We hope you enjoy your time in Pagosa Springs and we want to make your fishing experience as wonderful as possible. In order to maximize the quality of fishing in Pagosa, the town merchants, along with support from local government, have joined together to plant trophy-size trout in the river each summer. 

Ideally, we’d like for everyone to enjoy hooking into a playful rainbow or a large brown and, because of that, we’re asking that careful catch and release is practiced. Please note, a fishing license is required.

If you do keep fish, please stay at or under the daily two-fish limit, so that we can keep more fish in the river for everyone to catch. Also note the wild, native fish to the Western Slope and release these immediately, as they are protected species and taking them from the water is illegal in Colorado. 

Please enjoy our wonderful river. Happy fishing!

Game Fish – 2 Fish Limit

CUTTHROAT TROUT – Crimson slash on either side of the throat beneath the lower jaw; heavier spotting towards the tail


BROWN TROUT – Spotting pattern is made up of black spots and
red-orange spots inside light blue circles

BROOK TROUT – Pectoral, pelvic and anal fins often orange,
edged with black and white; body is dark with white and red spots inside blue circles

RAINBOW TROUT – Black spots on a light body and red stripe along sides