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Fish: Cutthroat Trout

James Peak Wilderness Doesn't Disappoint

Post By: ND Transplant      Posted: 9/20/2021 6:59:55 AM     Points: 10554    
Having fished most of the lakes in the Indian Peaks this summer I have moved into the James Peak Wilderness the past two weekends. This wilderness and its deep and high alpine lakes with crystal clear waters with up to 20 feet of visibility do not disappoint. I am finding that these bigger cutthroats in the bigger waters do take A LOT of patience. For these three it was a three hour session and very slow and deep jigging presentations. The lower lakes below the treeline seem to have more aggressive and smaller fish in them. Don't get discouraged, take your time, be slow with the big guys. It pays off!
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 9/20/2021 9:01:35 AM     Points: 1345    
Outstanding pictures. That makes me want to tell my boss to shove it & break out the old backpack.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 9/20/2021 10:19:19 AM     Points: 92    
Cool!! Those high lakes can seem dead---then a few clouds pass over and its a frenzy. Beautiful up there!!
 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: 9/20/2021 10:54:56 AM     Points: 775    
are you planning a book or a blog of your epic summer on the high lakes? would like to see it...i only have done crater up there but even that one has some of the largest brookies for such a do-able day hike. i lived here 10 years and went to indian peaks a lot and hadn't even heard of james peak so it's certainly a gem
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 9/20/2021 11:33:38 AM     Points: 10554    
@Troutfinder - Yes I would like to write something up later this fall coupled with a map of all the lakes and best fish caught in JPWA, IPWA, and RMNP. I probably won't blow up specific lakes with where I caught the best fish but an overall view of these amazing areas. We are really blessed with this much water to fish!
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 9/20/2021 11:38:15 AM     Points: 676    
Beautiful fish!
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 9/20/2021 1:32:03 PM     Points: 1703    
Yup was up there Saturday. Caught an odd one cut bow?
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 9/20/2021 4:13:09 PM     Points: 10554    
@Randog - Great fish! The first two look like male cutthroats. The third looks like a hen!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/20/2021 6:04:33 PM     Points: 42151    
Great pics and scenery guys!
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 9/20/2021 8:55:05 PM     Points: 10554    
It is really an incredible time of year. They will only get hungrier as the temperature goes down. This was from the lower lake. Much more aggressive fish. I sight fished most of them. Iíll miss that style when the ice hits.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/23/2021 3:45:38 PM     Points: 1707    
I love it when cutties get really red or around spawn time when they have multiple colors. It's like art. Thanks for showing us some sweet pics.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 9/24/2021 1:29:11 PM     Points: 922    
Great Pics! I love James Peak wilderness. There are some truly epic fish in some of the further hikes if you are willing to put in the effort. James peak is my third favorite wilderness area in Colorado for alpine fishing. With Rawah and Flattop wilderness being the only places above it. Indian peaks has some great water as well, but I prefer James peak for some reason.

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