Reply by: wileyd Posted: 3/19/2010 8:21:41 AM Points: 77
You can get to the lake a couple ways....1 is up Waterton Canyon / Colorado Trail/ hike down. To me more effort than it's worth. Best is as alan said park by old S.Platte Hotel and walk down river to lake. Also as alan said the lake does not have pleasant shoreline, it's a very steep banked/cliff lake. To each his own on their tastes but to me this lake was never worth the effort, mostly smaller rainbows, browns and RUMORS of some perch but we all know how that goes. Good luck if you choose.
I fished there last year around august and caught one rainbow on a gold spinner. It was hard getting in there from the south platte side but yes, you would need climbing gear to get further in with out biking the alternate seven miles.
The bike ride is not bad. But once you get to the dam you have to bike three more miles along the colorado trail and drop down, or bushwhack up a couple hundred feet and then drop down. It would take alot of work but its a goal of mine for this summer.
I have done the 6 mile bike ride up to the Canyon with no problem many times before. The ride is not steep at all and the roads are maintained well by Denver City Water. I want to ride again and do the ride up around the dam and go fishing at the Strontia Springs, I can just imagine what fish are out there. Delite get ready for a challenge!!!!!!!
Reply by: slayerfish Posted: 3/20/2010 8:31:52 AM Points: 209
I've been there 3 imes from Waterton. Its about a 8-9 mile bike/hike to the bear creek inlet. Still not much access there but some. I have caught bo's, browns, brooky/splake, and PERCH. My best fishing was in october and november. Didnt do squat in summer. Seen where people have camped, a pretty nice site actually. In summer the vegetation is thick and it seems like a bear or cougar could jump you at any sec. Kinda scary alone.
ive fished tere many times and the walk from the hotel is not bad only caught one good brown and one good bow but its pretty good place to get your mack bait only about 40 yards of shoreline til the cliffs start then u have to climb but i didnt try that also ive seen mtn goats mules 1 bear and 1 cougar