Fishing in the San Luis Valley--
Cold water streams and lakes in our area have a good population of Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout
and our native Brown Trout.
can fish in Colorado without a license during the first week of June. The remainder of the year, a Colorado fishing
license is required. A one-day license is available for $9 and a 5-day license is $21. Colorado residents over 65 can
fish without a license.
Close to Fort Garland, Mountain Home Reservoir has a nice population of rainbow trout. It can be fished
from shore or boat. Wolfgang's brother pulls out 20"+ trout on a regular basis. Mountain Home is fed by Trinchera Creek,
and immediately upstream from the reservoir, Brookies and an occasional Brown can be angled. There are many camping sites around Mountain Home and
camping there is free.
San Luis Lakes are another cold water fishing spot, located about 5 miles west of the Sand Dunes National Park.
This is a Colorado State Fee Area and there is a scenic Campground at San Luis Lakes. A little farther to the south west, is the Conejos River, which is a medallion fly fishing river.
The Rio Grande River, Smith Reservoir, Lake
Sanchez, and many high country lakes and streams (and beaver ponds) also attract local and visiting fishermen.