outside IPWA; easy shore access and a good fishery for BKT.

10,340







Coney Lake

Not an easy hike, but full of eager cutts.

10,570








Coney Lake, Upper

Even more difficult hike than Coney, fishing just as good.

10,959








Deep Lake

A perfect off-trail adventure from Diamond Lake for avg sized cutts.

11,544








Devil's Thumb Lake

A long hike and short ice-off season.

11,146








Diamond Lake

An easy day hike for lots of good fishing.

10,946






Envy Lake

Doesn’t always have cutts but benefits from occasional stocking.

11,022








Gilbraltar Lake

Long hike, most difficult nearing the lake; ice-out late July.

11,188








Jasper Creek

Classic small stream fishing; fun!

11,415







Jasper Lake

With this lake, when it’s on, it’s ON!

10,814







King Lake

Long hike, beautiful cirque, plenty of fish.

11,430








Lake Dorothy

Highest lake in IPWA; weather sets in early each day.

12,061








Lake Isabelle

Short hike from Brainard Lake for eager brookies.

10,868








Left Hand Creek

Smallish water may not always produce fish.









Left Hand Reservoir

Mostly brookies, easy fishing from shore.

10,659







Little Gibraltar Lake

A hefty off-trail hike, but reward with plenty of cutts.

11,190








Long Lake, near Brainard Lake

A short hike from Brainard for average brookies and cutts.

10,522







Lost Lake

Not so lost as one would think; a fun brookie lake close to the Hessie trailhead.

9,786







Middle Boulder Creek, South Fork

This creek will keep you busy all day - especially with Tenkara.

11,537






Middle St. Vrain Creek

A classic western high altitude freestone stream; brookies lower, cutts higher.

11,383






Mitchell Creek

A wild adventurous “feel” close to Brainard Lake.

11,884







Mitchell Lake

An easy hike past the crowds for brookies.

10,700







Neva Lake, Lower

A difficult off-trail hike, but fun fishing for cutts that dont see a fly too often.

11,790








North Fork Middle Boulder Creek

Bring your Tenkara rod for some fun stream fishing.

11,840






Pony Lake

A busy ATV trail intersection, but fun brookie fishing for kids.

9,665







Rainbow Lakes

Short hikes to each lake, not all lakes contain fish.

10,265







Red Deer Lake

More of a reservoir, loaded with brookies and cutts

10,372







Red Rock Lake

Outside IPWA, stocked with rainbow trout.

10,157








Skyscraper Lake/Reservoir

Tricky to fish the perimeter, but the cutts are plenty.

11,227








South St. Vrain Creek, east of Brainard Lake

Quick access and just far enough away to thin the crowds.

10,340







South St. Vrain Creek, Lake Isabelle to Long Lake

Why not fish your way between the two lakes? Fun with brookies!

10,868







South St. Vrain Creek, Long Lake to Brainard Lake

Same as above.

10,868







Storm Lake

A long day hike and fish are temperamental.

11,410








Woodland Lake

Look for the cruising fish just a ways out from shore.

10,972








Fishing the eastern side of the IPWA is what most visitors experience since the a majority of the trailheads are near Ward and Nederland, CO.  Water on this side of the divide contains plenty of the native cutthroat trout and brook trout.  The eastern side also contains a more dense network of trails to service the fishable waters.  With more trails and access also comes plenty of crowds.  Be sure to get to the trail heads early to find parking during summer months.

Fishing the Eastern Side of IPWA

BKT = Brook trout   BRN = Brown trout   RBT = Rainbow trout   CRC = Colorado River cutthroat   GBC = Greenback cutthroat   SPL = Splake   LKT = Lake trout   CUT = native cutthroat

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