Colorado Fishing Destinations

John Martin Reservoir

Black Crappie Blue Catfish Common Carp and 2 more species

John Martin Reservoir is one of the largest bodies of water in southeastern Colorado, USA, offering a variety of fish species such as walleye, crappie, catfish, and bass. The lake is surrounded by a state park, which offers camping, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Anglers looking for success should try to fish during the cooler months of fall, winter, and early spring, using jigs and live bait. Summer can be productive for catfish and carp, but the high temperatures can make fishing challenging. The best time to visit is in spring or fall, with average temperatures ranging from 40-70°F. Get driving directions.

JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR
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Fish Species

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Crappies are members of the sunfish and the black bass family.

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This is the largest catfish of the family Ictaluridae, reported to grow to 120 lb. (54 kg).

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The common carp is a prolific survivor, and able to tolerate many conditions and bottom types, making it an ideal ...

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The kelp bass, a member of a large group of seabasses, which inhabit the eastern Pacific, is a robust fish ...

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The walleye is a wide-ranging, North American species that occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland.