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Natural Areas Fishing

There are fifteen City of Fort Collins Natural Areas that permit fishing. Here you can learn more about fishing access, species present, and regulations. A pond assessment gives details about what species are in each pond, and what species are stocked.

Arapaho Bend Natural Area: Pond fishing is permitted east of Strauss Cabin Rd. Some river areas closed to fishing and access; no fishing from Arapaho Bend's north boundary, downstream approximately 300 yards. This area is posted with closure signs. Also, no river fishing or access to river allowed east of I-25. Fishing and river access are permitted west of I-25 upriver several hundred yards to the area closed by posted signs. Parking at the Harmony Transfer Center lot or Strauss Cabin Road parking lot.
Species present include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, wiper, bluegill, black crappie, white crappie, channel catfish, yellow perch, black bullhead, gizzard shad, white sucker, and common carp. The ponds are stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, wiper, bluegill, black crappie, and channel catfish.

Butterfly Woods Natural Area: No fishing or river access, must stay on paved Poudre Trail.

Cattail Chorus Natural Area: No pond fishing, river fishing access allowed from paved Poudre Trail.

Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area: No fishing or river/pond access.

Gateway Natural Area: River fishing is permitted, access is from Gateway's parking areas.

Gustav Swanson Natural Area: River fishing is permitted. Access is from the parking lot off of Linden Street.

Kingfisher Point Natural Area: No river access on the north side of the river. River fishing is permitted on the south side of river. Pond fishing is permitted on the west side of Timberline Rd. Access is from the paved Poudre Trail or the Kingfisher Point Natural Area parking lot off Timberline Road.
Species in the ponds include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, yellow perch, and common carp. The northeast pond is stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife with smallmouth bass. The other ponds are not stocked.

Magpie Meander Natural Area: Pond fishing permitted. Parking and access is from Soft Gold Park parking lot on Hickory Street.

Mallard's Nest Natural Area: Fishing in Spring Creek permitted.

McMurry Natural Area: River and pond fishing permitted. Parking access is from Hemlock Street parking lot.
The ponds have largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, green sunfish, black crappie, pumpkinseed, common carp, white sucker, and yellow perch. Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocks the east pond with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.

North Shields Ponds Natural Area: Pond fishing permitted. Parking and access is from the Shields Street parking lot.
Fish present include largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, green sunfish, black bullhead, common carp,yellow perch and white sucker. The eastern pond is stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife with channel catfish and bluegill.

Pineridge Natural Area: Fishing permitted in Dixon Reservoir. Access is from the County Rd 42C parking lot or from Maxwell Natural Area's parking lot.
Species present include largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, black crappie, pumpkinseed, common carp, spottail shiner, and golden shiner. Dixon Reservoir is stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife with bluegill and channel catfish.

Prospect Ponds Natural Area: Pond fishing permitted. River fishing permitted along Poudre River Trail between the two diversion structures on City Water Reclamation property, southeast of Prospect Ponds Natural Area. Access from the paved Poudre Trail. Parking at the south Prospect Ponds Natural Area parking lot off Sharp Point Drive.
Fish in the ponds include common carp, sunfish, fathead minnows, black crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, white crappie, gizzard shad, channel catfish, and white sucker. Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocks the ponds with crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, and black crappie.

Riverbend Ponds Natural Area: River and pond fishing permitted. Parking and access from the three Riverbend Ponds parking lots, off Cherly, Cairns or Prospect streets.
Species present in the seven ponds include largemouth bass, channel catfish, green sunfish, common carp, bluegill, black bullhead, white sucker, black crappie, white crappie, gizard shad, yellow perch, and wiper. The ponds are stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife with largemouth bass, bluegeill, and wiper.

River's Edge Natural Area: River fishing permitted. Access is from Legacy Park off Woodlawn Drive.

Running Deer Natural Area: Pond fishing permitted on the CSU Environmental Learning Center's small pond near Prospect with fishing pier. Access is from the Prospect Street parking lot.

Salyer Natural Area: River fishing permitted. Parking access is from Legacy Park off Woodlawn Drive or McMurry Natural Area parking lot off Hemlock street.

Springer Natural Area: No fishing or river access, must stay on paved Poudre Trail.

Udall Natural Area: Fishing not permitted in the ponds or on the the south side of the river. Access to the north side of the river is okay from the paved Poudre River Trail. For this access, park at Buckingham Park off First Street.

Williams Natural Area: No fishing or river access. The river bank is not within Williams Natural Area. Fishing IS allowed north of the Mulberry Bridge. Designated trail access parking available at northeast corner of Mulberry and Lemay in the retail development.

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