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

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

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

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