Whether you are fishing from the bank of a lake or stream, looking for gold medal fly fishing waters or fishing from the comfort of your boat one of the 17 national forests and seven national grasslands within the Rocky Mountain Region will have a fishing spot that is just right for you.
Follow these general guidelines to help ensure that you have an enjoyable fishing experience in your national forest or grassland:
Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Always tell someone of your recreation plans.
Travel responsibly on land by staying on designated roads, trails or areas.
On water, stay on designated waterways and launch watercraft in designated areas.
Please consult state fishing regulations carefully before you go fishing since regulations may vary from state to state and on different bodies of water:
Obtain a map or chart of your destination and determine which areas are open to your type of travel and recreation.
Check the weather forecast for your destination. Plan clothing, equipment and supplies accordingly.
In the backcountry, be mindful of damaging fragile vegetation and soils along shorelines and stream banks. Choose access to fishing spots wisely.
Pack out any discarded fishing line. Monofilament line is especially dangerous to all wildlife.
Use only artificial lures. Live bait has the potential to accidentally introduce exotics and cause more damage to fish when being released, as they often take live bait deeper. If you do use live bait, use only bait native to the area.
Be a sportsman; practice catch and release and keep only what you need.
When practicing catch and release, keep fish in the water as much as possible, with air exposure under 30 seconds at a time and 60 seconds total. Handle them as little as possible with wet hands and release them gently into the water so they are sure to survive.
In response to the threats posed by Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS), like zebra and Quagga mussels, all boats and other floating devices of any kind including their content, motors, trailers and other associated equipment are subject to inspections for any of the nasty exotic invasive species identified as Aquatic Nuisance Species prior to launch or departure from state waters.
Before and after a trip, wash your gear, watercraft and support vehicle to reduce the spread of invasive species. Remove all plant material from watercraft, motor, trailer and other gear and dispose on dry land in a garbage container. Drain livewells, bilge water and transom wells at the boat launch prior to leaving.
All fishermen and women should follow the ideals ofLeave No Trace and practice the concept of Pack It In - Pack It Out.
For more detailed guidelines regarding responsible fishing on US Forest Service lands, please check out the Tread Lightly! information below:
Tread Lightly!’s Tips for Responsible Fishing brochure
The Rocky Mountain Region map below can be used as the starting place to find information regarding fishing opportunities on US Forest Service lands located throughout our five-state region. When the cursor is moved over a state on the map, a filled-in map outline and tool tip will appear (the map outlines may be slow to load, please be patient). Once you are on top of the state you want to fish in, click the cursor on the green map outline and a link will open to that state's Fishing Information Web page. Once you are redirected to the state's Fishing Information Web page, repeat the same process with the state map as with this map. You will then be able to select the individual national forest or grassland that you would like fishing information about.
Map Outlines May Be Slow to Load, Please Be Patient