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Standley Lake, CO

Popular Fish Species Standley Lake, CO

Standley Lake Popular Fish - Walleye


Thanks to good fisheries management and the Colorado Parks & Wildlife stocking program, a healthy population of walleye are thriving in the waters of Standley Lake 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.

Standley Lake Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Standley Lake, as they are easy to catch, once located. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Largemouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Standley Lake Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

This year, fishing for rainbow trout in Standley Lake is again getting the attention of local anglers. Stocking of catchable trout is provided by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Fish for rainbow trout here with 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.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, yellow perch and wiper at Standley Lake in Colorado.

Westminster, a suburb of Denver, is home to Standley Lake, a nice location for relaxing and fishing. This 1,200 surface-acre lake, with nearly 5 miles of shoreline, provides recreation for fishing, picnicking and swimming in the warmer months. This relatively warm-water reservoir allows bass, walleye, catfish, perch and trout fishing, all in the same waters.

Standley Lake, located in Westminster, Colorado, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a serene angling experience close to the Denver metropolitan area. The lake offers a variety of fish species, making it an attractive spot for anglers of all skill levels. Anglers can expect to catch species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, channel catfish, rainbow trout, and bluegill. Whether you prefer fishing from the shoreline, casting from a boat, or trying your luck at ice fishing during the winter months, Standley Lake provides ample opportunities to reel in some impressive catches.

Standley Lake, with its diverse fish species, boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, offers a convenient outdoor getaway for both local residents and visitors. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply looking to enjoy the tranquility of nature, Standley Lake in Colorado provides a picturesque setting to indulge in your favorite activities while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the lake and its surrounding parklands.

The boat ramps are now closed as no boats are allowed on the lake. For anglers wishing to fish from the bank there is considerable access around the lake, via hiking paths.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Colorado

Fish Species in Standley Lake, CO

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Bluegill Yellow Perch Hybrid Striped Bass

Standley Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rentals: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: Closed
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Concessions: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating on Standley Lake is a popular activity, allowing visitors to explore the peaceful waters and enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding area. The lake does not permit the use of boat trailers, making it suitable for portage of kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards. The use of electric trolling motors is permitted.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Simms Street Boat Ramp
Located on the northern shore of the lake, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks, and lots of paved parking. This ramp is for portage only, no boat trailers allowed.

Standley Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

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Camping is not available directly at Standley Lake; however, the lake is surrounded by several parks and recreational areas that offer camping facilities. Visitors can find nearby campgrounds with various amenities such as tent sites, RV sites, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Camping in the vicinity of Standley Lake allows outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy a day of fishing on the lake and then retreat to the peacefulness of nature for a night under the stars.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

Denver West / Central City KOA Campground - 303 582-3043

Standley Lake CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Note: Video was prior to banning of boats on the lake.

Contact Information

Standley Lake
Westminster Park
100th Avenue and Simms Street 
Westminster, CO 80031
303 658-2400


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