Colorado Division of Wildlife’s weekly fishing report, July
Tuesday, July 2009
The Weekend Rush is Over
The holiday rush has past with some good fishing for most of the state. Hopefully, everyone had a safe and fun weekend with family and friends. The passing storms provided some respite from the hot weather and good fishing on many of the lakes and reservoirs. The fishing forecast for this week looks tough for most of the state as temperatures are on the rise. The best fishing times will be early morning, late evening and at night. Many rivers throughout the state will continue to run high as the increased temperatures will melt the last of the snow caps. Fishermen can look for better stream and river fishing in the weeks to come.
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Fishing Tip of the Week
As a fly fisherman, I’m constantly working on my casting technique. Sometimes I have to get back to basics if I find my casting is getting sloppy. Remember the four P’s of casting: Pick it up, Power, Pause and Put it down. If you find your technique is starting to slip, take a moment to gather your thoughts and remember the four P’s.
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Quote of the Week
“Whether I caught fish or not, just the thrill of rolling out that line and watching my fly turnover has been good enough for me. That and the hundreds of treasured memories I have of this wonderful sport.” – Curt Gowdy
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The following Bodies of Water were recently stocked with catchable trout:
Andrews Lake — 40 miles N of Durango (Molas Pass)
Aurora Res. — East of Denver
Balman Res. — West of Hillside
Barker Res. — Town of Nederland
Big Molas Lake — 44 miles N of Durango (Molas Pass)
Casey Pond — Steamboat
Catamount Res. (South) — Pikes Peak
Chalk Lake — SW of Nathrop
Chambers Lake — Approximately 10 miles E. of Cameron Pass
Camp Hale Ponds — South East of Red Cliff
Chapman Dam — South East of Norrie
Christine Lake — Basalt SWA
Cherry Creek Res. — SE Denver
Columbia Res. — North of Alma
Copper Mountain Pond — Ten Mile Creek, Blue River
Cottonwood Lake # 1 — South of Collbran
Cottonwood Lake # 4 — South of Collbran
Crystal Creek Res. — Pikes Peak
Daigre Res. — 2 miles east of La Veta
Deep Lake — Flattops
Deer Creek Lake #4 — Deer Creek, Cebolla Creek
De Weese Res. — North of Westcliffe
Estes Park — Town of Estes Park
Evergreen Res. — Town of Evergreen
Fairplay Kids Pond — Town of Fairplay
Frantz Lake — NW of Salida
Fraser Kids Pond — Saint Louis Creek, Fraser River
Grand Lake — City of Grand Lake
Irwin Lake — Anthracite Creek, W/ Crested Butte
Jefferson Lake — NW of Jefferson (town)
Lake Dorothey — 10 miles Northeast of Raton
Lost Lake — Approximately 10 miles E. of Cameron Pass
Lost Lake Slough — South East of Paonia Res.
Meadow Lake — 15 miles North of New Castle
Mill Creek Ponds — South East of Lake City
Mirror Lake — East of Tincup
Monarch Lake — SE of Lake Granby
Monument Res. — 22 miles SW of La Veta
Nichols Res. — East of Woodland Park
North Lake — 20 miles SW of La Veta
North Fork Michigan River — Twenty Miles East of Walden
Officers Gulch Pond — West of Frisco
Platoro Res. — West of Platoro (town)
Pothole Lake # 1 (lower) — North of Taylor Res.
Pothole Lake # 2 (upper) — North of Taylor Res.
Rampart Res. — East of Woodland Park
Rifle Gap Res. — 10 miles North of Rifle
Riverside Ponds — Upstream of Mt. Shavano SFH
Runyon Lake — Pueblo
Salida Hydro Pond #2 — Monarch Pass
Skaguay Res. — East of Victor
South Mineral Creek — 4 miles W of Silverton (HWY 550)
South Platte River South Fork #1 — (Below) Antero Res.
South Platte River #3A — West of Chatfield
South Platte River #3B — Strontia Springs reservoir to Scragyview
South Platte River #5 — Lake George to Cheesman reservoir
Sylvan Lake — South of Parshall
Tincup Ponds — Town of Tincup
Twin Lake # 2 South — Grand Mesa
Trout Lake — South of Telluride (HWY 145)
Uncompahgre #2 — Section of river that runs thru Montrose
Wahatoya Res. — 2 miles East of La Veta
Wrights Lake — SW of Nathrop
Arvada Res. — The recent kids fishing tournament was a huge success. About 250 contestants from three age categories weighed in 54 fish, with the largest a 15.5-inch trout caught by an eight-year-old. Plenty of fish remain, and post-contest fishing should be good. Try the usual Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and small spinning lures.
Aurora Res. — The reservoir is open to boating. The water temperature is 63 degrees. All vessels must be inspected prior to launch. A watercraft access permit is required for all vehicles bringing in watercraft. Trout fishing is slow to good. Fishing from shore has been successful using bright-colored Power Bait and night crawlers first thing in the morning and early evening. Boat action for trout is fair by trolling spoons, spinners and crawlers. Smallmouth bass reportedly have been taken on jigs and crankbaits. Walleye fishing is slow to fair from shore with jerkbaits and spoons. Wiper fishing has started to pick up with leeches and Rapalas along the dam. All other species are slow. The limit for trout is two fish. Boating is restricted to electric motors. For more information, call 303-690-1286.
Barr Lake — The water level is full. The water temperature is approximately 74 degrees. Fishing for trout from the shore is slow. Fishing from boats is great for walleye and wiper, using bottom bouncers. Power Bait has been effective for trout. The lake has been stocked three times with catchable-sized rainbows, once with wipers and once with walleye fry. Boaters, be aware of fast-moving afternoon storms and high-wind conditions. No fishing is allowed south of the buoy line.
Bear Creek — The stream between Evergreen Lake and Bear Creek Res. (artificial flies and lures only) has a fairly good population of 10- to 12-inch rainbow (All rainbows must be returned to the water immediately) brown trout and occasional brookies are also on tap. Though the best fishing months may be May and June, anglers continue to have good action throughout the summer when fishing the shaded areas and undercuts along the bank. Trout will take a variety of dry flies, nymphs and small spinners. San Juan worms can be very productive when fished using a 32nd oz. split shot placed 16-24 inches above the hook. The bag and possession limit for trout is 2.
Berkeley Lake — The 40-acre lake was scheduled to be stocked with 6000 + trout beginning in March continuing into May, many of which will hold over to the following year. Berkley also has largemouth bass, bluegills, crappie and channel catfish. Channel Catfish are typically stocked late summer to early fall. Fishing is best early mornings and later in the day. Boats are not permitted. A recreation center, playground, dog park and other amenities are available on the south side of the lake.
Centennial Park Lake — The lake was stocked with over 8000 10 inch trout. This stocking began in March and continued thru May. 600 Channel Catfish 8 inches in length will be stocked in early September, ( Weather and water conditions permitting ) The lake also has warm-water fish including bass, crappie, and perch, which become more active later in the season. No boats are allowed on the 15-acre lake, maximum depth 27 feet. A playground, restrooms and handicapped-accessible fishing pier on the west and south sides are available. Park opens at dawn until 11p.m.
Chatfield Res. — All trailered vessels must be inspected before launching. Inspections are conducted at the north and south boat ramps daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. With the water temperature up to 68 degrees, fishing has improved. Anglers are catching bass on crankbaits near the dam. Catfish are being caught late in the day south of the swim beach on the west side of the reservoir. Some walleyes have been taken near the swim beach, marina and Kingfisher. Many are sub-legal. The minimum size for bass at the reservoir is 15 inches. The minimum size for walleyes is 18 inches, and only one exceeding 21 inches may be kept daily.
Cherry Creek Res. — The water level is normal and the temperature is about 63 degrees. Fishing has improved. Fishermen have been catching walleyes, wipers and bluegills in addition to the catchable trout. The marina and Tower Loop have been good locations. Worms appear to be working best. The reservoir is stocked with catchable-sized trout in the spring and early summer. Most common warm-water species also are present. The dam face usually is a productive area. The lake is open to boating. Inspections are conducted daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. No launching is permitted outside those hours without previous inspection.
Clear Creek (above Hwy. 119) — Runoff peaked at almost 1000 cfs two weeks ago but has been dropping steadily and as of July 5 is 550 cfs. However, even that flow is very high and wading should be done with extreme caution. There are few fishable areas, but work the slack edges or find the occasional slow run or pool and you can catch fish. Below Idaho Springs the water is discolored and best suited for spin fishing. Above, the water is considerably clearer and fly fishers can catch fish using a #14 caddis as an indicator with a bead head nymph or soft-hackle wet fly on a 15” dropper. Remember, rafters like high water and you’ll encounter rafting traffic from Lawson down to the US 6 turnoff.
Clear Lake — The lake south of Georgetown off the Guanella Pass road generally offers fair to good fishing for catchable-sized rainbow trout and also has some brook trout and a few browns. Fishing can be fairly good on a variety of baits and lures. Natural baits like grasshoppers can work very well when fished with a fly and bubble. The north shore often is the best location. No boats are permitted on the lake
Evergreen Lake — Rainbow trout fishing has been good using a bobber and night crawlers. Brown trout action has been fair at the inlet, fly fisherman have had the best luck. Tiger muskies have been Ripping line on the south side of the lake. The best time for muskie action is early morning, using a variety of top-water baits and large hardware. (All Tiger muskies fewer than 36 inches must be returned to the water immediately) The 4th of July at Evergreen Lake will be presenting a music festival, and an opportunity for children to participate in the free, Kids Fishing Derby. (Contact Evergreen Parks and Recreation) for more information (720)880.1300 Fishing Boats, Canoes, Paddle Boat/Kayaks and Sailboats may be rented. No power boats allowed.
Georgetown Lake — Georgetown Lake is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and is home for some brown, cutthroat and brook trout. A fly and bubble setup can be very productive. Stone fly imitations are a good choice. Power bait fished off the bottom will work once the angler finds the right color. Salmon eggs and worms seem to work better in the western half of the lake. The south side of the lake offers good fishing along with natural wind breaks, which can come in handy in this typically windy canyon.
Jim Baker Res. — The 80-acre Adams County lake offers fishing for Rainbow Trout; trout are typically stocked in early spring. 800 Channel Catfish 8 inches in length are sited to be stocked in mid September (weather and water conditions permitting) It also has smallmouth bass, walleyes, panfish and tiger muskies, all of which become more active when the water is warmer. Boats are not allowed. Fishing hours are sunrise to sunset.
Ketring Park Lake — The 15-acre lake offers fishing for Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Crappie, green Sunfish, and Largemouth Bass. Worms fished off the bottom for catfish. Small Getzits tipped with Meal or Wax worms suspended 24-36 inches below the surface for crappie and sunfish. Buzz baits or top water baits for bass. Typically, the early season action has been slow, but should pick up when the water temperatures rises. Boats are not allowed.
Main Lake — Main Lake/ Res. has a surface area of 45-acres. Large Mouth Bass up to 18 inches may be enticed with a Jig and Pig or Buzz Baits while fishing the shallow weedy areas. Crappie, bluegills, channel catfish, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, suckers and yellow perch are all on tap. No boats are allowed on the lake. Park opens at dawn and closes at 10.30 p.m.
Quincy Res. — Quincy is open to boating. The water temperature is 67 degrees. All watercraft must be inspected before launching. All vehicles bringing in watercraft are required to have a Watercraft Access Pass. Trout fishing is slow to fair using Kastmasters, jigs and Rooster Tails. Fly casters have reported moderate success with a variety of flies. Bass fishing has been good using top-water lures, buzzbaits, and poppers in shallow areas. The dam is most productive in the evening. Fishermen are finding midday fishing tough with the heat. Quincy is restricted to fishing with artificial flies and lures. The limit for trout is two fish. Bass must be 18 inches or longer to possess. All boats must be hand-launched. Only electric motors are permitted. For more information, call 303-693-5463.
Rocky Mountain Lake — The lake is stocked with rainbow trout in March and April and again in early October. Channel catfish are typically stocked the middle of September, (weather and water conditions permitting). Early season fishing can be very good. A variety of warm-water fish including largemouth bass, panfish and catfish provide fairly good fishing through the summer, with improved fishing beginning in early fall. Boats are not allowed. The minimum size for largemouth bass is 15 inches. A playground and restrooms are on site.
Sloans Lake — This urban lake has a fairly good population Rainbow trout and channel catfish, the crappie are fewer in numbers but can be taken off the south shoreline using a bobber and a minnow suspended 24-36 inches below the surface. Carp comprise much of the fish population. The carp are big and strong, and have a growing following among anglers.
Smith Res. — Smith Res. may have extreme water level fluctuation. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are beginning to show a little activity, this should improve as water temperatures continue to warm. This 45-acre lake also has bluegills, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, carp and sucker. No boats are allowed on the lake. Open dawn to 10:30 p.m.
South Platte River (Waterton Canyon) — The South Platte River through Waterton Canyon has an exceptional population of brown trout, and has recently been stocked with catchable sized Rainbows. The section from Strontia Springs Dam downstream to 300 yards above the Marston diversion structure is restricted to artificial flies and lures. There is a two-trout limit for this section of river. The most effective lures for spin-fishermen are small Panther Martins, Mepps or Blue Fox spinners. Night crawlers and garden worms usually are the most effective bait for browns in the unrestricted lower stretch, this section of river has somewhat larger trout.
Standley Lake — Fishing hours are sunrise to sunset and will be strictly enforced. The water temperature is 65 degrees. Trout fishing from shore has been good using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs off the bottom. Walleye fishing has been good using a variety of lures and harnesses. Aquatic bait is no longer allowed at Standley Lake; this includes salamanders, leeches, crayfish, frogs and minnows. Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) regulations are in affect. All boats must be sprayed off and quarantined for 11 days to be allowed onto the lake. Canoes and kayaks must be sprayed off on a daily basis before they can enter. A $15 fee is required for all boats under 20 horsepower. A $6 fee is charged for all other drive-in traffic. For more information, contact the Standley Lake Nature Center at 303-425-1097.
Washington Park Lakes — The lakes are stocked with trout in the spring, usually April and May and again in the fall (weather and water conditions permitting). Otherwise, crappie running up to 10 inches, bass, bluegills and catfish can provide some interesting fishing in an urban-park setting. Warm-water fishing has been slow but should improve with warmer weather. Try a small, green or white plastic grub or a live minnow below a bobber about 3 feet down for the crappie.
Webster Lake — Webster Lake is typically stocked with 10 inch rainbow trout the latter part of March thru the first week in May. 8 inch channel catfish are stocked the last part of September. Catfish will take worms or stinkbait fished off the bottom. Power Bait fished using an egg sinker and a loose line is always a good setup for trout. Bluegills, largemouth bass and perch are also available. No boats are allowed. A handicapped-access fishing pier, playground, and restrooms are available. Park opens at 5:00 a.m. and closes at 11:00 p.m.
Barnes Meadow Res. — Anglers have been having some luck, but the fishing does remain a little slow. Afternoon storms and cooler weather have been keeping the fish down. The reservoir now is full, with water spilling over the spillway. Most of the anglers are using salmon eggs, Power Bait and worms, and having luck with all three. Worms seem to be working best. Some anglers are having luck with Rooster Tail and Mepps spinners, too. Most of the fish being caught are around 10 inches, but some lucky anglers have reported bigger fish breaking their lines.
Big Thompson River — Flowing at 123 CFS and fishing well. Green Drakes, Caddis and Pale-Morning-Duns are the main hatches. Green Drake Parachutes, CDC Drakes, Colorado Green Drakes in #12 will work well for the Adults, try Crown Jewels and Prince Nymphs for the Nymphs, again in #12. For caddis, try Elk-Hairs, #16-18; Outrigger Caddis, #16-18; Hotwire Caddis, #16 and Z-Wing Caddis, #16-18, also try Caddis Emergers in #16-18. Pale-morning-duns have made their appearance; use Parachute Quills, #18-20; Hatchmasters, #18-20; PMD Thorax, #18-20 and Spotlight Emergers, #18-20. For the PMD nymphs, try Pheasant Tails, #16-20; Hotwire Mays, #18-20; Pickpockets, #18-20 and Military Mays, #18-20. Call Estes Angler at 1-800-586-2110 for more details.
Boyd Lake — The level remains good and the water temperature is about 65 degrees. Fishing has been improving. Fishermen have been getting into walleyes, smallmouth and white bass, especially during periods of low light. Check the DOW’s regulations booklet for size restrictions on walleyes and largemouth and smallmouth bass. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a mercury advisory for large walleyes from the lake. Call the park office at (970) 669-1739 for additional information. Carter Res. — The water level is at 5,747.1 feet, which is about 12 feet below maximum. The water temperature is 62 degrees. The walleye fishing has picked up a bit from the latest reports over the weekend of the 4th, and reports from shore and boat fisher’s are the best so far this year. The south east area of the reservoir has been doing well from the shoreline. No “hot spot” was reported over the weekend. Rainbow trout fishing was slow last week in all areas of the reservoir. The bass are starting to bite now that warmer weather is here. The best types of bait still are worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and various kinds of spinners. The new boat-inspection regulations are in effect. Information is available online at http://www.larimer.org/parks/boating inspections.htm
Chambers Lake — The water is up and the fishing is good with early season activity. The best opportunities are with Power Bait and spinning lures.
Douglas Res. — The last stocking of catchable trout was in May. The reservoir also has wipers, bass, crappie, walleyes and carp, which are becoming more active since the water is warming. The area between the boat ramp and dam often is the most productive. Boat inspections are conducted daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The hours will be reduced in August. All ramps are closed at night.
Dowdy Lake (Red Feather) — The fourth of July weekend should be productive as a stocking of catchable-sized trout is expected on July 1. Give the fish time to adapt to the water and get over the shock. Fishing pressure is high, but consider using PowerBait for success.
Estes Lake — Lake Estes has been fishing well, with fish getting increasingly interested in midges early and late in the day. Fishing a streamer fly very slowly can be productive. Fish dark patterns such as gray leeches or black Woolly Buggers on cloudy days. A sink-tip line might be a good idea. Small spoons fished low and slow might yield some trout, and baits such as salmon eggs and worms always are a good option. Be sure to have a good selection of non-toxic split shot. A belly boat will get you into places that fishing from shore cannot. Caddis are becoming active on the lake, and a beetle or ant pattern in sizes 14-18 also can be effective.
Flatiron Res. — Most of the recently contacted fishermen have been catching rainbow trout with night crawlers, salmon eggs and Power Bait. By some reports, spinners also have been working on the rainbows. The report for the past week has been “slow”. The reservoir was stocked with 2.5- to 4-pound rainbows from the DOW’s hatchery system early in June, and more recently with 2.5-pound cuttbows. Fishers contacted shortly afterward said fishing was very good. The water level has been fluctuating rapidly and currently is 87 percent full. No boats, belly boats, or wading are allowed in the reservoir.
Hohnholz Lakes — Lake No. 2 offers pan-sized rainbow trout, which are taken on the standard assortment of baits and lures. Lake No. 3 is the largest and has the largest trout. Kastmasters, Rapalas, Rooster Tail spinners, streamer flies and nymphs usually produce their share of browns and cutthroats as the season progresses. Fishing on No. 3 is by artificial flies and lures only. Standard regulations apply to the other lakes.
Jackson Res. — Warmer weather has decreased fishing opportunities. It has been slow to fair for most species; however, fishing for trout seems to be the best. Boats may have better luck trolling in areas where water is deeper and cooler. Walleye harnesses tipped with worms are being used. No report for other species. The courtesy boat ramp has been installed. Also, boats should be inspected for zebra mussels prior to launch. Inspection hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, with extended hours on weekends dependent on weather conditions. Call the park office at (970) 645-2551 or check the Web site for updates at http://parks.state.co.us/parks/jacksonlake.
Joe Wright Res. — The lake is ice-free. Fishing has been quickly picking up and the Grayling have been making their way into the creek to spawn. There are still quite a few in the north portion of the reservoir though and fishing has been the best there. Joe Wright Creek is closed to fishing until the end of July. Grayling are the primary species, although rainbow and cuttbow trout can be caught, as well. The lake has a special regulation that only artificial flies and lures may be used (no bait fishing). The daily bag and possession limit for trout is two fish.
Jumbo Res. — The reservoir is full. The water temperature is up to 62 degrees. Trout fishing is good; some are up to 22 inches long. Walleyes around the 15-inch minimum-size limit also are being caught. Channel catfish are being caught from the shoreline using night crawlers. Several have been up to 20 inches long. Fishing for other species is slow. Boat inspections are conducted at the east ramp daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other ramps are closed to trailered craft, and all are closed at night.
Lon Hagler Res. — Fishing has slowed since the last stocking in June. Consider going after bass, crappie, walleye or other warm-water fish. Wakeless boating is allowed.
Lonetree Res. — The weather has warmed and so has the water. Fishing for bass and walleyes has improved. Fishermen have been getting bass on tube jigs and other soft-plastic baits. Crappies have slowed down and little wiper activity has been reported. Fishing for catfish remains slow. The Res. has been attracting fairly large crowds. The minimum size for walleyes is 15 inches, and fishermen may take only one walleye longer than 21 inches per day. Long Draw Res. — The lake is almost ice-free, but the road still is closed. The road usually is opened in the late-June/early-July time period. The road opens when all the snow has melted. There are still some very large drifts, but they seem to be melting fast.
Lost Lake (at Chambers) — The fishing is good with the first fish stocking of the year. The best opportunities are with power bait or small spinning lures from the shoreline.
North Sterling Res. — The lake is full, and the outlet is now running. Start looking for fish in the dam area due to current now. The water temperature is upper 70’s. Walleyes in the 16- to 18-inch range are being caught around Goose Island, Sunset Point and Darby Arm on jigs and worms. Wipers up to 16 inches are being caught along the south ramp, Darby Point, Goose Island, the north end of the dam and West Trailhead areas using crawdads and shrimp. A few crappies are coming out along the dam on minnows.
Parvin Lake (Red Feather) — Fishing for good-sized rainbows along the dam generally has been good. Large brown Woolly Buggers, Rapalas, tube jigs and Kastmasters have been productive. Fishing for brown trout up to 20 inches also can be quite good. Fishermen may use only artificial flies and lures, and the daily and possession limit is two trout. Boating is prohibited except for float tubes used for fishing.
Pinewood Res. — The fishing has really picked up. The DOW put about 200 2.5- to 4-pound rainbow trout into the reservoir on June 5 and 2600 2.6 lb “Cuttbows” in on June 19th. Rainbows are biting on worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. A number of good-sized brown trout have been caught. Night crawlers and artificial worms close to the bottom are the latest tips for the browns. The muskies are on the prowl. A fisher caught a 41-inch tiger muskie in May and a 36-incher was caught two weeks ago. The water level has been changing frequently and rapidly, and currently is at 64 percent of capacity. A boat still can be launched below the ramp, which currently is out of the water. All trailer-launched boats have to go through a state inspection before being launched.
Poudre River — Flows have come up with late snow melt and rain. Monday’s volume at the canyon mouth was 1,600 cfs and the water was less than clear. Fishing remains difficult, but large stonefly nymphs, bead-head patterns, streamers and San Juan worms still may produce some trout. Some caddis activity has been evident along the lower river but the trout have not been looking to the surface.
Prewitt Res. — The reservoir is 100 percent full. The water temperature is around 68 degrees. Boat fishing for wipers has been fair, but many of the fish are not of legal size. Most are running 12-13 inches. A few walleyes and saugeyes are being caught. The boat dock is in place and being used. Boat inspections are conducted daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The ramp is closed at night.
Rocky Mountain National Park — The Big T in the Moraine is at 237 CFS and all Park waters are starting to recede. Fishing has been very good. Look for eddies, pockets and deep bend pools, and you will find the fish. Hatches include golden stoneflies, #12-16; caddis, #16-18 and pale-morning-duns, #16-20 and Green Drakes #12 The best bet for fishing will be using a dry-and-dropper rig and concentrating on the areas that will hold fish. Flies to try: Stimulators, #12-16; Elk-Hair Caddis and Outrigger Caddis, #16-18; Copper Johns, #14-18; Mangy Caddis, #16; San Juan worms and Royal Wulffs, #16-18, and AK’s PMD Quill and #12 Colorado Drakes and Wulffs. Try using a dry and dropper and this will increase your chances. Call Estes Angler at 800-586-2110 for more details.
Simpson Ponds — Water temperatures are on the rise, and fishing for bass and some crappie has been good. Catfish activity remains slow.
St. Vrain River — Recent flows on the St Vrain at Lyons have been 394 cfs, and the river is dropping fast. Focus on the lower reaches in the St. Vrain drainage, above the Town of Lyons, and expect to find fish feeding on pale-morning-duns, golden stoneflies and caddis. Use Stimulators, #12-16; Elk-Hair Caddis, #14-18; and PMD dries in #16-20. Nymphs are your best bet; golden stonefly nymphs, San Juan worms, Copper Johns and Prince Nymphs are good choices. Pound the edges with a dry-and-dropper and you should pick up a few fish.
Wellington Res. #4 — Fishing for catfish has been fairly good with warming water temperatures.
West Lake (Red Feather) — The weekend will bring good fishing with a stocking of catchable sized trout planned for July 1. Stick with PowerBait, worms and slowly retrieved lures.
Big Creek Lakes — The lakes are ice-free and the road once again is accessible. Lake trout and tiger muskies have been noted in the shallows, but few reports of success have come in. Spawning rainbow trout have moved into the stream connecting the lakes. The early season is a likely time to get into some mackinaw in shallow water with crankbaits or large, flashy streamers. The bag and possession limit for mackinaw and/or splake in Lower Big Creek Lake is three, of which only one can exceed 26 inches.
Blue River (below Green Mountain Res.) — The river is still high, fast and not wadable. However, the float fishing is decent. Make sure you have plenty of weight when nymphing, or strip heavy streamers. This section holds its share of trout, some of which are in the 18- to 22-inch range. Though some public access is available, much of the river courses through private property. Catch-and-release and flies-and-lures provisions are in effect for the river from the dam to the Colorado River.
Blue River (Dillon to Green Mtn. Res.) — The river is still fast and high. Wading is difficult but fishing is productive when sticking to the slower, softer pockets. Fish a Mysis shrimp or a small (size 20-22) midge below an attracting fly such as a San Juan worm, bead-head Pheasant Tail or Tung Teaser.
Colorado River (below Parshall) — The Tuesday morning reading at Parshall, below the Williams Fork confluence, was 1,605 cfs and near Kremmling, below the Blue River, the volume was 4,280. Wading remains extremely difficult but huge numbers of PMDs, Yellow Sallies and stoneflies have been coming off in the afternoon. Some anglers and guides have wished they had handkerchiefs to cover their mouths in order to keep the bugs out. Despite the fact that the hatch usually begins around 11:30 a.m., the fish have not been not looking up until around 3:00 p.m. Fishing will likely improve as the flows drop.
Colorado River (Glenwood to Rifle) — The Colorado River has been flowing at 10,200 cfs in Glenwood Springs. The river was steadily dropping each day. Steelhead-sized rainbows have been caught with regularity near Canyon Creek, No Name Creek and Big John’s in Glenwood Springs. Try large attractor nymph patterns: San Juan Worms, 20 Inchers, Cat Poops and Princes. Green drakes are being seen in good numbers in the evenings in addition to Caddis and PMD’s. The float fishing has been rock-steady, while wade fishers are doing well focusing on the softer and calmer sections of water.
Colorado River (near Granby) — Flows on Sunday morning were 895 cfs from Windy Gap Res. and 1,334 cfs below Parshall (down slightly). Fast-water conditions exist. Copper Johns, RS-2s and other emerger patterns are doing well. Mosquitoes, Caddis, Hare’s Ear and other dry flies are working if a hatch is spotted. Egg patterns and San Juan worms have been effective, and lure fishing also is good. In the immediate Granby area and downstream to the bridge at the lower end of Byers Canyon, bait fishing is permitted and two fish may be kept. From the east side of the bridge abutments (the west end of Byers Canyon) down to Troublesome Creek, including the Williams Fork River from the reservoir, catch-and-release rules apply and fishing is by artificial flies and lures only. Inquire in Granby for the latest conditions.
Cowdrey Lake — Fishermen have enjoyed fairly good success trolling and fishing from shore with a variety of baits and lures. Standard limits and fishing regulations apply to Cowdrey Lake.
Crystal River — The Crystal River has been flowing around 1,380 cfs in Carbondale and dropping. Dry-dropper rigs are beginning to produce in the soft side-water pockets. Try a Stimi with a Pheasant Tail or caddisfly dropper. The best fishing has been from noon to dusk.
East Delaney Lake — Callibaetis mayflies and Chironomidae continue to hatch virtually every day on all the “Sagebrush Lakes.” East Delaney has seen some of the most consistent activity. Callibaetis become active around 10 a.m. and continue for several hours. Nymphs can work all day; during the hatch, try a dry fly or an emerger below a dun. Late morning and evenings have been best for the Chironomidae. Suspend a size 16 below an indictor in 6-10 feet of water. All the Delaney Buttes Lakes have special fishing regulations. Check the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s regulations booklet before fishing.
Elk River — The Elk remains high, discolored and virtually impossible to fish. Flows near Milner late Monday were around 2,710 cfs. Upper reaches also are high but likely to have clearer water.
Elkhead Res. — Elkhead is open to fishing and boating every day. Conditions are very typical for this time of year. The water still is off-color but getting better depending on the day and the rainfall. Fishing is really picking up as water conditions improve. Starting to see good Crappie and Small mouth activity. The lake was just stocked with catchable-sized rainbows, so things should pick up. Good luck, and watch for those nasty afternoon storms. Please do your part to help this lake build a sustainable Crappie population, turn a few back for another day....
Frying Pan River — The Frying Pan has been fishing exceptionally well, with flows around 300 cfs. BWO and PMD hatches are taking place from 12:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., followed by decent caddis hatches and rusty spinner falls in the evenings. Good numbers of Mysis shrimp are in the water immediately below the dam. Light fluorocarbon tippets of 6X and 7X are needed to be successful. The dry fly fishing is superb. Anglers are reporting very high numbers of fish including quite a few in the 18”-26” inch range. Crowds are a bit heavy on weekends though are much lighter during mid week. Hot flies include: No Hackle PMD’s, Melon Quills, CDC Comparadun BWO’s, PT, RS2’s, STD’s, and Halfback BWO/PMD’s. Don’t miss out! The Frying Pan has been nothing short of spectacular.
Granby Res. — Pumping into Granby Res. from Willow Creek Res. and/or Windy Gap continues. Fishing from the bank has been good. Worms, Power Bait, eggs, lures and frozen baits are being used. Fly fishing, trolling and jigging are working well. Sunset Point and Stillwater boat ramps are open. Boating inspections are conducted at Sunset Point from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Ramps are open for nighttime use. Continued cool, rainy weather makes fishing very good. The water level is higher than it has been since at least 2000. Many grassy areas that have not been covered with water for many years are prime feeding grounds. Browns and rainbows are plentiful. Kokanee also have been caught. Arapaho Creek has been fishing well. Inquire in Granby for the latest conditions.
Grand Lake — Rainbows and lake trout are being caught. A 40+ inch lake trout was caught and released last week. Consistent fishing on this deep, natural lake requires some learning and experience but it can be highly rewarding. The water level of this lake remains constant. Trolling, jigging, bait, lure and fly fishing all are productive methods of catching fish on Grand Lake. Prime bank-fishing areas are around the public dock, the west portal and the channel between Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Res.. Fishing off the ledge along the east bank also can be good. Boat inspections are conducted at the Grand Lake public ramp from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Ramps are open for nighttime use. Inquire in Granby for updates.
Green Mountain Res. — The water is clear with visibility to about six feet. Rainbow and lake trout are biting. If trolling, stick with orange and pink Wedding rings and Dick Nites. If fishing from the shore, Kastmasters provide some success. Water temperature is in the 60’s.
Harvey Gap Res. — Harvey Gap currently is four feet below capacity and the water temperature is approximately 65 degrees. Fishing for pike is excellent with large flies or lures, and also is good for trout on standard baits. Perch fishing is very good near the inlet. Crappie fishing is excellent using a small jig with a slip bobber. Please help contain the spread of aquatic nuisance species by keeping your boat clean, draining all water and allowing the boat to dry completely prior to using it in a different body of water. Mandatory boat inspections are in place at Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap State parks. Inspections are available at Harvey Gap from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekends and at Rifle Gap State Park seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Highline Lake — Water temperatures are nearing the mid-60s and the warm-water fish are biting. Crappies are being caught with typical crappie jigs, and all colors are working. Largemouth bass are biting, with numerous bass in the 2- to 4-pound range and a few up to 6 pounds being caught. Large plastics with crayfish and salamander imitations are working best. Trout fishing is good, with more than 16,000 being stocked this spring. Trout fishermen are fishing with typical baits and lures, and boat fishermen are having good success with lures and trolling. The lake is full and spilling and open to boating. The water temperatures are still cool, so if you are fishing, especially in small vessels, don’t forget to wear your PFDs.
Jerry Creek Res.s — The Mesa County reservoirs near Molina have reopened to the public after dam and spillway reconstruction work was completed. They offer potentially good catch-and-release fishing for largemouth bass and bluegills. Fishermen may use only artificial flies and lures. Scented flies or lures must be at least 1.5 inches long. A 1/2-mile hike is required to reach the lower lake. Float tubes are permitted, but only if chest-high waders are used with them.
Lake Avery — Bait fishermen continue to enjoy fairly good fishing for decent-sized rainbow trout. The inlet side has been an especially good location. Orange or rainbow-colored Power Bait and worms have been working best. Lure fishermen have reported some success with rainbow-finish Panther Martin spinners.
Lake John — Fishing has been on the slow side the past few weeks, possibly because trout have been gorging through the annual Chironomidae hatch and reluctant to take other offerings from fishermen. The hatch appears to be winding down, however, and trolling and bait fishing have been improving. Fish are moving into deeper water during the middle of the day, where trolling with Dick Nites or Needlefish on lead-core line can be effective. Lake John has a standard four-trout limit and no special method restrictions.
Muddy Creek — The runoff has slowed significantly, with flow around 193 cfs. Fishermen are doing well mostly on worms. Fly fishermen are having their best success using black and green Woolly Buggers.
North Delaney Lake — Callibaetis mayflies and Chironomidae have been hatching virtually every day on all the “Sagebrush Lakes,” though activity on the north lake has been comparatively erratic. Callibaetis become active around 10 a.m. and continue for several hours. Nymphs can work all day; during the hatch, try an emerger below a dun. Late morning and evenings have been best for the Chironomidae. Suspend a size 16 below an indictor in 6-10 feet of water. All the Delaney Buttes Lakes have reduced limits, flies-and-lures restrictions and other special regulations. Check the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s regulations booklet before fishing.
North Michigan Lake — North Michigan is ice-free. Fishing pressure has been moderate, with fishermen having fair success. Brown Trout have been caught as well as the more common Rainbow Trout. Successful bait has included Power Bait (especially green), salmon eggs, and night crawlers. Successful flies have included hornbirds, woolly buggers, blackflies, mosquitoes, copper johns, and prince nymphs. Expect Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) inspections for all watercraft. Recently stocked.
North Park Alpine Lakes — Lower Lake Agnes is thawed with Agnes road and Michigan Ditch road (non-motorized) clear to trailhead. 0.8 mile trail to lower lake has little snow. Ruby Jewel, Clear, and Kelly Lakes are thawing, with light fishing pressure, and roads/trails are nearly snow-free.
North Park Streams — Conditions are changing daily with rain, runoff and irrigation operations. Most tributaries of the North Platte are at least a little high and turbid, though clarity generally has been adequate. Streamers, large nymphs and San Juan worms have been the way to go.
North Platte River — The river has been gradually dropping and visibility has improved. The stonefly hatch has ended, but caddis, PMDs and drakes have appeared. With improving river conditions, trout have been looking to the surface. Streamer flies still are effective, also.
Pearl Lake — Continuing rain has made for slow fishing. Some have had success from the bank, but for the most part it has been slow. For current conditions, call the visitors center at 970-879-3922.
Ranger Lakes — Upper and Lower lakes are ice-free with easy access. Pressure has been moderate with fishermen having good success. Little to no winter kill was reported. Float tubes only are permitted on the water. Stocked 6/3/09.
Rifle Gap Res. — The Rifle Gap water level is approximately six feet below spilling. The temperature is 66 degrees. Crappie fishing is very good on the southeast corner of the lake using a small white jig with slip bobber. The northern pike can be caught throughout the reservoir using smelt for bait and with large lures or flies. Brown trout and rainbow trout are being caught with standard baits and rainbow or brown lures. Fishing for walleyes is good near the dam and island using black-and-silver Rapalas or around the islands with a worm harness. Yellow perch are being caught all over the lake, especially in the morning using a small amount of bait and a very light rod.
Rio Blanco Lake — Fishing for crappie and other panfish remains fair to good, primarily on white or yellow crappie jigs. Northern pike activity appears to have slowed down but might pick up with the warmer weather after a rainy period.
Roaring Fork River — The Roaring Fork River has been flowing at 202 cfs in Aspen, 2,330 cfs in Basalt and 4,130 cfs in Glenwood Springs, and has been steadily dropping daily. The river from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs has been exceptional. The caddis hatch is very heavy with good numbers of Green Drakes being seen in the evening hours. The float fishing has been truly exceptional! From Aspen to Basalt the river is producing good numbers of fish on a variety of nymphs. The next two weeks will offer some of the best fishing in the entire state. Hot flies include: BDE Drakes, Royal Wulffs, P&E Caddis, Stimi’s, Princes, 20 Inchers and Sparkle Pupas.
Seymour Res. — Trolling and fishing from shore have been quite good. Try Rapalas and other crankbaits, Kastmasters and Daredevils. The lake is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. A variety of baits and spinning lures can be effective. Standard fishing regulations and limits are in effect.
Shadow Mountain Res. — The canal and the area where it dumps into the reservoir are prime fishing spots. Browns, Kokanee and rainbows are being caught. Various fly patterns (sow bugs, RS-2s, Mysis shrimp), lures and baits are productive at different times. Slip-bobber fishing also is very effective, and trolling is productive. The south boat ramp is open. Boat inspections are conducted at the Green Ridge ramp from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The Hilltop ramp will be closed to trailered watercraft all of 2009. The Green Ridge ramp is open for nighttime use. Fishing is very good below Shadow Mountain Dam where the water flow has come down; fishing where it meets the reservoir has been very productive. Kokanee in the 16-inch range are being caught. Inquire in Granby for the latest conditions.
South Delaney Lake — Callibaetis mayflies and Chironomidae have been hatching virtually every day on all the “Sagebrush Lakes,” and activity on the south lake has been consistent. Callibaetis become active around 10 a.m. and continue for several hours. Nymphs can work all day; during the hatch, try a dry fly or an emerger below a dun. Late morning and evenings have been best for the Chironomidae. Suspend a size 16 below an indictor in 6-10 feet of water. Reduced limits and other restrictions apply to all the Delaney Buttes Lakes. Check the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s regulations booklet for details.
Stagecoach Res. — Warmer weather has slowed fishing slightly but anglers on the lake are still catching 4-5lb trout using a variety of bait including green PowerBait, worms and marshmallows. Tailwaters fishing has been good using small RS-2s and chrono-midges, or a small, brown fly with a gold bead head. Please check the Stagecoach State Park boating conditions for updates on aquatic nuisance species prevention. Have a great season, fish responsibly and have fun.
Steamboat Lake — Continuing rain has made for slow fishing, except for boaters going deep. Some have had success from the bank, but for the most part fishing has been slow. For current conditions, please call the visitors center at 970-879-3922.
Trappers Lake — Fly fishermen have had some success below the surface with bead-head nymphs, emergers and soft-hackle wet flies. Surface activity should improve with warmer weather and gradually rising water temperatures. The lake is an outstanding fishery for naturally reproducing cutthroat trout. Fishermen may use only artificial flies or lures. The limit on cutthroats is two fish. All cutts longer than 11 inches must immediately be returned to the water alive. Fishermen are encouraged to keep all the brook trout they catch.
Vega Res. — The fishing at Vega has slowed down somewhat but still remains good especially from boats. Rainbows in the range of 15-21 inches are being caught on worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs and Panther Martins. The reservoir is no longer spilling. All three boat ramps are open for launching. Please remember to stop at the ANS inspection station at the entrance to have any trailered boats checked. This is a mandatory inspection. The station is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please see a park ranger to have your boat inspected outside these hours.
White River — The flow near Meeker on Monday was 1,500 cfs. The river remains high and tough to wade but it has begun clearing. Spinner fishermen have taken a few trout, but the activity has not been consistent. With dryer weather in the forecast, fishing conditions could be good around July 4. Anglers are reminded that the bag and possession limit for trout from the headwaters downstream to the Highway 13 bridge below Meeker, including the South Fork, is two fish. Fishing on the Sleepy Cat easement, Wakera lease and Meeker Pasture State Wildlife Area is restricted to artificial flies and lures, and all trout must immediately be returned to the water alive.
Williams Fork Res. — Rainbow and brown trout, lake trout, northern pike and Kokanee are available. The pike are still reported to be up in the shallow grass beds; Top water, slash baits, worms, and shiners are working. Fishing for them from the bank and boats remains very good. Belly boaters also have done well. A 24-inch rainbow has been caught as well as many in the 16 to 20 inch range. Rainbow size and catch rates have been great this spring. Boat inspections are conducted at the east ramp from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The west ramp will be closed all of 2009. All ramps are closed at night. Inquire in Granby for the latest conditions.
Williams Fork River — Tuesday morning’s flow below the reservoir was 680 cfs, up from last week and above optimal for prime fishing conditions. Although the river is bank-full, look for PMDs and caddis in the afternoon. Recommended nymphs include: JuJu Baetis, PMD Barr’s Emerger, golden stone, size 18 bead-head Pheasant Tail.
Willow Creek Res. — Nice-sized rainbow and brown trout and Kokanee salmon are available. Very productive fishing is reported. This is a beautiful area with easy fishing access around the boat ramp area and the next bay. It’s a good place to take kids, and generally gets less fishing pressure than other area lakes. Worms, PowerBait, salmon eggs and many different lures are commonly used. Trolling and fly fishing also are productive. The campground is very nice. No trailered watercraft will be allowed through the 2009 season. Inquire in Granby for updates.
Wolford Res. — Shore fishing has slowed down with warmer weather, still a few fishermen doing well using PowerBait. Boaters are doing well on Kokanee on the east side of the reservoir near the dam and half mile north of the boat ramp using pop gear. Fisherman is down about 2 colors using variety of lures taz’s, arnies, Kokanee killer’s, needlefish, and Dick Nites.
Yampa River (Hayden through Craig) — The Yampa is starting to clear as flows begin to drop. Debris is still present, so use caution if you decide to float. Fishing has begun to pick up as the level drops, so throw steamers close to shore or big nymphs and lures in any slower-moving water, we are seeing good dry fly activity. Try the west ponds at the state park campground; pike have been stocked there for a couple of weeks and they are fishing very well.
Yampa River (Stagecoach through Steamboat) — Recent flows through Steamboat Springs have been around 1,200 cfs, still high for optimal fishing. The water has been clearing, and though wading still is a challenge, double-nymph rigs with a large stonefly nymph trailed by an attractor-type pattern such as a Copper John, Prince, bead-head Pheasant Tail or San Juan worm can take some fish. Streamer flies have been productive on some days, less-effective on others. Some Yellow Sally stoneflies have been evident but fish haven’t been looking to the surface yet. Fishing in the tailwater below Stagecoach Dam, meanwhile, remains quite good with an assortment of small flies. That’s about the only fishable flowing water in the area, however, and it can get a bit crowded.
Adobe Creek Res. (Blue Lake) — Fishing is slow, some white bass, and channel catfish being caught. There are endangered species closures on the lake. The low water boat ramp is usable.
Antero Res. — Fishing for rainbow and Snake River cutthroat trout, and occasional browns and brooks has slowed a little but remains fair to good. While most have been 1-2 pounds, many are larger. Streamer flies, egg patterns, Kastmasters, Tasmanian Devils and Panther Martin spinners all have been productive. Bait fishers have been using night crawlers, salmon eggs, and crawlers in combination with salmon eggs, and green, garlic-flavored Power Bait. Trailered boats are permitted but must be inspected before launching. Boating hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. All inspections are conducted at the south ramp.
Arkansas River (Buena Vista to Salida) — We started the week with clear water and flows of 2190 cfs in Browns Canyon. We expect the river to recede as the week goes on. Yellow sally stoneflies and pale morning dun mayflies are hatching in this reach and the fish are feeding hard along the edges.
Arkansas River (Leadville to Buena Vista) — As of Monday, flows were 739 in Hayden Meadows and 1750 in Granite with good visibility throughout. Caddis and stoneflies continue to hatch above the Lake Creek confluence with stones and attractors doing better below. Look for flows to subside significantly this week and fishing conditions to improve.
Arkansas River (Salida to Canon City) — Flows have dropped and cleared a lot since last week with a Wellsville reading of 2380 cfs in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Yellow Sally stoneflies and pale morning dun mayflies are hatching now. Stay very close to the edge and fish a big dry with a small dry or beadhead dropper behind.
Bonny Res. — The strong fishing action seen a month ago has slowed down to more-normal conditions for this time of year. A few walleyes were taken last week with night crawlers and crankbaits. Fair for white bass and wipers in early morning or late evening. Catfish in the range of 2-4 pounds have been taken at night along the north side or the face of the dam. All size and bag limits are still in force; only one walleye over 21 inches may be taken per day. The boat-ramp depth is 3-4 feet, with a channel about 20 inches deep going out to the lake. Most boats up to 18 feet and pontoons with their motors trimmed up are able to go out the channel. The water level is going down slowly with the heat.
Brush Hollow Res. — Fishing for bass and trout remains good. Fishing for catfish has been very good in the evenings and at night. The water level has dropped a little but the boat ramp remains usable. Wakeless boating is permitted. No fires are allowed. A mercury advisory by the Colorado Department of Public Health is in effect for walleyes of a certain size.
Cheesman Res. — The reservoir is only open for fishing access along the north side of the Goose Creek arm. Fishing for trout is likely to be slow, but the fish will be of good size. Smallmouth bass fishing should be fairly good for 12- to 17-inch fish. The reservoir also has northern pike, yellow perch and Kokanee salmon. Snagging Kokanee is permitted Sept 1st - Dec 31st. Only one pike exceeding 34 inches may be taken per day. Kokanee have been growing and a decent spawning run up the Goose Creek arm is expected in the fall.
Clear Creek Res. — Shoreline fishermen have been getting some trout on salmon eggs, night crawlers, fly-bubble outfits and small, spoon-type lures. Trailered boats are permitted on Thursdays through Sundays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September. Inspection will be required before launching. Non-trailered boats such canoes, belly boats and hand-launched craft can be used at any time. The reservoir usually offers good to very good fishing for pan-size rainbow and Snake River cutthroat trout, and an occasional larger brown. Kokanee salmon and tiger muskies also are present. Snagging of Kokanee allowed Oct. 1st - Dec 31st upstream to gauging station (1/2 mile above Clear Creek Res.).
Cottonwood Lake — Fishing for pan-sized trout has been fairly good. The south shore appears to be the best location. Salmon eggs and night crawlers have been productive. Minimum size for smallmouth and largemouth bass is 15 inches long.
DeWeese Res. — Fishing for trout up to 16 inches has been good. Some tiger muskies have been hooked recently but few have been landed.
Eleven Mile Res. — The action at Eleven Mile Res. is on. Both ramps are open, with mandatory inspections for aquatic nuisance species. Boaters can be prepared by cleaning, draining and drying all compartments and tanks on their vessel before arriving. Trout action has been fair, with mornings the best time. Trolling using Dick Nites, Tasmanian Devils, and Arnie’s spinners has been most successful. Orange, Chartreuse, and Salmon Peach Power Bait have also been working well. Kokanee action is fair between duck and deer islands. Northern pike fishing is slow, look for the pike fishing too increase as water temps climb towards 60 degrees. The limit for trout is four fish, of which only two can be 16 inches or longer. The possession limit is the same as the daily bag. No live minnows may be used.
Hale Ponds — The series of small ponds east of Bonny Res. was stocked in April & May and scheduled to be stocked in September with catchable-sized trout. Stocking with largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish is scheduled for Sept. Fishing pressure has been light, but a few small panfish and catfish also have been taken, mainly on bait.
Hayden Meadows Res. — Fishing for catchable-sized rainbow trout has been fair to good, with most being caught on Power Bait. Hayden Meadows Res. is scheduled to be stocked with catchable trout in June, July and August. A few larger trout were stocked in May and a few more trout will be stocked in Sept.
Horseshoe Res. — Water temperature is about the same as Martin, between 68 and 70 degrees. There was an eighteen pound, 38 inch catfish caught out of Horseshoe this weekend on salmon eggs. There were also a few reports of both large and smallmouth bass as well as crappie being caught on jigs and lures. Boat traffic was pretty slow this weekend, but there were more reports of people catching fish on boats than on the shore. Eurasian watermilfoil is beginning to bloom in the lake so be sure to discard any plant material away from your boat and boat trailer when exiting the lake.
Jefferson Lake — Fishing for catchable-sized trout has been fairly good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and garlic-flavored Power Bait, as well as Tasmanian Devil, Kastmaster and Panther Martin lures. Mackinaw have been taken on anchovy, shad and shiner prepared baits, and occasionally on night crawlers. Trailered boats are prohibited until further notice, but hand-launched craft are permitted. The lake is stocked throughout the summer and also has mackinaw. Shore fishing for larger mackinaw is best at ice-out and in the fall, but 12- to 18-inch lakers can be taken from shore throughout the season.
John Martin Res. — Fishing is slow, some white bass, and channel catfish being caught. There are endangered species closures on the lake. The low water boat ramp is usable.
Karval and Kinney lakes — Fishing at Kinney is slow and the water has been murky. Fishing for remaining stocked trout at Karval and the Hugo State Wildlife Area ponds has been fair. Successful fishermen are using night crawlers and salmon eggs. A few bluegills are being taken on night crawlers from the shore at Karval. Otherwise, warm-water fish have not yet begun to bite. The level at Karval is 3.5 feet higher than a year ago. Both lakes and the ponds have most of the common warm-water species and are stocked with catchable-sized trout in the spring.
Lake Henry — The level is high and boat-ramp conditions are good. Fishing for all species is slow. A few catfish and small white bass have been caught recently. Boat inspection teams will be at Henry periodically throughout 2009. Boaters are asked to cooperate with these crews to ensure that organisms that can damage the lake environment are kept out of the water.
Lake Meredith — Water levels and boat ramps at Meredith are good. Fishing for crappie is fair to good. Anglers are catching these fish using live minnow rigs. Also, an occasional white bass, bullhead, and channel catfish is being caught. Boat inspection teams will be at Meredith periodically throughout 2009. Boaters are asked to cooperate with these crews to ensure that organisms that can damage the lake environment are kept out of the water.
Martin Lake — The current water temperature is 70.3 degrees in Martin Lake. Fishing has been relatively slow but there have been reports of people catching bass as well as walleye, both on worms. Boat traffic was relatively mild this weekend despite the holiday weekend, and boat inspections continue to be conducted on both incoming and outgoing boats. There were shore fishermen all weekend in the coves and on the dam and a few reported catching trout, all of which were relatively small in size.
Montgomery Res. — Fishing for mostly pan-sized trout has been fair to good. Night crawlers, salmon eggs and green Power Bait have been as productive as anything. Fishing is prohibited on the south side of the reservoir and from the west face of the dam, as posted. Fishing success largely depends on periodic stocking of catchable-sized trout.
Nee Gronda Res. — Fishing for saugeyes and white bass has been good. Some nice-sized smallmouth bass and channel catfish also are being caught. The boat ramp extension project has been completed. Boat inspection teams will be at Nee Gronda periodically throughout 2009. Boaters are asked to cooperate with these crews to ensure that organisms that can damage the lake environment are kept out of the water.
Nee Noshe Res. — Boat access is good from the state gravel ramp located on the south side of the lake. A few catfish have been taken recently, but the overall fishery still is rebuilding. Fall sampling indicated catfish and small wipers should be available for fishing in 2009. Other species will be restocked throughout the season to replenish the lake after winter-kill losses depleted the lake in 2007. These fish will grow quickly and should be available for harvest in coming years. Boat inspection teams will be at Nee Noshe periodically throughout 2009. Boaters are asked to cooperate with these crews to ensure that organisms that can damage the lake environment are kept out of the water.
Nichols Res. — Fishing for pan-sized trout with the typical baits, lures and flies has been very good. Nichols is accessed by a hiking trail leading down from the Rampart Res. dam. Nichols is heavily stocked through the summer and offers generally good fishing for catchable-sized trout.
OHaver Res. — Fishing with a variety of baits most notably salmon eggs and Power Bait has been good. Fly fishermen have had some good success when the sky is overcast and fish are feeding on the surface. OHaver is scheduled to be stocked with catchable Rainbows in July and Aug. and Snake River Cuts in May, June, July and Aug. Fishing pressure is heavy. Anglers are reminded that OHaver is leased to the U.S. forest service concessionaire, and that visitors must pay daily use and camping fees. The campground Host is now present.
Prospect Lake — Fishing has been spotty. Stocker-sized trout comprise most of the catch, but anglers also have been getting some small crappie and bluegills. The lake is stocked with catchable-sized trout through the early summer and again in the fall. Some larger brood fish from the state hatchery system usually also are stocked in the spring and fall. The lake also has saugeyes that should be approaching 17-20 inches, wipers to 15 inches, catfish and a good population of crappie. Numerous habitat structures to attract crappie have been placed in the north and south ends of the lake.
Pueblo Res. — With high flows coming down the Arkansas River, the level has been coming up a little but the upper end remains pretty clear. Fishing for wipers has improved significantly, but fish remain in deep water. Jigging in 30 feet has been productive in the afternoon as well as early morning in the west end and near the north marina. Some walleyes have been taken by trolling worm harnesses near the dam. Fishing for bass has been fairly good, but catfish fishing remains slow. Boaters should be aware of aquatic nuisance species inspection at the reservoir. Check with the state-parks office for complete information.
Rampart Res. — Shoreline fishermen have doing been fairly well for stocker-sized trout on baits and lures, as well as some rainbows up to 14 inches and mackinaw to 20. Boaters have been getting some 7-to 10-pound mackinaw in 30-45 feet of water on white tube jigs. Trailered boats are permitted Thursday through Sunday through October, following mandatory inspection. Boating hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carry-on craft may be launched at other times. The reservoir is regularly stocked and usually offers fairly good fishing for trout. The lake also has mackinaw, which may be found in relatively shallow water early and late in the season.
Skaguay Res. — Fishing is good with many fish being caught with flies, power bait, worms and assortment of lures. Catchable-sized trout are stocked through the summer. The reservoir also has northern pike that average 24 inches but run up to 40. Anglers are encouraged to catch and keep the toothy predators. Open-water facilities include a boat ramp. Wakeless boating is mandatory. With no trash cans available, fishermen are reminded to pack out their trash. The creek below the dam offers fishing for brown trout.
South Platte River (btwn Spinney and Eleven Mile) — The “Dream Stream” is living up to its reputation for springtime success. Various fly patterns including midges, scuds, Caddis pupae, black beauties, San Juan worms, and Woolly Buggers are producing. The action is on-and-off throughout the day, so persistence should pay off. The best stretch is on the east end near Eleven Mile Res.. The stream is Gold Medal Water. Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only, and catch-and-release rules apply.
South Platte River, Deckers area — With Cheesman Res. still spilling, the river flow has been trending downward. Tuesday morning’s volume was 472 cfs, down from last week but still on the high side. Wading still can be difficult and tributaries may add some discoloration during rainy periods. Warmer water from the reservoir has stirred a variety of aquatic insect activity. Fishing the slower water along the banks can be productive with a variety of nymphs. Relatively little surface activity has been noted.
South Platte River, Elevenmile Canyon — Fishing in Elevenmile Canyon is still very good despite the fact that the flows are going up again. As of this writing flows are 305 cfs, about 100 cfs higher than last week. Hatches are consistent; Caddis in the morning, Tricos mid-morning, and Pale Morning Duns (PMD) in the afternoon. Elk Hair Caddis, #16-18, Trico Spinners #20, PMD Adults #18, Parachutes Adams #20 are all good dry fly options. Pheasant Tails #18-20, Barr’s PMD Emergers #18, Black WD40’s #20, San Juan Worms #16 in brown and red are all effective nymph patterns.
Spinney Mountain Res. — Mandatory boat inspections for aquatic nuisance species are required for all trailered vessels. Boaters can be prepared by cleaning, draining and drying all compartments and tanks before arriving. Trout fishing is excellent, with the best times in early morning and evening. The Callibaetis hatch is on, with some very nice fish being caught in the 21-25” range. Successful fly patterns include Callibaetis larvae and Crane fly larvae as well as San Juan worms. Northern pike action is slow. Look for this to change as the water temps rise towards 60 degrees and fish began moving in. Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only, from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. The park is locked one hour after sunset. The bag and possession limit is one trout at least 20 inches long.
Tarryall Res. — Shoreline fishermen have been using night crawlers, salmon eggs and garlic Power Bait for trout. Tasmanian Devils, Kastmasters and Panther Martin spinners also have been effective. Fly fishermen report fair results with black Woolly Buggers, Renegades and Pheasant Tails. Belly boats and hand-launched craft are permitted. Trailered boats will be allowed June 1-Oct. 31 with the exception of Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Boating hours will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. All trailered vessels must be inspected before launching.
Trinidad Res. — Trinidad Lake is approx. 730 surface acres with the surface temp about 70 degrees F. Fishing has been excellent for rainbow trout. Catfish, bass, and walleye are starting to come on strong and we’re now seeing some yellow perch. The water temp has been heating up lately, making for better fishing!!! Boaters, be prepared to stop for ANS inspections and be aware of floating debris and unmarked hazards as the water level continues to slowly drop. Anglers are also reminded to check the regulations for bass and walleye at Trinidad Lake as well as to wear your PFD. Our main campground is now open!! For further information call the Visitor’s Center at 719-846-6951.
Turks Pond — Fishermen have been catching some catfish. Some nice-sized wipers also are being caught. Anglers fishing for wipers should fish into the wind, as the fish seem to prefer the windward side of the pond. Turks Pond currently is very low. Well repairs are scheduled for 2009 and should improve water levels upon completion. Boaters are asked to ensure that vessels are clean, drained and dry before launching at Turks. This will assist in the effort to prevent the spread of ANS organisms.
Turquoise Lake — Fishing for trout has been good to excellent in recent days. Limits have been taken on power bait and worms. Lures and flies have produced good results. Caddis flies and mosquito imitations produced this last weekend. Kastmasters & spoons also produced as well. There is an excellent population of lake trout, though most are less than 20 inches. The south and east shorelines usually offer good fishing for Macks in late June and early July. Later, they move into deeper water. The limit for mackinaw is two, with no size restrictions. The lake is stocked on a regular basis during the summer with catchable size rainbows and cutthroat trout. Boat inspections began in May at the Matchless ramp from 6 a.m. to dark daily. The Tabor ramp will be closed the entire season.
Twin Lakes — Fishing for nice sized rainbows has been good with numerous limits taken. Power bait and worms, Lures and flies have produced good results. Caddis flies, mosquito imitations, Kastmasters and spoons produced this last weekend. Boat inspections are conducted at the Dexter Point ramp from 6 a.m. to dark 7 days a week. The Red Roster ramp will be closed to trailered watercraft all of 2009.The Lake trout populations continue to improve. Most fish taken are less than 20 inches, but larger fish are fairly common. Ice-out is a good time for Macks near the power plant and the channel from the upper lake to the lower lake. Large Rapalas and spoons have been effective.
Twin Lakes (Mt. Elbert) Forebay — Fishing for good-size rainbow trout has been good, with numerous limits being taken. The lake is stocked with catchable-sized rainbows from late May through August. Holdover trout averaging 15 inches provide some good early season action. Try Woolly Worms or spinning lures along the south shore. As usual worms and power bait have been effective. Greater numbers of mackinaw also have been turning up, mostly taken on sucker meat. The Forebay has the best population of mackinaw in the Arkansas River basin. They average 17 inches but run up to 40-plus. The Mack limit is one fish, and all fish between 22 and 34 inches must be released. Carry-on boats and float tubes are permitted on the Forebay, but boaters should be aware of possible dramatic fluctuations of the water level.
Two Buttes Res. — Water levels have declined to the point that fishing no longer is available at Two Buttes. Good fishing still is available in the Black Hole ponds immediately below the dam.
Willow Springs Ponds — Fishing for catchable-sized trout generally has been fair, but success varies among fishermen. The ponds east of Interstate 25 near Fountain have been rehabilitated, refilled and stocked with a variety of fish that includes trout, small and catchable-sized bass, wipers and panfish. A fish-consumption advisory for some species of fish is in effect because of tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and anglers are advised to read the informational signs at the lakes.
Animas River — The river is running clear and fishing is good. Cast near holes along the bank for brown trout, rainbows prefer faster water. Anglers should be ready to try a variety of flies - caddis, nymphs, and stimulators. Frequent afternoon storms turn the water off color, so try wooly buggers when the water is cloudy.
Beaver Creek Res. — The reservoir is full. Fishing for rainbow trout and some browns has been good. Salmon eggs and Power Bait have been getting the best results. Boat anglers using flies or lures have been catching their limits.
Big Meadows Res. — Fishing is reported as good for rainbow trout and fair for brook trout with bait, flies and lures.
Blue Mesa Res. — Salmon fishing remains sporadic, with a few fish being caught near the dam and in Cebolla Basin at 3 to 5 colors of lead-core line. Lake trout are moving deeper and fishing is getting tougher. Look for catchable fish at 100 to 120 feet. Brown-trout fishing remains fair along the shorelines or by trolling Rapalas from 20 to 35 feet in all areas of the lake. Mandatory zebra mussel checks are in place. The only boat ramps available are Elk Creek, Stevens Creek and Lake Fork. They will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. only.
Conejos County (small streams) — Conejos County has a variety of small streams that offer excellent trout fishing opportunities. Trout species include native cutthroats, brooks, browns and rainbows. Summer fishing has been improving as the runoff ends. Small streams are accessible and fishing has been fair to good. Fishing is expected to be excellent throughout the summer as conditions improve.
Conejos River — Flows on the Conejos are around 900 cfs on the lower river and 327 cfs below Platoro. Fishing conditions are improving and the water is clear on most days. The salmon fly hatch has started. Angling techniques include nymphing and dry-droppers (e.g. attractor patterns in combination with a stonefly or other nymph), spinner fishing and bait. The Conejos has two sections of special fishing regulation waters: From the upper boundary of Aspen Glade campground to Menkhaven Resort, artificial flies only and a daily bag and possession limit of two trout 16 inches or longer, and from the confluence of the South Fork to the lower bridge at Platoro, artificial flies and lures only, with a daily bag and possession limit of two trout 16 inches or longer.
Crawford Res. — Pike and catfish have been being caught less often, but many that have been caught, have had some size to them. Crappie and perch fishing has been real good, but they have been small. A variety of species are available for hooking into at Crawford. The reservoir has largemouth bass, rainbow trout, northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie and channel catfish.
East River — Warmer weather has brought a surge of late snow melt into the river. Tuesday morning’s flow at Almont was 1,260 cfs. Look for the river to drop and clear sooner than last year, with summer hatches beginning shortly.
Gunnison River (below Crystal Dam) — Flows are stable at 3,200. Could still go up if Blue Mesa Res. spills! San Juan worms, #6 Woolly Buggers, egg patterns, #14 orange and green scuds, #10 GB Poxy Back Biot Stones, #12-16 GB Prince Nymphs, #16-20 Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails and Flashback PTs, and #10 20-Inchers and Halfbacks. When in doubt, put a midge behind an egg pattern or San Juan worm. For dries, try BWO adult patterns, #16-20 Adams, Adams Parachutes and dark Elk-Hair Caddis, or an RS-2 emerger. Still stones in the National Park, thing are winding down on the hatch lower in the gorge.
Gunnison River (through the canyon) — The flow in the Gunnison Gorge is now 2,830 cfs. Hopper’s are hot starting this weekend. Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies are still being used. Pat’s Rubber Legs, sizes 6 and 4 are still productive. They are just being drifted without weight. Water clarity is improving. The North Fork is too high to wade and the Gunnison from the Forks to Austin also is off-color. Jet Boat Shuttle service across the Gunnison is available by calling LeRoy at the Gunnison River Pleasure Park at (970)872-2525 for information.
Gunnison River (Upper from Almont to Blue Mesa) — Through some day-to-day fluctuations, the river generally is dropping and clearing. Tuesday morning’s flow was 2,140 cfs and the water still was a little discolored. Caddis hatches have been evident in the afternoon. Hatches of drakes and PMDs should be coming off soon, but are not yet looking to the surface. Stonefly nymphs have been effective in the mornings, and streamers also can be productive. Wading still is difficult in much of the river. Float fishermen have been doing OK with both fly and spinning tackle. The runoff will be shorter than a year ago. Inquire in Gunnison for conditions updates.
Jackson Gulch Res. — Fishing good to excellent for rainbow trout 10-12” with a few 16-20” fish being caught. Surface activity picks up in evenings and under cloud cover. In-line spinners and various colors of Power Bait have been the favorites along the north and west shores and at the inlet. Fishing for small yellow perch is good with worms along the dam and in the quarry on the west side. All trailered boats must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species prior to launch. Inspectors are available at the park. Call 970-533-7065 for more information or visit www.parks.state.co.us for current conditions.
La Jara Creek — Fishing on La Jara Creek has been good for brown trout. Some insect hatches have been occurring on the creek and fly fishing with dry-dropper combinations has worked well. Fishing also has been good on worms and spinners. Flows are good and the water is clear.
La Jara Res. — The reservoir is open and accessible, and water conditions are good. Fishing pressure has been light. Fishing has been slow. Good fishing for brook trout and splake is expected throughout the summer.
McPhee Res. — Fishing for trout has been very good. Fishermen also have been enjoying some good activity for smallmouth bass and, somewhat unusually, for crappie and even some walleyes. Please remember that all smallmouth and largemouth bass 10-15 inches long must be returned to the lake immediately. However, anglers should keep fish that are less than 10 inches. They are tasty, and by taking out the smaller fish, more food is left for the others to grow to trophy size. Boat inspections are conducted from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sagehen ramp.
Mountain Home Res. — The lake recently was stocked with catchable- sized rainbow trout. Fishing for rainbows is reported as fair to good with the typical baits and lures. The boat ramps are accessible.
Navajo Res. — The water temperature is 65 degrees. After a week of rain, both the weather and water have been clearing and fishing is improving. Fishing for crappie with live bait has been fair. Bass fishermen have been doing well on spinners and deep-diving crankbaits. Pike action has been very good on white and chartreuse spinners and fair topwater. Fishing for trout is improving in the Piedra and San Juan arms. Catfish activity with cut bait and night crawlers remains slow. The level is holding steady. The marina is open and fully supplied.
Platoro Res. — Fishing has been good for rainbow trout and fair for Kokanee salmon. Anglers have been catching trout on Power Bait and worms. Fishing pressure has been moderate. The water level is high and the boat ramp is usable. Boaters use caution while boating; several floating hazards such as logs are in the reservoir.
Ridgway Fishing Ponds — The Pa-Co-Chu-Puk ponds of Ridgway State Park are excellent for children because they are the only water below the dam not restricted to artificial flies and lures or catch-and-release fishing. A limit of four trout per person may be kept there, both by children and licensed adults, 16 years and older. The ponds were stocked in the last two weeks and the fishing is excellent. Lots of the larger, holdover rainbow trout from last season also are being caught. In mid June a 21-inch rainbow was landed using a night crawler.
Ridgway Res. — The lake is still full. The water temperature is in the lower 60s and the fishing is good to excellent. Some 35,000 catchable-sized trout have been stocked over the past few months. An 11-pound brown trout was caught in mid-May on a Kastmaster. Several 3-6 pound Browns have been caught this past two weeks on night crawlers. Boaters have reported good catches of rainbows. Bank fishermen have been doing well using night crawlers, red salmon eggs and silver or gold Kastmasters.
Rio Grande River — The river is clear and dropping. Monday’s flow was 1150 cfs at Del Norte. Willow fly hatch is over. Green and gray drake mayflies and caddisflies are hatching in morning and afternoon. Fishing was reported as good using green drake dry fly patterns and elk hair caddis.
Road Canyon Res. — Fishing is reported as good for quality sized rainbow and brook trout of 10-18 inches. Spinning lures, streamers, dry flies and bait have proven effective.
San Juan River — The San Juan is running clear, although afternoon showers will cause the water to discolor. Caddis emergers, dry flies and nymphs are safe bets in July.
San Luis Lake — San Luis Lake recently was stocked with 8,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout. Fishing is reported as fair for trout with the typical baits, and fair for carp on nymphs and streamers.
Sanchez Res. — Spring fishing at Sanchez Res. is in gear. Fishing for walleyes and northern pike is reported as fair with crankbaits and jigs.
Smith Res. (San Luis Valley) — Spring fishing for trout has been good with Power Bait, salmon eggs and lures. Anglers have reported catching many quality sized trout up to 18 inches. The lake is full and both boat ramps are usable. Smith Res. will be drained by the irrigation company in the fall to repair the outlet structure.
Taylor Res. — Lake trout are at about 40 feet and have been biting on night crawlers or sucker meat off the bottom. Trolling with Apex lures has been producing lots of trout including some nice-sized browns. The largest fish in a pike derby last weekend was 34 inches and weighed 9.05 pounds. The second-place pike was 32 inches. A 15.75 pound pike was taken later. The lake recently as stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout, and pike activity might slow down for a while.
Taylor River — Tuesday morning’s flows were 773 cfs at Almont and 496 cfs below Taylor Dam, both down from last week. The lower river generally is clear, but wading, typically, can be a challenge. Fast-water fishing has been fairly good, however, with stonefly nymphs, streamers and other large patterns. The tailwater below Taylor Dam also is more difficult to fish at a still-high flow, but trout are tuned in to the Mysis shrimp and other feed coming down from the reservoir. Inquire in Gunnison for updates.
Trujillo Meadows Res. — Trujillo Meadows Res. has been fishing well for brown trout. Anglers have been catching fish in the 14- to 16-inch range. The reservoir has been busy during the weekends, with light pressure during the week. Anglers have been catching trout on worms, spinners and fly-and-bubble rigs. Fishing seems to be the most productive in the evening. Boats are allowed on Trujillo Meadows Res.; however, they cannot create a white-water wake.
Tucker Ponds — The ponds are open and accessible. Fishing for rainbow trout reportedly is fair to good.
Uncompahgre River in Ridgway Park — Fishing on the river at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk has been good. Flows are down to about 600 cfs, after flows in excess of 1,150 cfs earlier in the month. Normal is 250-300 cfs. Habitat for both fish and bugs is enhanced with the additional debris in the water and bug production also has gone way up. As the water temperature approaches 55 degrees, the trout become more active and feed more heavily. Smaller Pheasant Tails are working. A 23-inch brown trout was landed and released last month by a local fly fisherman using a black woolly bugger.