Fishing in paradise!


A multitude of rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer anglers endless hours of quality fishing in and around Pagosa Springs. From warm, lower-elevation waters stocked with catfish, bass, perch and pan fish, to higher cool and cold-water lakes, creeks and ponds teaming with pike, kokanee salmon and a variety of trout, the fishing in few other destinations equals that of Pagosa Country.

Adding to our thriving natural fish population, the Pagosa Quality Fishing Project stocks the San Juan River with trout during the summer. Each summer, more and more anglers catch fish weighing up to 10 pounds in the heart of downtown Pagosa.

Our Waters

Lake Capote

The Lake Capote Recreation Area is open for fishing, boating, day-use, and overnight camping (tent sites and RV hookups). During the 24/7 schedule (early April – end of October) visitors are welcome at any time and the lake’s staff are typically on duty for check-in and bait shop sales between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Fishing is allowed from sunrise until sunset and a self check-in station is available for visitors arriving either before or after personnel hours (see picture below).  RVs and campers may also check-in and buy permits at the self-permitting station.

398 Hwy 151
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-883-2273

Bruce Spruce Ranch

Come and experience the majestic mountain views and charming, rustic log cabins. Come and fish our clean ponds chock full of trout. Ride horses, hike through the beautiful San Juan mountains, or just relax on a porch swing and soak in the breath taking wonders around you.

231 West Fork Rd
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-5374

Williams Creek Reservoir

A gorgeous lake nestled against the San Juan Mountains.

Hiking, fishing, a scenic picnic. Williams Creek Reservoir is one of Pagosa's most accessible, scenic locales. Spend a day, spend the weekend. You won't be disappointed.

Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
877-444-6777

Navajo State Park

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Navajo State Park is Colorado's Answer to Lake Powell. Navajo Reservoir Extends for 20 miles South into New Mexico.

Boaters and campers enjoy the park year-round. Sailors, house boaters​​ and other power boaters cruise some of the 15,000 surface-acres of the giant reservoir. Daily and seasonal slip and mooring ball rentals, boat rentals and gasoline for boats are available at the park’s Two Rivers Marina.

Navajo features 138 campsites; most sites are open year-round. Fishing​ enthusiasts catch crappie, large-mouth and small-mouth bass, northern pike, trout, bluegill and catfish in the reservoir.​

1526 County Rd 982
Arboles, CO 81121
970-883-2208

Echo Canyon Reservoir State Wildlife Area
(Echo Lake)

Stocked with Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Green Sunfish and Channel Catfish. Trout are best caught with lures, flies or natural bait such as worms; Bass, with top surface lures, crank baits with pork frogs or rubber worms. Perch are best taken with live bait; Sunfish, with worms and sometimes flies; and Catfish, with cut bait (Suckers or commercial stink baits). Echo Lake is also excellent for Trout and Bass ice fishing throughout the winter. Access is easy, four miles from Pagosa Springs on U.S. Highway 84.

4 miles south of downtown on Highway 84,
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Guides

High Country Fishing Charters

Join a Pagosa Springs Fishing Guide for a great day fishing on the rivers and streams in Southwest Colorado, and Northern New Mexico on Navajo Lake and the " Quality Waters" of the San Juan River. Species fished on a guided fly fishing trip, include Trout, Bass, Pike, Crappie, and more while Fly Fishing Pagosa Springs, CO. Fly fishing and spin fishing trips with artificial lures and flys are offered on Navajo Lake, and fly fishing only trips are offered on the "Quality Waters" of the San Juan River. We offer wade trips and float trips. CHECK THIS OUT - All of our guided fly fishing trips, include all gear and flies!

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Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-946-5229

Let it Fly

LET IT FLY is a full-service fly fishing shop in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Please click on the links above for more information on our shop, guided tours, local creek information, photos, links, and more! Visit our fly fishing shop in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We have a large selection of flies and fly-fishing gear, fly tying equipment and supplies, boots waders, rentals, guided tours, magazines, polarized glasses, local fishing information, good advice, rods, reels, nets, and more! If you’re going fly fishing in Pagosa Springs, come see us!

132 Pagosa Street
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
(970) 264-3189

Ski and Bow Rack

Ski & Bow Rack is your source for top of the line ski merchandise, gear, and apparel in Southwest Colorado. Our family-friendly store has been serving southwest Colorado since 1985.

Our pro shop is second to none for equipment rentals and tuning, with qualified on-site ski technicians who specialize in getting you up on the mountain fast, so you can enjoy an exhilarating day on the slopes in comfort and style.

We offer the area's best guided fly-fishing trips, fishing gear, camping supplies, and archery equipment, as well as an indoor range. Come in and enjoy exceptional customer service, expert advice, and friendly, small-town hospitality.

365 E. Pagosa Street
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-2370

San Juan Outfitting

Thank you for your interest in San Juan Outfitting. SJO provides adventurers, fishermen, hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, and those who just want to spend a few days on horseback exploring the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, the high-country experience of a lifetime.​

​Our specialty is building great memories for our guests, providing each with friendly, personal attention, gentle, sure-footed mountain horses, knowledgeable guides & wranglers, great food, excellent equipment, and first-rate service ensure your enjoyment.

PO Box 5634
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-731-4868

Regulations / Licenses / Supplies

City Market

Health Food Store. Cheese Shop. Meat Wholesaler. Farmers Market. Fish Market. Bakery. Deli. Florist. Your uptown Pagosa Springs grocery store. Call us for birthday cakes and catering options too!

165 Country Center Dr.
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-731-6000

Goodman's Department Store

Serving visitors and locals alike for 5 generations and more than 100 years!

Our historic department store is located at the corner of 4th and Main Street (also known as Pagosa Street) in the heart of downtown Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We were founded in 1899, and are still family-owned and operated five generations later!

We invite you to discover our Western hospitality and large selection of clothing, boots, accessories and home decor! Stop in and say hello!

404 Main St
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-5460

Let it Fly

LET IT FLY is a full-service fly fishing shop in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Please click on the links above for more information on our shop, guided tours, local creek information, photos, links, and more! Visit our fly fishing shop in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We have a large selection of flies and fly-fishing gear, fly tying equipment and supplies, boots waders, rentals, guided tours, magazines, polarized glasses, local fishing information, good advice, rods, reels, nets, and more! If you’re going fly fishing in Pagosa Springs, come see us!

132 Pagosa Street
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
(970) 264-3189

Ski and Bow Rack

Ski & Bow Rack is your source for top of the line ski merchandise, gear, and apparel in Southwest Colorado. Our family-friendly store has been serving southwest Colorado since 1985.

Our pro shop is second to none for equipment rentals and tuning, with qualified on-site ski technicians who specialize in getting you up on the mountain fast, so you can enjoy an exhilarating day on the slopes in comfort and style.

We offer the area's best guided fly-fishing trips, fishing gear, camping supplies, and archery equipment, as well as an indoor range. Come in and enjoy exceptional customer service, expert advice, and friendly, small-town hospitality.

365 E. Pagosa Street
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-2370

Summit Ski & Sports

We are a full service ski & snowboard rental shop. Our services include sport and demo rentals, snowshoes, cross country skis, hot waxing, tunes, and other repairs. Our customers can purchase clothing and accessories for protection from the elements or take home a souvenir Wolf Creek Colorado t-shirt or sweatshirt. In the summer we carry a variety of outdoor clothing and footwear including flip flops and river shoes. We are a disc golf info center providing discs for rent or purchase--stop by and pick up a map of the Reservoir Hill course. When the river is flowing around 400cfs we also rent river tubes to float down the San Juan River.

172 E. Pagosa St.
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-2456

Terry's Colorado Home Supply - Ace Hardware

Terry’s Colorado Home Supply & Ace Hardware is a member of the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Ace Hardware Coop started as a small chain in 1924 and now has over 4,600 stores.

This Ace Hardware was opened in 2005. When Ace talks about the “Most Helpful Hardware” store, Terry’s is a shining example. We are committed to helping our customer fulfill their needs with us, or sending them in the right direction. Terry’s Colorado Home Supply is located on the west side of Pagosa Springs, CO, they call it uptown. We, however, serve the entire county and beyond with great service and delivery.

525 Navajo Trail Drive
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-731-4022

Walmart

When Sam Walton opened the doors to the first Walmart in 1962, his goal was to save people money so they can live better. Sam was a firm believer in listening to what his customers had to say. That tradition continues today. But now, it doesn’t have to end when you leave the store. Through Facebook, we’re able to talk to you, find out what’s on your mind and let you know what we’re up to. It’s just another way we’re working to give the millions of families who shop at Walmart more of what they love—ways to save money and live better.

211 Aspen Village Drive
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-731-9001

Rocky Mountain Knives

Shop with us for a variety of knives. We carry an assortment from ornamental to basic work knives.

150 Pagosa St.
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-1372

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages the state parks system and the wildlife of the U.S. State of Colorado. The division currently manages the 41 state parks and 307 wildlife areas of Colorado.

151 East 16th Street
Durango, CO 81301
970-247-0855

Lake Capote

The Lake Capote Recreation Area is open for fishing, boating, day-use, and overnight camping (tent sites and RV hookups). During the 24/7 schedule (early April – end of October) visitors are welcome at any time and the lake’s staff are typically on duty for check-in and bait shop sales between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Fishing is allowed from sunrise until sunset and a self check-in station is available for visitors arriving either before or after personnel hours (see picture below).  RVs and campers may also check-in and buy permits at the self-permitting station.

398 Hwy 151
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-883-2273

Navajo State Park

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Navajo State Park is Colorado's Answer to Lake Powell. Navajo Reservoir Extends for 20 miles South into New Mexico.

Boaters and campers enjoy the park year-round. Sailors, house boaters​​ and other power boaters cruise some of the 15,000 surface-acres of the giant reservoir. Daily and seasonal slip and mooring ball rentals, boat rentals and gasoline for boats are available at the park’s Two Rivers Marina.

Navajo features 138 campsites; most sites are open year-round. Fishing​ enthusiasts catch crappie, large-mouth and small-mouth bass, northern pike, trout, bluegill and catfish in the reservoir.​

1526 County Rd 982
Arboles, CO 81121
970-883-2208