With 60 miles of shoreline and 5,000 acres of water coverage, Lake Pueblo State Park is perfect for boat or shore fishing. Area ponds also offer some good catches. The mouth of the Arkansas River, located at the east end of the lake, has ample fly-fishing opportunities. You can find a variety of fish species here, including bass (largemouth, smallmouth), trout, walleye, and channel catfish. Wipers are the most commonly caught fish, and it’s here that the largest state-recorded wiper was caught.
The warm-water lake never freezes, and you can fish all year round. March through July is the best time to fish for walleye and other gamefish. August is typically slower due to high water temperatures, but September and October may offer some excellent late-season catches. The legal catch limit for walleye and saugeye is 5 fish of 18” or more per angler. You may only take 1 walleye over 21” a day. All species of bass taken must be at least 15”.
You must hold a valid fishing license to fish at Lake Pueblo. There is an entrance fee into the park for day visitors, and both electric and non-electric campgrounds are available for reservations only. Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website to book your campsite.
The large lake is excellent for boating, and you can spend 24 hours on the lake provided you have adequate lighting onboard. You may only launch or load your boat between 5 am and midnight daily, and the boat ramps will be closed with no access allowed during the early hours of the morning. The lake is only about 20-minutes out of Pueblo, 50-minutes from Canon City, and 55-minutes from Colorado Springs.
Lake Pueblo Fish:
Lake Pueblo boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Lake Pueblo.