Breckenridge Colorado Lakes Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Mountain Lakes

The high elevation lakes in Summit County don't receive half the pressure the rivers and reservoirs see making them an ideal place to unwind and catch a couple trout in solitude.

  • Lower Cataract offer scenic views and willing trout.
  • Black Lakes are just off the highway and you'll find an upper and lower lake.
  • Try attractor flies like Royal Coachmen or basic patterns like mosquitoes.
  • Panther Martins, Super Dupers and Kastmasters will also produce.
  • Kinds can enjoy easy fishing with worms and Power Bait. 

A Couple Lakes

Lower Cataract Lake and Black Lakes are two options for high mountain lakes in Summit County. Both offer willing trout with a short hike required for Cataract's best action while Black Lakes offer multiple lakes to choose from.


Rainbow trout dominate the catch at these lakes. Cataract offers a two-mile hike around the lake with great spots all over. The top spot is near the inlet and falls. Black Lakes upper lake offers the best bite as most simply set up camp at the lower lake.


Short seasons will limit action at all these lakes. Fishing is best from ice off until ice forms again on these waters. Late May to June until about November.


To get to Black Lakes, take I-70 west from Silverthorne to exit 190. Turn left over the highway and make the immediate right to the lakes. For Lower Cataract, Take highway 9 north out of Silverthorne for 16.5 miles. Take Heeney Road left for 5.4 miles until you reach County Road 1725. Turn left and the parking area will be about 2.5 miles.