Estes Park is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts, boasting serene spots filled with fish against the backdrop of stunning mountain views. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner, these top fishing locations in Estes Park offer an unforgettable experience. Prepare your gear and explore the best Estes Park fishing guides!

Lake Estes

Lake Estes is a prime fishing destination known for its accessibility and abundant fish population. The lake is stocked with trout, and you might even catch a kokanee salmon. With boat rentals available at the marina, it’s perfect for a full day of fishing and relaxation.

Big Thompson River

Flowing from Rocky Mountain National Park through Estes Park, the Big Thompson River is famous for fly fishing. Catch brown and rainbow trout as you navigate its varied landscapes. The river’s clear waters and rich aquatic life make it a fly fisher’s haven.

Marys Lake

Just a short drive from the town center, Marys Lake offers a quieter fishing experience. This lake provides excellent shore fishing with plenty of rainbow and brown trout. Visit early mornings or late evenings for the best chances, as fish are most active during these cooler times.

Fall River

Fall River is home to eager brook trout that respond well to skillfully presented flies. Accessible via easy hikes to meadow-lined waters, a quiet, stealthy approach will reward you with a bountiful catch.

Sprague Lake

Located within Rocky Mountain National Park, Sprague Lake is a family-friendly fishing spot with stunning views of the Continental Divide. The lake is regularly stocked with trout and has easy walking paths around its perimeter, making it ideal for families and beginners.


Fern Lake

For the adventurous angler, a hike to Fern Lake offers not just great fishing but also breathtaking alpine scenery. This remote lake, populated with cutthroat trout, provides a rugged backcountry fishing experience well worth the effort.

Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts

Once you find your best time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountain Resorts is the ideal choice for lodging in the area after enjoying great picnics in Estes Park. We offer a variety of accommodations ranging from cozy cabins and cottages to large and spacious vacation homes. In addition, guests enjoy the nightlife of downtown Estes Park and are less than a 10-minute drive from all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. You truly have the best access to must-do Estes Park activities with a stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts! Book with us today.