Your Ultimate Guide to Ice Fishing in Colorado

Grab your pole and head down to the lake for a fun ice fishing adventure! This sport has quickly become one of the most popular things to do in Durango, CO, in winter, and for good reason. There are plenty of Colorado Lakes that are prime territory for ice fishing, including one just outside of Durango, CO. Make sure to take advantage of all the ice fishing in Colorado during your stay with Durango Colorado Vacations!
There’s nothing like ice fishing in Colorado to work up an appetite! Even if you don’t catch anything, you’ll still be able to fill your belly by using our free Vacation Guide. We’ve listed great restaurants in the Durango area, from cute cafes to incredible high-end eateries. There are plenty of great options from which to choose, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love! You’ll also find awesome suggestions for spas, museums, historic sites, and hiking trails in the area. Planning your vacation should be fun, not work! With our Vacation Guide, all you have to decide is when you want to go!

What You Need to Know About Ice Fishing in Colorado

Where to Ice Fish

The best lake for ice fishing near Durango is Vallecito Lake, sometimes called Vallecito Reservoir. It’s located about 18 miles out of town. Winter is a truly special time in the area. The lake freezes beautifully, making it perfect for ice fishing. There is a parking fee to fish around the lake and anybody older than 16 will need a Colorado fishing license. If you would like a recent fishing report from the Vallecito Lake Chamber of Commerce, contact them through their website for area fishing information.

What to Bring During Your Adventure

The most obvious answer is a good fishing pole. Other things to bring include your fishing license, the appropriate warm clothing, a packed lunch, bags or coolers to keep the fish in, and (we can’t stress this one enough) sunscreen. Contrary to popular belief, you will still need sunscreen, even in the dead of winter! The ice reflects the sun back at you and you may even be more susceptible to a sunburn.

Enter the Annual Vallecito Lake Ice Fishing Tournament

Since 2015, the Vallecito Sporting and Conservation Association has held an annual ice fishing tournament in late February. There are some big prizes at stake for this tournament! In previous years, there have been three categories for winning fish: the largest pike, largest trout, and the heaviest stringer. All three of these categories are based on the weight of the catch. In past years, first place in each category has awarded $1,000! To encourage new anglers, kids ages five to 12 have received a free fishing start-up kit. This event truly is fun for the whole family!

Stay with Durango Colorado Vacations

The most important thing to consider when ice fishing in Colorado is lodging. You want it to be warm, cozy, comfortable, and in a great area. Consider staying at Robbin’s Nest, a gorgeous two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin just 30 minutes from Vallecito Lake! It’s the perfect retreat for a romantic vacation or friends traveling together on an outdoor adventure! There’s no Wi-Fi or television in this rental, so you’ll have no distractions. The living room is wonderfully cozy, with two sofas and a wood stove to keep you warm. So bring a great book and your loved ones and enjoy your time in Durango!
Browse the rest of our rentals and book your stay with Durango Colorado Vacations today! We look forward to having you.