Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Good fishing still abounds in Colorado's lakes and streams

Scott Willoughby: Good fishing still abounds in Colorado's lakes and streams
By Scott Willoughby Article Link

A kayak might be the way to go when fishing in the high country. No, it really doesn't have to end. With you or without you, summer isn't going anywhere. Not just yet, anyway.

Sure, it's Labor Day weekend, that last warm and breezy three-day fling of the season before so many folks pack up the fishing poles and shift their attention to more so-called serious endeavors.

School is back in session, neglected work is piled deep and, well, those grouse and chukars aren't going to hunt themselves. But even as summer winds down and several small-game seasons get underway, some of the finest fishing of the year is just starting to heat up.

Denver's hottest August on record put the kibosh on the bite at several local lakes and reservoirs lately, but things should be looking up now that the nights are cooling and the dog days appear to be behind us. Early morning and late evening will still be an angler's best bets, however.

Black bass will get serious about packing on some pounds soon enough, while wipers and white bass ought to start pushing bait and offering some fast action in lower- elevation reservoirs.

Reports of northern pike activity around weed beds in higher-elevation impoundments like Spinney, Elevenmile, Stagecoach, Taylor and Williams Fork could offer lake fishermen a reason to bring along the camera.

But the best opportunities are likely to be found in the streams, several of which are in the best condition they've been in all year. River flows remain just a bit above average for September, but the fish remain eager and the water is generally cool and clear. The bug buffet is still open as well, featuring a smorgasbord of aquatic hatches and an ample side of terrestrials

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