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 and fishing line must be disposed of properly. The locations listed below are the only locations where fishing is allowed in Lakewood parks; fishing is prohibited in all other locations.

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Fishing location directory

Fishing is only allowed in the locations listed below.

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: 15600 W Morrison Rd. View Map Reservoir located east of the Visitor Center. 
Species of Fish: Bluegill, carp, small mouth 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: 15600 W Morrison Rd. View Map Creek located between Bear Creek Reservoir and Evergreen Reservoir. 
Species of Fish: Brown trout and rainbow trout. 
Regulations: Two-trout limit above Bear Creek Reservoir. 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. Failure to properly dispose of fishing line may result in a fine of up to $2,650 and/or up to 364 days in jail (Lakewood Municipal Code 9.32.270).

Annual fishing events

Lakewood hosts the following annual fishing events:

Visit the parks programs and events page for details.