Lake Dillon offers some of the best ice fishing in Colorado. It is one the first spots every year to develop safe ice. Ice fishing occurs on the lake as soon as the first or second week in November. This offers fisherman a great opportunity to catch kokanne salmon through ice. Every year, thousands of naturally reproducing kokanne salmon come into snake river inlet to spawn. Just like the salmon in the ocean, these salmon live for 3 to 5 years, swim right back to the exact location they were born, then die once they have completed the spawn on there last year, when they begin to spawn, he salmon turn a redish color and the males develop a “hook”jaw. Lake Dillon is one of the only known reservoirs in Colorado that sustains kokanne salmon with out stocking them. From when the ice is first safe, until after new years, we often have very productive days ice fishing for the 3 to 5 year old kokanne salmon.
We also catch lots of rainbow trout while ice fishing at lake Dillon. The rainbow trout offer a great put and take fishing opportunity. Every year, 20 to 30,000 of them are stocked and can be found through out the reservoir.
Perhaps the best lake Dillon has to offer is the Brown Trout