Post By: TroutStalker Posted: 7/28/2012 1:54:51 PM Points: 81
Does anyone know of any high mountain lakes that have golden trout? I've heard there are a few lakes in the state that have good populations of golden trout. They are said to be at elevations of 10,000-12,000+ ft. and require a pretty good hike to get to them. I can't find much info online and the species isn't listed on this site nor the DOW's site, but I've heard they do exist in a few high mountain lakes and maybe even streams. Any help on this is greatly appreciated!
If you hit up Rick Schroader by e-mail on this site he might give you some clues. I'm sure you might have to fluff his feathers though,,,ummm orvis helios haha. Seriously though, they are like trying to find a hidden treasure making it all that much more rewarding once you find em. Consider it a treasure hunt, keep on trying and don't give up.
I researched this exact topic 2 years ago and found this site (which is still active I just checked) [log in for link] It makes some suggestions about graying and goldens. I was able to corroborate (sp?) this with a book I have (Kip Carey's Guide to CO) that there is a lake west of Gunnison in the Ohio Creek drainage named Golden Lake (apparently after the trout). Looks like a bear of a hike to get to and I've never followed up. That said, growing up near Gunni I caught a golden in 95 in a private pond. I think it was accidentally stocked that year because I don't know of a connection to the river, though it is very close to Ohio Creek. Good luck, and let us know if you find them.
I'm more than willing to hike the back-country for these fish, but I usually don't like to bush-wack alone. If anyone has info on where to find Goldens and the time and inclination to go after them, let me know.
A friend of mine caught a beautiful Golden trout (looks like Californian) at Rainbow Roundup (rainbowroundup.com) near pine Colorado last week. Its a place where you pay for any fish you catch but this thing was amazing.
Reply by: bigmacjack Posted: 7/29/2012 9:06:38 AM Points: 70
There is a private lake up near steamboat springs called Catamount ranch and club. Below the dam, there are some monster Golden's. Not sure if its open to the public. I used to go there as a kid 20 yrs ago with my grandpa.
Now the place is for big spenders 65+K for a club membership .........makes me sick .... [log in for link]
Reply by: ePiC Posted: 7/30/2012 8:41:45 AM Points: 494
The DOW just stocked I want to say about 9 lakes this last year with golden trout through out the state. They were stocked as fingerlings so it will take a couple years for them to be worth targeting. The research you guys have been doing is in the right direction as its the same steps I took to find the ones we did. But I would focus on the DOW and getting a list of lakes that have recently been stocked and plan for a future trip instead of trying to target them this summer.