Colorado fishing report: Poudre River impacted by High Park fire
Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing report, July 17
Poudre River being impacted by ash from High Park Fire
The Poudre River has seen significant inflow of ash and debris during recent rain events, leading to the loss of some of the fish in the river. Ash and debris from fires can suffocate fish and can also change the chemical balance of the river. Because of the volume of ash still in place on the hillsides, sediment loading during rain events is likely to continue for some time, making restocking of fish impractical until the system can be stabilized. Biologists from Colorado Parks and Wildlife are monitoring the Poudre and other rivers impacted by recent fires and will work with surrounding property owners and federal land managers to determine the steps for rebuilding and sustaining fisheries.
Voluntary closure added for Tomichi Creek in Gunnison area; closures continue on Yampa, White and Bear Creek
Because of high water temperatures, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking anglers to refrain from fishing in Tomichi Creek in the Gunnison Basin. The creek, which holds wild brown trout, is running extremely low this year; that combined with hot weather has caused the water to rise consistently above 70 degrees. At that temperature there is less oxygen in the water and trout are physically stressed. If a trout is caught, the fight against the angler can exhaust the fish and then, even if released, the fish will likely die.
“This is a voluntary measure at this time,” said J Wenum, area wildlife manager in Gunnison. “It’s going to continue to be a tough summer for those fish and they’ll be in a better position to survive if they’re not pursued by anglers.”
The voluntary actions are especially encouraged on the Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area east of Gunnison. Other portions of Tomichi Creek are also low and warm and anglers should monitor water temperatures, flows and time of day to minimize impacts to the fishery.
Voluntary closures continue on the Yampa River, White River and Bear Creek. Hot, dry conditions are forecast to continue in the coming weeks. Voluntary fishing closures continue on the Yampa River (Chuck Lewis SWA downstream through Steamboat Springs), White River (fish only during cool morning hours), and Bear Creek (Jefferson County, upstream of Bear Creek Reservoir). Stream and river anglers are encouraged to fish during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler, know how to properly catch and release fish to minimize handling stress and watch for media announcements and signage that will be posted locally to announce fishing restrictions.
Plains reservoirs dropping - Jumbo fish salvage; Prewitt boat restrictions
Jumbo Reservoir near Julesburg is dropping quickly and CPW officials believe the reservoir will be inaccessible by boat very soon. Because water levels at Jumbo are expected to drop to levels which are unable to support the population of fish in the reservoir, an emergency fish salvage order has been issued for Jumbo. This means that all fish limits on the lake have been lifted and anglers are encouraged to catch and take as many fish as possible. Anglers must continue to use legal methods of take at the reservoir.
Boaters are advised to avoid heading to Prewitt Reservoir in Washington County. While Prewitt is not currently under a salvage order, the trailer launching of boats is no longer feasible at the lake due to dropping water levels. It is anticipated that Prewitt Reservoir will maintain a sufficient water level to support the fish remaining in the reservoir and an emergency salvage is not currently necessary.
The following waters were recently stocked with catchable (approximately 10”) trout: Metro Denver – None this week due to high temperatures; Northeast Region – South Platte River, Jefferson County, downstream of Strontia Springs; Tarryall Reservoir, Park County; West Lake, Larimer County, Red Feather Lakes; Northwest Region – Bear Lake “Yampa Reservoir” Garfield County, SW of Yampa; Cataract Lake, Lower, Summit County; Elk River, Routt County; Hahns Peak Lake,
Routt County, N of Steamboat Lake; Sheriff Reservoir, Rio Blanco County, W of Yampa; Southeast Region – Cottonwood Lake, Chaffee County, SW of Buena Vista; Daigre Reservoir, Huerfano County, NE of La Veta; Emerald Lake, Lake County, SW of Leadville; Fooses Lake, Lower, Chafee County, W of Poncha Springs; Skaguay Reservoir, Teller County; Twin Lakes, Lake County; Wahatoya Reservoir, Huerfano County, E of La Veta; Southwest Region – Big Meadows Reservoir, Mineral County, SW of South Fork; Love Lake, Mineral County, SW of Creede; Navajo River, Archuleta County; Platoro Reservoir, Conejos County; Road Canyon Reservoir, Hinsdale County, W of Creede; San Juan River, Archuleta County; Taylor Reservoir, Gunnison County; West Fork Lakes, Mineral County.
METRO DENVER AREA
Aurora Reservoir (City of Aurora) – The current water temperature is 70 degrees. Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair using power bait and crawlers from the dam. From boats, trout fishing is slow to fair trolling and drifting with crawlers. Boaters are reporting good success catching walleye trolling with bottom bouncers and jigs tipped with crawlers. Most are not of legal size to possess. Perch action is good using jigs. Most are on the small size. All other species are slow or no reports. Park hours for July are 5 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Restricted to electric motors only. For more information please call 303-690-1286.
Arvada Reservoir (City of Arvada) – No recent stockings. Fishing is slow except for the few regular die-hards that get their daily catches. Water level remains high but temperatures continue to rise. Best bet these days is deep bait fishing from shore or trolling with pop-gear.
Barr Lake State Park (Adams County) – Lots of nice trout and a few wiper have been taken in recent weeks by shore anglers; Bass have been biting on worms north of the boat ramp. Trolling the buoy line is a good way to catch walleye.
Chatfield State Park (South of Littleton, Douglas and Jefferson County) – Bass are great close to the shoreline off worms and jigs. Rainbows are slow. Walleye of keepable size (>18inches) are being caught from boats off bottom-bouncers, and from the shoreline near the North Ramp. Catfish are being caught from King Fisher off egg sacks.
Cherry Creek State Park (South of I-225 and east of I-25, Arapahoe County) – Shoreline fishing is still a bit slow. Early morning and late evening bring the best results. You will find walleye are closer to the surface of the water and trout will be lower. Walleye action is being reported at Mountain Loop and along the east shoreline along the rocks by the dam. Minnows and spinners as well as chartreuse frenzy have been reported as being successful. Please remember to stay at least 60 feet away from in front of the tower structure. East and West boat ramps are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. No launching is permitted outside those hours without previous inspection.
Quincy Reservoir (City of Aurora) – Water level is dropping and the temp is 70 degrees. Bass fishing has been anywhere from slow to fair. Most have been caught on soft plastics, crank baits and top water lures. Trout action has been slow lately. Perch action is fair to good using jigs. Restricted to artificial flies and lures only. The park hours for July are 5 a.m.-9:30 p.m. For more information please call 303-693-5463.
Standley Lake (City of Westminster, Jefferson County) – Anglers report that walleye action is slow to fair. Shoreline fishing has slowed a bit. Early morning fishing is the recommendation from the staff out there. Standley Lake is open to boating and camping for the season. You must obtain a Sail/Fish boating permit ($200.00) to have access to the lake or purchase a Single-day use fishing permit ($15.00). These are available for boats with 20 horsepower or under engines only and must meet current quarantine times to access to the lake. Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) regulations are in effect. The current lake temperature is approximately 73 degrees. Fishing times are 7:00 a.m. to sunset and will be strictly enforced. Aquatic bait is not allowed at Standley Lake; this includes salamanders, leeches, crayfish, frogs and minnows. Call for more details. A $7 fee is charged for all drive-in traffic. Drive-in access is available from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. For more information, contact the Standley Lake Nature Center at (303) 425-1097.
Antero Reservoir (Park County) Fishing has slowed at Antero as temperatures have increased. Anglers are reporting some catch of small to mid-sized trout. Morning and evening seems to be best.
Bear Creek (Jefferson County) – Voluntary closure due to high water temperatures. Anglers are asked to find alternate waters in the area.
Boyd Lake State Park (North of Loveland, Larimer County) – Lake temperature is currently in the mid-70s with a depth of 44.2 feet. Trout fishing is hoping at Boyd with fish hitting around the lake on flies and spinners. Fishing for bass is good at Boyd Lake right now. Largemouth are hitting on spinners in the reedy shallows. Smallmouth are hitting spinners and cranks in the shallow reedy areas as well. Wipers are hitting in the south end on minnows and cranks. Catfish is fair in the inlets and at the marina. Bowfishing for carp has also been good in the shallows. Walleye fishing has been good in the 12-16’ depth on the east side. Yellow perch are taking small lures and spinners around the lake. PLEASE NOTE: Any Live fish collected for use as bait may only be used in the same body of water from which they were collected. All live baitfish from a commercial source and transported by anglers must at all times be accompanied by a receipt for the source. See the Colorado Fishing Regulation for further clarification and information.
Carter Lake (Larimer County) – Fishing has continued to produce good results with trout being caught from boats as well as from shore. Many fishermen reporting fish being caught in excess of 16 inches. The east end of the lake tends to be more productive during the day however as the light fades fish have been caught in the more shallow west end. Boaters continue to struggle with the walleye, although a couple reports of smaller walleye have been taken. As the summer heats up, be sure to bring plenty of water out on the boats and remember drinking and boating is the same as drinking and driving.
Eldorado Canyon State Park, South Boulder Creek (Boulder County) – Fishing has been good with the recent fluctuation of the weather. The creek has filled up with the recent rain and currently is running at 65 cfs. South Boulder Creek holds some nice fish, mostly browns in the 8 to 12 inch range, and an occasional 12 plus inch fish. We have also seen more and more rainbows that make it down from Gross Reservoir. The water is clear, cold, and is home to an abundant number of fish. Fish are hitting on a variety of nymphs: #16 RS-2s, and yellow CDC flashback pheasant tails, #18 midges and purple psycho princes just to name a few, but most any dry fly we have seen success with. For the younger kids and non-fly fishers we have also seen some success with live worms and salmon eggs. Live bait spinning rods and fly fishing all permitted and success rate for each is high. Come early (at sunrise) and avoid the picnic crowds. Please be careful on the slick rocks. We also now sell fishing and hunting licenses at the Visitor Center.
Eleven Mile State Park (Park County) – Trout (GOOD TO EXCELLENT) Boaters are more successful throughout the day and shore fishermen from sunset to late morning hours. Shore fishermen bringing them in on the North side near the boat ramp and west to E loop and in Witchers Cove, Rodgers Mountain on the South side. The hot colors for Powerbait are orange, peach and chartreuse. Boat fishermen are reeling them in throughout the Reservoir in 20 – 35 feet of water. Various lures in pink and orange are getting great reports from trollers. Pike (FAIR TO GOOD) Reports are coming in of pike being brought in from Witchers Cove and North Shore Campground. We are getting reports of pike hitting on everything from marshmallows with nightcrawlers to spinners and tube jigs. Salmon (FAIR) Some reports coming in of an increased bite. We need more reports on where the salmon are biting, let us know if you catch one. Try Tasmanian Devils in pink and Arnies Dynamics in chartreuse in about 30’ to 40’.
Horsetooth Reservoir, Lory State Park (Larimer County) – Lory State Park has reopened and provides access to the six northernmost bays in Horsetooth Reservoir.
Jackson Lake State Park (Morgan County) – The reservoir is dropping daily with the releasing of water which started in early June. As of July 15, there are 2 to 3 feet of water at the end of boat ramp. Some large boats are not able to launch. By this next weekend, we may be down to hand- lauching small boats and jetskis only. Water temperature is approximately 80 degrees. Shore fishing has been excellent from the outlet catching walleye using nightcrawlers, rapalas, jigs, and minnows. Boat fishing has been slow for all species
Jumbo Reservoir (Logan and Sedgwick Counties) –An emergency fish salvage order has been issued for Jumbo Reservoir. Due to high irrigation demand created by severe drought, the water level in Jumbo (Julesburg) Reservoir is expected to decline to a point that will likely result in a loss of the entire fishery resource. Water levels are expected to be below the boat ramp by the third or fourth week of July, eliminating access to trailer-launched boats. Due to the presence of quagga mussels at Jumbo (Julesburg) Reservoir, CPW cannot perform any salvage and translocation operations. The public salvage is being announced in order to optimize use of the fishery resource. All anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license and no commercial angling will be allowed. Only angling methods that are currently legal at the reservoir will be allowed. Current size, bag, and possession limits for all species have been lifted until the public salvage is terminated.
North Sterling State Park (Logan County) Water level is dropping. The wiper fishing still good. Try Goose Island, south boat ramp and Darby point areas using green mussel or trolling shad imitation lures. Crappie are still good with plenty in the 10”-14” range being caught along the dam and around the marina bay on minnows or curl tail jigs. Smallmouth bass up to 15” are coming out along the rocks of the dam on small minnow imitation lures. We are starting to see some catfish being caught along the flats on the south end of the reservoir using cut shad. Best times to fish have been early morning before the heat of the day and some action in the evenings as it cools.
Prewitt Reservoir (Washington County) – Prewitt water levels have dropped and the boat ramp is unusable and closed for the rest of the season. Shore anglers report slow fishing with rising water temperatures.
Spinney Mountain State Park (Park County) – Spinney – Trout (GOOD TO EXCELLENT) Reports of successful catches are coming from the west end with damsels, callibaetis and caddis. Pike (GOOD) Fish the shallows for pike. The pike are hitting on large tube jigs. South Platte above Spinney – 80 cfs on 7/8/12 at 6:45 am. Dream Stream – (GOOD) Between Spinney & “bridge”, callibaetis, Barr’s emergers and damsels are working well. Between “bridge” & 11Mile, callibaetis nymphs and emergers are getting good reports. Stream flow: 201 cfs on 7/8/12 at 6:30 am, gage height 1.57 ft.
St. Vrain State Park ponds (Weld County) – Fishing for trout is slow and warm water species are picking up. Bass and Sunfish have been biting well in the mornings and evenings and catfish are becoming active, especially at night. Bass are being caught on a variety of soft plastics, crank baits, and spoons. Sunfish have been active on worms and flies with casting bubbles. Catfish have been caught on worms and stink baits. Please note that Bald Eagle Pond has the following Restrictions: 1. Fish with flies and lures only. 2. All bass must be returned to the water immediately. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CARRY YOUR FISHING LICENSE WITH YOU WHILE FISHING.
Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent Counties) – Water levels continue to drop. The low water boat ramp is still usable. Some saugeye and walleye are being caught from boats. Fishing for catfish is good with some nice channel cat and blue cats being caught at night from the bank using a variety of baits.
Arkansas River (Lake, Chaffee and Fremont Counties) – Greg from ArkAnglers says the upper Arkansas River has risen a bit with the recent rains. “It is flowing 416 cfs at Wellsville (7/16). Expect it to remain in the 300-500 cfs range for the week ahead. Visibility on the lower river has varied with the rains, but above Browns Canyon the river has remained clear. Water temperatures have not been an issue, thanks to the rain and cooler weather. Primary hatches continue to be pale morning dun and red quill mayflies, yellow sally stoneflies, and some evening caddis. With the moderate flow, fish are dispersing throughout the riverbed to relieve competition and take best advantage of available habitat. Look for fish on the edges early and late, with more emphasis on seams, shelves, and runs in the middle of the day.”
Brush Hollow Reservoir (Fremont County) – The boat ramp is inaccessible due to low water levels. Shore anglers report some success fishing at night for catfish.
Clear Creek Reservoir (Chaffee County) – Afternoon monsoon rains have brought lower temperatures and moderate winds. Feeding activity has reduced. We’ve had some fishermen who were completely skunked while other can find the right combination to land a good catch of trout and Kokanee. Overall, we’d say that shore fishing hasn’t been very good. We did get our first report of a tiger muskie being taken. It was 37 inches and took a three inch, trolled gold spoon. That same fisherman also later hooked another one, this one a monster that “straightened the hook” on the spoon and got away. Several others have reported seeing a Muskie follow the lure right up to the boat. One poor fellow had fourteen followers in one day, but no takers. From boats, last week’s report is still valid. “Trolling with cowbells leading worms, spoons, spinner lures, or flies along the south shore and in the middle of both branches of the reservoir has not been bad, not good but not bad, either.” Some success has been reported with silver and blue colored spoons and spinner baits.
As for those who fly fish the reservoir has continued to have some type of hatch every day. One group reported that trout were taking “any type of dry fly”, regardless of what it was, and in numbers amounting to the season’s earlier outstanding reports. This successful group was fishing from a boat “all over the lake”. Reservoir is open to trailered, powered boats every day of the week except Tuesday and Wednesday, from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Our new dock makes launching and retrieving boats much easier.
DeWeese Reservoir (Custer County) – Fishing holding steady for trout with some nice 16-18 inch fish being landed using marshmallows and salmon eggs. Trolling from boats has also been effective. Smallmouth bass anglers can try Rapalas, tube jigs and worms. There are no size restrictions for the smallmouth bass in DeWeese. The daily bag limit for bass in DeWeese is five of any size.
Henry Lake (Crowley County) – Fishing for channel catfish has been fair with numerous bull heads being caught. A few wipers are still being caught at Henry from the shore. The boat ramp at Henry is still usable.
John Martin Reservoir State Park (Bent County) – People are still catching white bass along the north shore during the cooler hours in the morning and evening. No reports of saugeye, or crappie being caught and minimal success on the catfish. Water is staying around 77 degrees.
Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County) – This week proved to be another hot, dry and sunny week at Lake Pueblo State Park. Afternoon thunderstorms are common this time of year and can bring sudden, dangerous high winds. Be aware of changing conditions when boating. The water level in the reservoir is dropping quickly, exposing new shoreline and structure. The best times to fish are still in the very early morning and the evening. Several fishermen reported success this week catching bass and walleye. Most were using live baits: Nightcrawlers, leeches, and minnows attached to jig heads and fished along the bottom. In one instance, a fisherman was catching bass using artificial top-water bait, fishing near some schooling shad. The Arkansas River below the dam saw occasional high levels over the past week as additional water was released. Levels in the river should be back to normal and will remain that way. Many fishermen are reporting catching trout in the river. Live bait, such as worms, are the most commonly used bait.
Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake, Lathrop State Park (Huerfano County) – Fishing continues to be good on both lakes. We are still seeing some trout being caught in the 20 inch range, but the majority of the trout are in the 10-14 inch range. Trout are being caught on PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Over the past two weeks we have had some nice pike, catfish, and wiper caught.
Meredith Reservoir (Crowley County) – The boat ramp is closed due to low water. Fishing at Meredith has been fair for channel catfish. Fishing for wipers has been slow.
Mueller State Park (Teller County) – Ponds were stocked in May. Dragonfly Pond is seeing a lot of use this summer. Rock Pond and Brook Ponds are very scenic but they are a 2 mile hike from the trailhead.
Turquoise Reservoir (Lake County) – Turquoise water levels are still low. Catch rates have slowed since early June. It now takes a determined fisherman to catch a limit. PowerBait and worms are still the most reliable terminal tackle.
Trinidad Lake State Park (Las Animas County) – Trinidad Lake is approx. 483 surface acres with the surface temp about 70 degrees. Fishing continues to still be great. We are seeing several nice rainbow trout being caught along with some walleyes and catfish. Fish are still hitting best on PowerBait (yellow/green or orange/green), night crawlers, and the catfish on chicken livers. ANS boat inspections are taking place so be sure your boat is “CLEANED, DRAINED, and DRIED”. Boaters beware of floating debris and unmarked hazards as the water level continues to slowly fall. Anglers are reminded to check the regulations for bass and walleye and to always wear your PFD!! All camping and bath-house facilities are now open. For more information call the Visitor’s Center at 719-846-6951.
Twin Lakes Reservoirs (Lake County) – Fish may be more lethargic now as water has warmed and staying deeper in cooler water. Not wanting to chase food down, baits are best for sluggish fish. Catch rates have dropped significantly in the last week, but can still be rated as fair off deeper shores.
Delaney Buttes, Cowdrey and Lake John (Jackson County) – No report this week. Anglers can call the Lake John Resort for current conditions.
Elkhead Reservoir State Park (Moffat County) – Excellent Pike fishing - mostly between 20” and 36”. Bass and Crappie fishing is good; average bass 2-3lbs. A tournament, that was held over the weekend at the reservoir, was won by Scott Dennis of Denver catching one large mouth and 3 small mouth bass each day for a total of 14.6 3/4 lbs. An 8-year old boy caught a pike measuring 47” on Saturday nearing the state record. Catfish remain elusive but several large ones were spotted over the weekend. The variety of species in the lake is small mouth bass, crappie, northern pike, catfish and trout. The water temperature has reached 72 degrees.
Harvey Gap State Park (Garfield County) – Anglers are having luck catching perch at the north end of the boat ramp.
Highline Lake State Park and Mack Mesa Reservoir (Mesa County) – Large catfish have been caught at Mack Mesa and carp are falling to bow-fisherman near the closed East boat ramp. Nightcrawlers, ice, and fishing licenses are available at the Visitor’s Center.
James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Mesa County) – Due to the hot temperatures fishing has slowed down quite a bit. Fishermen are encouraged to fish early in the morning or late evening. They are also encouraged to keep all trout within the catch limit as the trout are experiencing high stress due to the heat and are not as likely to survive if returned to the water. People are still catching trout at Island Acres and Fruita during the cooler part of the day on power bait and flies. There have been a few bass caught at Connected Lakes.
Lake Granby (Grand County) – Trout are active on jigs. Shore anglers are seeing best action on the north end coves.
Pearl Lake State Park (Routt County) – Belly boaters still doing well around the willows, bank fishing has been OK. The dam area has been producing pretty well also. Please remember Pearl Lake is regulated to flies and lures only, with a bag limit of two 18”+ trout.
Rifle Gap State Park (Garfield County) – Trout fishing is good across the lake. Pike fishing is also good and anglers are encouraged to keep any pike they catch (no limit) to help balance the fishery. Perch fishing and walleye have slowed with warmer temperatures.
Stagecoach State Park (Routt County) – Fishing reports from anglers fishing the shore or from a boat have slowed down. Many people are still catching their limit. Power bait and worms seem to work well. Trout have also been hitting on kastmasters and spoons. Tube jigs, rapalas, and various crank baits have been working well for pike. Tailwaters anglers are using San Juan worms, RS2’s and zebra midges. The flow at the tailwaters is at 20 cfs. During the busy season for the tailwaters, anglers are asked to be mindful of the resources and help avoid overcrowding.
Steamboat Lake State Park (Routt County) – The weather has been warm and fishing success has slowed. Rainbow Ridge is the spot to try, especially early in the morning.
Sylvan Lake State Park (Eagle County) – Sylvan Lake was stocked with 10” cutthroat July 5 and stocked with catchable rainbow in late May and in early June. Fishing has been good. Small dark flies are working. Or try bright colored PowerBait or worms off the bottom. If fishing from East & West Brush Creek, fish early in the day and follow guidelines to reduce stress during these high temp and low water conditions.
Vega State Park (Mesa County) – Even though the lake is turning, fishing is still excellent. Successful anglers are using PowerBait (pink, yellow and purple), worms, and Panther Martins. Please remember to stop at the entrance station and/or visitor’s center and have your boat inspected prior to launching. A Clean, Drain and Dry inspection with a seal applied can speed up your entry into the park. You can buy fishing licenses at the Visitor’s Center open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun - Thurs and 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
White River (Rio Blanco County) – Voluntary closure due to high water temperatures. Anglers are asked to avoid fishing during the hot part of the day and avoid handling or overplaying fish to minimize stress.
Yampa River (Routt County) – Voluntary closure due to high water temperatures. Anglers are asked to find alternate waters in the area.
Blue Mesa Reservoir (Gunnison County) – Brown trout and rainbows are being caught on green PowerBait from shore. Boat anglers report success deep for lake trout - temperature variations have the lake trout moving to different depths and areas of the lake, a fish finder is handy to locate them.
Crawford State Park (Delta County) – Crappie in the 8-12 inch range have been reported. Catfish are still biting, as well as pike. There have been a few reports of bass and perch.
Crystal Lake (Ouray County) – Emergency salvage order issued on July 9 to run through July 31. Anglers, who must have a valid 2012 Colorado fishing license, can keep all the fish they catch by hook and line, and by snagging. It is illegal to use explosives, toxicants, firearms or nets. The lake is stocked annually with cutthroat trout by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Crystal Lake is located about eight miles south of Ouray in Ironton Park on the west side of U.S. Highway 550. The lake is being drained by the U.S. Forest Service to accommodate dam repairs.
Gunnison Gorge, Gunnison River (Gunnison - Delta County) – Gunnison River Expeditions says, “The Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge is running at 695 cfs and fishing great right now. It is running clear from Chukar down to the Gunnison River Pleasure Park. We are at the end of a yellow sally hatch. Terrestrials, hopper droppers and small bead heads are working well right now. The lower Gunnison is blown out right now due to the afternoon rain showers. It is starting to clear and is fishing well with yellow stone nymphs. Overall, the fishing is great on the Gunnison.” For more information call the Gunnison River Pleasure Park.
Jackson Gulch Reservoir, Mancos State Park (Montezuma County) – Lake levels are dropping due to warm, dry weather and as domestic demands increase. Ten inch rainbow trout are being stocked monthly through the summer. Fishing has been excellent for rainbow trout around 10-12” and 4-6” yellow perch with an occasional large brown trout. The trout enjoy various PowerBaits (especially rainbow and garlic), florescent green and gold spinners and worms. Flyfishing is popular in the early mornings and evenings. Perch love nightcrawler, mealworm, or waxworm so a small jig tipped with nightcrawler works well. Perch are small, averaging about 4-6”, but anglers should keep them if they’ll eat them. There is no limit on the number of perch you can possess and they make great fish tacos! This also helps to work towards thinning the perch population in the lake. The daily limit for trout is 4. Fishing licenses can be purchased at the park entrance station.
Ridgway State Park (Ouray County) – The reservoir is 87.5% full and gradually falling. Our most recent stocking of the reservoir, with 2,500 catchable rainbow trout, occurred on June 14th; 2,500 fingerlings were added to Dallas Creek on July 13th. Both shore fisherman and boaters are reporting good fishing for stocker-sized fish (8”-14”) with a few larger fish (18”-20”) also being caught. The catch is mainly rainbows, but there have also been some browns, splake, and a few smallmouth bass. Shore fishermen are doing best between the Dutch Charlie fishing pier and the mouth of Mears Bay, and also along the Dallas Creek day use area shoreline. Shore fisherman should to try green, yellow, and pink Power Bait, or worms off the bottom; Kastmasters and Mepps are the favored lures. Boat fishermen are having luck with Rapalas and Kastmasters near the dam, along the west shoreline and around the opening to Mears Bay. Fishing in the Uncompahgre River at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is very good. The river flows are currently at around 200-240 CFS, depending on the downstream call for water. Fly fisherman are doing well on Wooly Buggers (brown), Copper Johns, and Pheasant Tails; small midges are also working. Spin fisherman are doing well with Mepps and Panther Martins. Please remember that the Uncompahgre River in Pa-Cu-Chu-Puk is restricted to flies and lures only, and all fish caught must be returned to the river immediately. The ponds at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk have a good population of rainbows and some brown trout. Fishing in the ponds has been good. There have been several larger fish (18”-20”) caught. Fishermen have been doing well with worms and salmon eggs near the surface in the mornings and evenings, and various colors of Power Bait off the bottom at other times. Remember that the Uncompahgre River adjacent to the ponds is restricted to flies and lures only.
Sanchez Reservoir (Costilla County) – Fishing is slow due to warm weather.
Tomichi Creek (Gunnison County) – Voluntary closure due to high water temperatures. Anglers are asked to find alternate waters in the area.
Taylor Park Reservoir (Gunnison County) – The gang at Taylor Park Marina says the fishing is great. Here’s what they sent us this week: “Trolling with pop-gear and nightcrawlers is working for both rainbows and lake trout. The lakers are deeper, but if using weight or downriggers you can find them in around 70 feet of water. The rainbows are shallower and most are trolling along the west bank of the lake. Pike have slowed down a bit. There are some 40-inch pike down around Texas Point, but nobody has been able to bag one.”
Keep in mind that fishing conditions change on a constant basis. We encourage anglers to explore some of the numerous private websites that offer fishing condition reports. Examples include: http://www.fishexplorer.com, http://www.coloradofisherman.com, http://www.fishhound.com and http://www.sportfishcolorado.com. Many other fly shops and marinas also offer fishing condition reports on their websites as well.