Fishing in Crested Butte and the surrounding Gunnison area is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon. The mountain rivers and shimmering lakes of Crested Butte are teeming with many varieties of trout and salmon, ensuring anglers of all abilities a thrilling day on the water.
If you’re looking for some adventure with your fishing, guided float trips are an excellent way to experience the grand Gunnison River. Or, escape the crowds with a backcountry walk-and-wade trip in one of the many high mountain streams or lakes. Skilled guides can help you pick the best water to suit your abilities and get you fishing the rivers on your own like a true professional.
Summertime in Crested Butte offers a variety of outdoor activities, and fishermen will not be disappointed. The rivers, streams, and lakes of the high Rocky Mountains are sure to provide an unforgettable experience and leave you with an incredible fish story all your own.
The Taylor River flows down from the high Rocky Mountain peaks until it drains into the Taylor Reservoir. Anglers will find plenty of public access to the river throughout Taylor Canyon. The upper section of the river is a designated catch-and-release area, however the rest of its path is much easier to fish and it is not uncommon to catch as many as 20 fish in an outing.
Beginning at Almont, Colorado where the East River and Taylor River merge, The Gunnison grows as it flows through the valley and into Blue Mesa Reservoir. This river is best fished from a boat during the high waters of the early season, but summer and fall water levels are ideal for wading.
Most of this river travels through private property; however, anglers can access the water at Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery just north of Almont. That section is designated as wild trout water which carries special regulations (flies only). The East River is an enjoyable location that is easily waded and holds many brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout.