Pueblo Reservoir: A Jackpot for Boaters and Fishers
Tucked away just six miles west of Pueblo, Colorado, the Lake Pueblo State Park, often referred to as the Pueblo Reservoir, stretches over 4,600 surface acres of shimmering waters and nearly 10,000 acres of land. With 60 miles of inviting shoreline, it’s an oasis of recreation and relaxation, surrounded by panoramic views of majestic mountain ranges.
- Family-Friendly: Lake Pueblo State Park ensures that visitors of all ages have a memorable time.
- Pet-Friendly: Your furry companions are welcome to join the adventure!
Boating, Marinas, & Ramps
Water enthusiasts have ample opportunities:
Boating & More
Whether you prefer sailing, motor-boating, or waterskiing, the lake caters to all. Even if your don’t own a boat or a jet ski, there are some wonderful companies that offer rentals including Pueblo Jet Ski Rental and Lake Life Rentals.
Pueblo Reservoir Marinas
The North Boat Ramp (adjacent to North Shore Marina) boasts six launch lanes and two courtesy docks, while the South Boat Ramp (near the South Shore Marina) has six launch lanes and a courtesy dock.
Lake Pueblo is a haven for anglers, hosting species from bass to trout
and even catfish. The thriving walleye population ensures both seasoned and amateur anglers have an exciting time. For more information check out Colorado Parks and Wildlife! Sport Fish Colorado also provides us with a wonderful monthly breakdown of the fishing season:
March:Springing into Walleye Season
March marks the beginning of walleye fishing, and it’s a month recognized for trophy catches. The chilly waters draw the walleye closer to the surface, making it easier to land the bigger ones.
April:The Walleye Wonders Continue
April follows suit with its predecessor, March. The prospect of catching trophy walleye remains high. Patience is key as the number of bites might be less, but the size of the catch can be astonishing.
May:Peak Walleye and Crappie Adventures
May is the zenith of the walleye season. It’s not uncommon to boat an impressive 20 to 40 walleye in a single trip. Additionally, this month offers a diverse fishing experience with catches like smallmouth, largemouth bass, and the occasional wiper. Crappie enthusiasts should also mark their calendars for May. Depending on the year, crappie fishing can be fantastic during this month.
June & July:Summer Delights and Diverse Catches
These midsummer months still provide a delightful fishing experience. With trips averaging a good number of walleye along with a mix of other fish, there’s never a dull moment on the water.
August:The Shad Blossom Slump
August can be challenging due to the shad blossom and the peak water temperatures. This natural phenomenon often means fewer catches. However, dedicated anglers can still enjoy the serenity of the lake and the chance at a surprise catch.
September & October:Rekindling the Walleye Rush
As the waters begin to cool, the walleye action picks up once more. These months offer superb fishing opportunities, with a myriad of techniques proving effective. Whether you’re a fan of finesse live bait rigs, or prefer casting and trolling with crankbaits, you’re in for a treat.
November: Chilling Thrills with Walleye
Despite the drop in temperature, November shouldn’t be overlooked. Walleye are still active, and both casting and trolling can yield fantastic results. Remember to dress warmly and enjoy the cold yet rewarding fishing sessions.
Other Amenities at the Pueblo Reservoir
To diversity your next fishing trip, check out some of the other Lake Pueblo amenaties:
- Grills for a BBQ session
- Marina facilities
- Ample Parking on Site
- Picnic Areas for a delightful outdoor meal
- Playgrounds for the little ones
- Restrooms for convenience
Camping & Lodging
Find your perfect spot among diverse camping options:
- Arkansas Point Campground (Electric): Featuring electrical hookups, paved parking pads, sheltered picnic tables, and fire rings.
- Juniper Breaks Campground (Basic-Non Electric): Equipped with basic amenities for a rustic experience.
- Northern Plains Campground Complex: Choose between Prairie Ridge, Eagle View, Yucca Flats (Electric), and Kettle Creek (Basic-Non Electric). All come with sheltered picnic tables, fire rings, and more.
- On-site Lodging: Accommodate yourself in RV Sites or pitch your Tent Sites amidst nature.
Additional On-site Activities
- Land: Archery, Biking, Birding, Horseback Riding, Nature/Interpretive Trail, Hunting
- Water: Boating, Canoeing/Rafting/Kayaking, Fishing, River Tubing, Swimming, Waterskiing
- Observational: Wildlife Viewing
Open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Lake Pueblo Swim Beach ensures visitors get their fill of sun and surf. Though there’s no lifeguard, safety regulations are in place for everyone’s well-being.
Another Prime Fishing Spots in Pueblo Colorado
The Pueblo Star Journal wrote a wonderful insider’s look as some lesser known fishing spots in Pueblo. As a quick overview, they mentioned some tail waters near the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center in south Pueblo. BUT as their source Samual Ebersole states, “most fly fishers on the Arkansas practice catch-and-release fishing to help maintain the population.” Read more local stories at PuebloStarJournal.org.
For the most updated information about recreation and lifestyle in Pueblo Colorado see VisitPueblo.org!