Ice Fishing on Colorado’s Eleven Mile Reservoir

Bryan Johnson offers some tips and insight for anglers to try out on their fishing adventures here or elsewhere.
Video: Ice Fishing at Eleven Mile Reservoir

On a Friday in mid-March, experienced angler Bryan Johnson of Salida is targeting trout at Eleven Mile Reservoir. Bryan offers some tips and insight for anglers to try out on their fishing adventures here or elsewhere.

Eleven Mile State Park

Eleven Mile State Park is an expansive high-altitude grassland region of central Colorado. It is a prime location for ice fishing and anglers and writers consistently tout Eleven Mile’s large reservoir for its outstanding fishing. Ringed by high mountains, this 3,400-acre reservoir at 8,600 feet elevation offers trophy-sized fishing opportunities for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout and northern pike. Some of the largest fish ever caught in the state have been pulled from these waters.

Safety First

For the latest conditions, please visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website and view the Park Ice Conditions for the full report. The park office is open Friday through Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The office is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Written by Jason Clay. Clay is a public information officer for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife northeast region.

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