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Golf Medal Fishing

The South Fork, CO/Creede CO is rapidly becoming world renowned for the outstanding fishing in the area.  The Rio Grande River is a famous free-stone river that has over 70 miles of Gold Medal Water (restrictions to ensure long-term viability).  The Colorado Division of Wildlife has worked to establish this outstanding fishery which provides incredible fly fishing opportunities.

The stonefly hatch and caddis hatch occur during June and extend into July.

There are numerous outstanding lakes in the area to catch rainbow trout, brook trout, and German brown trout.  

Native Cutthroat trout can be found in the high mountain streams along with the brooke trout.  These small streams offer some of the most exciting action in the fly fishing world.

The waters of the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Rio Grande River between Creede and South Fork are known as "Gold Medal" waters, which are catch-and-release fishing areas and offer the greatest potential for trophy trout fishing. Gold Medal waters support recreational fishing, by keeping fish in the water and letting them grow, to a larger size. The South Fork area has several stretches of the Rio Grande River that are designated as Gold Medal waters. Where you can find brown and rainbow trout fishing from Rio Grande Reservoir downstream to Del Norte. The section of water between South Fork and Del Norte provides the best location for catching trophy
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Beaver Creek Reservoir is also a popular trout fishing area in the South Fork area. The reservoir is populated with brown, rainbow and brook trout, along with Kokanee salmon for trolling fishermen. Ice fishing is also popular here during the winter months.

When fishing any Gold Medal waters, be sure that you know what the possession limits for the area are and the type of fish allowed. This information can be obtained through the Colorado Fishing Season Information printed, by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.


The Rio Grande and its tributaries offer slow running waters, excellent for fly fishing as well as with lures. There are several access point for the Rio Grande, please consult state guide book, and observe all posted private property markers. Many of its smaller tributaries, while offering smaller stream sized fish, are abundant with aquatic life, like cutthroat, and rainbow trout. Some of the most popular fishing streams include: Embargo, Beaver, and Rock creeks. While many of the tributaries and streams that make their way to the banks of the Rio Grande, are not named, most have fish in their waters, and are best found by looking at the state fishing map printed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The South Fork of the Rio Grande offers good stream and bank fishing, wading, bait, cast and fly fishing for browns, rainbows, and brooks. It is accessible by car with some walk-in areas.



Million Reservoir- Elevation 8,700 ft. The 4 acres of water, offers a variety of Rainbow Trout, which are best caught on either bait, lures, or flies. The reservoir is located on the Beaver Creek Reservoir road, on the edge of South Fork and is then only about 5 miles, through some of the best site seeing forest the Rio Grande has to offer.

Big Meadows - Elevation 9,200 ft. 114 acres of water, with easy access for kids, and seniors, and is HANDICAPP-accessible. Big Meadows offers a variety of fish including rainbow and brook trout, salmon and German browns. They are all caught equally well with bait, lures, and flies. It is farther from town than the other reservoirs, at a distance of 18 miles, but the drive is well worth the fish found in its waters.

Beaver Creek Reservoir - Elevation 8,850 ft. 114 acres of water offers easy access for kids, seniors, and is HANDICAPPED accessible. Like Big Meadows there are various types of trout, browns, and salmon, found in its waters. Caught on any type of rig that you may want to use whether bait, lure or flies. This is one of the closest lakes to town, with exceptional fishing, with a drive time of only 15-20 minutes. The lake itself is approximately 8 miles outside of town, with a spectacular drive that warrants a slower drive time. This lake also offers exceptional winter ice fishing.

Shaw Lake - Elevation 9,850 ft. 20 acres of water. This lake offers good trolling for cutthroats and brookies. All caught equally well on any type of lure. Facilities available at the lake includes a boat ramp, rest rooms, and is handicap accessible.

Alberta Park Reservoir - Elevation 10,202 ft. Surrounded by grassy meadow and conifer forest. Fair for 10-12" rainbows and 8-12" brooks.

Hunters Lake- Elevation 11,400 ft 8 acres of water. The fish can be slow to bite, but are available for the patient angler. However, fly fishing is good for rainbows. This lake requires a 1/2 mile hike from your car.