Many excellent fishing opportunities can be found in and around Ridgway. Whether you are an expert or novice, you can experience great year-round fishing on our rivers and lakes, as well as float fishing or walk-and-wade, guided flyfishing trips and instructional clinics.
Visiting during the fall and winter gives you access to great fishing with less pressure, leading to more productive days and colorful trout. If you have never tried fishing during your winter vacation, you’ll discover there’s nothing quite like having the whole river to yourself on a crisp, sunny winter day.
Stocked, wild and native trout (brook, brown, cutthroat, and rainbow) can be found in the Uncompahgre River and its tributaries, including a designated Blue Ribbon catch-and-release tailwater fishery below Ridgway Reservoir. In addition, nearby are the Gold Medal Waters of the Gunnison River and gin-clear waters of the freestone San Miguel River. Fishing in surrounding alpine lakes may be the preferred choice for those seeking solitude and grand vistas.
Prime Fishing Spots
- Uncompahgre River at the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk entrance of Ridgway State Park
- Ridgway Reservoir
- San Miguel and Gunnison Rivers
- Canyon Creek
- Crystal Lake
- The Forks of the Cimarron River
- Silver Jack Reservoir
Blue Ribbon, High Country Gold Medal Waters
Ridgway is centrally-located within one hour of six major trout streams and rivers, which boast clean waters, feisty fish, and draw out the fisherman in everyone all year long. There are secluded alpine lakes and streams full of stocked and native trout for the fisherman who likes an adventure and easily accessible sport waters along the Uncompahgre River corridor. The reservoir and catch-and-release waters in Ridgway State Park offer fishing opportunities for the whole family, including free fishing for kids during Huck Finn days in the summer.
There are secluded alpine lakes and streams full of stocked and native trout for the fisherman who likes an adventure and easily accessible sport waters along the Uncompahgre River corridor.
Walk and Wade the Uncompahgre River in Ridgway State Park
Enjoy a Fishing Day with The Family at The Ridgway Reservoir
Remote Fishing Adventures
Brook and rainbow trout can also be found in some tributaries of the Uncompahgre River. Access to Dallas Creek, Canyon Creek or Upper Cow Creek is more limited, but the reward might very well be a bigger catch.
Fishing in surrounding alpine lakes may be the preferred choice for those seeking solitude and grand vistas. A few-mile hike will lead you to magnificent lakes and make for great fishing stories. In the Cimarrons, the waters of Silver Jack Reservoir are more accessible but also offer quality fishing in a serene setting.
A fishing license is required to fish from Colorado waterways. Information on licenses and special regulations may be found at cpw.state.co.us.
Fall & Winter Fishing
Visiting Ridgway during the fall and winter gives you access to great fishing with less pressure; leading to a more productive day. If you have never tried fishing during your winter vacation, we encourage you to give it a try. There’s nothing quite like having the whole river to yourself on a crisp, cloudless winter day.
Set aside some time to play in our beautiful waters; our local guides are always ready to show you their favorite secret falls and fishing holes and always have the best tips on water levels and hatches.
Know Before You Go: A fishing license is required to fish all public Colorado waterways. Information on licenses and regulations may be found at www.cpw.state.co.us