Rio Grande - Coller State Wildlife Area
- Location: Rio Grande - Coller State Wildlife Area
- Elevation: 8400
- Commonly Caught Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
- Suggested Bait: Flies, Lures
- Restrictions: Must have Colorado Fishing License to fish. Fly/Lure Only; 2 Brown trout limit, minimum 12 inches; All rainbow trout must be released
- Fishing Method: Flyfishing, Float Fishing, Wading
- Seasonal Accessibility: Late Spring/Summer/Fall
- Access: Car (4x4 not required)
- Driving Directions: From South Fork go 4.5 miles northwest on Highway 149 to the Wildlife Area. Turn off the road you will see a green metal bridge and a parking lot. Hang left before the bridge and there is a small driveway down through the cottonwoods to the river.
- Non-motorized Boats Allowed
The Coller State Wildlife Area above South Fork is a great example of management in the public interest. The water is great for for wading fly fishers who enjoy boulders and structure. There are numerous excellent access points near bridges with riverside parking areas, with different sections being suited to varying water levels and fishing styles.
Best Time to Fish: Between March and May - You’ll find some good springtime walk-wades and floats... and have the river all to yourself. It’s best to catch it now because during the summer, the Rio Grande becomes a popular destination fishery.
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