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Fishing in Fort Collins

If you’re looking for a variety of options and several locations to fish from, a Fort Collins fishing experience is the way to go. With a number of lakes and rivers to choose from, you’ll be able to target a range of species, try out different techniques, and enjoy a beautiful day of fishing in Colorado.

Some of the top catches in Fort Collins include Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill, Crappie, Yellow Perch, and Catfish. With so many species to choose from, you’ll have the opportunity to target multiple species and fill that bucket up with some savory fish!

The Fort Collins area has many freshwater guides, which makes planning a trip easy. Guides typically offer half day trips that last up to four hours – the perfect option for beginners. You’ll also find longer trip options, which last between 6–8 hours. This will increase your chances of catching fish so you can take home a delicious fillet for supper.

There are many great spots to check out right in the city, such as Fort Collins City Park Lake, Horsetooth Reservoir, Boyd Lake, Cache la Poudre River, and Warren Lake. You can also head 20 miles southwest and hit Big Thompson River for some awesome Rainbow Trout action. The famous Rocky Mountain National Park is also not too far away and a great spot for targeting several different species.

No matter where you go, you’ll be able to challenge yourself and have a great day full of adventure!

Rules & Regulations

All anglers over 16 must purchase a fishing license. You may do so online, by phone, or at any certified retailer. There are also daily limits for some species. Limits may vary on a month-to-month basis, so be sure to stay up to date before you head out. If you’re not sure about the local regulations, you can always ask a licensing agent or a local fishing guide. 

Fort Collins Fishing Seasons


Don’t let the cold weather deter you from a good time! Pick a guide that will take you ice fishing on one of the surrounding lakes and get ready to target Walleye, Brookies, and Brown Trout.


The cold weather continues but the Walleye bite is still hot. Grab a coat, bring your lucky rod, buy a license, and your guide will take care of the rest!


Feeding patterns become more aggressive which means you can start going after more species. In March, you can expect to target Walleye, Crappie, Smallmouth Bass, and Yellow Perch.


Springtime brings many rewards. If you’re a competitive angler, be sure to check out the Western Walleye Expo in Adams County Regional Park in Brighton.


Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the fish are biting! You can target lots of species this month, including Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout, as well as Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and Crappie.


June offers lots of fun outdoor activities in Fort Collins. Combine a fun day of hiking, kayaking, and fishing, and get ready to go after lots of Trout, Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish.


Summer is in full swing which means lots of great action is at your disposal. You can expect to target everything from Smallmouth Bass and Rainbow Trout to Crappie and Bluegill.


August is excellent because you can target a wide variety of fish. Pick a guide to take you out for a full day and fill the bucket with delicious Panfish and Trout species.


September is great for a combination of Trout and Bass fishing. This month you can plan on reeling in lots of Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout, as well as Smallmouth Bass.


Be sure to check out Rocky Mountain National Park for some great Trout fishing. Here, you can expect to see a good amount of Brown, Cutthroat, and Rainbow Trout.


As temperatures start to cool, many species get ready for winter hibernation. However, the Walleye bite starts to pick back up and you can still catch Brown Trout in certain areas around the city, such as the Cache la Poudre River.


Ice fishing is back to help you get through the winter blues. Grab your gear, drill a hole, and drop a line and get ready to catch lots of delicious Walleye!

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