Shawnee Lake A-5

Description: A lovely spring-fed 6-acre lake that nestles between the North Fork of the South Platte River and Hwy. 285. The lake is open enough for bank fishing and long backcasts on the southern and western sides but the most efficient fishing would be from a float tube or pontoon boat. Wild browns and hard-fighting freshwater Donaldson Steelhead populate the lake with average sizes of 14 to 18 inches but there is also the possibility of hooking fish in excess of 20 inches and 3-5 pounds.

Location: Shawnee Lake is located 4.3 miles west of the town of Bailey on the north side of Hwy. 285, approximately one hour from Denver.

Capacity: 4 anglers or more if in one group.

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes:

Adult 1/2 Day
Adult Aftn.
Youth 1/2 Day
Youth Aftn.

Property Log Book Comments

Nice fall day on Shawnee lake with moderate winds, air temps in the 60's, and partly to mostly cloudy. Lots of nice Donaldson steelhead in here. A few surface bites on terrestrials when the sun would come out but most dry fly action was on white/gray midges in sizes 22-24. I also had luck with a sz 22 parachute adams. Slow stripping cream or black buggers was also effective. There are some pretty large fish in here concentrated near the inlet. ~ brianebel -- September 23rd, 2013

Came back to fish this, having been there a couple of weeks ago. It was a lovely day in the mid-80's with very little wind, and intermittent clouds. I fished after noon. Initial water temp was 58, but increased to about 62 by late afternoon. Fish were rising very sporadically. I had the most luck fishing a callibaetis emerger trailed off a mayfly attractor. Only the subsurface flies were taken. There was very little hatch activity to be seen. Previously, I caught almost all fish with a callibaetis rigged to fish deep just above the weed beds. I was glad this time I had two rods in the float tube with me: one rigged for deep fishing and the other for surface. In the morning I fished a section of public stream water of the North Fork just a couple hundred yards upstream from the pond. There's a National Forrest sign. Turn right off US 285 and follow the road down to the parking lot. The water was running fast and cold (48 degrees). I found very few bugs with my seine. Mostly there are just flat runs with very few areas for fish to hang out. I caught 2 rainbows on a red midge nymph. Not really to be recommended. ~ Allen -- July 12th, 2013

Fished the afternoon on a pleasant but intermittently windy day. Caught 5 fat rainbows, all 18-20", all on a callebaetis fished deep. The only exception was the inlet where several brutes were hanging out, then dashing through the culvert to the river. Caught them on a shallow drift. Fish were rising intermittently; wish I had rigged a second rod for surface fishing. In my view, you want to fish this lake on a float tube. The fish were big and good jumpers. I used 5x tippet, but 4x might be a better bet. ~ Allen -- June 23rd, 2013

Joe Bobinis (member) and I arrived around 8am, already the lake was well into a hatch of BWO’s and good feeding on the surface. But by the time we got ourselves into the boat however, the surface action had died and so did the fishing for the morning. We tried assorted dry dropper and streamer rigs with Joe hooking a teasing and very large (>22”+) jumper that broke off his 3" streamer to entertain us. There was another two gents fishing with us for a half-day and they had caught two fish and left us a tip – “Red”. Note: there is a very nice picnic table near the parking area and a relatively clean latrine. Very nice property. And it looked like you could walk around about ½ of the lake pretty easily. However, although I saw a few fish close to shore, most of the action was out in the middle… So a boat or tubes are in order. So we redid our dry drop kits at lunch to red copper johns and red nymphs. And we started to catch a few fish on both, think we did 8-10 13”-17” fish on the afternoon day. I’ll post a few to the RMAC Facebook page too. Based on what we noticed on this new RMAC property, book ends might be the ticket (come real early or near evening) to catch the hatches. ~ George Schmidt -- June 15th, 2013

Float tube had a "flat tire," but was still able to wade & cast out from west end of lake far enough to reach deeper water. Had good fishing from that spot, as well as from the outlet. Started out calm, & experienced gusty wind later in the day. Most productive flies of the day were: Ants, Beetles, Royal Wulffs, & black Wooly Buggers. ~ Rick Berne -- June 14th, 2013

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