Public fishing is offered as a recreational fee-based program. The 2017 fishing season opens Saturday, April 15, 2017 and closes October 8, 2017. Fishing is allowed at Lakes Mary and Ladora on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. The funds generated are used to improve and maintain facilities associated with fishing and other Refuge programs. Fishing regulations and lake locations can be found in our Fishing Permit. Permits can also be found at the kiosk next to the fee collection box in the parking lot at the Contact Station.
A daily fee of $3.00 per adult, age 16 and older is required. Along with the Refuge permit you must have a state fishing license. Please come with exact change or a check made payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If you are interested in purchasing a Season Fishing Pass, please see the information below.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Fishing Regulations (50 CFR 32.25)
Sport Fishing. We allow fishing at designated times and on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:
1. We require a valid State fishing license and valid refuge fishing permit for all anglers age 16 and older. You must obtain and display a daily refuge fishing badge while fishing.
2. We only allow the use of rod and reel with one hook or lure per line.
3. We only allow catch and release fishing.
4. We only allow barbless hooks.
5. We only allow artificial flies or lures.
6. We prohibit the use of live bait.
The main items of interest in the fishing permit are: (1) a $3.00 daily fee for licensed anglers 16 years of age and older; (2) fishing is only allowed on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays; and (3) no wading in Lake Ladora until after Memorial Day. This information is also posted on each kiosk near the lakes.
The regulations are clear that “live bait” is prohibited, but there has been some confusion on this matter. “Bait” is anything designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell. “Live bait” is anything living, including but not limited to worms, grubs, crickets, leeches, insects, crayfish, and fish. We encourage all anglers to stick to artificial flies and lures, but we do not prohibit the use of purchased fish/animal parts or other scented bait. Digging of worm and/or pursuit of live bait is prohibited on the refuge.