Re: Fishing In Northern Colorado
Don't listen to fish head.
Estes park has good fishing if you know where to look. There's lots of brown, rainbow and cutbow trout in the main lake.... and a whole crapload of perch in the other corner of the lake by highway 36. you can catch tons of them in a given day.
you can fish the big thompson below the dam of lake estes, you can fish most of lake estes, due to the current... the lake stays mostly thawed, or you can fish lake mary just southwest of town.
if you are honestly looking for lakers in estes... I have personally never caught one, but I would suggest going to lake mary and fishing by the rocks with tube jigs and sucker meat. keep in mind the wind blows hard through there alot, and the water can flucutate a few feet within a couple of hours due to the lake being a hydroelectric power plant lake that's connected to Grand lake, which is on the other side of the divide from there.
If you really want a good shot at lakers and don't mind a 2 hour drive, drive south on highway 7 out of town, catch the peak to peak highway and go down to I-70 and take highway 40 to granby. I'd say pony up the 5 bucks and go over trail ridge rd as a shortcut, but it'll probably be closed. personally, I'm iffy about fishing places that are "popular" because I hate people... but the 3 lakes area has good lake trout and they will be running shallow.
if you are really having your heart set on walleye, go to Horsetooth or carter... which are lakes that are 30 mins to an hour east of estes. both are walleye producing lakes of the trophy status, and in october, they will be easier to catch from shore. perhaps some of the better known walleye experts on the forum can offer a few words of advice...
hope that helps. Estes, even though it's popular.... is a good place to go if you want to catch limits of fish like trout and perch.