Georgetown Lake is a great place to cast a fly. Located in Georgetown, anglers should take the Georgetown I-70 exit #228. The lake is fed from Clear Creek and is home to many nice sized trout that cruise the shallows for unsuspecting baitfish. This lake also plays host to an automobile race every winter when the lake is frozen solid.
Lake Dillon sits just south of Silverthorne and can be seen while driving between Silverthorne and Frisco. Anglers should mainly concentrate their efforts on the inlets of the Blue River, Ten Mile Creek, and the Snake River. Each respective inlet tends to fish best during the early and late periods of the fishing season.
Another option is Officer’s Gulch, nestled between Frisco and Copper Mountain. Take the Officer’s Gulch exit #198 off of I-70 and park in the designated area north of the highway. This can be a great place for beginners to learn to cast and fight a fish. If you have young anglers who need to catch a fish, this is great option.
Sitting on both sides on I-70 at the Copper Mountain exit #195 you will find the Copper Ponds. These ponds are best accessed by parking in the designated area immediately before the Copper Mountain exit ramp. Unstable footing due to the wetlands area can make access a hassle, but the rewards can be substantial. Local anglers have been rumored to catch brown trout over ten pounds; however, trout around 14 inches are to be expected.
Black Lakes are located at the summit of Vail Pass, I-70 exit #190, on the south side of the interstate. The two lakes are easily accessible from a parking lot at the Vail Pass summit. Mountain views are unparalleled, but due to the high exposure caution should be used when inclement weather approaches.
High Mountain Lakes
There are also numerous high mountain lakes that require a hike to access. These lakes are usually not a good option early in the summer because the trail may still be covered in snow or the lake may yet to be clear of ice. Towards the end of June, the action near tree line begins to heat up. Wheeler Lakes, Willow Lakes, and Boulder Lakes are just a few examples of high mountain lakes in the Gore Range.
The Opportunities are Abundant
Any of these still waters can boil in the evenings with countless fish rising to take dry flies. A small midge is usually the answer, but you can also encounter small caddis and callibaetis (a stillwater mayfly). If no risers are present, a dry-dropper set up is most effective. Stillwater fly fishing is most productive when you can spot the fish cruising in the shallows and lead them by a few feet with your cast.