Rivers, lakes, and streams, oh my! There are so many great opportunities for fishing during your Durango vacation. Whether you prefer ice fishing or fly fishing, discover some fantastic places to cast your line and reel in the big one! Find out a few of our picks for the best fishing in Durango, CO!
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Enjoy the Best Fishing in Durango, CO

First thing’s first: make sure you get a fishing license before visiting  Durango, CO! Colorado Parks and Wildlife has made it painless to acquire a fishing license. Just be sure to apply well before your start date. The second step of fishing in town is finding a reliable report. Duranglers has a comprehensive Durango area report that includes a wide span of the region. San Juan Anglers also has a good report, though it’s not always as up-to-date as Duranglers. Animas Valley Anglers is another fantastic option for a fishing report. Remember, when it comes to fishing, especially in an unfamiliar area, knowledge is power!

The Best Spots for Fishing in Durango

If you prefer to fish in smaller streams, Pine River and Piedra River are fantastic options. A special permit is required to fish the Pine River, however. If lake fishing is more your style, there are two lakes near Durango, Colorado that are both great spots. Vallecito Lakes fishing is a favorite among locals, as is Electra Lake. Finally, the famous Animas River is another hotspot for local and visiting anglers. This is a prime location for fly fishers.

Hire a Fishing Guide

With so many options for prime fishing spots, it can be overwhelming! Luckily, there are some fantastic local fishing guides who can show you the ropes. Duranglers is part-fly fishing shop and part-fishing guides. They have a ton of great options for fishing adventures, like rivers, stillwaters, and private waters. You can even join them on a three-day float trip! Another good option is the San Juan Angler. Their guide services can take guests on a wade or float trip all over the area. If you’re unfamiliar with fishing, Animas Valley Anglers offers lessons to teach the basics of fly fishing. Finally, Heads Up Fly Fishing will take you anywhere from spots around Durango to the San Juan River!

Stay with Durango Colorado Vacations

After a day of exploring the best fishing in Durango, CO, return to a gorgeous rental property from Durango Colorado Vacations. You won’t have to miss the lakefront views when you rent Fawn Lake at the Ranch, a stunning three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. Enjoy trout fishing from the lake, as well as cooking your catch in the fully-equipped kitchen. This home is a monthly rental only.
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