Gold Medal Water
Streams designated as "Gold Medal" by the Colorado Wildlife Commission are those considered to provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout. These designations are given out sparingly and represent the highest quality aquatic habitat in Colorado. Special regulations may be required to maintain gold medal quality in these waters. There are over 9,000 miles of trout streams in Colorado. Out of this total only 167.8 miles are currently designated as Gold Medal streams. Of course, permission is required to fish all private property.
- Animas River - From Lightner Creek to the Purple
- Blue River - From Dillon Reservoir Dam downstream to the confluence with the Colorado River (34 miles).
- Colorado River - From Fraser River downstream to the confluence with Troublesome Creek (20 miles).
- Fryingpan River - From Ruedi Reservoir Dam downstream to the confluence with Roaring Fork River (14 miles).
- Gore Creek - From Red Sandstone Creek downstream to Eagle River (4.5 miles).
- Gunnison River - From the upper boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument downstream to the confluence with the North Fork of the Gunnison (26 miles).
- North Delaney Lake - Ten miles west of Walden.
- North Platte River - From the Routt National Forest boundary to the Wyoming border (5.3 miles).
- Rio Grande - From Farmers' Union Canal upstream to the upper boundary of Coller State Wildlife Area (22.5 miles).
- Roaring Fork River - From the confluence with Crystal River downstream to the confluence with the Colorado River (12 miles).
- South Platte River -
- The Middle Fork of the South Platte River downstream from U.S. Route 285 and the South Fork of the South Platte River downstream from the outlet at Antero Reservoir, and from the confluence of the Middle and South Forks of the South Platte River downstream to the inlet of Spinney Mountain Reservoir.
- From the outlet of Spinney Mountain Reservoir downstream to the inlet of Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir.
- From Cheesman Reservoir Dam downstream to the confluence with the North Fork of the South Platte River (19.5 miles).
- Spinney Mountain Reservoir - On the South Platte River, five miles upstream from Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir.
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