11-27-2013, 08:37 PM
Re: Winter fishing in CO
Most campgrounds are closed this time of year, and so are most of the forest access roads that lead to good free camping.
Your best bet may be a vehicle that you can sleep in. Station wagon, van, truck with topper etc.
You will want a high quality sleeping bag with a sub freezing temp rating, maybe even two bags or extra blankets for comfort. It can be a long lonely night alone in the car when it gets dark at 5! I used to camp in the car for skiing, but it gets old quick with temps in the teens and ice coating the inside of the windows.
As you drive west, the Blue River will be one of the first and easiest to access tailwaters you'd come across along I-70. You can fish right under the highway; except for the brake dust smell, it's actually a good hole. Mysis and midges at most of Colorado's tailwaters. If not mysis, then scuds are a good bet.
I've heard that the upper section of the Big-Thompson is still fishing ok after the flooding, but I cannot confirm that.
Edit: fished the Big T on thanksgiving at the tailwater. Flow was 25cfs, water color was off due to sediment being flushed from the res. Very slow fishing...
Frying Pan River below Ruedi reservoir is one of my favorites if I can get out for a long weekend. Not sure about camping, maybe sleep in the car at a walmart? You could probably find lodging for about $70/night in or around Glenwood Springs.
Last edited by tbblom; 11-29-2013 at 07:49 PM.