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Fishing

This information is compiled to assist guests who rent our Condo at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  If you've arrived at this page as a result of a web search on Colorado Fishing, we hope you benefit from the information.  And if you need lodging, thank you for considering us.


Grand County provides the fisherman a wide variety of opportunities.  You can enjoy rivers, lakes, streams, or high altitude lakes.   Grand county has over 1000 miles of streams, over 1000 acres of high mountain lakes, and over 20 sq miles of reservoir surface.

RIVERS

Colorado River -- The Colorado River spends it's first 50+ miles in Grand County.   The best trout are downstream from Granby.   Along the Colorado, there are many private and public fishing spots.    Access is easy as Hwy 40 parallels the river.  Public fishing is good
  - From Hot Sulphur Springs downstream 4 miles to the end of Lonebuck Campground.
  - From Parshall downstream 3 miles to the end of BLM Sunset property. 

These spots are 50 to 70 minutes from the Winter Park Base Village.   You can look forward to catching some of the best rainbows and browns in the state.  Summer is dry fly time.  Fall is for streamers and nymphs when the browns are spawning. 

Fraser River -- The Fraser River begins at the Continental Divide at Berthoud Pass and flows north through the towns of Winter Park and Fraser then eventually joins the Colorado River outside Granby.  Many small mountain streams join the Fraser before it goes into a narrow canyon just outside Tabernash.  Once in the canyon, the river is classified as Wild Trout Water with a 2 fish limit.   Catch and release is even better.  The canyon has many rainbows, browns, brookies and an occasional cutthroat.  This is serious fly fishing at it's best.  Access is by walking down the railroad right of way.  Be mindful of private property.  This area is not suitable for families, picnics, nor dogs.

Public can fish the Fraser River almost anywhere from the town of Fraser to the bottom of Berthoud Pass.  There are only occasional stretches of private property; be mindful of signs. 

St Louis Creek -- This creek begins at St Louis Lake high above timberline [see discussion of the lake below].  St Louis Creek joins the Fraser River in the town of Fraser.  Turn off US 40 west onto Eisenhower Drive in the town of Fraser.  Follow the road 2 miles to the Fraser Experimental Forest.  From here you may fish the next 8 miles of stream with no special regulations.  The creek is home to brook trout with some rainbows and browns.  Total driving time from the Winter Park Base and the Zephyr Mountain Lodge Condo is 20 to 40 minutes.

Willow Creek -- This waterway runs from the northern reaches of Grand County into the Colorado River just below Granby.  Willow Creek is some of the most beautiful and least visited stream fishing in all Colorado.  Best of all, the area is easily accessed by car and 14 miles of river are open to the public.  Drive 2 miles west of Granby on US34.  Take CO 125 north and follow the highway until you enter the Arapaho National Forest.  Public fishing begins here with the road paralleling the stream.  Willow Creek hosts a good population of brookies and rainbows with a few browns.  There are no special regulations.  Total driving time from the winter park base and Zephyr Mountain Lodge Condo is 45 to 60 minutes.


LAKES
Lake Granby -- Lake Granby is on US 34 just 5 miles north of the town of Granby.  Lake Granby is famous for mackinaws [lake trout].  There are also good rainbows, browns, and kokanee salmon.  Boat rentals are available from a number of outfitters [see below].   The lake is about 35 minutes from the Winter Park Base Village and Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake -- These two lakes are also on US 34 just a few miles north of Lake Granby and each other.  Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake are famous for mackinaws [lake trout].  There are also good rainbows, browns, and kokanee salmon.  Boat rentals are available from a number of outfitters [see below].   The lakes are about 45 and 55 minutes from the Winter Park Base Village and Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

Monarch Lake -- At the east end of Lake Granby is Monarch Lake which is accessible only by foot [and by paying a $5 National Forest user fee].  You must drive a 12 mile dirt road after leaving US34 at the south end of Lake Granby.  This good sized body of water is closed to motorized craft.  Rainbows, browns, and brookies are plentiful.  There are no special regulations.  The setting is much more peaceful than Granby or Grand lakes.  Monarch Lake is about 1 hr 15 minutes from Winter Park Base and Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

Willow Creek Reservoir -- About 40 miles on paved and dirt roads.  Get directions using good forest service map.  Good fishing for pan-sized rainbows.  Wake-less speed for boats.  Willow Creek reservoir is about 60 minutes from your Zephyr Mountain Lodge Condo.

Meadow Creek Reservoir --   The lake is well stocked with rainbows and has wild brook trout.   Turn off US 40 just before Tabernash at mile post 224 about 8.6 miles from the traffic light at the Winter Park Base entrance.  Then drive 9 miles on a  dirt road navigable [with care] by a passenger car.    Allow 45 minutes from the Zephyr Mountain Lodge condo.

Beaver Village Fishing Ponds -- These ponds are located on the right just before you get to the town of Winter Park.  Stop at the activity shack and register to fish.  Ideally suited for kids, Beaver Village Fishing Ponds are a great family outing.  Just 5 minutes from the Winter Park Base and  Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

Lions Club Fishing ponds -- These man made ponds are reached by turning off highway 40 at the stoplight in Fraser by the Safeway store.  The ponds are at the far end of the Safeway parking lot.  The lower pond is available for everyone.  Allow about 10 minutes from the Winter Park Base and Zephyr Lodge.


HIGH COUNTRY LAKES

Corona, Pumphouse, and Deadman's Lakes -- These lakes are in the  shadow of  the Continental Divide east of Winter Park.  To get there, turn right off US 40 on the Corona Pass road 1.4 miles from the traffic light at the entrance to the Winter Park Base Village.   Drive 15 miles along the old railroad bed to the top of the pass.   Hike 15 minutes to the lakes.  Corona Lake has cut-throat trout.   Pumphouse and Deadman's Lakes have rainbows and brookies.   While visiting, enjoy the local history of the old railroad.  [You can buy a book on the history of the area at the Winter Park chamber of commerce].   The railroad grade is slow going so allow 1 hour total time from Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

St Louis Lake -- Drive to the end of St Louis Creek Road [10 mile dirt road that leaves US 40 in Fraser].  Then hike 3 miles to a lake at 11350 in elevation -- just above timberline.   This a  fantastic hike with spectacular  mountain scenery.  Allow 3+ hours total time from Winter Park Base and the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

Columbine Lake -- Columbine Lake is a fabulous hike including outstanding scenery, a cascading waterfall, old pioneer cabin, and seasonal wildflowers.  Fishing can be spotty, but when the fish are feeding, it is a great experience.  Turn off US 40 just before Tabernash at mile post 224 about 8.6 miles from the traffic light at the Winter Park Base entrance.  Then drive 9 miles on a  dirt road navigable [with care] by a passenger car.   Then hike 3 miles to Columbine Lake.   Allow 2-3 hours from Winter Park Base and Zephyr Mountain Lodge to reach the lake. 


LOCAL OUTFITTERS
For fishing info and tackle, visit ....

MoHenry's Trout Shop   ...  Webmaster's Pick
970-726-9754 [local]
www.mohenry.com
Run by longtime local and fly fishing expert Mitch Kirwan and his brother Hank.  Together they have over 75 years Rocky Mountain fishing experience.    Get the best "local's" information and friendly advice.  Purchase flies -- over 350 different fly patterns --  and other equipment.  Or tie flies right in the shop.  If you need a guide, MoHenry's has an exclusive arrangement with a top guiding company -- owner of the region's most extensive set of fishing permits.  They specialize in making fishermen of all experience levels comfortable with fishing the Fraser Valley.

MoHenry's is located in Fraser just under 6 miles from the Ski Area base and the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  As of September 2008 they are now in temporary quarters in the Safeway Plaza in Fraser.  Call for assistance.   

Nelson Fly and  Tackle
970-726-8558 [local]
Local shop with people in the "know".  Tap into "local's" information.  Located in Tabernash about 10 miles from the Ski Area base and Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

Devil's Thumb Fly Fishing Adventure Center
970-726-8231 [local]  800-933-4339 [toll free]
www.devilsthumbranch.com
Fishing with the Pro's at Devil's Thumb Ranch means access to a number of public and private waters...
 - The Colorado River [great fishing year round]
 - Williams Fork River [large strong rainbows]
 - Fraser River [great wild trout fishery]
 - The Blue River [beautiful lunker rainbows]
 - Muddy Creek [best dry fly fishing]
 - Ranch Creek and Little Cabin Creek Pond [private stock]
Devils Thumb offers professional instruction and informed advice, quality rental equipment, Colorado fishing licenses, and retail sales.  Get to the hottest spots with the right equipment.

Colorado River Guides
www.raftcolorado.com
970-736-2406 [long dx]  800-938-7238 [toll free]
Colorado River guides operates out of tiny Oak Creek south of Steamboat [90 minutes from Zephyr Mountain Lodge].  They fish local rivers.  They also fish the Colorado river below State Bridge out of small duckie floats.

 

FISHING BOAT RENTAL

Beacon Landing Marina
970-627-3671 
Lake Granby.  No other information available.

Boater's Choice
970-627-9273 
Grand Lake.  No other information available

Osprey Adventures / Wolford Boat Rentals
970-724-9310 [long dx]
Rental office in Kremmling.  Boats are used on Wolford Reservoir, 75 minutes from Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  Fishing and Pontoon boats available.
 

FISHING TACKLE AND SUPPLIES

MoHenry's Trout Shop   ...  Webmaster's Pick
970-726-9754 [local]
www.mohenry.com
Run by longtime local and fly fishing expert Mitch Kirwan and his brother Hank.  Together they have 72 years Rocky Mountain fishing experience.    Get the best "local's" information and friendly advice.  Purchase flies -- over 350 different fly patterns --  and other equipment.  Or tie flies right in the shop.  If you need a guide, MoHenry's has an exclusive arrangement with a top guiding company -- owner of the region's most extensive set of fishing permits. 

MoHenry's is located in Fraser just under 6 miles from the Ski Area base and the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  It is just past the Safeway intersection stoplight on the left [west] side of the highway in a stand alone small red building.   They specialize in making fishermen of all experience levels comfortable with fishing the Fraser Valley.

Nelson Fly and Tackle Shop
970-726-8558
Located in Tabernash just 15 minutes from Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  It is the closest and most convenient shop.  Nelsons is you best tackle shop for fishing the Fraser River and any of the high mountain lakes on this web page.  They are also on your way to any of the large lakes or Colorado River fishing.

Budget Tackle
970-887-9344 [local]
Granby's specialty fishing shop including tackle, clothing, licenses, and more.  Excellent place to stock up if fishing Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain, or Grand Lake.  Closest store to the Colorado River fishing spots.  25 minutes from Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

Devils thumb fly fishing center
970-726-8231 [local]
Closest store to Willow Creek Reservoir or fishing on Devils thumb property. 

Dillie Docks II
970-627-0200 [long dx]
Located right on Lake Granby.  Fishing licenses sold.  35 minutes from Zephyr Mountain Lodge

Fishin Hole Sporting Goods
970-724-9407
Located in Kremmling.  A useful stop if fishing Wolford Reservoir.  60 minutes from Zephyr Mountain Lodge

Lakeview General Store
970-627-3479
Located in Grand Lake town very near the lake.   45 minutes from Zephyr Mountain Lodge

 

 

VISIT THESE URLs FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

www.fishexplorer.com  [member contributed info on CO waters]
www.coloradofishing.net
www.colowomenflyfish-ers.org [Information for women wanting to fly fish]

 

Colorado Catch and Release Technique
 - Keep the fish in the water for as much of the release as possible.
 - Wet your hands before touching the fish
 - Handle the fish firmly but gently.
 - Support the upper part of the fish in your palm.
 - Make sure your fingers are not in the fishes gills.
 - Carefully back the hook out the way it went in.
 - With the fish fully submerged, gently support it through recovery
 - Slowly move the fish back and forth through the water
 - Release the fish after it has made one or two strong attempts to swim

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Colorado River between Granby and Kremling

Fraser River Outside Fraser

Shadow Mountain Reservoir

Beaver Village Fishing Ponds just 3 miles from Zephyr Lodge

Lions Club Fishing Ponds just 6 miles from Zephyr Lodge

Pumphouse Lake

Deadman Lake

Corona Lake

 

 

 

Nelsons Fly and Tackle Store

 
 

Dilly Docks

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