The average trout's I.Q. is four (or so we are told). So why is it such a challenge to catch the wily trout? Rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout are found in the high-altitude lakes of Grand County


The Fraser River is popular for fly-fishing while the Colorado River from Granby downstream to Troublesome Creek contains some of the best trout fishing in the state and is designated Gold Medal fishing. Artificial flies and lures only, all trout must be returned to the water immediately. 


The Fraser River, which begins on Berthoud Pass and flows north through Winter Park, Fraser, and Tabernash, is popular for fly-fishing. The river parallels US Hwy 40. The Colorado River is joined by the Fraser River west of Granby. This stretch of river from Granby downstream to Troublesome Creek, five miles from Kremmling, contains some of the best trout fishing in the state. This area is designated Gold Medal fishing, which means use artificial flies and lures only. All trout must be returned to the water immediately. There are many good spots for fishing all along this river.

Famous for mackinaws, rainbows, browns, and kokanee, Lake Granby offers all kinds of fishing opportunities and access. Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake are connected by a boat channel and have the same varieties of fish as Lake Granby. (Maximum depth: Grand Lake 226ft, Lake Granby 221ft, Shadow Mountain 24ft)

Willow Creek and Willow Creek Reservoir, located west of Granby, are both good fishing areas for trout.

Wolford Reservoir located near Kremmling on US Hwy 40 has a plentiful stock of rainbow trout. Both reservoirs have boat ramps, campgrounds, and picnic areas.

Lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park are not stocked and only about 50 of the 147 lakes have fish.

The Lions Club Fishing Ponds in Fraser off US Hwy 40 offer a convenient and enjoyable fishing experience for the entire family. The upper pond is just for kids and disabled anglers.


A valid Colorado fishing license is required for all persons 16 years or older to fish in Colorado. Be prepared for a mandatory, state-certified boat inspection due to aquatic hitchhikers. Zebra and quagga mussels and other invasive species have been found in the lakes of Grand County.



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