Dock fishing at Lagerman Reservoir 

Fishing on Open Space

 Locations

Cattail Pond at Fairgrounds

Cattail Pond at Fairgrounds

  • Open exclusively to kids 15 and under (fishing license is not needed for youth 15 and under)
  • Bluegill (limit 10) and Channel Catfish (limit 5)
  • Artificial and live bait permitted
  • Bank fishing only
  • Map & Directions
Lagerman Reservoir

Lagerman Reservoir

  • Black crappie (limit 20), Bluegill (limit 20), Channel Catfish ( limit 10), Walleye (limit 5) and Largemouth Bass (limit 5 over 15")
  • Artificial and live bait permitted
  • Float tubes and motorized boats (up to 7.5 horsepower and restricted to wakeless speeds) permitted
  • Map & Directions
Pella Crossing

Pella Crossing

  • Closed due to flood damage
South Boulder Creek at Walker Ranch

South Boulder Creek at Walker Ranch

  • Rainbow Trout (limit 4)
  • Artificial and live bait permitted
  • Stream fishing
  • Map & Directions
Stearns Lake at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm

Stearns Lake at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm

  • Bluegill (limit 20), Channel Catfish (limit 10), Tiger Muskie (limit 1 of 36” or larger), Largemouth Bass (limit 5 over 15")
  • Artificial and live bait permitted
  • No boats or float tubes
  • Map & Directions
Wally Toevs at Walden Ponds

Wally Toevs at Walden Ponds

  • Open exclusively to people 64 years and older, people with disabilities, and their youth companions who are 15 years or younger
  • Fishing pier and restrooms are ADA accessible
  • Bluegill (limit 20), Rainbow Trout (limit 4), Largemouth Bass (limit 5 over 15")
  • Artificial and live bait permitted
  • No boats or float tubes
  • Map & Directions
Walden Ponds

Other Ponds at Walden Ponds

  • Duck Pond, Bass Pond and Ricky Weiser Wetland are open to fishing
  • Fishing is not allowed at Cottonwood Marsh
  • Bluegill (limit 20), Channel Catfish (limit 10), Largemouth Bass (catch and release)
  • Artificial flies and lures only
  • No boats or float tubes
  • Map & Directions

 Fishing Events

Annual Seniors' Fish-Off

Senior Fishing Derby

April 25 from 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Wally Toevs Pond at Walden Ponds
Map & Directions

Join other seniors at Wally Toevs Pond for an entertaining competition. Prizes will be awarded for categories like the heaviest trout, most experienced angler, first to catch the limit, best fishing hat, and best fishing joke.

  • Free
  • Age 64+ years
  • Colorado Fishing License required
  • Bring your fishing gear and a folding chair
  • Artificial and live bait are permitted
  • Fishing begins promptly at 6 a.m.
  • Anglers must sign in
  • No reservations required
  • Following the contest, join us for a fish fry brunch, prizes and awards

Kids Gone Fishing Clinic

Kids Gone Fishing

June 7, August 9 and September 13

A fun way to for kids 6 to 15 to learn how to fish. Kids will go through stations to learn about casting, baiting a hook, fish handling, and more and then get to practice their new skills. This is a great opportunity for kids who have never fished or who want to learn more about fishing.

Registration will open in May.

Junior & Senior Fishing Derby

Senior Fishing Derby

October 19
Wally Toevs Pond at Walden Ponds
Map & Directions

Dust off those fishing rods and invite a kid to go fishing. The first ten kids to arrive will receive a free fishing pole. Everyone can enjoy some snacks and there will be prizes given to the senior and junior pair who catch the heaviest trout, have the largest age difference, and are first to catch the limit.

The event is open for fishing to all seniors 64 years and older with a valid Colorado fishing license and kids 15 years and younger, but everyone is welcome to watch and enjoy the fall weather. Event takes place rain or shine!

The pond is stocked with rainbow trout. Artificial and live bait are both permitted at the Wally Toevs Pond.

For more information please contact Michelle Bowie at 303-678-6219.

 Maps & Brochures

 FAQs

Do I need a fishing license and how do I get one?

If you are 16 years or older, you need a Colorado Fishing License to fish anywhere in the state. You can get them at many local hardware, angling, and sporting goods stores.

What is live bait and why can not I use it at every location?

Live bait is anything that is organic, moldable, or scented. Power bait/Gulp, dough balls, live/dead fish/minnows, shrimp, crayfish, grasshoppers, cheese, chicken livers, scented lures, salmon eggs, fireballs, worms, corn and stink bait are all considered live bait. Generally, live bait is permitted in locations that are stocked by the Division of Wildlife. Self-sustaining populations (not stocked) require the use of artificial flies and lures only to better ensure a healthy, reproducing population.

Why should I catch-and-release?

Catch-and-release is a method of conservation. Unless you are absolutely sure you are going to eat your fish, you should release it. By practicing catch-and-release, you are allowing the fish to grow and reproduce.

Are there guidelines for catch-and-release?

Yes. Whether you are a fish or a human, stress can have negative impacts. A stressed fish has a smaller chance of survival if returned to the water. Follow these tips to ensure a fish has a greater chance of surviving and getting caught another day:

  • Do not play a fish to exhaustion. Reel it in quickly.
  • Use artificial lures. Fish tend to swallow live bait and the hook becomes embedded in the fish’s throat. Hooks used with artificial tackle are often smaller and cause less injury to a fish.
  • Use barbless hooks or bend the barbs down with pliers.
  • Do not use treble hooks.
  • If a fish has swallowed the hook, do not pull it out. Either cut the hook with needlenose pliers/cutters removing both ends, or cut the line as close to the fish’s mouth as possible, leaving the hook in the fish.
  • When removing a hook, do not squeeze the fish or put your fingers in its gills.
  • Handle a fish as little as possible. If you need to handle a fish, do it in the water. The longer a fish is out of water, the more damage occurs to its protective, slimy covering.
  • To release the fish hold it gently in the water. You may need to move it back and forth gently so it can gain its equilibrium.

What kind of fish can I hope to catch?

Large and Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Tiger Muskie, Walleye, Bluegill, and Rainbow Trout.

What is the difference between float tubes, belly boats, etc?

Float tubes, belly boats, and kick boats are all more or less the same thing. Some have two pontoons with a harness-like seat in-between, others are doughnut shaped, while others are U or V shaped. What they all have in common is that they are single-occupancy, non-motorized floatation devices.

Can I use other flotation devices like sailboards, paddleboats, etc?

Any watercraft that is not intended for fishing is prohibited on all open space properties except for Lagerman Reservoir. There, motorized boats up to 7.5 hp at wakeless speeds are permitted.

Can I swim?

Swimming is prohibited at all open space properties.

Where can I take my son or daughter to learn how to fish?

The Cattail Pond at the Fairgrounds is a great place to learn. It is open exclusively to kids 15 and under. No fishing license is needed until they turn 16. Both artificial and live bait are permitted.
If you are a senior and want to take a grandchild fishing, Wally Toevs Pond at Walden Ponds is stocked with rainbow trout. Wally Toevs is open exclusively to people 64 years and older and their youth companions who are 15 years and under. Artificial and live bait are permitted.

Where can I go fly fishing?

South Boulder Creek at Walker Ranch has great fly fishing, as does Boulder Creek at Rogers Park.

May I go ice fishing?

Ice fishing is not permitted at any open space property.


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