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

On the water in my Fish Cat by 7:15 am. Chilly 42 degrees and water temp of 59 degrees. Clear skies and water like glass. Caught two 14" rainbows with a small midge and also a black wooly bugger. The day warmed up quickly and at 9:30 a persistent breeze created the perfect little riffle and terrestrials started to drop onto the water. I changed to a stimulator followed by a #14 flying ant. Holy cow! Only netted 10 more fish, but they averaged 18" with the largest at 22". Lost one after a 5 minute drag around the lake that probably went 24" and over 4 pounds. Fished by myself, but pretty sure the folks at the next door ranch heard me laughing all day. Off the water and on my way home by 2:30. Fun, fun day! ~ Steve Batch -- September 4th, 2014

Holy wind, not so easy in a pontoon boat, my son caught one so big it broke the hook. I bet it would be great with out the wind or in the evening time. tell the fish I'll be back. ~ chef -- June 19th, 2014

Started fishing around 9am, weather clear and nice. A friend and I caught 3 fish each and missed several others. All fish were caught on the north end of the pond that is towards Bailey. He caught all of his fish on a #16 Prince. I caught a 20 inch rainbow on an olive Wooley and the other 2 fish on a #20 Zebra midge. We kept having to leave the pond and wait out nasty looking storm clouds then go back at it again. Tried all sorts of flies from big to #22 RS2 other small midge patterns. All but one fish were 16 inches or larger and all were rainbows. ~ Rich Arnett -- June 1st, 2014

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

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