Four Corners Area Fishing Map
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Fishing the Four Corners Area
The Four Corners Area in Southwest Colorado is loaded with so many different kinds of fish that you won't know what to do with them all. Make it a goal to catch one of each of these: Kokanee Salmon, Small-mouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Panfish, Carp, Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike and Trout: Rainbow, Brown, Native Cutthroat, Snake River Cutthroat, Cutbow.
Located in and just outside of San Juan National Forest, this area of Colorado has some of the best fishing. Just make sure you're following all of the rules and regulations as there are many of them (listed below).
Four Corners Area Public River Fishing
Dolores River - Only non-motorized boats are allowed. You can only snag Kokanee Salmon between November 15 and December 31. East of McPhee Reservoir you can fish upstream all the way until the confluence of the West Fork of the Dolores River. West of McPhee Reservoir you can fish about 11 miles downstream from the dam to Bradfield Bridge. In this section you can only use artificial flies and lures, you must return all trout back to the water immediately (catch & release), and there is no bag limit for all other fish.
Stoner Creek - Located just west of Stoner, Colorado and follows County Road 40 until it empties into the Dolores River. Fishing is accessed via hiking trails in the area. If you're looking for solitude, this is your spot. It is recommended you do not continue down the Creek past the junction of Spring Creek Trail as it is not well maintained.
West Fork of the Dolores River - Non-motorized boat are allowed. This section of the river starts at the intersection of Highway 145 and Forest Service Road 535 near Dunton. Private land and public land are interspersed along this stretch of the River so read signs and make sure you're fishing on public land.
Please check with the local fly-shops about fishing access to Mancos River as we are unaware of public fishing sections at this time.
Four Corners Area Public Lake Fishing
McPhee Reservoir - Two boat ramps allow for motorized boats on the water. There is no bag and possession limit for Walleye. You can only bag Kokanee Salmon between September 1 and December 31. All Large and Small-mouth Bass between 10-15" must be released back to the water. This is the second largest body of water in Colorado and offers both warm and cold water fishing.
Totten Reservoir - Motorized boats are allowed via the boat ramp located on the southeast side of the reservoir. Ice fish in the winter. This is the place to take kids. It's located one mile east of Cortez and has plenty of fun areas for the kids to explore.
Summit Reservoir - Motorized boats are allowed via the boat ramp located on the north side of the reservoir. Ice fish in the winter. The minimum size to bag a Largemouth Bass is 15", any smaller must be returned to the water.
Joe Moore Reservoir - Access to the boat ramp is on the southwest side of the reservoir. Motorized boats are allowed. This reservoir offers warm water fishing and one of the few places in the area to have Panfish.
Jackson Gulch Reservoir (Mancos State Park) - Even though motorized boats are allowed on the reservoir, there is no wake allowed. This is the only place in the area where you can go underwater spear fishing for Northern Pike or Carp (where present). You cannot fish within 100 feet of the marina, a boat ramp, the swim beach, or the dam.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
Outdoor Family FUN! Between Telluride and Dolores, Groundhog Lake is a favorite local fishing spot. Campground: mountain cabins, RV sites, lakeside tenting. Sustainable trophy hunting. Boat rentals.
More Activities & Information
Dolores Area, Colorado includes: Mcphee Reservoir, Stoner
Mesa Verde Area, Colorado includes: Cortez, Mancos
Telluride, Colorado includes: Rico