Fishing in Summit County

Courtney Johnson

With its clear, sparkling lakes, mountain-fed streams and rivers as well as trophy-sized rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, Summit County is a fisherman’s dream. Book a float trip and learn from the experts or find a secluded spot along the shore of one of Summit County’s many lakes and rivers.

Of course, the most important part of fishing isn’t the best equipment, the secret spot on the river or even the fish: it’s making sure you’re enjoying the Colorado outdoors legally. Ethical angling practices are a part of how we keep Colorado beautiful. Colorado Parks & Wildlife provides a 1-day fishing license for $9 and a 5-day license for only $21. If you’re extending your stay past that or planning to visit again later in the year, an annual license is only $56 for a non-resident. Purchase a license online or in person from an authorized fishing license retailer (outdoor sporting goods stores or tackle shops.)

With the headwaters of five major rivers, dozens of streams, multiple reservoirs and several sparkling lakes within a one hour drive of Summit County, it is hard to pick just one location to drop a line. The Blue River, Eagle River, Colorado River, Arkansas River and South Platte River are popular for locals and visitors alike while fishing in town at the Dillon Reservoir is a favorite for its 26 miles of shoreline, proximity to town and Rainbow Trout.

If you’re looking for the full-guided experience, Summit County has several experts to choose from. Whether you are a novice or expert angler, the guides at Cutthroat Anglers will personally customize a guided trip to create a memorable fly fishing experience.

Learn the fundamentals or brush up on years of experience with The Colorado Angler. Choose from a float trip, a wade trip or a still water float trip for a pace that suits you as you take in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.

In business for over 100 years, Summit County’s oldest guide company is The Mountain Angler. Offering tours throughout the year to all of the five major headwaters within an hour of the downtown Breckenridge shop, this shop offers guide services as well as a fully-stocked outdoors shop.

If you’re dreaming of spending the day on a guided float trip or relaxing on the banks of the reservoir, start planning your Summit County getaway today! Book your stay with us at River Ridge Rentals where you’ll find a variety of luxury vacation accommodations to fit your needs

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