The Beginners Guide to Fishing in Costilla County

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Costilla County Colorado is a great spot for outdoor lovers!  Just one of the many things you can do here is spend time on one of the areas reservoirs boating and fishing (or fly fishing!) for walleye, pike, bass, several species of trout, and a few other types of fish.

You can fish in Colorado without a license during the first week of June.  For the remainder of the year, a Colorado fishing license is required. A one-day license is available for $9 and a 5-day license is $21. Colorado residents over 65 can fish without a license. For Fishing License purchase, fishing rules, and fishing regulations please visit Colorado Fish & Wildlife

Life is Good with a rod in your hand!

Costilla county hosts four main reservoirs. Eastdale Reservoir, Sanchez Reservoir, Smith Reservoir and Mountain Home Reservoir. Because of Colorado’s conservancy efforts, these regions boast lush waters, rich vegetation and abundant wildlife.  They are great places to spend the day on the water with family and friends fishing, sightseeing, and relaxing!

Mountain Home Reservoir is a coldwater lake fed by Trinchera Creek and is located in a state wildlife area near Ft. Garland.  It has fantastic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and has a nice population of rainbow trout and northern pike.  There are many camping sites around Mountain Home and camping here is free, the kids will love it!

Sanchez Reservoir


Sanchez Reservoir is a warm water lake, located a few miles south of San Luis, Colorado’s oldest town. Sanchez Reservoir also offers scenic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. While for many, fishing is the primary draw, this state wildlife area also offers a place to boat and camp. So the whole family will love spending time here! Fishermen will find a variety of fish including catfish, perch, northern pike, carp and walleye.

Smith Reservoir is located in the San Luis Valley, just south of Blanca Colorado. This reservoir is a cold water lake and it is stocked annually with trout, so it makes a great fishing spot.

Whether you’re fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting your chances of getting a bite in Costilla County are great. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to one of the  reservoir for tons of fun!
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