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Cherry Creek Reservoir, CO

Popular Fish Species Cherry Creek Reservoir, CO

Cherry Creek State Park Lake Popular Fish - Walleye


A healthy population of walleye, including some trophy-size specimens, are thriving in the waters of Cherry Creek Reservoir this year. May and June tend to be the best time for weekend anglers to catch them. During this time they tend to move shallower and closer to shore. Other times of the year they are more likely to roam around in deeper water. As always, staying close by schools of baitfish. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate around structure on points, flats and ledges off the river channels. A proven method for catching walleye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times. When the lake freezes over in winter, ice fishing for walleye can be very productive. Use GPS to locate spots you normally fish during other times of the year.

Cherry Creek State Park Lake Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie have been stocked in Cherry Creek Reservoir annually, for quite a few years. They are averaging a very good size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home. When the lake freezes over, ice fishing is often a great way to catch a nice bunch of crappie.

Cherry Creek State Park Lake Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Again this year, fishing for rainbow trout in Cherry Creek Reservoir is doing well as stocking continues annually. Catching rainbow trout here often involves using worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, and crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. Additionally, floating or sinking flies, such as nymphs, streamers, or dry flies, are popular choices for fly anglers targeting rainbow trout. Trolling with lures or flies behind a boat, casting near shoreline structures, or still fishing with bait can all yield success. Adjusting lure size, color, and retrieve speed can enhance chances of enticing these colorful and spirited fish. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill and hybrid striped bass at Cherry Creek Reservoir in Colorado.

Two boat ramps serve the public at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Boating and fishing enthusiasts come to enjoy water sports and great fishing. Wrapped around the 880-acre lake is Cherry Creek State Park, which offers facilities for camping, hiking, picnicking and simply enjoying the scenery. The lake has 5 miles of shoreline providing abundant places to wet a line, while fishing from a boat or fishing from the bank.

Nestled in the heart of Denver, Colorado, Cherry Creek Reservoir is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a quick escape from the city. The reservoir offers excellent fishing opportunities, making it a favorite spot among anglers. Cherry Creek Reservoir is home to a variety of fish species, including rainbow trout, walleye, bass, catfish, and crappie. Fishing enthusiasts can cast their lines from the shoreline or venture out on a boat to explore the reservoir's plentiful fishing spots.

Cherry Creek Reservoir, located just a stone's throw from the bustling city, offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation and urban convenience. With its abundant fishing, boating opportunities, and convenient camping facilities, the reservoir provides a refreshing getaway for both locals and visitors. Whether you're a fishing enthusiast, a boating lover, or a nature enthusiast, Cherry Creek Reservoir offers a perfect blend of outdoor activities and relaxation, providing a memorable experience in the heart of Colorado.

The Marina at Pelican Bay offers a full line of marina services. Rental boats, including pontoon boats, power boats, jet skis, kayaks and canoes can be rented by the day or by the hour. Big walleyes, fat rainbow trout and hybrid striped bass are a favorite of local anglers. Bass and catfish also get some attention and the lake holds healthy populations of both. Ice​​​ fishing is available in winter, when conditions permit. Restaurants, stores, bait, tackle and lodging are all at or close by the lake.

Primary fish species residing in Cherry Creek Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow Trout Bluegill Hybrid Stripers

Cherry Creek Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES - 2
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a favored activity at Cherry Creek Reservoir, thanks to its calm waters and scenic surroundings. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent them from the marina, allowing them to enjoy a day of boating and water sports. Whether you prefer leisurely cruising, water skiing, or paddleboarding, the reservoir provides ample space to indulge in your favorite boating activities. The reservoir's convenient boat ramps and marina facilities make it easy to launch and enjoy a day on the water.


The Marina at Pelican Bay
4800 S Dayton St
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
303 741-2995

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

West Boat Ramp
Located on the west side of the lake, this is a nice launch area with a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and plenty of paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Cherry Creek Reservoir

Parr's Guide Service - walleye, bass, trout

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Cherry Creek Reservoir Fishing Video
Fishing License

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For those looking to extend their stay, Cherry Creek Reservoir offers camping facilities within close proximity to the water. The campground provides various options, including tent sites and RV sites, along with amenities such as picnic areas, restrooms, and fire pits. Camping at Cherry Creek Reservoir allows visitors to immerse themselves in nature, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and the serenity of the reservoir. After a day of fishing and boating, campers can relax by the campfire and enjoy the peaceful ambiance.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

Cherry Creek State Park Campground - 303 690-1166

Flying Saucer RV Park - 303 789-1707

Cherry Creek Reservoir CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Cherry Creek Reservoir
Cherry Creek State Park Campground
4201 S Parker Rd
Aurora, CO 80014
303 690-1166


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Cherry Creek Reservoir in CO

Fishing for walleye, trout and wipers in central CO.

Cherry Creek Reservoir, in Colorado.