Guided Trips

The Basics of Our Guided Trips

Our team is built of true angling professionals ready to provide you a very memorable experience! The total trip fee provides you with a highly experienced, educational guide, permitted access to some of the best waters in Colorado and the ability to utilize high end, efficient fishing equipment the day of your trip. Prices directly reflect the experience of your guide, current overhead costs and the fees that are required to use the water in the State of Colorado.


General Details

Tightline Outdoors operates on special use permits on more than a dozen reservoirs and offers guide trips all year and at all different times of the day.  Your guide will meet you at a specific location at the reservoir on the day of your trip. Tightline Outdoors will provide all the fishing gear needed for your day of fishing.

*Please keep in mind that all our guides are providing their own equipment for your trip and, should they do a good job, gratuity is ALWAYS greatly appreciated!


What To Bring

-MANDATORY: A valid Colorado Fishing License (A second rod stamp is available and your guide will instruct you to purchase one if needed.)

-Appropriate clothing as Colorado has weather that is quick to change (Ask your guide for suggestions on clothing).

-Snacks and drinks, no alcohol please. Your guide will have bottled water on the boat but bring any additional food or drink that you would like.

-Sunscreen, Sun Glasses, Camera, Baggies and cooler, if you wish to harvest fish.



Open Water – 6 Hour Trip
1 to 2 anglers: $550
3 to 4 anglers: $600

Ice – 6 hour trip
1 to 2 anglers: $500
3 to 4 anglers: $550

It is hard to beat an action packed day of catching Trout including Rainbows, Browns, Cutthroats, and Cutbows. We start open water trips as early as May (depending on ice off) and continue through the entire season, wrapping up open water fishing around November 1st. We guide most of these trips in the South Park area and 50 to 100 fish days are not uncommon. These fish can range from 12" to 28", but your guide will get you on the best fish available. Most of these trips are casting lures and jigs but trolling is available if an angler prefers to troll. We also offer ice fishing trips for trout and most of the time you can sight fish for them through the ice!

Whether on open water or ice, trout trips remain one of our highest action trips offered.



Open Water – 6 Hour Trip
1 to 2 anglers: $550
3 to 4 anglers: $600

Ice – 6 Hour Trip
1 to 2 anglers: $500
3 to 4 anglers: $550

Ice – 4 Hour Trip
1 to 2 anglers: $375
3 to 4 anglers: $400

Colorado has some of the best Walleye fishing in the country due to clean fresh water, lots of bait fish, and a long growing season. We offer trips specialized towards trophy Walleye, numbers of Walleye, and education of how to catch Walleyes during all seasons of the year. The best opportunity for large or trophy Walleye comes in spring during the pre-spawn, spawn, and post spawn time period. Later in the season we move to daytime trips which are typically our highest fish count days! The bite continues until late fall where the opportunity for large fish and high catch rate lasts until December 1st.

December typically kicks off our Ice Fishing season for Walleyes where we offer shortened 4 hour trips in the peak low light period of the day.


Lake Trout

6 Hour Ice Trophy Lake Trout Trip at Jefferson Lake
1 angler: $500
2 anglers: $550
3 anglers: $600

8 Hour Open Water Trophy Lake Trout Trip
1–4 anglers: $775

As one of the largest and oldest fish residing in Colorado, Lake Trout are an often sought after species. When it comes to Lake Trout, we target trophy class fish. We have a strict catch and release policy for Lake Trout. Tightline Outdoors does not offer a lot of these trips due to access to trophy class waters. A special use permit is required to operate guided fishing and these special use days are very hard to come by. Therefore, we are limited on how many trips we can offer. Once we fill up we can recommend other guides in the state that offer similar trips.

We can honestly say you have as good of a chance at a “fish of a lifetime” here in Colorado as you do anywhere in the country! We will make you a believer.

Tightline Outdoors operates under the special use permit with the Pike National Forest. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



Open Water – 6 Hour Trip
1 to 2 anglers: $550
3 to 4 anglers: $600

Ice – 6 hour trip
1 to 2 anglers- $500
3 to 4 anglers- $550

With fish occasionally pushing the 30 pound mark, Colorado truly has some of the best pike fishing in the country. We offer trips for trophy pike as well as numbers of pike. Our open water bite starts May 1st and goes until late October. Our techniques change throughout the seasons and water temperature, but catching remains the same. Trolling is an option in May and October and the rest of the season is casting.

Our Ice Fishing bite starts in December and can run as late as mid April. When trophy fishing, we are targeting 40″ plus fish and expect only a handful of opportunities. When targeting quantity  you can see numbers ranging from 15 to 30 fish in a day. All Pike over 25″ must be released to protect and preserve dwindling populations of Northern Pike in our Colorado reservoirs.



Open Water – 6 Hour Trip
1 to 2 anglers: $550
3 to 4 anglers: $600

Although Colorado isn’t known for its Panfish, if you know the waters we have some great Panfish opportunities in both spring and fall. We have great Crappie, Blue Gill, and Perch. April and early May are great as well as August to November. These trips can be taken to strictly target pan fish or accompany another species. These trips are high action and can provide some great meals.


Kokanee Salmon

Open Water – 6 Hour Trip
1 to 2 anglers: $550
3 to 4 anglers: $600

Ice – 6 Hour Trip
1 to 2 anglers: $500
3 to 4 anglers: $550

Kokanee Salmon are a land locked Salmon that inhabit a few reservoirs in Colorado and the populations go up and down with year classes, spawn and stocking. The peak period for fishing is mid June until late August and trolling is the best tactic for catching Kokanee. The other peak bite is through the ice in January and February. These fish gather in large schools during the winter and can be fast and furious fishing.



Open Water – 6 Hour Trip
1 to 2 anglers: $550
3 to 4 anglers: $600

We strongly recognize Carp as the ULTIMATE FRESH WATER FISH! Between it's strength, size and smarts they are about the largest, hardest fighting fish in the majority of local waters and once you start to target them, you soon realize they are also a very well-educated fish.

By far our most popular trip is fishing for them with a euro style flair. WARNING- This trip will lead to SORE ARMS and BIG SMILES!

We also offer still water fly fishing trips for Carp which are extremely exciting and most trips are done by sight fishing.

Lastly, in situations and locations where Carp populations are at an unhealthy level, where size and genetics are effected, we offer Bow Fishing trips for Carp (all carp are utilize). We work side by side with CPW on the decisions of when and where to bowfish. 


These are some of the most frequently asked questions about guided trips.

Click on any question below to get an answer as well as links ot other resources. 

In Colorado, anyone aged 16 and older is required to have a valid fishing license to fish in public waters. This applies to both residents and non-residents. For first-time anglers or those new to fishing in Colorado, here's a brief summary of what you need to know:

  • Age Requirement: Individuals 16 years and older need a fishing license. Those under 16 can fish without a license.
  • License Types: Colorado offers several types of fishing licenses, including annual, one-day, and additional-day licenses. Senior citizens, active military personnel, and veterans may qualify for discounted or free licenses.
  • Where to Buy: Licenses can be purchased online at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) website, at CPW offices, or from licensed retailers across the state.
  • Cost: License costs vary based on the type, residency status, and age. Check the latest fees on the CPW website.
  • Habitat Stamp: Anglers aged 18-64 also need to buy a Colorado Habitat Stamp, available where licenses are sold.
  • Regulations and Seasons: Fishing regulations, including bag and possession limits, vary by location and species. It's essential to review the current Colorado Fishing Brochure for specific rules.

For detailed information on fishing regulations, seasons, and to view the latest Colorado Fishing Brochure, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing brochure.

To purchase a fishing license online or to find a local agent where licenses are sold, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife licensing page: CPW Licensing.

We're sorry, but no pets are allowed on the guided trips, including ice fishing trips.

We accept Cash, Card, Check, and Venmo

Your guide will meet you at the reservoir on the day of the trip. We don’t provide transportation to the reservoirs.

Your guide will provide all the fishing equipment needed for your day.

Your guide will have bottled water on the boat but we suggest bringing any additional snacks or drinks you would like for the day of fishing (no alcohol please).

Tightline Outdoors follows all rules and regulations set forth by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Guests can keep fish on trips and your guide will clean and package your fish after the trip. Only exceptions from the state laws are as follows:

  • ALL PIKE must be released.
  • All Lake Trout over 20” must be released
  • All Walleye over 24” must be released

Weather can change quickly so dressing in layers is always a good idea and having warm clothing never hurts. Rain gear is also good to have.

We pride ourselves on Customer Satisfaction

We want to ensure you have the absolute best experience possible when you are a guest on our guided fishing trips.  If you have any other questions or want to book a trip, fill out our trip form or give us a call/text. 720.775.7770


You can use our form to request a guided trip.  We'll get in touch ASAP to sort out the details.