Ice Fishing

Season: Winter

For the diehard fisherman or woman, the San Luis Valley is the place to be, especially in the wintertime!

Begin your fishing expedition in Alamosa with a cozy night’s stay at one of our lodging properties, and fill up on a hearty meal. Before turning in for the night, stock up on fishing supplies (Big R; 719-587-0435) and outdoor gear, and don’t forget to pack a lunch!

Begin your ice fishing adventure by heading west on Hwy 160. Just outside of South Fork is Beaver Creek Reservoir. This 114 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area with vehicle access to the parking lot near the boat ramp. Anglers should expect to catch rainbow trout from 10-16", and brown trout and Kokanee salmon from 10-14". Anglers report good action for rainbow trout and brown trout, and fair action for Kokanee using power bait and small jigs tipped with meal worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the DOW Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

After a successful day on the ice, stop at the San Luis Valley Brewery and enjoy the finest in craft brews and great food in an inviting atmosphere.

Of course your ice fishing adventure does not end there. Have a good night’s sleep and before you leave the San Luis Valley stop on the east end of the valley to try a little fishing at Smith Reservoir. This is a State Wildlife Area near Ft. Garland. The water level in this reservoir is variable, and may be low during the winter. It is accessible by vehicle to the boat ramp. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout. Anglers report exceptional action for rainbow trout 15-20" using jigs tipped with meal worms or power bait.  Anglers should be cautious of ice conditions, especially on the east end of lake.

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