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Fishing: Colorado > White River National Forest > Blanco Ranger District

Frequently Asked Questions about Blanco Ranger District
What about campfire bans? Fire bans are commonplace in the summer. Please be sure to check conditions and area restrictions prior to planning for campfires.
Can you make reservations at Trappers Lake campgrounds? No. All of the Trappers Lake campgrounds are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Have you had problems with bears? We have not had many reports of aggressive bears in the Blanco Ranger District which includes the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. There have been problems with bears, however, in other districts within The White River National Forest and there are bears in this area, so take all necessary precautions to avoid any bear encounters.
Are there any area closures due to fire? No. All trails in the vicinity of the Big Fish fire (July-Sept. 2002) are currently open. Remember to be careful and aware of the possibility of falling snags in the burned area.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing in Blanco Ranger District
When is the higher country accessible to fisherman? Trappers lake & the Flat Tops Wilderness can typically be accessed by fisherman between June and November depending on snow melt off.
What kind of fishing does the area offer? The Blanco Ranger District has 111 miles of streams, 757 acres of natural lakes, and 25 acres of reservoirs, each providing a diverse selection of fish.
What species of fish inhabit local waters? Species existing in local waters include: -Native Cutthroat Trout -Rainbow Trout -Brook Trout -Brown Trout -Lake Trout (Mackinaw) -Mountain Whitefish
Do I need a fishing license? Yes, everyone over the age of 15 is required to carry a valid fishing license.
Are there any catch and release only areas? Yes, the following creeks are Colorado river cutthroat trout fisheries. Only artificial flies or lures are allowed! ALL cutthroat trout MUST be returned to the water immediatley after capture. Snell Creek Fawn Creek Hahn Creek

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