Colorado Fishing Destinations

Emerald Lake (Crested Butte)

Apache Trout Cutthroat Trout

Emerald Lake in Crested Butte is a popular fishing spot in Colorado, offering a chance to catch trout, especially rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout. The area is surrounded by stunning natural beauty and is perfect for hiking, camping, and bird-watching. Fishing tips include using dry flies such as Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, and Royal Wulff during the summer months. The best time to visit the area is from June to October when the temperature averages around 70°F during the day and 40°F at night. 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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Cutthroat trout are the most widely distributed of all the western trouts of North America.