Colorado Mountain Lake Fishing

Crested Butte Colorado
> Lakes Rivers Falls
> Mountain Lakes

Mountain Lakes

Crested Butte bound anglers looking for a true fishing adventure should hike into beautiful Henry Lake for some quality cutthroat trout action. Read More

  • Cutthroat don't see much pressure at 11,704-foot Henry Lake.
  • Short but steep hike is worth the effort.
  • South Lottis Creek offers fishing as well.
  • Attractor flies, spinners and jigs are a hot choice.
  • Target Henry from July through September.
  • Dress warmly and bring sunscreen. 
  • Ask a local shop about conditions in the high country.

Hike Into Seclusion

Henry Lake, lying at an elevation of more than 11,500 feet, offers incredible cutthroat fishing as you are watched from high above by the locals...sheep. Here you can catch cutthroat, but due to the lake's location, you're faced with an extremely short fishing season.

Seasons At 11,500 Feet

You might imagine, at 11,500 feet snow is possible at any time. Weather can chance very quickly. Fishing season runs from about July to September. Dress in layers because even if it is 80 in Crested Butte, it could still be near freezing in a hurry at Henry.

Species on Henry

Cutthroat are the primary species at this high mountain lake.They can get big and they don't see many anglers given the rough hike in.


The Henry Lake Trail parallels South Lottis Creek which is a small fishing option as well. The trail winds two miles to Henry Lake. The last half mile is steep as you climb to the lake.