Fishing in the San Luis Valley--
Cold water streams and lakes in our area have a good population of Brook
Trout, Rainbow Trout and our native Brown Trout.
You can fish in Colorado without a license during the first week of
June. The remainder of the year, a Colorado fishing license is required. A one-day license is available for $9
and a 5-day license is $21. Colorado residents over 65 can fish without a license.
Close to Fort Garland, Mountain Home Reservoir has a nice population
of rainbow trout. It can be fished from shore or boat. Wolfgang's brother pulls out 20"+ trout on a regular basis. Mountain
Home is fed by Trinchera Creek, and immediately upstream from the reservoir, Brookies and an occasional Brown can be angled.
There are many camping sites around Mountain Home and camping there is free.
San Luis Lakes are another cold water fishing spot, located about 5
miles west of the Sand Dunes National Park. This is a Colorado State Fee Area and there is a scenic Campground at San
Luis Lakes. A little farther to the south west, is
the Conejos River, which is a medallion fly fishing river.
The Rio Grande River, Smith Reservoir, Lake Sanchez, and many high country
lakes and streams (and beaver ponds) also attract local and visiting fishermen.