Fishing at Stagecoach State Park
Home of the state record Pike caught in 2006, the reservoir and river offers renowned fishing opportunities.
Stagecoach State Park encourages the practice of selective harvest:
Selective harvest is not catching and releasing all fish; just some.
Tailwaters, a "Colorado's Best rainbow trout fishery":
The Tailwater section below Stagecoach Dam is designated as catch and release only. This area is touted by many experts as "Colorado's best rainbow trout fishery" and has received several accolades from Fly Fisherman Magazine.
This area also experiences heavy use in the spring time due to the consistent water levels when other areas are experiencing high runoff levels. Anglers during this time are asked to help manage heavy use by returning at a time when the river is not as crowded.
Only artificial flies and lures can be used while fishing the length of the Yampa River between Stagecoach Dam and Catamount Lake. A number of commercial fishing guides are available out of Steamboat Springs.
Good luck fishing! If you do hook a big one, be sure to take a picture and share your story with a Park Ranger. Check out our fishing report and our photo gallery.