Colorado Fishing Destinations

Cottonwood Lake (Buena Vista)

Apache Trout Atlantic Salmon Brown Trout and 1 more species

Cottonwood Lake in Buena Vista, Colorado offers great fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including rainbow and cutthroat trout, brown trout, and kokanee salmon. Nearby activities include hiking, camping, and scenic drives. Fishing tips for Cottonwood Lake include using a variety of lures and bait, with fly fishing being a popular method. The best time to visit is during the summer months from June to September, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to low 80s. Get driving directions.

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Fish Species

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

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The value of the Atlantic salmon both as a sport, commercial, and food fish cannot be exaggerated.

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The brown trout is one of the world’s most widely distributed and highly esteemed freshwater fish.

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Cutthroat trout are the most widely distributed of all the western trouts of North America.