Fishing

Fishing

Fish a wild river, a gentle stream, a tranquil lake, or a private pond - Estes Park fishing is for everyone!

The town of Estes Park is at the confluence of two rivers that flow from Rocky Mountain National Park — Big Thompson and Fall River. Two lakes and a marina (Lake Estes, Marys Lake, and the Lake Estes Marina) also provide good fishing opportunities. 

Fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park is in a variety of rivers and alpine lakes, both roadside and hike in. Fall River in Horseshoe and the Big Thompson in Moraine Park are easy-access favorites.

There are catch and release fishing areas in the Park, so be sure to check with Park Information for these locations before starting your fishing expedition. Fishing licenses are required in the Park for those 16 and older. Link to the fishing page at RockyMountainNationalPark.com for detailed online information. 

Licenses aren't required at the private trout ponds where you pay by the inch for the fish you catch — a sure thing — and they clean them for you.

Fishing tips, supplies, and licenses are available at local businesses. For the ultimate convenience, stay at a lodging property located on a river or lake. Many of these properties stock their lake with fish for your convenience.

Combine these traits:  a native of Estes Park, 3 generations of Rocky Mountain fishing, 40 years in the guided fishing and retail business, and you get a totally unmatched perspective on all types of trout fishing!  We relate well with kids, adult beginners, as well as experts.  One mile west of Estes Park on US 36, on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park. 

The Premier Fly Fishing Shop in the area for over 40 years
870 Moraine Ave
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.364483 -105.541425
9254

Our resort is close to everything, close to perfect!  Enjoy an easy stroll on the paved walkway to Lake Estes and dinner in town.  Small, friendly, affordable motel.  * Full range of suites and rooms at ground level *  Air conditioning * Free Wi-Fi * Dog-friendly * Modest rates * Smoke-free * Outdoor hot tub * Jacuzzi suite * Close to fishing and boating on Lake Estes * Columbine Inn Details

Near Lake Estes, Marina & Downtown
1540 Big Thompson Ave.
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.3820198 -105.4966664
8987

This is great family fun in a beautiful, tranquil setting.  No fishing license required.  We provide all the gear and bait.  We'll even clean and ice your catch.  You pay by the fish inch.  The pond is stocked every season with Rainbow Trout and you're guaranteed a successful catch.  This is a great way to introduce your children or grandchildren to fishing.

Fishing Fun for the Whole Family
800 Moraine Ave
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.365547 -105.538611
9278

Our full, pro-line fly shop and outdoor adventure company offers guided fly fishing, day hikes, Longs Peak trips, backpacking, horseback/fly fishing, and llama pack trips for you, your family, and friends, as well as snow shoeing trips in winter. We are Family Owned and Operated.

Year-round guided trips with friendly, knowledgeable guides.
230 E. Elkhorn Ave
Estes Park,
CO
80517
USA
40.3767622 -105.5205195
9029

Fish outside your door! We have over 1000' of river stocked with rainbow trout. Leave the fast lane, cross our covered bridge to simple serenity in a cozy cottage or suite in towering pines along Fall River. Bask in hot tub bubbles, the scent of a crackling wood fire, the river's lullaby, the serendipity of wandering wildlife! Cook your fresh trout at the riverbank fire ring or your patio's grill.  Castle Mountain Lodge on Fall River Details

1000' of river stocked with rainbow trout!
1520 Fall River Road
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.383069 -105.550332
8959

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Estes Park Mountain Shop

All Your Mountain Adventures Under One Roof: hiking, rock climbing, fishing, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and more...

2050 Big Thompson Ave.
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.3772059 -105.5216651
9718

Estes Angler

Dedicated to the Art of Fly Fishing

338 West Riverside
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.3772059 -105.5216651
9752

Lake Estes Marina

Fishing, boating, kayaking, or biking around Lake Estes starts at the Marina Store!

1770 Big Thompson Ave.
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.3772059 -105.5216651
9753

Link to the Fishing Report for the latest conditions and fly suggestions.

A Fly Fishing Guide to RMNPSteve Schweitzer has written a comprehensive fishing guide,  A FLY FISHING GUIDE TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK. It guides the angler to over 150 destinations along 48 trails - the Park's best streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, and lakes that abound with healthy hungry trout, none of which are stocked but are wild and self-sustaining. This guide provides fishing tips and information on what flies work best in the Park and when important hatches occur.

More information about the book and how to purchase it is available at flyfishingrmnp.com

 

 

Todd Hoffman is the author of FLY FISHING COLORADO'S FRONT RANGE; AN ANGLER'S GUIDE that covers more than 50 close fly fishing destinations and includes descriptions, illustrations, and photos of the region's most common insects and fly patterns. Other guidebooks are available online at Barnes and Noble, and are recommended on our guide books page.

FIshing guides at Kirks Flyshop recommend a fly selector for the Big Thompson River and Rocky Mountain National Park.  They are available at Kirks Flyshop for $4, or online for $5 at www.flyselector.com.