Fishing is a fantastic way to spend time together or getaway by yourself. What better place to cast a line than in the Pikes Peak Region? Here are three incredible recreational areas where you can do just that.
SOUTH SLOPE RECREATION AREA
Grab your fishing gear and get ready for a high-altitude outdoor experience at the South Slope of Pikes Peak! The McReynolds and Mason Reservoirs are where the action is, as you can fish to your heart’s desire with lures and flies.
McReynolds Reservoir is currently more suited for those who wish to fish from the shore, as the low water levels are not ideal for your non-motorized boat, and wading is not permitted. This reservoir is catch and release only, so do not forget the camera for that awesome photo to show you caught the big one.
Do not let that discourage you, though, Mason Reservoir is still a hot spot and waiting for you to cast that line. Remember to remain in your non-motorized boat that is powered only with paddles and oars. There is no stream fishing or wading here.
Remember that if you are older than 16, you will need a Colorado fishing license, and it must be valid to possess your one fish that is 16 inches or smaller. Those younger than 16 will not need to worry about a license to take home their full day’s possession.
A Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device is to be worn by everyone on the boat. The only exception to this is if you have a belly boat, then one is not mandatory.
South Slope Recreation Area is open during the latter part of the week, Thursday to Saturday, this permit only outdoor secluded, high-altitude, recreation paradise is a treasure for those looking to catch the “big one.”
There are only a limited number of vehicles and people allowed to visit each day to help maintain the prestige uniqueness in the area for future generations. Therefore, a pre-registered permit is required.
NORTH SLOPE RECREATION AREA
Breathtaking views and beauty await you along Pikes Peak Highway when you visit the North Slope Recreation Area for recreational fishing fun. Brook, Brown, Lake, and Rainbow trout are just a sampling of what waits for your line at three-cold water reservoirs.
When fly-fishing is on your list, hit the North Catamount Reservoir, a secluded reservoir that only allows lures and flies. A possession and bag limit of four trout, of which only two may be lake trout, are the limits.
Crystal Creek and South Catamount Reservoirs offer up over three miles of shoreline for you to catch that prized trout and make your fishing partners jealous. Just remember that while these reservoirs allow the use of bait, minnows are not allowed.
No trailers are allowed on the Pikes Peak Highway, so plan accordingly. Throw your boat up on the car carrier or in the back of your pick-up truck. When you arrive at your destination, you will need to carry your boat, as there is no access to the water for vehicles. Electric motors are good to go, but gas is not. Please make sure there are enough personal flotation devices that are Coast Guard approved onboard for everyone to wear while they are on the water.
Anyone over 16 who wishes to throw out a line needs a valid Colorado fishing license, except for those under 16.
FLY FISHING CAMP
What better way to spice up your family reunion then booking The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp? This tucked-away retreat is a slice of paradise that mixes world-class fishing, with exquisite dining and lodging.
Found on its own five miles of the Tarryall River, and 75 miles west of The Broadmoor, Fly Fishing Camp offers magnificent views of bends, canyons, and meadows. Partner with your favorite cousin and head out for some excellent fly fishing for wild brown and brook trout as you style out your dry flies and nymphs.
After your time on the water with your amazing Broadmoor guide, retreat to the impressive restored Main Lodge. While waiting for your tasty meal, and before venturing back to one of the seven rustic cabins, relax under the stars on the wraparound porch and reflect on the day.