Colorado is home to more than 2000 lakes and reservoirs, countless rivers and streams, and tons of great places to be able to go catch some fish. While you need to be careful about what kinds of fish you eat and how often, most of what is available can be enjoyed in moderation at almost any time.

There are two places to avoid, and two kinds of fish you'll want to throw back if you catch them. Scroll on to learn which fish you can eat in Colorado, which ones you should not, and how often it is safe to enjoy them.

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Active Fishing Advisories in Colorado

Two places anglers are avoiding right now are the Trinidad Reservoir (Las Animas County) and the Vallecito Reservoir (La Plata County). It's ok to enjoy these locations and even fish there, but the state of Colorado is warning you there are some unsafe fish to watch out for in those waters.

Never Eat These Fish in Colorado

Avoid Northern Pike of any size in Vallecito Reservoir. Avoid any walleye larger than 15 inches from the Trinidad Reservoir. These fish contain high levels of mercury and can make you sick when you eat them. Keep an eye out for fishing advisories from the state of Colorado here.

High, Medium, and Low Mercury Levels in Colorado Fish

The type of fish that are safest to eat in Colorado are the ones with the lowest levels of mercury. These fish tend to be Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, and types of Salmon. You can usually eat these kinds of fish a couple of times per week.

Scroll on to learn which fish to throw back, and how frequently you can enjoy the other kinds of fish that are safe to eat.

Colorado Fish: Which Ones are Safe to Eat and Which Ones are Not?

While Colorado is loaded with lots of different kinds of fish, there are a couple you want to avoid.
Be sure to check for any fishing advisories from the state of Colorado before you cast a line just in case you should avoid certain locations. Scroll on to see which fish are safe, which ones are not, and how often you can eat them.

KEEP GOING: These are Colorado's Largest Lakes and Reservoirs

These are the largest lakes and reservoirs in Colorado. Without them, parts of the state would not last in the high desert climate. Find out more about their location, volume, and elevation from largest to smallest.

LOOK: What is the Longest River in Colorado

Take a closer look at the 10 longest rivers that flow through the state of Colorado. From the Rio Grande to the San Juan River, scroll on for a look at the 10 longest rivers found in the Centennial State.

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