Colorado Fishing Destinations

Columbine Lake - Ipwa

Apache Trout Brook Trout

Columbine Lake IPWA is a popular fishing spot in southwestern Colorado, known for its abundance of rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout. The area is also great for hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing, with nearby attractions like the San Juan National Forest and the town of Durango. Fishing tips include using dry flies and nymphs, and the best time to visit is from mid-June to early September when temperatures are mild, averaging around 70°F. Get driving directions.

Weather Outlook

Fish Species

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The apache trout is considered to be critically endangered by the IUCN.

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The brook trout is one of the most popular game fishes in northeastern North America.