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The conejos river is a short drive from my house. I have only fished it once so far but without any luck. I am a little confused about private vs public water. In Texas, private water is marked with as many no tresspassing signs and private property signs as can fit on the property. Here there are some places appear to be private i.e. have fences, but then have permanent ladders going over them. How do i find out what is public vs private? If anyone has fished the conejos, i could use some advice. thanks.
 

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Hi Demeter

I've fished the Conejos and Elk Creek in years past. Beautiful water, well worth accessing. The drought a couple of years ago had it down to a trickle and a lot (but not all) of the bows and some browns were lost. The high water temps (mid-70's+ I was told by the local fly shop) did 'em in. But the flows have been excellent for at least the last two years so I'd suspect that the population has rebounded in the Conejos (plus stockings).

I don't have my maps in fron tof me now but have always fished it in the mountains starting at the base of McIntyre Peak. There are a couple of NFS campgrounds in that area and the road that goes to Platoro Reservoir also starts in there. There is still some private water over the next 8-10 miles upstream and a lot of the desirable stretches are private. It's a long ride back to Platoro but the tailwater is worth it as well.

If you don't mind hiking then go to the Second Meadows. This is absolutely the perfect time of year to be there. Besides great scenery you are almost guaranteed a bit of solitude (no crowds but hikers and expect a few other fishermen). It's an awesome setting. Stop in at that little fmaily fly shop on the north side of hte highway before you get into the trees as you head west from Antonito.

Good Luck!
 

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in the state of colorado we are responsible to know the disposition of the land we use. the owner of the land has no responseability to post thier land. so be carefull of where you go.

with that said most forest service offices and BLM offices have maps showing public land

a lot of public land that is open to use (fishing,hunting and so forth) is fenced to keep out cattle and may have those "permenent ladders" if you call or go into one of the offices and ask about a certain area they will explain the land use rules and show or sell you a map of that area

hope this helped
 
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