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Best places in Boulder, CO for fishing

Best places in Boulder, CO for fishing

Boulder, Colorado real estate used to be associated with the gold rush with one square mile of the city being water. The Houses for sale in Boulder, Colorado may not have you seeking gold in Boulder Creek, but those lakes and streams mean that playing hooky at the fishing hole is only a line’s throw away.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a few great apps that show you where to go for the entire state, but we are going to focus on five. Before you head out, make sure that you have your Colorado fishing license and habitat stamp. The season currently runs from April 1 – March 31 each year. For Anglers you can get a “second rod” stamp, which doesn’t increase your limit, just your
chances.

The website has updated stocking reports, condition reports, maps and more. It’s a great resource for fishing near many homes for sale in Boulder, Co.

Wonderland Lake Park and Mesa Reservoir

Wonderland Park is located on Poplar Avenue, west of Broadway and south of the Mesa Reservoir, in Boulder. The 34-acre park provides walking trails, picnic areas and a playground. The reservoir is 13 feet deep at maximum and a great place to hook into Largemouth Bass, crappie, bluegill, Yellow Perch, carp, and Bullhead. Whether you are going for fly fishing, baitcasting or spinning, your chances of catching are better than most.

Viele Lake

Viele Lake Dam is just 3.2 miles from Boulder, in Boulder County. HookandBullet.com show that the best times to cast your line are from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. With 6 acres and a maximum depth of 15 feet the chances of catching Yellow Perch, bluegill, Largemouth Bass, crappie, carp, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Channel Catfish, or Bullhead Catfish are good, whether you are in a non-motorized boat or on the shore.

Lagerman Agricultural Preserve

Located at North 75th Street and Clover Basin Drive and it is the only fishing hole on our list that permits motorized boats if they have no more than 8hp, a valid registration, and there is no wake permitted. The preserve offers hiking trails, birding and picnic areas as well as excellent angling. Channel Catfish, crappie, bluegill, Tiger Muskie, walleye, Largemouth Bass, and carp are all on the menu, but be aware that from April 1 – August 31, the western end of the reservoir is closed for nesting birds.

Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat

There are six ponds at Walden, including Wally Toevs Pond which is open exclusively to people 65 years and older, people with disabilities, and their youth companions who are 15 years or younger. The Habitat has a 1.4-mile loop trail around the various ponds, picnic areas and great bird watching as well as fishing. It’s located at North 75th Street off Jay Road and great opportunities for catching Largemouth Bass, crappie, bluegill, carp, Bullhead and Channel Catfish.

Eldorado State Park

Finally, Eldorado State Park is eight miles outside of Boulder the park is most known for rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking, but it’s also a fly fisherman’s dream. The fish, Brown and Rainbow Trout in Boulder Creek are hungry, healthy and abundant. A separate license is required to fly fish in Colorado but can be purchased at the Visitor’s Center.

Before heading out make sure to check if your destination is catch and release only, what the limits are and the conditions. There may be hazards and closures due to water levels, oxygen levels or other factors. Fortunately, there is always an alternative near Boulder.

If these fishing spots excite you, then feel free to get in touch to find out more details about the best properties in town.