Sometimes the urge to go fishin’ takes over, but the ability to get out of the metro area and up to some to fast-moving mountain streams or secluded plains streams might not always be feasible. Luckily, there are dozens of small ponds, preserves and reservoirs dotted all around Adams County where people can find a little urban solitude next to calm waters with their fishing poles. Here are some of the best places to do a little catch and release fishing this summer.
Barr Lake State ParkAddress: 13401 Picadilly Road, BrightonDescription: Channel catfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, wiper and tiger muskie are among the species Colorado Parks and Wildlife has stocked at Barr Lake. Rainbow trout were stocked in the lake in March, April and May. Fishing is allowed from the shore or from a boat on the north side of the lake. No fishing is allowed in the wildlife refuge and on the Barr Lake dam.
Webster Lake at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial ParkAddress: 11701 Community Center Drive, NorthglennDescription: You can find a variety of fish including bream, bluegill, perch, rainbow trout, crappie, catfish, largemouth bass and redear sunfish here in the heart of Northglenn. Whether you’re bait-casting, spinning or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Webster Lake.
Jim Baker ReservoirAddress: West 61st Avenue between Lowell Boulevard and Tennyson Street in unincorporated Adams County.Description: Just south of Westminster this 53-acre reservoir is loaded with rainbow trout, catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye, bluegill and several other species. The reservoir is bordered by the walking trail, along with a rocky shoreline and wetlands.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife RefugeAddress: 6550 Gateway Road, Commerce CityDescription: Public fishing is offered as a recreational fee-based program. The 2017 fishing season opens Saturday, April 15 and closes Oct. 8. Fishing is allowed at Lakes Mary and Ladora on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. A daily fee of $3 per adult, age 16 and older is required. Along with the refuge permit you must have a state fishing license.
Adams County Fairground LakesAddress: 9755 Henderson Road, BrightonDescription: Former gravel mining operations all along west Brighton and Henderson are fishable spots with great access to the South Platte River. Black bullhead, black crappie and bluegill can be found in the area. The Adams County Fairground Lakes are located one mile west of Colorado 85 on 124th Avenue.
Carpenter Park LakeAddress: 3498 E 112th Ave., ThorntonDescription: Easy to access and full of amenities for the whole family. Carpenter Park Lake is open to the public daily, year round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and paddle boats are available to rent.
Ken Mitchell LakeAddress: 889 Kinglet Court, BrightonDescription: Recently re-opened and restocked, shelters at this location operate at a first-come first-serve basis. Fishing is allowed from pier only. No climbing over fences or under gates to fish from the shore. Boats are not allowed on the lake. Fishing licenses are required per Division of Wildlilfe regulations.