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Rifle Gap Reservoir is a 350-acre hidden gem located in the high desert of western Colorado. Situated nicely between Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs it is only three hours west of Denver. Its weedy, aqua blue water is home to a number of different sport fish including Northern Pike, Smallmouth, Walleye, Rainbows, Brown Trout, and Perch. At just 6,000 feet above sea level it enjoys a long open water fishing season, the boat ramp is open from April 1st through October 31st. Fishing for all species can be phenomenal depending on the time of year. It is one of the only places in the state you can catch Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Trout in the same day!...Read More
The Pike fishing is excellent year round but shines April through June and again September through October. With an abundance of eater sized fish you are free to keep a few for dinner under 24 inches. The big fish are more prized and difficult to catch but every year we pull out dozens of fish between 10 and 20 pounds.
The Walleye in the lake have been self-sustaining for decades, while there is not a huge population they tend to be bigger and have excellent body conditions, fish average around 20 inches. The limit on Rifle is one fish per person over 18 inches, all fish 23 and over must be released. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has also recently been stocking Triploid Walleye.
Smallmouth fishing can be hit or miss but when it’s hot it is usually red hot, with fish ranging up to four pounds. The lake also supports a very small population of super-sized brown trout; they are rare and difficult to catch but every year we see fish up to 26 inches. Lastly, there are great Perch and Rainbow Trout populations that fish well year round.
Rifle Gap Reservoir is a Colorado State Park and does require a daily entrance fee for all vehicles. Rifle Gap is located about 1 hour east of Grand Junction, 45 minutes west of Glenwood Springs, and only 3 hours west of Denver.
On the day of your trip you'll be fishing out of a 2019 Lund Impact 1875 equipped with the latest in marine electronics and fishing gear. Plenty of room for up to 4 clients. The boat is loaded with absolutely everything we need to target fish whether casting, trolling, jigging, or fly-fishing. Depending on the season and the target species some days you will focus more heavily on a particular technique. But this is your trip so if you have a preferred method Connor is more than happy to hone in on that!
Colorado waters are receiving more pressure than ever before so we do our best to protect the resource. As such, Connor likes to practice selective harvest. This mean you will take measurements and pictures but all species of the following dimensions will be released to grow and fight another day!
Lake Trout -24” and greater Walleye -22” and greater Brown Trout -20” and greater Smallmouth -16” and greater Northern Pike -26” and greater Tiger Muskie -All released But outside of these restrictions you are free to keep your limit of fish.
(Everyone that fishes in Colorado must obtain at least a 1-day fishing license. Please follow this link to obtain a fishing license prior to your trip. The proceeds from fishing licenses help keep the outdoors healthy!)
Please bring snacks and beverages (NO ALCOHOL), appropriate clothing (layers recommended), cooler with ice if you plan on harvesting fish A Hat, Sunglasses, Sun screen, A fish-catching attitude!
Whether you prefer fishing for Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout, Rainbows, Browns, Largemouth, Smallmouth, Tiger Muskie, Salmon, Panfish, or a combination Connor can arrange a trip for you. As lead guide of his outfit, he strives to make every fishing trips as dynamic as possible, targeting an assortment of species and teaching you a variety of fishing techniques. It is not unusual to catch four to six different species and a few trophies in a full day. He can also teach you a myriad of techniques: how to cast, troll, jig, and even flyfish all in a single outing....Read More
Like most guides, Connor has been absolutely passionate about all things fishing since before he could remember. Growing up in Chicago that passion was sparked at a young age fishing with his dad and brothers. It started at the local neighborhood ponds and evolved rapidly from there. As he got older the passion grew stronger and he started exploring bigger bodies of water with his friends, he would routinely spend days on end fishing for an individual fish he had spotted earlier in the season.
Nowadays he calls Colorado home but he has spent time all over the country and has been blessed with the opportunity to fish for almost everything that swims. From Tarpon in Florida to Muskie in Michigan, he loves it all. He spends most of his time in western Colorado guiding for Northern Pike and Lake Trout but loves to target Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Brown Trout almost as much. Over the years he has logged thousands of hours on his home waters and perfected his approach. He loves casting, trolling, jigging and fly fishing. He believes there is no better feeling than helping a youngster catch their first or biggest fish!
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No cleaning service provided.
No beer allowed.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
No live bait provided.
No meal provided.
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Snacks/Beverages (NO ALCOHOL), Appropriate clothing (ask your guide), A cooler with ice if you plan on harvesting fish, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, A fish-catching attitude!
Valid Colorado Fishing License
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
The deposit for this trip is non-refundable.
Where to Buy a Fishing LicenseFind out more about licenses here.
Rifle Gap Reservoir, Colorado, USA | Bodies of water fished: Rifle Gap Reservoir