Fishing report for the week of Aug. 8
If stream fishing has entered a summer slowdown, fishermen might look to the river banks to keep things hopping.
Land insects – grasshoppers, beetles, ants and crickets, among others – are active along the banks of rivers, large and small, and periodically they wind up in the water. Wind, rain, perhaps an errant hop or a misstep on an overhanging branch can put a terrestrial insect into the river, where it is largely helpless in the currents.
Trout (and many other types of fish) recognize an easy meal when they see it, and readily come up for such a drifting insect.
Grasshoppers are especially abundant along meadow sections of a stream, and live grasshoppers long have been a seasonal staple for bait fishermen. Hopper imitations also are popular among fly fishermen, along with numerous other terrestrial patterns
Variations on the Joe’s Hopper and Dave’s Hopper rightfully are popular, and some newer patterns featuring synthetic materials and some artistic add-ons look real enough to hop away.
A fly box often includes many other terrestrial-suggesting patterns. Those might include a range of Wulff patterns, Trudes, Humpies, Irresistibles and mini Muddler Minnows.
Such patterns, often called attractor flies, typically are larger than many aquatic insects and often somewhat bushy. Above all, they are highly buoyant.
Terrestrial patterns can be very productive when dead drifted in riffles and pocket water, but they can be particularly effective when fished in currents and eddies very close to the bank. The undercut banks of meadow streams and areas with overhanging grass and brush are especially promising.
While terrestrials often are fished singly, fly fishermen also may double up with a hopper/dropper rig. A terrestrial pattern is attached to the leader first. A second fly – typically a nymph that suggests an immature aquatic insect – is tied in some 18 inches behind the lead fly.
Trout may rise to the attractor - the floating hopper - or they might take the nymph below the surface. If so, the hopper serves as a strike indicator. A twitch or other unnatural movement of the hopper in the current most likely indicates a fish has taken the dropper fly.
While terrestrials usually are associated with stream fishing, they also can be effective on lakes, especially Alpine lakes, where mountain winds often carry land insects onto the water. High-lakes trout can be opportunistic, readily taking any insect on the water; they can be selective, tuned in to one particular variety and rejecting all others.
Whether on high-mountain or lower-elevation waters, terrestrial insects add an interesting dimension to an angler’s bag of tricks at a time when conditions can be challenging.
NATIVE TROUT RESTORATION IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO: The Hermosa Creek drainage north of Durango has long been a favorite spot for anglers who enjoy fishing small streams, even though native cutthroats have been displaced by non-native species like brook and rainbow trout.
Restoring native Colorado River cutthroat trout to these waters is a priority for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The next phase of a restoration project is getting underway in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. Non-native fish are being removed from Hermosa Creek upstream of the new barrier at Hotel Draw to the headwaters.
During this phase, anglers will still find plenty of great small-stream fishing in the area. The East Fork of Hermosa Creek, right behind the Durango Mountain Resort ski area, was reclaimed in 1992, and the small stream is full of native cutthroats. Below the barrier at Hotel Draw, the main fork of Hermosa Creek will also be fishable.
Other streams in the immediate area include upper and lower Cascade Creek, and Lime Creek. Easily accessible high-altitude lake fishing can also be found nearby at Haviland Lake, Molas and Little Molas lakes, Andrews Lake and at Vallecito Reservoir.
Read the recent press release with additional information about the Hermosa Creek project.
LAKE JOHN REMAINS TEMPORARILY CLOSED: With the Lake John reclamation project to begin on Aug. 9, the lake will remain closed to fishing until the water has been tested and the lake is refilled and restocked with trout. Restocking will include some extra-large brood stock and probably will be done in early September.
During the reclamation effort, the Lake John Resort will remain open and camping will be available in the vicinity. Other North Park fishing waters will remain open, with their usual limits and all other regulations remaining in effect.
For more detail about the reclamation process and schedule, read the press release. You can also call the Steamboat Springs Parks and Wildlife office, 970-870-2197, or the Walden Work Center, 970-723-4625 for more information.
For information about Lake John, see the fish data and management survey.
WOODS LAKE BAG LIMITS TEMPORARILY LIFTED: A native-trout reclamation project by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife will allow anglers to keep all the brook and brown trout they catch at Woods Lake and its inlets through Aug. 31. Anglers still must have a valid Colorado fishing license, and may take fish only by legal means as defined in the state fishing regulations.
Native fish will be restocked after confirmation that all non-natives have been removed, probably this fall or next spring. Fish populations should increase to their previous levels in three to five years, but anglers could have some fish to catch as early as next summer.
For more information on the need for the reclamation and the process involved, read the press release.
PREVENTING AQUATIC NUISANCE SPECIES (ANS): To protect Colorado waters, boaters leaving a lake or other waterway should:
• CLEAN all mud, plants or animals from the hull of the boat.
• DRAIN all the water from the boat, live well and lower unit of the engine.
• DRY the boat and contents before the next launch.
To help boaters understand Colorado’s ANS prevention program and prepare for mandatory inspections, State Parks has posted a series of three- to five-minute videos on the State Parks website. Also check out our resources on zebra and quagga mussels and the mandatory boat inspection program.
Arvada Reservoir—Fishing still seems to better in the morning when it is cooler. A lot of perch, walleyes and smallmouth bass are being caught. Green and orange PowerBait are working for trout. Anglers are catching some very large catfish on a regular basis. They are good bragging fish and a lot of fun to catch. Call 303-420-7773 to check on boating conditions because of the high winds. Aquatic bait is not allowed; this includes salamanders, leeches, crayfish, frogs and minnows. Worms are the only permitted live bait. Check out the fish board when you’re here. PLEASE do not bring your pets.
Aurora Reservoir—Current water temp is 72 degrees. Trout fishing is slow to fair using PowerBait with a slip rig from the dam. Trout now in deeper water, so fish deep early in the morning and late in the evening. Boaters are doing well for trout by trolling with crawlers, spoons and Rapalas. Walleye fishing is fair to good using bottom bouncers with crawlers and jigs tipped with crawlers. Perch action is fair to good on jigs tipped with worms. All other species are slow or no reports. The limit for trout is two fish. Reminder: Boating is restricted to electric motors. All vessels must be inspected prior to launch. A watercraft access permit is required for all vehicles bringing in watercraft. For more information, call 303-690-1286. Park hours for August are 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Barr Lake—Trout fishing is slowing down from boats and shore with spoons and PowerBait. Walleyes are good from boats at a 10-foot depth with bottom bouncers. Wipers picking up on Rat.L.Traps. The water temp is approximately 75 degrees. No fishing is allowed in the wildlife refuge or from the Barr Lake dam. Contact the ranger office for current conditions at 303-655-1495 or check the park web site.
Chatfield Reservoir—The level is high, the surface temperature is about 68 degrees and clarity has improved. Smallmouth bass are doing very well on tubes and spinners. Walleyes are doing well on jerk baits at night.
Cherry Creek Reservoir—The lake is full and the temperature is in the mid-70s. PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs, leeches and lures have been taking trout at the Lake Loop. The Tower Loop has produced some walleyes, as well as trout. Fishing for walleyes has been best at night. Some wiper activity has been reported at various locations across the lake. Boat inspections are conducted daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the east boat ramp. Make sure you have a parks pass for your vehicle and a valid fishing license.
Clear Creek—The creek is still running high and fast, but has come down enough that it’s very fishable albeit with certain limitations due to the swiftness of the main current. Terrestrials are the key to success. Fish hoppers and ants on the soft water along the edges of the creek. No need to even get into the water. You can add a black copper john as a dropper if you want to maybe catch a few on a nymph. The best fishing is above Idaho Springs to avoid rafting traffic.
Quincy Reservoir—Quincy is open to boating. Water temp is 73 degrees. All watercraft must be inspected before launching. All vehicles bringing in watercraft required to have a watercraft access pass. Bass fishing is slow to fair using spinner baits, jigs, drop shots and top-water lures. Perch fishing is slow to fair, mainly by jigging and drop shots. Trout fishing has been slow with midge and Hare’s Ears flies early morning and evening. Quincy is restricted to fishing with artificial flies and lures only. 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. All boats, including float tubes, must check in with the ranger on duty. Park hours for August are 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more info, call 303-693-5463.
South Platte River (Waterton Canyon)—Denver Water is dredging Strontia Springs Reservoir to remove massive amounts of Hayman Fire sediment. As a result, Waterton Canyon will be closed until Dec. 31, 2011. Neither the parking lot at the canyon’s entrance nor the canyon will be accessible during the closure. Access to The Colorado Trail from Waterton Canyon also will be closed during this time. For more information, log on to http://www.ColoradoTrail.org
Standley Lake—Standley Lake is open for the 2011 boating and camping season. The current lake temperature is approximately 71 degrees. Fishing times are 6:30 a.m. to sunset and will be strictly enforced. Aquatic bait is no longer allowed at Standley Lake; this includes salamanders, leeches, crayfish, frogs and minnows. Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) regulations are in effect. All boats are required to be inspected, sprayed and quarantined before entering Standley Lake. Call for more details. A $7 fee is charged for all drive-in traffic. Drive-in access is available from 6:30 a.m. to sunset. For more information, contact the Standley Lake Nature Center at (303) 425-1097.
Boedecker Reservoir—The water level remains high. White bass have provided much of the action. Try spinners, white jigs and small Rat.L.Traps near the brushy areas.
Boyd Lake—The surface temperature is up in the mid-70s and the depth is 56 feet. Fishing remains steady, with white bass among the most active. Spinners, plastic grubs and Kastmasters have worked well for them near the marina. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass has been fair by the north and south inlet areas. Walleyes have been hitting jigs and worms in the south end. Trout fishing still is fairly good in deep water, primarily on worms. Yellow perch are plentiful and hitting spinners in the north end near the pump house. Catfish fishing has been fair in deep water on various baits.
Carter Reservoir—Fishing for walleyes of 17- to 18-inches remains fairly good. Many are being caught from the shore. Boating fishermen have taken some larger fish at night. New regulations this year have made keeper-sized walleyes more available. Boaters are reminded that all trailered watercraft must complete an Aquatic Nuisance Species (zebra mussel) inspection before being launched on this lake. That is state law and strictly enforced. Additional information is available online at http://www.larimer.org/parks/boating inspections.htm.
Chambers Lake—The water level remains good. Fishermen have had fair success for trout on salmon eggs, PowerBait and small Kastmasters. Lake-trout specialists have been catching some relatively small mackinaw, primarily in the 18- to 20-inch range.
Dixon Reservoir—The weather has been warm and the weeds continue to grow. They are growing along the edges and making it a little more difficult to trick a fish onto your hook. Most anglers have been catching bluegill and green sunfish, with the occasional bass. Most of those are being caught with worms. Most of the bass are hiding in the ever-growing weeds, though, so if you are after bass, rig up with some weedless plastics, and put on your wading shoes. Some anglers have been having some success wading or fishing from a boat and fishing near the trees on the north side of the lake. Shiners and minnows have been working the best for the bass in these areas.
Dowdy Lake (Red Feather)—Fishing for recently stocked rainbow trout has been good. PowerBait, salmon eggs and small lures have worked well.
Flatiron Reservoir—Many fishermen reporting stocker-sized trout being caught. Worms and other baits continue to be the favorite. No boats of any kind are allowed. Remember to stay off dams and hydroelectric structures.
Horsetooth Reservoir—The level is high and clarity generally is good. Fishing remains steady. Most fishermen still are enjoying very good activity for smallmouth bass. Tube jigs, spinners and crank baits have been producing lots of bass, as well as some walleyes and an occasional trout. Walleyes also are being taken on jigs with leeches, fished very slowly. Fishing is very good right after the thunderstorms. Crayfish have been the ticket.
Jackson Reservoir—The lake is full and the surface water temperature is about 83 degrees. Fishing for wipers has been fair to good off the dam and along the west shore on the typical baits. An occasional walleye and some trout also are being caught. For further questions or information, please call the park office at (970) 645-2551.
Joe Wright Reservoir—The grayling are spawning right now, which means the fishing should start to pick up this week. Some anglers were having success with San Juan worms and egg pattern flies. Most of the success was in the inlet area. Joe Wright Creek from the reservoir to Highway 14 is closed to fishing until July 31. Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only.
Jumbo Reservoir—Water levels are down about a foot and dropping. The water temperature is in the mid 80. Fishing has been slow for all species. The boat ramp is open and is on the east side. All boats must be inspected. The minimum size for walleyes and wipers is 15 inches.
Lon Hagler Reservoir—The level is a little low but still is good. Fishermen have been taking a few catfish, mostly at night. Otherwise, fishing generally has been slow.
Lonetree Reservoir—The level remains high and the water temperature has been rising. Bass have been hitting top-water lures and buzz baits during the first hour after dawn and the final hour before dark. Some walleyes still are being taken from the brushy areas on leeches, jigs and crank baits.
Long Draw Reservoir—The Long Draw Road is still closed. The U.S. Forest Service has also closed the road to all uses, including foot traffic, until July 31.
North Sterling Reservoir—Parks staff reports the reservoir is near full and has only dropped a few feet, with the outlet running. The water temperature is in the low 80s. A lot of wipers are coming from the Goose Island, dam and Darby Point areas on green mussels, jigs, and shad imitation crank baits. 16”-20” walleyes are being taken around Goose Island on worm-rig harnesses without spinners, only beads or Lindy rigs with slow death hooks tipped with leeches or worms. Catfish are on the flats with cut bait working best. Crappie have slowed, but some are still being caught along the dam and the marina bay areas on minnows and tube jigs. Trout and small mouth bass are along the dam and being caught on spinners, jigs, or typical baits.
Parvin Lake (Red Feather)—Fishing for nice-sized rainbows along the dam generally has been good. Large brown Woolly Buggers, Rapalas, tube jigs and Kastmasters have been productive. An occasional tiger muskie also has been reported. Anglers may use only artificial flies and lures, and the daily and possession limit is two trout.
Pinewood Reservoir—Though the action has slowed, fishing for pan-sized trout still is fairly good with the usual assortment of baits and hardware. A few 20- to 25-inch tiger muskies have been reported. Make sure to check size requirements before keeping any fish.
Poudre River—The river recently was measuring 1,080 cfs at Ft. Collins and 1,490 cfs at the mouth of the canyon. So, it has come down a lot, but there still have been some increases with the rains. It is a little lower above Gateway, running at 1,268 cfs. The river also is becoming clearer in these stretches and much more fishable. Above the narrows, the flow is less, about 700 cfs at Spencer Heights and the river is clearer. In the murky areas, worms, heavier lures and streamers have been seeing some success, with worms working the best overall. Try fishing at the big holes on the bends of the river and you should have some success. In the upper stretches, nymphing has still been working well and the Rooster Tail and Mepps-style lures have been working, also.
Prewitt Reservoir—Water levels are full and the temperature is in the mid 80’s. Fishing has been slow for all species. The boat dock is in. The minimum size for walleyes and wipers is 15 inches.
Big Creek Lakes—The water has been somewhat turbid, but fishing for mostly small lake trout has been fairly good. Lower Big Creek Lake recently was stocked with trout, slowing down the tiger muskie bite. 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 (Dillon to Green Mtn. Res.)—Flows from Dillon Dam have come down to 521 cubic feet per second on Tuesday morning. That remains above the long-term average but the river is fishable. Trout are feeding along the edges of main currents and near the banks. Nymphing remains the consistent technique, but some hatches of pale morning duns, Baetis and midges have been coming off.
Colorado River (Glenwood to Rifle)—The lower Colorado is still high and discolored due to runoff. It’s expected to clear in the next two weeks. Stoneflies, PMDs and caddis all will be hatching in good numbers. It’s still day-to-day due to recent rains having made the Colorado unfishable. When it’s clear, the fishing has been good from Two Rivers Park in Glenwood all the way down to Silt.
Colorado River (near Granby)—Recent flows below Windy Gap and below Parshall were 921 cfs and 990 cfs, respectively. The fish are hungry, the water temperature is cooler than normal for this time of year and catch rates are very good. Copper Johns, RS-2s, Prince Nymphs, chartreuse Woolly Buggers, San Juan worms and egg patterns are commonly used. Caddis, mosquito, dun and dragonfly patterns are good when hatching. 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.
Crystal River—The Crystal River has cleared up. Fishing has been fair to good of late. The best spots have been from Redstone down to Carbondale. Look for good numbers of caddis and stoneflies throughout the day. Try Stimis, Elk-Hair Caddis and Adams for dries; bead-head Princes, PTs, San Juan worms and Hare’s Ears for nymphs.
Delaney Buttes Reservoirs—Fishing remains fairly steady. The best times are morning and late afternoons into the evening. Callibaetis mayflies, damselflies and Chironomidae midges still are plentiful, and sedge-caddis activity is increasing. Try streamers or crayfish and leech imitations at dusk. Fishing on all three lakes is by artificial flies and lures only. The bag and possession limit for trout is two and size restrictions apply.
Elkhead Reservoir—Fishing has been slow with the runoff. It is starting to clear and warm up a little, so fishing should be picking up. The fish seem to be very active, but clarity is the limiting factor. The lake is a great warm-water fishery and has smallmouth bass, crappie, northern pike, catfish and trout. All species will fish extremely well once the runoff season ends. If you are not going to eat it, don’t take it. Any fish being taken from the lake must be dead prior to leaving it. Please help us ensure this fishery’s future. The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program has announced that smallmouth bass will no longer be moved to Elkhead from the Yampa River during endangered fish work. Smallmouth bass already in the lake are unaffected by the change.
Frying Pan River—The Frying Pan has been fishing exceptionally well as water flows are now at 196 cfs. Good hatches of PMDs are being seen from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a nice rusty spinner fall at dusk. The nymph fishing has been solid all day. Best time for the green drakes have been midday to 3 p.m. and the dusk hours, 8 p.m. to dark. Light tippets of 6X and 7X are necessary, especially when fishing dry flies. Hot flies have included the following: PMD Flag Dun, PMD Sparkledun, Film Critics, BDE Drakes, Pheasant Tails, Jujubaetis, Barr’s Emergers, Sparklewing RS2s, CDC Rusties, Para Spinners, 20-Inchers, Gilled Green Drakes and Tim’s Mysis.
Granby Reservoir—The catch rate from the bank can be good early morning and late evening. On hot, bright, sunny days, catching can be difficult during the middle of the day. Cloudy conditions increase the catch rate in shallow areas even during the day. The reservoir is full, creating increased good feeding areas for fish. For many fishermen, trolling is working. Fishing is great below Shadow Mountain Dam. Night crawlers, meal and wax worms and sucker meat are viable baits. Fish Creek spinners, Matzuos, Rapalas, Kastmasters, Tasmanian Devils, etc., are good lures. Trolling worm rigs and lures, jigging, bottom fishing(crappie rigs work well), spin-casting and fly fishing are good ways to catch fish. Slip bobber rigs also work well.
Grand Lake—Fish activity remains good. During the late evening, nighttime and early in the morning, bank fishing is at its best. Cloudy days can provide better shallow fishing throughout the day. Lures, night crawlers, meal and wax worms are working. Jigging with sucker meat is common and productive. The lake is more than 270 feet deep and can be difficult to learn, but also very rewarding. The water level remains constant. It has very large lake trout, nice-sized rainbows, cutbows, browns and kokanee salmon. Trolling lures and worm rigs, bottom fishing the shallow areas, slip-bobber rigs, and fly fishing all are used to catch fish. The mouth of the channel, the public boat dock area, and the West Portal are prime spots.
Green Mountain Reservoir—The lake is full. Night crawlers, rainbow PowerBait and salmon eggs have been working. Early mornings and evenings are the best times to fish. Rainbow trout are being caught in the inlet area.
Harvey Gap Reservoir—Windy conditions have made the lake very dirty. Sand and debris have caused fishing to be slow. The water level has dropped about a foot but it still is high. Boaters in deeper water are doing well for trout, perch and crappie. Fishing has been fair for rainbow trout along the dam. Fishermen have been having some success for northern pike in the shallows of the north end. Fishing has been fair for yellow perch. Quite a few late-stocked trout from last fall overwintered at Harvey and are making for good fishing opportunities. A few reports have come in about catfish being caught in the wee hours of the morning.
Highline Lake—The water temperature has been warming, and fishing for bass and crappie has come alive. Trout fishing has slowed significantly with the hot weather, but a few still are being caught at both Highline and Mack Mesa reservoirs, mainly early and late in the day. Some catfish also are being caught on the usual baits. Parks staff is reminding anglers that if they catch a northern pike at either lake to please remove it from the water and notify the park staff.
Lake Avery—Bait fishermen have been doing fairly well from shore. Trolling with gold or black-and-yellow spinners from small boats also has been taking some fish.
Lake John—The lake will be drawn down five feet and on Aug. 9 will be treated to eradicate its large population of suckers and re-establish the trout fishery. Consequently, through Aug. 8, fishermen may keep all the fish they catch by standard fishing methods. The lake will be closed on Aug. 8, and is expected to reopen to fishing in early September, after it has been restocked with trout. In the meantime, the lake still is fishing very well. Trolling with silver Pop Geer has produced some recent catches of nice-sized trout despite the dropping water level.
Pearl Lake—Fishing is getting a little slower. The anglers from boats and float tubes are doing better than shore fishermen. The willows have been producing the best results. Remember, any boat that is trailered must be inspected before launching. Please go to the marina inspections station to be inspected before going on the lake unless you already have a seal.
Rifle Gap Reservoir—The lake water level has dropped about a foot. Temperatures now are in the high 60s. Water continues to flow in through Rifle Creek, keeping the inlets muddy. Therefore, fishing there is poor. High water has kept the east and west ends shallow and in the weeds. Bass should be picking up when the sediment settles to the bottom. Fishing remains fair to good for trout and yellow perch all over the lake. Northern pike fishing has been fair to good near the inlet and in shallow areas. Walleye are still hanging out near the south island and around the boat ramp. Trout fishing has begun to pick up all over the lake, as well.
Roaring Fork River—The Roaring Fork River is clear, with dropping water levels. The green drake hatch has arrived and is providing some of the best dry fly fishing opportunities of the entire year. Two separate waves of drakes are being seen; one along the lower river from Westbank to Glenwood Springs, and another wave from Old Snowmass to Jaffe Park. Prior to the green drake hatch, good numbers of caddis are being seen with plenty of fish on the surface. Nymphing at midday and a variety of large attractor patterns are also producing plenty of fish. Focus on fishing the softer and slower sections of water to be successful. Hot flies include: Royal Wulffs, H&L Variants, Drake Sparkleduns, Drake Cripples, Cat Poops, Hairball Stones, San Juan Worms, Princes, 20-Inchers, Stimis. and Pearl and Elk Caddis.
Shadow Mountain Reservoir—When there is moving water (pumping out of Granby Reservoir, which hopefully will happen soon) fishing the pump canal and the area around the mouth of the canal can be highly rewarding using flies, slip-bobber rigs, lures and night crawlers on the bottom. Kokanee, rainbows, browns and sometimes lake trout can be caught. Small jigs tipped with wax worms, mealworms, PowerBait or eggs are commonly used. The Pine Beach area, the channel between this reservoir and Grand Lake, and the deeper water along the east shoreline are good fishing spots. Trolling, bottom fishing, spin-casting and fly fishing are good methods to use. Fishing is also good in the spillway below the dam, where all available species of fish can be caught.
Stagecoach Reservoir—The reservoir is open to boating and a pre-inspection for ANS is required prior to launching. The marina inspection station is open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Morrison Cove ramp will be open Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m.to 8 p.m., throughout the season as staffing allows. Pike activity has picked up and a few 20- to 25-pounders have been landed. Trout are hitting on flies, lures, PowerBait and worms. The level is high and the water temperature is 74 degrees. The reservoir is starting to turn and areas of shoreline have algae scum. Tailwaters fishing is good using eggs and San Juan worms above sizes 18-24, olive RS2s, WD40s and Barr’s Emergers. The reservoir is expected to be 8-10 feet low by September.
Steamboat Lake—Fishing has been good. It’s slowing down, though, but fishing reports have still been good. Reports from boaters have been good, not great, but bank fishermen have not been doing well. Boat inspection for aquatic nuisance species is mandatory.
Vega Reservoir—Fishing has been great, with a 26-inch rainbow trout recently caught on the west side of the lake with a lure. The majority of trout are medium-sized and being caught on worms or PowerBait.
Williams Fork Reservoir—Rainbows, browns, cuttbows, lake trout, northern pike and kokanee are available. Trolling, jigging, fly fishing, bait and lures can catch fish. Night crawlers, meal and wax worms, sucker meat, PowerBait, eggs and many lures and flies are used. Only the east boat ramp is open. Inspections are mandatory for all trailered boats and begin at 6:00 a.m. The ramp is closed 1/2 hour after sunset. Permanent boat storage is prohibited. Many anglers are still chasing pike with fairly good success. When the pike are in the shallow bank areas, top-water lures work well. Many lake trout and rainbows have also been caught. Camping is available. No reservations are accepted.
Willow Creek Reservoir—The reservoir is full and fishing can be good in the early morning and late evening. The weather has been hot and sunny (with a few rain showers) making catching more difficult during the heat of the day. Motorized boating is still prohibited but people are fishing from the banks. Rainbows, browns and kokanee salmon are waiting for fishermen to try their luck. This is a beautiful area with a nice campground, easy access and less fishing pressure than other area bodies of water. Night crawlers, meal and wax worms, PowerBait, eggs, lures and flies are used to get the fish to bite. Kayaks, belly boats, canoes, and non-trailered rowboats can be used to advantage.
Yampa River (Hayden through Craig)—The river is still running at high volumes, although the water is starting to clear and fishing is picking up. Fishing has been slow but changes are occurring daily and things are getting better. Not much dry fly activity is happening but steamers and nymphs are turning some fish. For a chance at a good pike, try the ponds at the Yampa River State Park campground. They are stocked regularly and will produce some good fish. Anything big should attract the pike. All pike caught in the ponds should be returned to the pond or killed prior to leaving the site. Be very cautious around the river; it is deep and fast at the present time. All state park boat access is open to the river. Still, watch for debris, especially on outside corners when floating.
Yampa River (Stagecoach through Steamboat)—The river flow remains well above average for the date but the water has cleared and is fishable.
Adobe Creek Res. (Blue Lake)—The low-water ramp is the only usable boat ramp. Fishing for catfish and green sunfish is fair from shore. Small numbers of white bass are being caught. A fire ban is in effect for Blue Lake.
Antero Reservoir—Denver Water’s drawdown is complete and the level is down two feet. The water is clearing. The temperature is about 61 degrees and weed growth is becoming significant. Fishing remains generally good. PowerBait and Gulp produce for bait fishermen; small Rapalas and HDs for spin-casters. Large sedges and damselflies produce for fly fishermen. Fishing tends to be better away from shore. Operation of the south boat ramp has been reduced to Friday through Monday. The north ramp remains open seven days a week. Only small trailered boats, canoes and other small craft can access the south ramp. Boats of any size can use the north ramp. Boating hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Arkansas River (Buena Vista to Salida)—Browns Canyon is a busy place this time of year but the fishing has been very productive. Pale morning dun hatches in the afternoons and caddis late in the day are topping the hatch chart. Nymph in the mornings with a small dark stonefly or flashback pheasant tail.
Arkansas River (Leadville to Buena Vista)—The upper Arkansas River is in beautiful condition with 215 cfs in Hayden Meadows and 892 cfs in the Granite Gorge. Fish are working yellow sally stoneflies, pale morning dun mayflies, caddis and some green/grey drakes. At these flows, fish are starting to move off the edges and take more full advantage of the riverbed structure.
Arkansas River (Salida to Canon City)—Bighorn Sheep Canyon is mostly clear, with the occasional summer thunderstorm creating a little murk. Fish are onto yellow sallies, pale morning duns and caddis but will rise to big attractor dries throughout most of the day. With flow of 1340 cfs (7/30), the river is still higher than normal but is slowly receding into August. Expect a great late summer and fall on this section of river.
Bonny Reservoir—Latest word is that a fisherman from Burlington weighed in a 17-pound(new state record)flathead catfish at Safeway over the weekend and released it back at Bonny. Confirmation is pending. Fishing is fair to good for all species. A few walleye are being taken on Lindy Rigs with worms or leeches. A good number of catfish are taken on typical baits. A few people using jugs. Emergency fishing regulations are in effect: No daily bag, possession or size limits apply to any game fish. Any taking over the standard bag or possession limit requires filling out a form when leaving the lake. Forms are available at the Visitor Center, Foster Grove and the northeast corner of the dam on self-serve signs. Most boats are launching without trouble, Boat ramp depth is 4 feet.
Catamount Reservoirs, North & South—South Catamount Reservoir will provide anglers with good to excellent fishing. Fishermen are having their best luck fishing worms, both off the bottom, and under a few feet from the surface. Water at South Cat is lower than at Crystal and North Catamount reservoirs, but the fishery continues to hold strong numbers of catchable-size trout. North Catamount offers anglers exceptional opportunities to catch limits of catchable trout, with a good possibility of catching a fish in the 15- to 18-inch range. Anglers are having the most success using flies that represent various stages of the mayfly hatch. Water levels remain low in the reservoir, but the fishing remains good to excellent. Please remember that North Cat is flies-and-lures only.
Cheesman Reservoir—Cheesman Reservoir will remain closed to public access through 2011 while Denver Water completes upgrades to the dam. The Gill Trail through Cheesman Canyon remains open for walk-in access to the South Platte River. The reservoir is expected to reopen next year.
Clear Creek Reservoir—Fishing remains spotty. Worms trolled with cow bells have taken some limits of trout, and Woolly Bugger flies trolled with lead-core line at depths of 10-15 feet produced large numbers of caught-and-released trout. Worms fished from shore near the creek inlet also worked well. Daytime temperatures in the low 80s apparently have driven trout to lower, colder depths and stirred tiger muskies and kokanee into greater, though still modest, activity. Afternoon winds have picked up a little but still are mild enough for comfortable fishing.
Crystal Creek Reservoir—Fishing at Crystal Reservoir should be good to excellent. Most anglers are having success with PowerBait and worms fished a few feet off the bottom. Water levels remain low, but that has not affected the fishing. Easy access and proximity to the Pikes Peak gift shop make Crystal Reservoir a great place for family outings.
Crystal Lake—This small, flies-and-lures-only lake is just a few miles south of Leadville on Highway 24. It is stocked with catchable rainbows and sometimes cutthroats. Lots of those fish continue to be caught. Small browns were stocked in May and brook trout are present in lower numbers. Fishing results recently have improved. Submerged vegetation in this very shallow body of water makes it difficult to fish with lures except near the outlet.
Eleven Mile Reservoir—The north-shore and Witcher’s Cove ramps are open. Trout fishing is good to excellent. Sunset to sunrise seems to be the most productive time, with great action between midnight and 2 a.m. on the south side of the reservoir. During the daytime, action seems best near the main boat ramp and Coyote Ridge. Various colors of PowerBait, Kastmasters, Tasmanian Devils, micro jigs, worms combined with marshmallows, and salmon eggs are producing the best results. Trolling with pink or orange Eppinger’s Devle Dog Pup spoons has been very good. Kokanee salmon have been hitting on Wedding Rings with Pop Gear. Pike fishing is good. Some nice-sized pike are turning up, with the most productive area being the west end of the reservoir. Large tube jigs, Husky Jerks and rainbow Dardevles are working well.
Hayden Meadows Reservoir—Fishing success remains only fair with PowerBait and flies. This small reservoir is just off Highway 24 at the Arkansas River crossing south of Leadville. The reservoir is stocked heavily each summer and fish carry over to the following spring. Fishermen’s success is usually good after stocking.
Holbrook Lake—Fishing is slow for all species. Holbrook has had various stages of water levels the past five years, ranging from completely full to almost dry. Currently the level is low. As a result, fisheries management has been very difficult. From year to year, various fishing opportunities may exist at Holbrook as fish enter through the canal system, but formal fisheries management will only resume when the risk of lake depletion has been minimized to the point where fish stocking can be successful.
Horseshoe Reservoir—Shore fishermen are catching trout on various colors of PowerBait and worms. Multiple reports came in of tiger muskie being caught, and of walleyes and bass from the shore and from boats. The lake is open to boating from sunrise to sunset. All vessels must be inspected when entering and exiting the lake.
Hugo Ponds—Fishing is slow for all species mid-day. Anglers wanting to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish should consider fishing early evening and at night.
Jacksons Pond—Jackson’s Pond is an 8-acre pond immediately south of the town of Eads. It is seasonally stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Other species available include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and carp. Fishing has been fair for trout and slow for all other species
Jefferson Lake—Fishing for recently stocked and occasionally larger trout has been fairly good on night crawlers, salmon eggs, PowerBait and Dardevle-type spoons. Some mackinaw also are being taken from shore, but most have been relatively small. Larger ones are in deeper water and might be available to fishermen using float tubes.
John Martin Reservoir—The water level is dropping 4-5 inches a day as Kansas draws its water from the reservoir. White bass have been hitting Mister Twisters early in the morning. Few saugeyes are being taken, but crappie are hitting small jigs and night crawlers around structure early in the morning. A few catfish are being taken in the spillway, primarily on shad. The west boat ramp no longer is open; the east ramp remains in use, but low-profile vehicles and deep-drafting boats might have some difficulty launching. All gasoline-powered vessels must be inspected prior to launching. All fires and fireworks are prohibited.
Karval and Kinney Lakes—Fishing pressure is light at Karval Lake. The best fishing should be in evening and at night, using night crawlers for channel catfish and bluegill. Water is currently murky due to recent rainfall. Anglers fishing Kinney Lake will be more successful in evening and at night. Night crawlers should be the bait of choice for bluegills and channel catfish. Another good choice for channel cats would be stink baits.
Lake Henry—Water levels are good, although the water has dropped some due to irrigation needs. The boat ramp is in good shape. Fishing for catfish is fair to good. A fire ban is in effect.
Lake Meredith—Water levels have recently increased due to runoff, but will likely soon decrease to meet irrigation demands. Fishing for wipers is slow to fair, with an occasional channel catfish also being caught. A fire ban is in effect.
Manitou Lake—Fishing success at Manitou Lake remains below average. However, limits of catchable trout are still possible. Anglers are having the most success are using night crawlers fished a few feet from the bottom. Manitou Lake continues to be a wonderful facility for family outings. Easy access, clean restrooms, and numerous picnic areas make Manitou Lake a great family destination
Martin Lake—Trout continue to bite on PowerBait and night crawlers. Pike are being caught on various colors of spoons. Some fishermen reported last week that the walleyes were biting on jigs of various colors. Boaters are reminded that ramps are open from sunrise to sunset. All vessels need to be inspected when entering and exiting the park.
Midwestern Pond—Midwestern Farms Pond is a 35-acre lake located six miles east of Granada on Highway 50. This deep pond has been stocked with rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, saugeye, crappie, wiper, striper, yellow perch and bluegill. Fishing has been fair for rainbow trout and slow for all other species. No fireworks are allowed.
Montgomery Reservoir—The small lake at the foot of Hoosier Pass will remain closed to fishing through 2011 so that repairs to the outlet can be completed.
Mt. Elbert Forebay—Fishing success for shore fishermen is good in the evenings and still downright slow mid-day. Reports of a 40- to 42-inch-long, 25-pound mackinaw being caught several weeks ago are still circulating. The fish was reportedly caught by a 14-year-old young man using PowerBait, color unknown, from shore. The lake is stocked with catchable-sized rainbows and cutthroats from late May through August. 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.
Nee Gronda Reservoir—Currently, there is no usable boat launching facility available at Nee Gronda; hand-launch boating only. Following the severe fish kill of 2009-2010, the lake has been restocked with all species. Spring sampling revealed fair numbers of channel catfish and wipers available to anglers. All fires are prohibited.
Nee Noshe Reservoir—Nee Noshe is very low. Currently, no boat launching facility exists at Nee Noshe. Fall inventory sampling by DOW aquatic staff revealed no fish present. Water quality is very poor. If no fresh water is added, Nee Noshe could go dry in the near future. All fires are prohibited.
Nichols Reservoir—Nichols is accessed by a 1.8-mile hiking trail leading down from the Rampart Reservoir dam. Fishing success has been good for pan-sized trout. Most anglers are reporting catches using PowerBait and night crawlers.
Pueblo Reservoir—The water level has come down a little but remains very good. Clarity also is good. Fishing for all warm-water species has been good, especially in the west end. Bass, wipers, crappie and some walleyes have been hitting on jigs and leeches around the brushy areas. Walleyes also are being taken on worm harnesses and jigs near the dam. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube jigs and soft-plastic grubs along the rock walls. Recreational boating traffic on the main part of the lake has been very heavy.
Queens Reservoirs—Upper and Lower Queens reservoirs are dry. Fires and fireworks are prohibited.
Rampart Reservoir—Angling at Rampart remains fair for shore anglers for catchable trout, with the action slowing for lakers. Most success has been by anglers fishing from boats. The DOW would like to thank boaters for their cooperation in the watercraft inspection program.
Rosemont Reservoir—Anglers are reminded that this is a fly and lure only water. Quite a bit of action is reported on Pistol Petes and green/white Tasmanian Devils.
Skaguay Reservoir—Fishing is fair to good for stocker rainbow trout and a few cutthroats and browns. Fish recently have been hitting flies, baits and smaller lures. A few northern pike also are showing up in the bag, but most are small. The water level is up due to recent rain and is about 17 inches below full. Water in West Beaver Creek below the dam is high and roily, due to the same heavy rains. Fishing there is fair for small browns and an occasional cutthroat. Flies are the most consistent.
South Platte River (btwn Spinney and Eleven Mile)—The flow was holding steady at 308 cfs on Aug. 8. Trout action has been good with fishermen seeing plenty of action. Various fly patterns working: San Juan worms, scuds, caddis larvae and pupae, cranefly larvae, Barr’s Emergers, Flashbacks and hoppers. The South Platte between Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile reservoirs is catch-and-release fishing only, by artificial flies and lures only.
South Platte River, Elevenmile Canyon—The darn flows just won’t break lower than 300 cfs. Every time they look like they will come down they bounce upward, recently nearing 350 cfs. Trico mayflies, pale morning duns (back strong after a short respite) and caddis are all still hatching. Flies: Trico dun, spinner and drowned spinner patterns (#22-24) are all working throughout the morning. The PMDs are coming off around 11 a.m. Caddis dries (#16-18) and Graphic Caddis (#16-18), along with many attractor dry flies such as H&L Variants and Royal Wulffs; and terrestrials like hoppers and ants will work in the afternoon. Please remember that Elevenmile Canyon regulations are flies and lures, catch-and-release only, upstream of Springer Gulch Bridge. Lots of illegal fishing is happening in this area.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir—The lake is full. Both boat ramps are open. Fishing is good from the shore and from boats with Tasmanian Devils, Zebras, San Juan worms, Rapalas and tube jigs. Pike action is spiking, with trophies being produced every week. Good fishing on the Dream Stream below the dam using San Juan worms, scuds, midges, Woolly Buggers and caddis pupae. Spinney Mountain Reservoir fishing is with artificial flies and lures only. Bag limit for all species of trout is one fish 20 inches or larger. No limit on northern pike. Spinney is open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, with no boating or fishing past half-an-hour after sunset. Boat inspections are required for all trailered vessels before entering the state park.
Thurston Reservoir—Thurston Reservoir currently has good water levels. Fishing has been fair for largemouth bass; slow for all other species. Fireworks are prohibited.
Trinidad Reservoir—Trinidad Lake is at about 512 surface acres, with a surface temp of 67. Fishing continues to be great. A lot of nice rainbows and walleyes are being caught, with boaters getting into some bass and perch. Catfish are still steady. Most people are using PowerBait or dough balls for the trout and walleyes are being caught in the deep water. Catfish are hitting best on chicken liver. Remember you are not allowed to launch your boat without it being inspected first! Boaters beware of floating debris and unmarked hazards as the water level continues to drop. Anglers are reminded to check the regulations for bass and walleye. We also advise boaters to wear their PFDs. For further information call the visitors center at 719-846-6951.
Turquoise Lake—Fishing is slow to fair as the doldrums of August take hold. Some better catch rates are reported in spots like the inlet. PowerBait is still the preferred bait, but some claim worms are the only thing working. The lake is stocked on a regular basis during the summer with catchable-size rainbows and cutthroat trout. The south and east shorelines usually offer good fishing for mackinaw. The limit for mackinaw is two out of the total four-fish limit, with no size restriction.
Twin Lakes—Water levels in the two lakes are still probably as high as they will get this year. Lots of previously shoreline vegetation now is submerged and attracting fish. Fishing around willows that are below the water line can be good. As usual, the catching still is fair to good for catchable-sized rainbows on worms and hardware below the power plant. Boat inspections are conducted at the Dexter Point ramp from 6 a.m. to dark, seven days a week during the summer season. The mackinaw population continues to improve.
Two Buttes Reservoir—Two Buttes Reservoir currently is dry. When the lake refills, fish stocking will resume. Anglers can still fish the Black Hole pond below the dam for trout (seasonal), bass, bluegill and catfish.
Wrights Lake—Wrights Lake, six miles west of Nathrop, is flies-and-lures only. Fishing has been very consistent from May through the early part of June. Most anglers use flies with a fly rod or fly-and-bubble setup. Lure fishing has been slower. The extreme west shore is private, so avoid that end of the lake.
Animas River—Though the flow can fluctuate from day to day, the river recently dropped to its long-term average for the season and has become fishable. Recent fish surveys done by Colorado Parks and Wildlife show the highest population of trout in the Gold Medal reach downstream of the Lightner Creek confluence.
Beaver Creek Reservoir—The water level is 20-25 feet below the high-water mark. It will be maintained at or below that level the entire summer. Anglers are advised to be cautious on the steep-sided slopes and when launching their boats. The water level currently is below the concrete boat ramp. Consequently, larger boats will have a difficult time launching.
Big Meadows Reservoir—Anglers have reported fair to good fishing from boats and from the shore. Fish are ranging in size from 10 to 15 inches.
Blue Mesa Reservoir—The lake is full. Mature salmon are beginning to move toward the east end of the lake. Fishing is best from just west of the Elk Creek marina eastward through Iola Basin and up to the Gunnison River inlet. Standard baits still produce fish by trolling from 15 to 50 feet. Perch are being found along the brush-covered shore lines.
Crawford Reservoir—Crappie of 7-10 inches have been caught on jigs. Catfish have been biting on chicken livers and hot dogs. Pike, trout and a few bass also were reported in the past week.
Dolores River (lower)—The river below McPhee Reservoir has been running at 75 cfs. Conditions are good, and fly fishermen have been doing fairly well with hellgrammite, gnat and ant patterns.
Dolores River (upper)—The river above McPhee Reservoir has dropped and cleared. Fishermen have been doing well with stonefly nymphs (hellgrammites), mosquito and mayfly patterns, spinners and other small lures. Fish the river high in the drainage, above and below Rico, where public access is available and the fish habitat is good. Much of the lower part of the river is private.
East River—The flow continues to come down and on Tuesday was 379 cfs at Almont. Though still higher than average, the river generally is clear and fishable.
Groundhog Reservoir—Trout up to 24 inches are being caught on flies and a variety of lures. Fish also are being taken by trolling with Pop Geer, and on PowerBait and Nitro Dough.
Gunnison River (Upper from Almont to Blue Mesa)—The flow has steadily been coming down and on Tuesday morning was at 1,050 cubic feet per second. That’s still above average, but the water is clear - “Gunnison green” - and fishable. Fish are feeding along the edges of primary currents. Large Prince Nymphs, stoneflies, Western Coachmen and similar patterns, with plenty of weight on the leader, have been among the most productive. Mepps-type spinners also work well.
Jackson Gulch Reservoir—Fishing has been very good for 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout (limit 4) and 4- to 6-inch yellow perch (no limit). Trollers are still having the most success with in-line spinners and 1/4-ounce jigs. Shore anglers are catching trout on PowerBait, salmon eggs and night crawlers. Fly fishing is getting very good, especially on calm evenings and early mornings. Yellow perch love those worms. Be sure to bring plenty of bait as there is no place to buy it nearby. Rainbow trout will be stocked monthly through the summer. Jackson Gulch requires an ANS inspection before launching boats. Regular inspection hours at the lake are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A daily pass is required for day use of the park. For more information: http://www.parks.state.co.us or call 970-533-7065.
McPhee Reservoir—Fishing for warm-water species, as well as trout, has been good. Smallmouth bass have been taking plastic worms, crayfish imitators and buzz baits. Largemouths still are on spawning beds, but a few have been taken on soft plastics and spinner baits. Trout fishing is best by trolling with cow bells or deep-running lures. Trout also are being taken off the bottom on Nitro Dough and Yum baits. Numerous trout have been 18-19 inches. Walleyes have been hitting jigs and silver crank baits. Fishing for catfish has been good on dough baits. A 28-pound catfish was taken last week. Fishing for crappie remains OK with small Twister Tails and crayfish imitations.
Mountain Home Reservoir—Although the water level is considerably low, fishing for rainbows has been fair, with reports of fish up to 16 inches in length.
Navajo Reservoir—The water temp is 71 degrees. Catfish fishing is very good on rod-and-reels and trotlines with cut baits, chicken livers and shrimp. Fish of 15 and 12 pounds were brought into the marina. A bass tournament last weekend landed a lot of small, smallmouth bass, with no larger bass reported. Pike fishing is good with Rapalas. For the latest updates on fishing call the marina at (970) 883-BOAT.
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, by children and licensed adults, 16 years and older. The ponds are stocked monthly throughout the summer. Fishing continues to be good. Try worms, grasshoppers and red salmon eggs. Fly fishermen might try a black Woolly Bugger or a gold-ribbed Hare’s Ear, size 14.
Ridgway Reservoir—The lake is full, but it is starting to slowly drop. Fishing has been good for rainbows from shore and by trolling. Try using a black-and-red Rooster Tail or a silver or gold Kastmaster for rainbows. The smallmouth bass have been biting along the dam and the points of the west shore. PowerBait and worms work great from the shore. The water is clearing up, so the fishing is turning on. Some 16-inch rainbows are being caught. Watch for late afternoon thunderstorms!! We have had a couple of strong ones in the past week
Rio Grande River—Water flows have dropped to around 400 cfs at Del Norte and 300 at Wagon Wheel Gap, both below the long-term average. The water generally is clear, except after rain. Anglers have reported good success by floating the river and on the Coller State Wildlife Area.
Road Canyon Reservoir—Fishing has been good, with a number of individuals catching their limits in a few hours. Fish have ranged in size from 12 to 14 inches. The algae has remained relatively low this year compared to years past, allowing good fishing from shore.
San Luis Lake—Due to low snowpack, the reservoir will not be filled this season. The boat ramp has been closed to motorboats for the season and only hand-launched boats are permitted.
Sanchez Reservoir—Due to low water levels, the concrete boat ramp is closed and likely will remain that way for the remainder of the year. However, boats are allowed to launch from the shore, but there is some risk of getting stuck. Mandatory boat inspections are still in place and all boats must be inspected prior to launching. The inspection station will be open from approximately 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Please make sure your boat is clean, drained and dry. Due to the discovery of rusty crayfish, an invasive species, all crayfish must either be returned to the water alive or killed by removing the head from the body or thorax before they can be removed from the reservoir. Anglers have reported fair to good fishing for northern pike and walleyes.
Smith Reservoir (San Luis Valley)—Fishing has been fair to good for rainbow trout. Some anglers have reported fish up to 22 inches and 4.5 pounds. The water level is currently below the bottom of the concrete boat ramp.
Summit Reservoir—Fishermen have been taking rainbow trout on Nitro Dough. Crappie have been hitting 1- and 2-inch Twister Tails and tubes.
Taylor Reservoir—Lake trout are deep, at 80-plus feet. Fishing off the bottom with night crawlers is working very well. Trolling with a downrigger works great, pulling Dodger and Apex lures. Always tip the lure with a worm. Rainbows are all over the lake and mostly at about 25-30 feet. Trolling with Pop Geer (cow bells) and night crawlers, or adding a small lure on a long leader is working. Pike are starting to wake up. Some have been caught by trolling in the shallow water along the east bank. A few kokanee have been caught, but mostly by chance. Nights already have been freezing, but the last couple of days have had lots of sunshine and no rain.
Taylor River—The river on Tuesday was flowing at 444 cfs below Taylor Dam and 582 cfs at Almont. The river still is high but fishable. Be cautious when trying to wade, but look for trout in pockets of relatively quiet water behind rocks and along the edges. Large, weighted nymphs and streamers have been the most consistent.
Totten Reservoir—Top-water action for bass has been improving. Anglers also have been catching northern pike and a few crappie.
Tucker Ponds—The ponds were stocked through July.
Uncompahgre River in Ridgway Park—The water temperature on the river at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is about 48 degrees and it is starting to clear up since the lake stopped spilling. Fishing has been good. Fishermen have been picking up rainbow and cutthroat trout. Soft-hackles, #14 Yellow Sally, and #20 Callibaetis are working. Flows are around 600 cfs. With flows being high, watch for drop-offs when wading. Remember that the river is catch-and-release fishing only, with artificial flies and lures only.
The table below identifies where catchable trout were recently stocked at the time of this report. Links to past weeks’ reports (as pdf files) will be listed below the table for reference.
Body of Water Location
Evergreen Reservoir Evergreen
Granby Reservoir E of Granby
Grizzly Reservoir SE of Aspen
Island Lake Grand Mesa
Ward Lake Grand Mesa
Chalk Creek Lake W of Nathrop
Fairplay Kids Pond Fairplay
Jefferson Lake NW of Jefferson
North Fork Reservoir NW of Maysville
Quail Lake Colorado Springs
Riverside Ponds Salida
Salida Hydro Pond NE of Monarch Pass
San Isabel Lake NW of Rye
South Platte River #3B Below Scraggy View
South Platte River, South Fork #1 Below Antero Reservoir
Tarryall Reservoir SE of Jefferson
Wrights Lake SW of Nathrop
Big Molas Lake N of Durango
Deer Lakes S of Lake City
Dolores River, West Fork Dolores
Haviland Lake N of Durango
Jackson Gulch Reservoir N of Mancos
Pothole Lakes NE of Almont
San Cristobal Lake S of Lake City
San Juan River #2 Pagosa Springs
San Juan River, East Fork E of Pagosa Springs
Taylor Reservoir NE of Almont
West Fork Lakes E of Wolf Creek Pass