Fishing at Eleven Mile
Welcome to great Colorado fishing. The Park hosts fishing tournaments year-round. Check the Park's calendar for up-coming fishing tournaments. Cabela's Colorado Classic Ice fishing tournaments are monthly (Jan, Feb & Mar) through the winter; the spring No Name Tournament is usually the weekend after Mother's Day weekend and the fall pike event is usually the weekend after Labor Day weekend.
2014 Ice Fishing Tournaments
The Grand Slam (January 11th), The South Park Ice Masters (February 08th) and the Marina March Madness (March 08th) tournaments together form the three legs of the overall 2014 Cabela's Colorado Classic Ice Fishing Tournament series run by 11 Mile Sports. They are coming soon.
Last year's 2013 Grand Slam ice fishing tournament had 88 registered teams. The team of Sharon Dube and Jeremiah Parris of Leadville won top honors for trout with a combined trout weight of 22.025# and a Big Fish Trout weight of 9.365 pounds. Pike bragging rights went to the team of Fortini/Fortini with a total pike weight of 25.03 pounds. Second place here went to the Shake/Tomlinson team with a total weight of 14.675 # that included the big fish pike. Third place for total pike went to Dube/Paris. The top combined salmon team was Williams/ Apfelbeck with 15.44# of salmon; they also took the Big Fish Salmon prize with a 2.12# salmon. Also of note was the team of Torelli/Kelley who took fourth place combined trout weight and fifth place combined salmon weight.
Last year's 2013 Ice Masters Tournament honors went to the team of Brandon White and Brian Johnson who turned in a 2 trout weight of 12.485 pounds for a victory that was worth over $1600. They were also runners up for the Big Fish Pot with a 7.585 pound Rainbow. Second place went to the team of Perri/Perri with a total weight of 11.835 pounds.
The Perri's also claimed the bragging rights to the largest Big Fish Pot in Ice Masters Tourney history with a 9.125 # Rainbow that was worth a total of over $3000 when added to their 2nd place tourney prize money. The team of Vertovec/Quintana took third place with an 8.325 pound combined weight.
Last year's 2013 March Madness tournament was also a success with a field of 67 teams. In the First Fishing Set, the team of Johnson/Cullen took 1st place with a 4.095# rainbow trout. Second place went to White/Johnson with a 3.575# rainbow. Firestone/Richardson came in third. For the Second Set, the Vertovec/Quintana team finished 1st with a 7.725 pound pike. Camp/Perkins hooked into an 4.62 pound trout for second and Villa/Lopez came in third. The Final Fishing Set was won by LaForest/Mumalo who landed a 3.44# rainbow. In second place was the Weaver/Register team with a 3.090 trout and bring up the back of the pack was the father and son Elwell team with a 2.33# rainbow.
The three event 2013 Colorado Classic Tournament was won by the team of Michael Perri/Frank Perri, with a total of 75 points, who who took second in the Ice Master's Trophy and also won it's Big Fish Pot. They barely beat out the Johnson/ Cullin team (also 75 points), with a tie breaking free throw shot. The Colorado Classic's third place went to Vertovec/Quintana who finished with 65 overall points and also won a tie breaker with a bucket from the free throw line.
A seasonal snowstorm and two tie breakers just added to the excitement as we closed out the 2013 ice fishing tournament season at Eleven Mile. A great time was had by all with particants winning many, many door prizes given away. Congratulations to all of our participants.
Restricted Fishing Areas
All fishing is prohibited in the restricted area near the dam on the east end of the reservoir. This area is marked by a closure buoy line that stretches across the lake at that point.
All fishing is flies and lures only and is catch and release within 100 feet of the mouth of the inlet. This area is clearly marked with a set of buoys positioned in the shape of a square around the mouth of the river.
Fishing from any island or from any dock is prohibited. Fishing is permitted everywhere else on the reservoir. Check our fishing closure map for full details of these areas.
Fishing Restrictions at Eleven Mile Reservoir Include:
Eleven Mile's Kokanee Population and Gill Lice
As many of Eleven Mile's salmon anglers have been aware, the salmon population has declined since 2006.
The DOW announced on Dec. 20, 2008 in a press release that the reason for the die-off can be laid at the hands of a small parasite known as gill lice (Salmincola sp.). The gill lice are responsible for a sizeable die-off of all age classes of salmon in Eleven Mile Reservoir.
Gill lice are not harmful to humans provided that fish are prepared properly (145 degree heat or until the flesh is opaque and Separates easily with a fork).
Trout have a higher resistance to the parasite and no loss of any of Eleven Mile's trout species has been observed. The salmon population has made slow gains since 2006, but continues to remain far below those levels.
ATTENTION ALL FISHERMEN:
The threat of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is a very real threat that affects everybody. AIS species can destroy facilities, ecosystems and recreational equipment alike. It is in nobodies interest to allow their introduction into a "clean" reservoir.
Recently, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists confirmed the presence of two invasive species, New Zealand mud snails (NZMS) and a plant called Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) in Eleven Mile Reservoir. Spinney Mountain Reservoir is still "clean" as far as parks and wildlife officials know. NZMS primarily feed on algae and aquatic plants, and can crowd out other desired fish and invertebrate species. EWM is an aggressive aquatic plant that out competes native plants and can form large strands on the surface of the water, which can entangle motors and degrade the quality of recreational boating opportunities.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting boat inspections on all trailered vessels that are intending to either be launched on or removed from the reservoir. Belly boats, canoes and kayaks without motors are still exempted if they do not arrive on a trailer. But, we need the help of every boater and fisherman that uses the reservoir. It is critical for the boating and fishing public to fully cooperate in order to protect boating and fishing opportunities not only at Eleven Mile Reservoir, but all water impoundments within Colorado and prevent the spread of these damaging organisms.
Mandatory inspections of all non-exempt vessels will be conducted at either boat ramp (when open for use) and must be completed satisfactorily prior to launching on the reservoir or exiting from the boat ramp parking lot. Any vessel, float tube or belly boat that is found to be contaminated will be refused admittance to the reservoir until that vessel, float tube or belly boat is satisfactorily decontaminated. Owner's of any vessel, float tube or belly boat found to be contaminated after being removed from Eleven Mile Reservoir will be assisted by parks and wildlife staff in ensuring that the vessel, float tube or belly boat is "clean" prior to exiting the boat ramp parking lot. It is illegal in Colorado to knowingly transport ANS.
Full decontamination can be done by park staff through the boating season at the Eleven Mile Shop by appointment only between the hours of 7 AM until 5 PM daily. Owners should be aware that an inspection at Eleven Mile Reservoir will be required every time the vessel enters or leaves the ramp area for launching or loading unless the vessel has an untampered inspection strap attached to its bow and affixing it to the trailer that was placed upon it at Eleven Mile State Park when entering or exiting the ramp lot.
Additionally, fishermen who use waders, either along the shoreline of the lake or in the South Platte River above the reservoir, should take the precaution of dipping their boots in a chlorinated water solution to kill any "hitchhiking" ANS prior to using them again on any body of water. Both NZMS and EWM are very small and can easily become lodged in the fabric of the boot sole of the wader.
EFFECTIVE SEPT 03rd, 2013: The Witchers Cove Boat Ramp closed to all use for the fall/winter season at close of business the night before. The Witchers Cove inspection station is closed at this time as well.
EFFECTIVE NOV 01st, 2013: The lake closed to all boating for the season at close of business the night before. All ramps and all inspections stations are closed for the season by this date.
EFFECTIVE April (TBD), 2014: Boating will be permited on the lake after ice-off (TBD). Mandatory vessel inspections for ANS will be conducted ONLY at the Eleven Mile North Shore Boat Ramp Parking Lot from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. The Witchers Cove boat ramp and inspection station will remain closed for the season until Friday, May 23, 2014. Launching is prohibited without an inspection, as is removal of a boat from the boat ramp parking lot without an inspection. Both the reservoir and boat ramp are closed to boating 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise. We ask that you arrive at the inspection station with your vessel clean, drained and dry. Vessels that arrive in a dirty condition will not be inspected and will not be allowed to launch.
How Can You Help?
Before leaving any lake or other waterway, fishermen and boaters should:
Additional contact information for Zebra Mussels policies and strategies:
See the Park’s homepage for current weather conditions. Tackle, guide services and boat rentals are available at 11 Mile Marina.