Ed Engle, one of Colorado’s best known fishing writers, talks about the Conejos River in reverent tones.  Read about his experience revisiting the Conejos River. He says it’s a better fishery today than it was years ago.

As well, Jesse Millen-Johnson, writer with the Durango Herald News wrote a piece in 2016 about Flyfishing the Conejos River. It’s definitely worth a read.

Picture of the lower Conejos River in October near Antonito, Colorado.

The lower Conejos River near Antonito, Colorado

The Conejos River is providing excellent fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout. Prolific hatches of stoneflies, caddisflies and mayflies occur from May through July. Best fishing follows snow runoff in late June and July. Special regulations apply to two stretches.

  • Location: Lower section: from Antonito 16 miles west on Highway 17 to Aspen Glade. Access is through fishing easements on private property.
  • Upper section: from Antonito 21 miles west on Highway 17 to USFS Road 250. Drive 9 miles north to public land upstream of South Fork Conejos River Confluence.

Interactive Map (Lower Section) Interactive Map (Upper Section)