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Visit the high lonesome country

Many Steamboat anglers consider the high lonesome country on the east side of the Continental Divide in North Park a part of their home waters.

North Park, an hour away via Rabbit Ears Pass, is 1,000 feet higher in elevation than the floor of the Yampa Valley at 8,000 feet. It is home to the headwaters of the North Platte River and four prominent sagebrush reservoirs that produce big trout. Thanks to the high alkalinity of the soils in North Park, the invertebrates that form the basis of the food chain are abundant, and fish put on weight rapidly.

Lake John is the choice for bait fishermen. Spin and fly fishermen who are content taking home only trophy trout often head to the three Delaney Buttes lakes.

Researching the Colorado Division of Wildlife Web site also reveals an abundance of public fishing leases on small meadow streams, where anglers can spend summer evenings hunting for reclusive fish.

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