U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
There are lots of outstanding opportunities for fishing in the Gunnison Basin ranging from roadside lakes & rivers to hidden ponds and remote streams that you have to work to get to. Almost all of these opportunities are on public lands managed by the BLM, Forest Service and Park Service but there are a few places on private land where the Division of Wildlife has acquired public fishing easements. Most private land, though, is closed to public fishing unless you have the permission of the landowner. The boundary between public and private land does not have to be marked so it is your responsibility to know where you are and be sure you are not trespassing. Stop by our office to get a map or talk with one of our specialists about access into the places you want to fish.
Wherever you are fishing it is important to take care of the resources that belong to everybody. The very success of your sport depends on healthy streams & riparian areas as well as clean water. We need your help to keep those resources in good condition. Please follow these simple tips to keep our fisheries in good condition.
Fishing for Kids
There are many areas in the Gunnison Country for kids to fish safely and successfully. All of the larger lakes and reservoirs offer good fishing from the shore.
The ponds at the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery north of Almont are good producers with plenty of parking and room for the kids to play. Upper and Lower Dome Reservoirs in Cochetopa Park are also ideal spots to take children.
Let Them Fight Another Day
One of the great joys of fishing is not only catching, but releasing a nice sized trout to fight another day. If you plan on releasing your fish, here are a few hints on how to improve its chance of survival:
When More than the Fish are Biting
It is nearly impossible to find a good fishing spot without also finding mosquitoes, flies and/or ticks. After the rod, reel and license, the most important item to pack is an effective insect repellent -- it can make the difference between an enjoyable, productive fishing experience and a disaster.
Be prepared to deal with insect bites and itching. The best way is to neutralize the itch as soon as it begins. If you don't have a commercial anti-itch medication, try ammonia or a paste made of baking soda. Toothpaste will work, too.
If you fish in the brush or heavily overgrown areas, always check carefully for ticks.
Mind Your Fishing Manners
In the pamphlet, How to Catch Trout in Colorado , prepared for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, author Bill Haggerty offers these tips which will make your fishing experience better for everyone:
Cowboys and Fishermen
The Gunnison Country is not only great for fishing, hiking, and camping, but it's also great cattle country. Ranching is an important part of the history, culture, and economy of the Gunnison Country and much of the beautiful open space and fishing streams are located on working ranches. Likewise, the public lands are shared by recreationists and cattlemen, so don't be surprised if you come face-to-face with a cattle drive or grazing cattle while driving into your favorite fishing spot or hiking into that secret mountain lake. Remember that they have as much right as you to use the public lands and be respectful.
Respect private property.
It is your responsibility to know whose lands you are on!
Think Before You Drink!
Though the flowing streams and mountain lakes are crystal clear and ice cold, don't give in to the temptation to take a long cool drink. One of the hidden hazards of drinking untreated natural water is a disease called giardiasis.
Giardiasis is an intestinal disorder with symptoms including diarrhea, increased gas, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps and bloating. It may take as long as a few weeks after ingestion of the water before the symptoms appear, so many people who are home from their trip to the mountains become ill but do not realize they have giardiasis.
Think before you drink! Bring your own water. If you must depend on natural water, boil it or use a treatment system.
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Last modified: January 30, 2006