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

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

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

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