With over 350 miles of trails covering over 265,000 acres, RMNP offers numerous fishing opportunities for the casual angler or seasoned expert. Fish here for all wild trout including Brook, Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat including the Greenback. There are options for Catch and Release fishing as well as Catch and Keep throughout the park
Anglers can choose to cast their lines in the Big Thompson River below Lake Estes where the first 8 miles is a Catch and Release area. For even more of a river experience, the Big Thompson Canyon offers more than 20 miles of public water between Estes Park and Loveland with 10 miles of prime Catch and Release fishing between Olympus Dam and Waltonia Bridge where anglers will find Rainbows and Browns.
If you want to fish with bait and/or fry up your fresh catch for dinner, Lake Estes is stocked with Rainbow Trout and is populated by Wild Brown Trout, Yellow Perch, Walleyes, and a few, rare Tiger Muskies.
Within RMNP, Sprague Lake is beautiful, and with easy access from the parking area is also stroller, wheelchair, and family friendly. Catch Brook or Brown Trout with bait while watching for the Moose that live in the immediate area.
Lily Lake is the most accessible greenback fishery there is with fish reaching the 20-inch mark. It’s also family, stroller, and wheelchair friendly and features abundant aquatic life and fun hiking trails that meander off the sides.
Several great resources fo information, daily reports, equipment purchase and rental, and/or guided trips are available in Estes Park. A Colorado fishing license is required for all RMNP fishing.
Fishing Estes Park http://estes-park.com/play/fishing-estes
Kirks Flyshop www.kirksflyshop.com
Estes Park Mountain Shop www.estesparkmountainshop.com