Natural Areas Fishing#
There are 16 City of Fort Collins Natural Areas that permit fishing. Here you can learn more about fishing access, species present, and regulations.
Check out the fishing brochure! Use the Natural Areas Finder and click on the fishing symbol to sort the list. If you are not sure about fishing regulations, please contact a ranger, 970-416-2147. Fishing is regulated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and you must have a valid fishing license. Apply for a permit if you want to fish with a group. Please note that ice fishing is not allowed in any natural area.
This webpage highlights the main rules at Natural Areas, read the full regulations here.
Common carp at North Shields Ponds Natural Area
Places to Fish#
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.
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.
Mallard's Nest Natural Area: Fishing in Spring Creek permitted.
McMurry Natural Area: River and pond fishing permitted, please use designated access points only. Parking access is from Hemlock Street parking lot.
North Shields Ponds Natural Area: Pond fishing permitted. Parking and access is from the Shields Street parking lot.
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.
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.
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: River bank fishing allowed north of the Mulberry Bridge. Designated trail access parking available at northeast corner of Mulberry and Lemay in the retail development,
|Fish Present||Arapaho Bend Natural Area||Kingfisher Point Natural Area||McMurry Natural Area||North Shields Ponds Natural Area||Pineridge Natural Area||Prospect Ponds Natural Area||Riverbend Ponds Natural Area|
|Colorado Parks & Wildlife Stocking||Arapaho Bend Natural Area||Kingfisher Point Natural Area||
McMurry Natural Area
|North Shields Ponds Natural Area||Pineridge Natural Area||Prospect Ponds Natural Area||Riverbend Ponds Natural Area|
|Bluegill||x||x East pond||x East pond||x||x||x|
|Channel catfish||x||x East pond||x East pond||x||x|
|Largemouth bass||x||x East pond||x||x|
|Smallmouth bass||x||x Northeast pond only|