Fishing Season: Spring/summer through fall

Cimarron River - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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The winter season has blanketed the high country with an abundance of snow, signaling the conclusion of the fishing season in those elevated regions. Owl Creek Pass roads are not maintained in winter, and as they gradually thaw in spring, it's advisable to monitor their conditions and water levels. Fortunately, there are still ample opportunities for fishing at lower elevations. Consider exploring the accessible waters of the Gunnison River, Pleasure Park, and the Uncompahgre River at Paco and in Montrose. These locations offer excellent fishing options in the region, ensuring that anglers can continue to enjoy their pursuits as the seasons transition.

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5-Day Outlook as of 2/28/24

Snow and cold temps have put an end to the fishing in this area. Check back in the spring for updated conditions.

Techniques & Tips as of 2/28/24

During the winter season it is best to look to Tailwaters and lower elevation areas for the best fishing.

Current Conditions as of 2/28/24

Fish the slower water and deeper holes, the water is cold in the morning and as the sun comes out they become more active. Try dry/dropper or light nymphing techniques to catch fish.

Local Species Available Spring/summer through fall

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    Brook Trout

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    Rainbow Trout

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Description: About Cimarron River

High Alpine fishing at its best! The Cimarron River offers endless fishing for Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat, and Brook Trout. As one of the most beautiful settings in Colorado, the Cimarron high country offers rare opportunities for solitude, native fish, and remote access. If you’re looking for a real Colorado backcountry experience, it doesn’t get any better than this. The Forks of the Cimarron include the West Fork, Middle Fork, and East Fork, and each offer an exceptional high-country angling experience. These small freestone streams provide miles of access, with riffles and pools, and plenty of trout. In addition to the Forks, the Big Cimarron includes a three-mile tailwater stretch below Silver Jack Reservoir. Large boulders and deep pools provide excellent habitats for large high-country trout. Summer through fall is the best time to fish the high country. After the snow melts and the Forks settle down, anglers can enjoy fishing dry flies at 9,600 feet with beautiful mountain scenery as the backdrop. After the summer mayfly fade, it’s all about hoppers. Throwing dry flies and hopper patterns at native and wild trout is tough to beat!

Nearest Airport:

Montrose Regional Airport

Bait Recommendations:

Light indicator nymphing is the best way to fish in the winter. Bring plenty of small may flys and midges.