Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake. It follows naturally that this pristine body of water would be a fantastic place to fish. Cast your line and try your hand at catching some of the trout and salmon that populate the waters of Grand Lake, all the while enjoying the dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about Grand Lake fishing!

What You Need to Know About Grand Lake Fishing

1. Get a Fishing License

You can purchase a one-day, five-day, or annual Colorado fishing license online through Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) or by calling 1-800-244-5613. You’ll also need to purchase a Habitat Stamp, and if you’d like to use a second rod, handline, or tip-up, you’ll need a Second-Rod Stamp as well.

2. Get Familiar With Grand Lake and Colorado Fishing Regulations

Colorado waters are open for fishing year-round day or night, with some special regulations. Be sure to know the bag limit for each type of fish, rules for bait, accepted fishing methods, and rules around transporting fish. For a complete listing of all Colorado regulations, take a look at CPW’s online fishing brochure.

For Grand Lake, any lake trout 26”-36” in length must be released. You can keep one longer than 36”, and up to four lake trout total. Gaffs and tail snares are prohibited, and motorized boats and portable ice fishing shelters are allowed on Grand Lake.

3. Gather All Necessary Equipment

If you don’t have a boat or a rod, don’t worry! There are plenty of places that have everything you need for a day of fishing on Grand Lake. You can find boat rentals at Grand Lake Marina or Trail Ridge Marina. Granby Bait N Tackle has the largest selection in the area of fishing equipment, bait, and tackle, so you can get all the gear you need in one stop. If you’re planning to spend the day on the lake, don’t forget to bring along sunscreen and a cooler full of drinks and snacks!

4. Enjoy a Day on the Lake!

Once you’ve got your license, brushed up on regulations, and gathered all your equipment, it’s time to start fishing! Grand Lake offers world-class fishing in its gold-medal waters. You’ll find mackinaw (lake trout) and kokanee (sockeye) salmon swimming in the lake alongside rainbow, brook, German brown, and cutthroat trout.

If you’d like a little bit of help from professionals, consider fishing with a guide! Spirit Lake Outfitters provides guided fishing trips on Grand Lake as well as guided ice fishing in the winter.

There are plenty of other fun things to do while at Grand Lake. In addition to its fishing opportunities, Grand Lake is the perfect place go out on a boat and relax. It’s also close to the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park and several excellent hikes. Once you’ve caught your limit, you can spend some time in the charming downtown area, whether you browse the shops or stop for a bite to eat at one of the excellent restaurants.

Make the Catch of Your Life With a Home in Grand Lake

view of grand lakeAfter spending a day on Grand Lake, you just might fall in love with the area! Enchanting mountain views, breathtaking natural beauty, and an abundance of entertainment in Grand Lake and the surrounding areas make the picturesque town a fantastic year-round destination.

Whether you’d like a grand cabin tucked in alongside the lake or in the shadow of the mountain’s slopes or undeveloped land so you can build your dream home, Real Estate of Winter Park can help you find the perfect property. Our knowledgeable and friendly Realtors are on hand to assist with any and all of your real estate needs—don’t hesitate to contact us today! Your new home in Colorado awaits!


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