Spanking paddle boats can also be rented to increase your fishing chances!

Paddle boats can also be rented to increase your fishing chances!

North Denver Fishing Guide

Denver, Colorado offers slew of social and nightlife opportunities, but what if you’d like to wind down, throw your line in the water, and just fish? Well, North Denver answers the call with many excellent lakes and ponds where you just might catch the big one! Whether you’re visiting Denver for a few days, or just want to fish near home, you won’t want to pass up a chance to get your line in at these four excellent fishing catches sight of.

1. Standley Lake

Located about a half hour jorthwest of Denver sits Standley Lake. Operated by the city of Westminster, this 1000-acre-plus lake is the largest in the North Denver fishing region. This lake is a very popular destination for water sports and fishing. The largest walleye in Colorado was caught at Standley Lake in 1997 and still holds that record to this day.

  • Species to fish for: The shallow sandy banks and large bod of water permit for good numbers of rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, wiper, walleye, channel catfish and yellow perch.
  • Where to fish: The dam would be the most productive fishing place, but since it is not available for public use, the best places to fish are the shorelines closest to the dam. These places suggest deeper areas and a greater chance to catch fish. The inlet on the south side of the lake also offers good shore fishing.
  • Tips for fishing Standley Lake: Get your line out as far as possible. Standley Lake is a tricky place to fish from the shore because of the shallow sand bottom. The key to hooking into something is weighting your line and hucking it as far as you can go. Also attempt fishing during a weekday, as Fridays and weekends receive a lot of boat traffic that can adversely affect fishing.

Two. Thornton Gravel Ponds Two &, Trio

Around a half hour due north of Denver lie the Thornton Gravel Ponds. These man-made lakes suggest a boat-free fishing practice and are a excellent place to instruct children to learn to fish. Unlike the shallow shores at Standley Lake, the Thornton Gravel Ponds suggest steeper and deeper shores permitting for lighter fishing. If you’re not catching anything, you can attempt fishing from the South Platte Sea which is just a few minutes walk from the Gravel Ponds.

  • Species to fish for: The Thornton Gravel Ponds are the home to very large populations of green sunfish and smallmouth bass. Other sought-after species include rainbow trout and walleye.
  • Where to fish: Good fishing can be found along the shoreline of either pond, with the exception of the west part of the larger pond. This is a nature preserve and does not permit public access. If you’re bringing children, the fishing dock on the larger #Two Pond is a superb place.
  • Tips for fishing the Thornton Gravel Ponds: As there are no shade trees, the rocks surrounding the ponds can get very hot in the sun and make for poor fishing during midday hours. The best fishing is in the morning or evening hours. You’ll also have much better luck if you fish from the bottom. Floating bobbies seem to scare the fish away from your bait.

Trio. McKay Lake

You’ll only have to drive 45 minutes from the Denver Metro area to love this gem of Westminster. Located just minutes from I-25, McKay Lake offers many superb fishing opportunities and fine views of the Rocky Mountains. Until the mid 1990s, McKay Lake was run and operated as a private game and fishing reserve. It’s rumored that there are some very nice trophy sized largemouth bass that still live there. This lake is artificial lures and flies only, so it offers a more challenging practice for fishermen.

  • Species to fish for: The majority of fish that inhabit the Lake are Asian carp, but there are still healthy populations of largemouth bass and crappie (both black and white). Crappie and Carp may be kept, but all largemouth bass must be returned to the water instantly.
  • Where to fish: The floating fishing dock is a good place to cast out for bass and the occasional carp. Crappie fishing is good along either of the rock dams.
  • Tips for Fishing: Green or Yellow jigs and lures are the most productive for bass and crappie. Attempt fishing with barbless hooks to make it lighter to unhook largemouth bass.

Four. Webster Lake

Nestled in Northglenn, Colorado, is a little pond known as Webster Lake. This popular destination for picnics and outdoor activities is also a superb place for children to learn how to fish. The Colorado Division of Wildlife routinely stocks this lake with rainbow trout. Spanking paddle boats can also be rented to increase your fishing chances!

  • Species to catch: Rainbow trout and a diversity of panfish can be caught at Webster Lake. Large crayfish populations also exist for a good boil.
  • Where to fish: Fishing all around the lake offers excellent chance. The north shore is closed to public access, as it is a nature preserve.
  • Tips for fishing: If you want to have a good chance at catching fish, attempt fishing shortly after the lake is stocked. This puny pond does see a large amount of fishers, so the best time to catch fish is after it has been freshly stocked.


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David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

you’re welcome.. it was a fine read.

Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

Thanks for the feedback. I always like to think that if there’s water, there’s also fish to be caught. Thanks for reading.

David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

This is the ideal hub for a Holiday weekend. IT is total of useful information and experienced tips. I can feel your passion for fishing as I read this hub. Thank you for sharing!

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