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Old 07-14-2009, 11:13 AM
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I would like to try fishing off the beaten path here in Colorado, and am wondering what tips you have on locating decent high country lakes. I have my topo maps, and see tons of little lakes in the mountains, but am not sure which ones would have decent fish to catch (C&R, of course). I'd rather not spend a bunch of weekends trying unproductive lake after unproductive lake. I figure bigger is better, or at least deeper is better, but am not sure about other things to look for. Can anyone help?
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Hi kpp80202,

I think your best bet is the Fish and Game office close to that area. The will know what lakes have fish and what lakes have been planted. I have spent many great hours hiking and fishing the High Sierras of central California. It is a very special way to fish.

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Thanks Frank--we can always count on you for a good, fast answer. I'll definitely give that a try.
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Last week I was in Sports Chalet browsing and picked up a map titled "Sequoia and Kings Canyon". The salesperson said that it was waterproof. I glanced through it. It looked like it was a map for backpackers with trails, etc. The one thing that I noticed was it showed every lake/pond of any size. Wish that I would have bought it. Bet there is one like it for Colorado.
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I would like to try fishing off the beaten path here in Colorado, and am wondering what tips you have on locating decent high country lakes. I have my topo maps, and see tons of little lakes in the mountains, but am not sure which ones would have decent fish to catch (C&R, of course). I'd rather not spend a bunch of weekends trying unproductive lake after unproductive lake. I figure bigger is better, or at least deeper is better, but am not sure about other things to look for. Can anyone help?
I cannot really help you with finding a detailed map, however the following two links will give you some places to start your adventures.

Colorado Mountain Club's Fly Fishing Section - Colorado Wilderness Areas
Colorado Fishing Network: High Country Trout
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See if this helps. Amazon.com has several books you may be interested in. Do a search in the Books section using "fly fishing,colorado". Here are a couple I thought might be good.

Amazon.com: Fly Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry: Rich Osthoff: Books

Amazon.com: Flyfisher's Guide to Colorado (Flyfishers Guide): Marty Bartholomew: Books

Hope this helps and have fun.

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Great--thanks for the advice! I have some (fun) work to do.
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Here is a good site that I just joined. Join the forum, there's alot more info.

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FLY SHOPS PEOPLE!!!

Walk into the nearest fly shop with a 6-pack and start asking for info. If you end up talking to the owner, buy some stuff and keep the beer for yourself for later. They'll likely have a map you can buy too. I know Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt, CO is happy to work this way. Arkanglers in Buena Vista didn't even need beer.
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My neighbor turned me on to this book. It's a general fishing guide not just fly fishing but it's full of great info.
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