My daughter was with me and wanting go to RMNP to take photos, so I didn't fish. I had two fly-rods and my spinning rod with me! Seen some fish raising, but just strange nobody has been fishing it. A few years ago I tried to fish it. But there were so many "belly boats" on the water I could have walked across the lake without getting my feet wet! So it kind of turned me off fishing there.
Don't quote me on this but I remember hearing from someone that it winter killed a few winters back. But I believe it has been re-stocked since. Give it a few more weeks, it will be flooded (no pun intended) again with a ton of yahoos.
Reply by: the fishing dj Posted: 5/24/2016 9:26:11 PM Points: 25870
There were a few things that have messed up lilly. It winterkilled a few years back, and although the fish were there, they were much tougher to catch. The flood also did a number on it, and lowered fish populations even more. And to top it off, there are a few otters in the lake (or at least there were last year), and that made it really tough. I only fished it a handful of times last year, and I had one really small fish that I missed.
Reply by: Reef Kichards Posted: 5/25/2016 9:42:55 AM Points: 4
Keep in mind that the east side of Lily is closed to fishing from something like April 15 to July 15.
Edit: Lily Lake - south, west, north shores only (the east shore, as designated by closure signs and extending 20 yards into the lake between the southeast corner of the lake and the northeast corner of the lake, is only open July 1-April 30)
Reply by: troutfinder Posted: 5/25/2016 11:19:18 AM Points: 579
i was there about 3 weeks ago on a weekday...maybe 2 or 3 people walking the lake so I figured when else would I have a chance to fish it without a million people watching so I walked the lake twice. In past years, cruisers and risers were easily seen anytime I stopped. I saw absolutely no sign of life in two loops around the lake. of course they could still be in there but it was a nice day and calm lake and you would have been able to see a fish or rise half was across lake. I assumed maybe they had a winter kill this year and would re-stock it in the spring but I did not check into it.
Any other suggestions where I can pull out some cutts at this time of year in the area? My wife will be carrying our 4 month around so it can't be too far of a hike and I have to be quick and efficient before they become tireless lol.
Try dream lake in RMNP, it's about a mile hike with little elevation gain (you will hike pass Nymph lake, but there are no fish in there). I don't know if Dream lake is iced off yet, as I was up at Fern Lake(RMNP) two years ago during Memorial weekend and it was about 80% iced (but that other 20% I fished with over 20 cutties caught). I don't recommend Fern Lake is it's about 3.5 mile hike with quite a bit of elevation gain.
Thanks I did make it to Dream Lake last summer and seen some cruisers but wasn't fishing then. That may even be a little further then we can hike with the little one but thanks for the suggestion. Nice hike for sure.
CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY- BARBLESS 1 HOOK ONLY. FINES APPLY. Special Regulations: Fishing is closed on the east shoreline from May through June annually, open July 1 through April 30 annually due to protecting spawning fish. Rocky Mountain National Park fishing regulations apply.
Reply by: NativeCuttie Posted: 5/26/2016 7:12:00 AM Points: 380
What Lefthand are you talking about? You talking about Lefthand over by Brainard or is there another one near Estes? If not I'm not even sure you can get there yet. I was talking about something in the Estes side or in the park on the way to Grand Lake. On that note has anyone hit any lakes off the side of Trail Ridge? I think a coworker told me he was catching some brookies in Poudre Lake or something.
Reply by: NativeCuttie Posted: 5/26/2016 7:42:46 AM Points: 380
Ok I thought so. I think I have only caught brookies there but I you can't get there due to trail damage from the floods. They are still working on reconstruction. Foot and bicycle only as of now I think.
Reply by: MooseDancer Posted: 6/8/2016 3:25:02 AM Points: 639
I stopped at Lily Lake again on Monday and seen NO fishing regulations posted as years before. This time there were a few people fishing with bait! I did see fish rising and water dogs swimming near shore. Lefthand was mentioned above. Currently the road to Lefthand is closed. I fish there often (Lefthand) and it has nice brook and some splake. It once had large rainbow in it in the late 60's and early 70's. There use to be some beaver ponds above Lefthand that I've caught some nice cutthroat in the past. Not sure if the beaver ponds are still there. Lots of moose and a few bear in that area too.