A fly fisher casts the line in Bear Creek Lake Park


The City of Lakewood offers a variety of year-round fishing locations and special events for fishing enthusiasts and beginners. Browse the fishing locations below for location details, including a fish species listing. All State of Colorado fishing laws apply.

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Fishing Location Directory

Ice fishing in Bear Creek Lake Park

Ice fishing is allowed at Bear Creek Reservoir at the participant's own risk.
Check the ice depth by calling 303-697-6159.

Bear Creek Reservoir

This location within Bear Creek Lake Park offers two accessible fishing piers. Boating is allowed.
Location: Bear Creek Lake Park, east of the Visitor Center. View Map
Species of Fish: Bluegill, carp, largemouth bass, perch, rainbow trout, saugeye, smallmouth bass, tiger muskie and walleye.
Regulations: 10 horsepower/no wake boating only. Inspections are required for all boats prior to launch in order to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species. 

Bear Creek

This location allows artificial fly and lure only.
Location: Between Bear Creek Reservoir and Evergreen Reservoir. 
Species of Fish: Brown trout and rainbow trout. 
Regulations: Two-trout limit below Bear Creek Dam. Catch-and-release rainbow trout.

Bear Creek Greenbelt Ponds

This location offers two fishing piers.
Location: 2800 S. Estes St. View Map
Species of Fish: Bluegill, catfish, crappie and largemouth bass.

Main Reservoir

This location offers one fishing pier.
 10651 W. Florida Avenue View Map
Species of Fish: Bluegill, carp, crappie, perch, largemouth bass, rainbow trout and sunfish.

Smith Reservoir

Location: 10405 W. Jewell Avenue View Map
Species of Fish: Catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, perch and smallmouth bass.

Kendrick Reservoir

Location: 9351 W. Jewell Avenue View Map
Species of Fish: Bluegill, carp, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and perch.

Cottonwood Park Lake

Location: 10461 W. Evans Avenue View Map
Species of Fish: Bluegill, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, perch, pumpkinseed and sunfish.

Fishing License Information

A valid state fishing license is required for anyone 16 or older to fish within Bear Creek Lake Park. Licenses are not available for purchase at the park, but may be purchased at nearby sporting good stores.

Recycle Your Line

Protect wildlife and help keep our parks beautiful and safe for all to enjoy. Recycle your used fishing line in containers provided in fishing areas.

Annual Fishing Events

Lakewood offers the following fishing events annually:

  • Let's Go Fishing! Weekend
  • Ice Fishing 101 at Bear Creek Lake Park
  • Trout Fishing Tournament

Visit the parks programs and events calendar to find details.