Fishing Advice Rio Grande River South Fork Colorado

Here’s some Fishing Advice for the Rio Grande River near South Fork and Creede, Colorado. We searched high and low for advice about where to fish in this area and only came up with recommendations to fish the Rio Grande Reservoir and that advice was well-founded. We caught a ton of trout.

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Where to Fish Near South Fork

There is a lot of great fishing around the South Fork area in Colorado, especially for most trout fishermen, but after fishing the are two years in a row, in 2021 and 2022, we found the best trout fishing was at the Rio Grande Reservoir, west of Creede, Colorado. See the location map below.

Rio Grande Reservoir

In 2021, we caught a few 12″ rainbow trout and one gorgeous Golden Trout, which are hard to come by on the South Fork or the Rio Grande River, south of South Fork, Colorado. See the map below.

South Fork of the Rio Grande River

Mike and I fished this section of the South Fork of the Rio Grande River in early October 2021. The weather was perfect, the aspens were in full yellow and the fishing was incredible.

But, I guess we get spoiled after a while and 12″ trout just aren’t large enough.

Rio Grande Reservoir

In 2022, I met Mike and his daughter Rachael, back in South Fork for another fishing trip and I told them we needed to try out the Rio Grande Reservoir. They agreed, but after over a 1-hour drive, they started to doubt my advice. We finally reached the reservoir as you can see in the image below, and they were thankful I took them on this long journey.

Rio Grande Reservoir, Colorado

The fishing was incredible. Mike and Rachael found themselves catching 13″ to 15″ trout all day long for two days.

Final Thoughts

The Rio Grande Reservoir and the Rio Grand River, just downstream of the dam is a must visit location for those of you who love trout fishing. The scenery is gorgeous and the fishing is fantastic.

Check out the YouTube video below of our recommendations, plus two catches while we were trying to create the video.

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