Fish Explorer Logo
Colorado Fishing
Colorado Fishing  
Login Usr:Psd:
Don't have an account? Register now...
spacer spacer
Go back to Main FxR Forum listings
Lake: North Michigan Reservoir
Fish: Rainbow Trout

North Michigan Reservoir

Post By: bronni      Posted: 12/25/2007 10:22:08 AM     Points: 192    
went up to North Michigan yesterday for a few was extremely sloppy.....4 inches of good clear ice on bottom...with about a 6 inch layer of milky ice on top....melting snow on top made for a soggy day.....we did however wreck some shop catching numerous rainbows and cutt-bows using jig heads tipped with mealworms.....we fished down by the cabins (if you are familiar with the reservoir).....just one other group of people on the ice.....not exactly the ideal ice fishing conditions as it was messy....but good fishing nonetheless...
 Reply by: chuck970      Posted: 12/26/2007 7:51:57 PM     Points: 167    
i need to go up there in January, how exactly do you get there?

what sizes where you catching?
 Reply by: bronni      Posted: 12/27/2007 9:09:53 AM     Points: 192    
If you are familiar with Poudre simply go all the way up the canyon....over Cameron Pass and down approximately 15 mi (that is an estimate)'ll see a KOA campground on the right side of the road......turn there.....veer'll see a kiosk/pay's $6...for a parking permit......from there...follow the road all the way up......we were catching 14"er's very regularly.....nothing huge....but they were plenty plump.....good luck to's a great little place to fish....also...they have rental cabins up there....rustic...but very neat....wood burning stoves....what is neat though, is they actually provide you with wood....there is a covered can get the wood you need to heat the cabins at no extra cost.....good luck to you......
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 12/27/2007 9:51:04 AM     Points: 184621    
North Michigan Reservoir is in the Colorado State Forest, a state park. Here's the website, [log in for link]
I really didn't think that reservoir was that deep.....I haven't fished everywhere there....but, the places I have been are in the neighborhood of 18-20 ft. you know what other fish are in there????
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 12/28/2007 9:05:05 AM     Points: 42846    
Thanks for the report bronni - and great info as usual ronnycast. We'll be adding this lake to the site soon too. Also FYI - if you want to submit lake reports for lakes that are not active yet, but are in our database, they should appear in the drop-down menu of lakes and you can submit them anyway. I appreciate getting them - it gives me incentive to add the lake quicker if I know guys are fishing it. And you still get credit for the report even though the lake is inactive at the moment.
 Reply by: RonnyCast      Posted: 12/28/2007 11:32:56 AM     Points: 2304    
We have graphed that lake pretty well when trolling and it is surprisingly deep. The deepest water is located 30 to50 yards out from the dam spill way just a little to the south of the middle of the lake. The lake it self is on average is maybe 45 feet deep down the middle for the most part, the east end near the feeder stream is a larger flat with a small creek channel snaking into the deeper middle and west end or the lake. There is also a deep bowl like depression on the south shore near the cabins where the water drops from 15 to 40 right up bye the shore line. As far as what fish are in there we have caught rainbows, cut bows, cut throat, brown trout and brook trout. I believe there is a sucker or some type in there as well.
 Reply by: bronni      Posted: 12/28/2007 1:28:25 PM     Points: 192    
Matt....your work is greatly appreciated!!!! I have told every fishin' buddy I know about this's nice to see so many other people that share the passion of fishing...and especially those willing to share information.....keep up the good work!!!!
 Reply by: chuck970      Posted: 1/2/2008 6:01:24 PM     Points: 167    
whats the road you turn on to after the 14
 Reply by: RonnyCast      Posted: 1/2/2008 6:30:37 PM     Points: 2304    
The road is labeled 41. Pretty easy to find, you can locate it on the lake map on this page even though itís hasnít been added to the sight yet. All you have to do is get on the fish map page and click the hybrid tag up in the right hand corner of the map so as to show the roads and label the lakes when you zoom in close. Go up to 14 and work your way west on the map until you hit Gould. That is right up near the divide. Go one mile or so past Gould on 14 then you will see a turn off to the right on a dirt road. If youíre zoomed in close enough the reservoir will show up labeled as the North Fork Michigan Reservoir. Are you going up there to fish? Just wondering, I might be able to help put you on a few good spots.
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 1/2/2008 7:14:08 PM     Points: 42846    
We're looking for people that fish up that way a lot - North Michigan, Chambers, Barnes Meadow, Joe Wright, Longdraw. If any of you fish up that way much, let us know if you can be a [log in for link]
bronni Wow, I like hearing that info on Windsor Lake. Having driven by that lake for years when I was working out in Windsor I was always dreaming of it turning into a great bass lake. The cover and grass along that lakeís shore line is sick. I remember when they were doing the dredging a few years back, any idea on how deep they ended up.
 Reply by: bronni      Posted: 1/3/2008 6:55:59 PM     Points: 192    
the dow official said they were stocking both large and smallmouth....they would then do several surveys to see which was thriving the most and continue stocking whichever proved to do the best there....I was extremely excited to hear him talk of the extensive work they had in's nice to have water in your backyard you can fish.....this will be awesome if it all pans out....I caught some nice footballs out of there last year....
 Reply by: bronni      Posted: 1/3/2008 7:13:24 PM     Points: 192    
after dredging the approximate depth is in the neighborhood of 38 ft.....
 Reply by: RonnyCast      Posted: 1/3/2008 8:58:45 PM     Points: 2304    
Nice. Thatís deep enough for a good bass fishery. You have brought me joy with this info, any idea on restriction as far as boatings go on it? Trolling motors only or wake less only?
 Reply by: bronni      Posted: 1/4/2008 4:36:23 AM     Points: 192    
it is not must purchase a permit and I believe they only allow 5 motorboats on the lake at one time....
 Reply by: RonnyCast      Posted: 1/4/2008 11:10:21 AM     Points: 2304    
bronni, I would be happy to have you on one of my boats this year to give that lake a look. I have a small two man boat that is run on a trolling motor and my big fishing boat a Fisher, both of which would work well on that lake. Let me know if you are down and we can get it done.
 Reply by: bronni      Posted: 1/4/2008 11:17:07 AM     Points: 192    
that sounds like a plan....I live right by the lake would be at your convenience....I look forward to it....
 Reply by: RonnyCast      Posted: 1/4/2008 5:05:46 PM     Points: 2304    
Good stuff. I want to make it goal to meet some fellow fishing nuts like my self. This web sight has been a great tool for expanding my fishing knowledge and learning new areas to fish. I also think it has the potential for meeting new people and expanding my list of fishing partners. I get out during prim times of the year at lest 3 times a week, but often with little notice, so itís nice to have a selection of guys on the old cell phone to try to find some one that is up for a quick trip. That lake has always caught my eye, even before the dredging to make it deeper and new stocking, I did manage to catch a few little bass and a carp or two in there from shore. Putting a boat on it sounds like a blast, and I would not at all be surprised to see the population of fish take off in that lake. Iíll get in touch with a post come spring and we can getter done.

Back to top...