When you live in Colorado, you quickly learn that the fishing pressure in the mountains is pretty high during the spring/summer months. You may or may not get to fish your favorite spot and it’s just not peaceful. So, this year our goal was to find new areas in Colorado with very low angler pressure and where we can catch a variety of species of fish.
We used the Colorado Parks and Wildlife app, which includes a Fishing Atlas. We located an area by Lamar in Southeast, Colorado, where there seemed to be many bodies of water to try, with low angler pressure. We stayed in Lamar and drove to the locations from there each day.
Note: We highly recommend you download the CPW app or visit the website on your computer.
We first tried Midwestern Farm State Wildlife Area. There were dead fish along the bank, they looked like carp, and we did not get a single bite. Not sure what happened, but we don’t recommend wasting your time there.
That evening we decided to try an area by the highway on the way back into Lamar, Clay Creek Pond in Mike Higbee SWA. There are Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Channel Catfish, Green Sunfish, and Bluegill in this pond.
There is an easy access parking area not far from the pond. We fished around the bridge with no pressure from other anglers. We caught a few Bluegill, Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish.
Early the next morning we decided to fish Two Buttes Reservoir. It is a large body of water with plenty of shore access. There are Largemouth Bass, Wiper, Walleye, Perch, Crappie and Channel Catfish, just name a few in this reservoir. We caught Channel Catfish and Crappie. It is predicted to go dry in the late 2020, so the future of this body of water is questionable. You could access it with a kayak easily.
Later the same morning we went to The Black Hole. It is just on the other side of the dam from Two Buttes Reservoir. There is not much fishing access for shore anglers and could be heavily used by swimmers and cliff divers in the summer. However, it is worth the trip if you are willing to take the chance.
We got there mid-morning and did not have any competition from swimmers or anglers. By afternoon a few swimmers started showing up. There were a couple open spots including on the boat ramp and to the left of the boat ramp down the trail. I would not suggest fishing more than 2 people at a time from shore. This would be a fun place to fish from a kayak. It is a small body of water with a lot of plant life around the edges.
We caught Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout (seasonal), Channel Catfish, and plenty of Bluegill. It was warm enough to wet wade, so no waders needed. We used 4 wt. fly rods with size 8 hooks and nightcrawlers.
That afternoon we decided to fish Turks Pond. This is a large body of water and would be ideal for a kayak angler. There are plenty of areas for fishing from the shore also. We walked across the dam to fish in the shade. If you like Catfish fishing, this is the place for you. We caught Channel Catfish, Bullhead Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Saugeye. Other fish in the pond which we did not catch are Wiper, Trout, Walleye, and Crappie.
We used spinning gear with shad lures and Powerbait Catfish Nuggets. We also used fly gear with size 6 hooks and nightcrawlers. The Saugeye love to hang out by the dam. This place was great. We didn’t go very long without a bite.
The next morning on our way to Eads to fish Jackson’s Pond we stopped by Thurston Reservoir to wet a line. There was only one place to access which was on the boat ramp. It looked like good water to fish with a kayak or small boat. The only fish caught was a Green Sunfish. The Reservoir holds Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Bullhead and Channel Catfish, Crappie and Wiper.
We found plenty of places to catch fish in Southeastern Colorado with little to no pressure. However, there are many more places to discover in that area next time. We also discovered that kayaks would allow us to access better areas in the water. Our 2021 goal is to purchase kayaks and a new truck to haul them.
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