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Estes Park Fishing

Fish a wild river, a gentle stream, a tranquil lake, or a private pond – everyone can enjoy it!

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 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 Park and the Big Thompson in Moraine Park are easy-access favorites.

There are catch and release areas in the Park, so be sure to check with Park Information for these locations before starting your  expedition. Licenses are required in the Park for those 16 and older.

Visit the fishing page for Rocky Mountain National Park for detailed online information about species in the Park.

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

Tips, guides, supplies, and licenses are available at local businesses. For the ultimate convenience, stay at a lodge located on a river or lake. Many of these properties stock their area with fish for your convenience.

Fishing Report on local  conditions brought to you by Kirk’s Flyshop.

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