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Stagecoach Reservoir Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Fishing

An excellent stocking program delivering over 35,000 catchable rainbows by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, has helped to maintain a good population of rainbow trout for anglers at Stagecoach Reservoir. Fish for rainbow trout here with worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, jerkbaits and small crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. While fishing from a boat is preferred, plenty of trout are caught here by anglers fishing from the bank. 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.

Stagecoach Reservoir Popular Fish - Northern Pike

Northern Pike Fishing

Northern pike are an invasive species in Stagecoach Reservoir, and anglers are encouraged to catch and keep any they catch. They are veracious feeders and they have the tools necessary to catch and eat pretty much any food source in the lake. Northerns are very agile and powerful, plus they have big mouths with very sharp teeth. They are currently thriving in the cool waters of Stagecoach Reservoir. This year they are being caught in good quantity and some mighty big sizes. April and May are the best months of the year for northern pike fishing here. Summer is spotty but pike can be caught all summer long. Fall can also be good sometimes stretching into October. Large, flashy lures that mimic the bait they prey upon are great lures for northerns. Effective lures include spoons, spinners, and crankbaits, particularly those with bright colors or metallic finishes to attract the pike's attention. Additionally, big flies, soft plastic swimbaits and jerkbaits can be successful, especially when retrieved erratically to mimic wounded prey. Trolling along weed edges can often entice strikes. When the lake has safe ice in winter, ice fishing for northern pike can be quite thrilling. Use GPS to locate spots you normally find northern pike holding during summer. Portable fish finders can also be a big help.

Stagecoach Reservoir Popular Fish - Brown Trout

Brown Trout Fishing

Currently, fishing for brown trout in Stagecoach Reservoir continues to delight anglers. These hearty fighters migrate around the lake in search of baitfish and comfortable water temperatures, preferably in the 50 to 62 degree range. In spring brown trout, along with the baitfish, move to the shallows which warms first. As the days get warmer in summer they move deeper, again following schools of bait. As Fall and Winter arrive, browns tend to stay in deeper water. When these trout move deep, it is typically in the 20- to 45-foot range. Nightcrawlers are always a good bait for brown trout. In-line spinners, bait-colored crankbaits and small spoons are other options. Experiment with depth and retrieve speed. When the lake freezes over, enjoy ice fishing for trout.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for northern pike, rainbow trout, brown trout, and walleye at Stagecoach Reservoir in Colorado.

Stagecoach Reservoir Fishing Video

Just twenty miles south of Steamboat, Stagecoach Reservoir spreads across 800 acres to provide excellent boating and fishing in northwest Colorado. Anglers can fish for walleye, trout and pike from shore or from a boat. This lake is popular for plenty of summer activities, as well as hiking and ice fishing in winter. A marina, boat launch ramps, camping and rental boats are available, depending on seasons and weather.

Stagecoach Reservoir, located near Steamboat Springs in Colorado, is a haven for fishing enthusiasts seeking a memorable angling experience. The reservoir boasts an abundance of fish species, making it a prime destination for both seasoned anglers and beginners. Anglers can expect to catch species such as rainbow trout, brown trout, northern pike, and kokanee salmon. Whether you prefer fishing from the shoreline, wading in the shallows, or casting from a boat, Stagecoach Reservoir offers a variety of fishing opportunities to suit different preferences and techniques.

Stagecoach Reservoir, with its diverse fishing opportunities, enjoyable boating experiences, and scenic camping options, offers a complete outdoor getaway for nature lovers. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply seeking a tranquil camping retreat, Stagecoach Reservoir in Colorado provides a picturesque setting to indulge in your favorite activities while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the reservoir and its surrounding mountainous terrain.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Colorado

Fish Species in Stagecoach Reservoir, CO

Rainbow trout Brown trout Walleye Northern pike

Stagecoach Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rentals: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Concessions: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating on Stagecoach Reservoir is a popular activity, allowing visitors to explore the expansive waters and enjoy the scenic mountain surroundings. The reservoir permits motorized boats, providing ample space for water sports activities such as water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding. Additionally, non-motorized watercraft like kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are welcome, offering a tranquil and eco-friendly way to navigate the reservoir. With multiple boat ramps available, Stagecoach Reservoir ensures convenient access for boaters of all kinds.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Stagecoach Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
970 736-8342


Stagecoach Marina
25500 Co Rd 14
Oak Creek, CO 80467
970 736-8342

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Martin Creek Boat Ramp
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock, and paved parking. It is located mid lake, on the north side of the lake.

Fishing Guides On Stagecoach Reservoir

Big Ed’s Steamboat Springs Guide Trips - trout

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

Fishing License

Click here for a Colorado fishing license.

Camping near Stagecoach Reservoir offers an opportunity to fully immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the area and extend the outdoor adventure. The reservoir provides several campgrounds with various amenities, including both developed and primitive sites. Campers can choose from tent camping or RV camping, and facilities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms are available. Camping near Stagecoach Reservoir allows visitors to wake up to stunning views, explore nearby hiking and biking trails, and relax in the peacefulness of the surrounding wilderness.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

Steamboat Springs KOA Campground - 970 879-0273

Wolford Campground - 866 472-4943

Stagecoach Reservoir CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Stagecoach Reservoir
Stagecoach State Park
25500 Colorado Rd 14
Oak Creek, CO 80467
970 736-2436


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