Fishing in Lake Dillon

By Lauren Parker / May 28, 2024

Did you know that amidst the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Breckenridge lies a hidden gem that’s perfect for some family fun? Lake Dillon, the largest body of water in Summit County, is an awesome spot for fishing that often gets overlooked.

Built in 1963 to store water for Denver and the Front Range, Lake Dillon offers 27 miles of fishable shoreline and two lively marinas that host exciting races and regattas. But that’s not all! With a diverse range of fish species, including Rainbow and Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon and Arctic Char in Lake Dillon you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Don’t have a boat? No worries! Shore fishing is also an excellent option. Park your car at various marked points around the lake and fish to your heart’s content. Worms are the best bait for shore fishing, and it’s said that the best time to fish is between mid-May and early July. Keep your line tight for the big ones, and if you’re up for a challenge, troll a Rapala lure near the feeder creeks of the Blue, Snake or Ten Mile dump into the lake for large trout.

Renting a boat is another fantastic way to explore the lake and fish. Whether you catch anything or not, the peaceful and scenic experience of being out on the water is worth it. And if you’re lucky, you might even reel in some big brown trout, Kokanee or Walleye Pike in the later season.

Remember, if you’re 15 or older, you’ll need a fishing license, but you can easily pick one up at various locations throughout Breckenridge and Summit County.

Overall, fishing at Lake Dillon is a fun and rewarding activity that the whole family can enjoy. With its stunning natural beauty and abundance of fish species, it is a must-visit destination for any angler visiting Breckenridge.

Useful Tips and Information

1. Plan ahead: Before you go fishing at Lake Dillon, make sure to check the weather forecast and water conditions to ensure that it is safe and comfortable for fishing.

2. Fishing gear: In addition to worms, there are other types of bait that can work well for fishing at Lake Dillon, such as salmon eggs, and lures. Make sure to also bring appropriate fishing gear, including rods, reels, line, hooks, and weights.

3. Fishing regulations: While Lake Dillon does not have special fishing regulations, it is important to follow Colorado fishing regulations, such as bag limits and size restrictions. Make sure to check the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for the most up-to-date information.

4. Fishing etiquette: When fishing at Lake Dillon, be respectful of other anglers and the environment. Do not litter, and follow catch-and-release practices when appropriate.

5. Other activities: Lake Dillon is not just for fishing! There are many other activities to enjoy in and around the lake, such as hiking, biking, boating, paddle boarding, and picnicking. Take advantage of all the outdoor fun that Summit County has to offer.

Looking for a place to stay? Check out our favorite properties, The Grand Colorado on Peak 8, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, and Grand Timber Lodge, all within a quick bus or drive to the best fishing spots in Summit County. So pack your bags, grab your fishing gear, and get ready for an unforgettable family adventure in Breckenridge!