Fishing in Spanish Peaks Country

With a wide range of waters from high mountain lakes and streams to rivers, reservoirs, and lakes, you’ll find a variety of cold and warm water fish in and around Spanish Peaks Country.

Check out the following Spanish Peaks fishing holes:

#1 – Lathrop State Park

Fish for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, wipers, bluegill, tiger muskies and northern pike at Lathrop State Park. Here, you’ll find Martin Lake, which allows motorboats, and Horse-shoe, which does not. Lathrop State Park is two miles west of Walsenburg on Hwy 160.

#2 – Wahatoya Lake and Daigre Reservoir

Fishermen will find a variety of fish including cutthroat trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, crappie, smallmouth bass, catfish, rainbow trout, sucker, brook trout, perch, and carp at Wahatoya Lake and Daigre Reservoir. Whether you’re fly fishing, spinning, or baitcasting, your chances of getting a bite here are good. Find these fishing holes one mile east of La Veta on Moore Street.

#3 – Blue Lake and Bear Lake

These lakes are four to five miles off Scenic Highway of Legends, which traverses the Cuchara River Valley. The lakes are small but provide a peaceful setting. The gravel road to the lakes is fairly well maintained and the campgrounds are good. Find Blue Lake and Bear Lake three miles south of Cuchara on Highway 12.

#4 – Monument Lake

At 100-acre, stocked Monument Lake, you’ll find northern pike, catfish, brown trout, green sunfish, rainbow trout, bream/bluegill, perch, and sucker. Monument Lake is 17 miles south of Cuchara.

#5 – North Lake

North Lake is famous for being home to four species of trout: cutthroat, rainbow, kokanee, and brown. The lake is 13 miles south of Cuchara on Highway 12 and only allows artificial flies or lures.

#6 – Trinidad Lake State Park

The lake at Trinidad Lake State Park is stocked with an amazing 50,000 trout each year. Anglers from boat or shore can reel-in warm or cold-water fish like rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, crappie, bluegill, and wipers. Trinidad Lake State Park is located five miles west of Trinidad on Highway 12.

#7 – Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area

Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area offers a cold-water stream for fishing Memorial Day Weekend through the end of Labor Day Weekend. Fishing is restricted to flies and lures and is catch and release. Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area is 21 miles west of Trinidad on Highway 12.

#8 – Lily Lake

Take the strenuous Lily Lake Trail to the pristine Lily Lake where you’ll also discover a cold-water stream. The Lily Lake trailhead is 13 miles west of Gardner on Country Road 580.

Whether you dig up worms out of the neighbor’s garden, or raise exotic birds so you can tie your own flies, there’s no end to the great fishing in Spanish Peaks Country.  Follow the regulations, Leave no Trace, and Care for Colorado and you shall be blessed with tight lines! Fish on!!