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Plenty of fishing spots in SW Colorado for June 2-3 free-fishing weekend
CPW News Release
DURANGO, Colo. – Fishing is free this weekend and for those who live in southwest Colorado there are literally hundreds of places to drop a worm, cast a spinner or launch a fly.

The free-fishing weekend, sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, gives everyone a chance to get out on lakes, reservoirs and rivers to renew their love for the sport.

“Your fishin’ is our mission,” said John Alves, senior aquatic biologist for CPWs Southwest Region. “Due to the warm weather we’ve stocked a lot of fish earlier than usual this year, and we’re hearing reports that fishing has been really good.”

And after you’ve fished for a few hours, most locations offer great places for a hike, bird watching and picnicking. Take along a pair of binoculars there are always a lot of birds and waterfowl near rivers and reservoirs.

Here are some family-friendly locations throughout the Southwest Region where you can fish from the bank for trout and warm-water species such as crappie. Waters throughout the region have been stocked.

In the Gunnison area:
Spring Creek Reservoir, located on Forest Service Road 744 in the Gunnison-Uncompahgre National Forest about 30 miles north of Gunnison.
Taylor Park Reservoir, located on Forest Service Road 742, in the Gunnison-Uncompahgre National Forest about 25 miles north of Gunnison.
Blue Mesa Reservoir: located on U.S. Highway 50 between Montrose and Gunnison.

In the San Luis Valley:
Big Meadows Reservoir, located just west of U.S. Highway 160 on U.S. Forest Service Road 410 in the Rio Grande National Forest, about five miles east of Wolf Creek Pass.
Beaver Creek Reservoir: located About 10 miles south of the town of South Fork in the Rio Grande National Forest on U.S. Forest Service Road 360.
Road Canyon Reservoir: located about 20 miles west of Creede, along U.S. Forest Road 620 in the Rio Grande National Forest.

In the Montrose-Delta Area:
Grand Mesa: dozens of lakes and reservoirs are located on the mesa located in the Gunnison-Uncompahgre National Forest just north of Delta.
Crawford State Park: Located just south of the town of Crawford on Colorado Highway 92.
Miramonte Reservoir: Located south of the town of Norwood on San Miguel County Road 39N
Ridgway State Park: Located on U.S. Highway 550 about 25 miles south of Montrose.

In the Durango-Pagosa Springs area:
Haviland Lake State Wildlife Area: Located about 20 miles north of Durango along U.S. Highway 550 in the San Juan National Forest.
Mancos State Park: Located about five miles north of Mancos on the West Mancos Road.
Echo Canyon State Wildlife Area: Located about 10 miles south of Pagosa Spring just off U.S. Highway 84.
Vallecito Reservoir: Located about 20 miles east of Durango on La Plata County Road 501.

For anglers who prefer fly fishing, most mountain streams in the southwest corner of the state are running clear and fish will be rising to dry flies. For those who like to hike, many high mountain lakes are free of ice

Anglers are reminded that fire restrictions are in place throughout southwest Colorado, so campfires are prohibited outside of developed campgrounds. Also be careful with cook stoves, barbecue grills, and stub out cigarettes and dispose of the butts in containers. Don’t throw butts out the windows of cars or drop them the ground.

This is also the time of year when deer fawns and elk calves are being born. If you see a young animal lying by itself do not approach it our touch it. The animal hasn’t been abandoned its mother has just moved off to forage. Young animals carry no scent, so they do not attract predators.

To learn more about Colorado’s aquatic resources and fishing spots, got to the CPW web site at:, and click on the “Things to do” tab.