Gunnison National Forest
North Fork of the Gunnison River
Sheep Lake (at 10,505 feet and 10 acres) is just inside the West Elk Wilderness. It is reached by 8 miles of trail from the end of the road on Coal Creek, offering good fishing for rainbow and cutthroat to 16 inches. It is a good fly-fishing lake.
The upper reaches of anthracite creek, near Erickson Springs Campground are good for rainbow, brook, and some brown. There are also plenty of beaver ponds that offer good size trout.
Several good trails lead into the Gunnison Gorge. Access can be from falcon road, one mile south of Olathe, or Peach Valley Road near delta. Fishing is rated good to excellent for rainbows to 20 inches and browns to about 15 inches. No campfires; a few good campsites. Practice minimum impact camping.
Flowing from the east, Texas creek flows into Taylor Reservoir. There are 16 miles of fishing in a stream about 10 feet wide. Very good for brown in the fall. Good for rainbow, brook, and cutthroat to 10 inches.
Willow Creek flows into Taylor Reservoir from the east. It has 3.5 miles of water that are very good for brook and brown to 12 inches. From the north, pass Cow Creek and enter Willow Creek. Good for cutthroat and brook.
Sometimes called Lake Brennand, Lake Irwin is west of Crested Butte. The lake is reached by a good road that forks off the Kebler Pass Road. Fishing can be excellent early in the year.
Four miles east of Cimarron Store on Highway 50, a good road takes you up the river almost 20 miles, giving access to Little Cimarron River and Fall Creek, which are good for brook and cutthroat fishing.
Silver Jack Reservoir (8,800 feet and 250 acres) is at the juncture of the west, middle, and east forks of the Cimarron River. Best fishing is in early spring.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication