From small mountain streams to McPhee Lake, the second largest in Colorado, Mesa Verde Country is one of the premier fishing areas in Colorado. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has called McPhee Lake “the best fishing spot in the San Juan Basin.” No matter where you decide to drop a line, the one thing you won’t find in Mesa Verde Country is crowds – so relax, enjoy, and maybe you’ll catch that big one! See below to download maps of our fishing areas.
Adults and children 15 and older must have a fishing license in Colorado for lakes, streams and reservoirs. Many local sporting goods, hardware, and convenience stores sell fishing licenses and provide information on fishing conditions. There are several varieties of resident and non-resident licenses, including 1-day and 5-day passes, so make sure you purchase just what you need.
The season is open year round. The Colorado Division of Wildlife (970.247.0855) provides free brochures with information about gold medal waters, baits and restrictions, possession limits and other pertinent information. Or, between April and the end of September, you can call 303-291-7539 to hear a recorded message for fishing information on Southwest Colorado.