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A-5 Shawnee Lake

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

Weather was somewhat challenging as I was driven off the lake 3 times by lightning. Fishing was good as about a dozen rainbows were hooked with 7 making it to the net. Had a large fish on that broke a hook in half... would've liked to have seen that specimen. Fished a Prince Nymph / Red Midge rig deep under a strike indicator - mostly along the eastern bank. Tried both olive and black wooly boogers on a sinking line but only landed one on the streamer. ~ bh4buffs -- June 6th, 2017

+30 all bows. 10 to 16". No fish over 16". 3 to 5 on chronomide; All others on sink tip with gold and black wooly bugger. Steady from 8 am to 3:30 pm. ~ Matt -- June 1st, 2017

We arrived about 8:30am. Breezy and clear day. Rougher then normal day, the gusts of wind made it very difficult to manage casting, etc. We caught ~10 Rainbows ranging from 13" to 19". Some very fat. Caught them on hoppers and amy's ant, red copper johns and Streamers. We tried leach's and appropriate techniques to no avail and they did not bight any other nymph or midge pattern other then the copper john,.. Still fishing is better then work any day. ~ George Schmidt -- April 18th, 2017

Great day on A-5 we had a wind blowing toward the east side of the lake for most of the day. The fish started stacking up next to the drop offs on the east side. We were using an egg pattern trailed by a micro black leech. It was steady action all day with that set up we caught around 25 fish with average fish at 16'' and the larger ones in the 21'' range. the water was clear to 8 ft. Looking forward to coming back and fishing A-5 again! ~ Marcus McConnell -- March 20th, 2017

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

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