Fishing

Big Thompson River
Along Highway 34 up through the Big Thompson Canyon

The Big Thompson River below Olympus Dam is a famous trout river which attracts hundreds of anglers. Fishing for brown and rainbow trout can be good to great almost year round. To accommodate the heavy angler usage special regulations apply in some sections, please refer to the Colorado Fishing Regulations for additional information. Use caution while fishing, flows below Lake Estes can abruptly fluctuate.

Boyd Lake State Park
3720 North Co Road 11C

Boyd Lake (1700 acres) provides quality fishing for walleye, white bass, catfish, and trout. Anglers may additionally catch crappie, bluegill, and perch. The lake is open year round to fishing, and boating when not frozen. Colorado State Parks Pass or Park Entrance Fee required.

Carter Lake
4011 North County Road 31

Carter Lake, an 1100 acre storage reservoir, offers good fishing for trophy walleye and rainbow trout. Anglers occasionally catch kokanee salmon, lake trout, splake, and largemouth bass.

Lon Hagler Reservoir
W County Road 16E

Lon Hagler Reservoir (181 acres) is a pot luck fishery. Anglers most frequently catch bass, crappie, catfish, and trout. Walleye, bluegill, perch, and carp are also in the reservoir. Tiger muskie are often seen but rarely caught. Although boat fishing is good, this is a great destination for shore anglers and those with younger anglers.

Lonetree Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Lonetree Drive

Lonetree Reservoir (502 acres) provides quality fishing for wiper, walleye, catfish, rainbow trout, black crappie, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. This reservoir is subject to drawdown; boaters should use caution.

Fishing with the Family

Lake Loveland
2626 N Taft Avenue

Lake Loveland offers catch and release fishing from the shore and the piers at North Lake Park. North Lake Park offers many amenities and is a great park to take the kids to.

During the first full weekend of June, Loveland's Annual Fishing Derby is held at North Lake Park Duck Pond. This if for children under the age of 15. Fishing licenses are not required this weekend.

Flatiron Reservoir
County Road 18E

This quiet, 47-acre reservoir is surrounded by 200 acres of public lands. It’s a popular spot for fishing, picnicking, and family camping. No boating or swimming is allowed on Flatiron Reservoir. Park Entrance Fees and Camping Permits are required.

Pinewood Reservoir
County Road 18E

Three hundred and twenty-seven acres of public lands encircle this idyllic 100-acre reservoir. No-wake speed boating, camping, and fishing make it the ideal place for a little fun in the mountains without driving too far. The park is open year-round. Park Entrance Permits and Camping Fees are required and must be purchased at either Carter Lake or Flatiron Reservoir.