A-5 Shawnee Lake

By July 21, 2013

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

Slow day. The morning looked ideal with cloudy skies, very little wind and cold water. But few fish were rising and even fewer ate our flies. Greg caught two on stone fly imitations (Copper John and Prince Nymph). I caught one on a white streamer and one on a hopper. The white streamer also produced several other strikes and one screaming run/break off. But bad weather moved in rather early and, in my experience at least, fish lose their appetite when the air pressure falls. This day was no different. I'm going to try here again when the air pressure is rising (or at least holding steady) and see how I do. ~ Larry G. -- July 1st, 2016

Fished the AM only. Gorgeous setting. Muddy water so started off by wading out 20' and throwing streamers - all sorts of them at varying depths but not a single bite. Weather was warm enough for a hatch and fish started to surface. Went to dry-dropper config later in the morning with stimulator up top and copper john about 1.5 ft below. Had many bites but missed the first several because the strikes were lumbering, perhaps because of the colder water or Donaldson steelhead striking less aggressively than your typical hard-charging rainbow. Regardless, delayed my hook setting by a split second and started landing them. One was about 17" (on stimulator) and the other 20"+ (on copper john). The latter took 15 min to land because of many long, lumbering runs. Had never caught a Donaldson before - am a big fan now...great fun, all in all. ~ Deskpilot -- June 15th, 2016

Great afternoon, good action on small dark wooly buggers and leeches. Most productive area was the northwest cove along the drop off, although fish were caught in all areas of the lake. Also caught fish on egg patterns fished deep under an indicator. Mostly rainbows caught, averaged 14-18 inches, with several over 20, largest 23. Two very nice Browns. Beautiful day, light winds, water clear to 8 feet. Great property. ~ Andy -- April 4th, 2016

On a bright sunny day, the key is dragging black wooly buggers through the middle of the lake and through the northern (deeper) half. The trout are there and will readily oblige. Absent of an obvious hatch and surface action, go deep. You will get a lot of healthy, strong trout. Largest of my lot was roughly 18 inches or so but all were strong and obliging and struck readily. Also a good property for those still learning the sport. A sink line will help, but if all you have is a floating line, go with a longer leader and heavy-weighted black buggers. Even a beginner can catch many fine trout. ~ Ted Simendinger -- July 12th, 2015

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

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