Colorado puts two lakes in Top 100 bass lakes

Colorado Fishing Report
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Information for Anglers – BASSMASTER Magazine is out with its annual report on the top 100 bass fishing spots in the country and Colorado lands two lakes in the listing. Pueblo Lake State Park cracks the top 50 at number 47 on the list and McPhee Reservoir in Southwest Colorado caps the list at number 100. While Colorado may be best known for its world-renowned and trophy trout fisheries, you can always find lots of other opportunities to wet a line for something different in the Centennial State. A tip of the hat to the Lone Star state for landing Falcon Lake in the number one spot - take your sunscreen if you go.

Is this the best weekend to take a kid fishing? – Ask any of the anglers around the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office what they’ll be doing this coming weekend and most will tell you they’re planning to hit the water. Why this weekend? Three reasons: First, last weekend was Colorado’s Free Fishing weekend and many CPW employees were working at dozens of fishing and outdoor skills clinics around the state to introduce new and potential anglers to the sport, so we’re ready for a relaxing weekend doing what we love. Second, the crowds that hit the water on free fishing weekend won’t be around this weekend. Finally, last week was one of the busiest weeks of the year for the crews that stock fish in Colorado. The hatchery trucks were rolling out in full force to make sure that anglers taking part in Free Fishing Weekend would have some success. All those stocked fish didn’t get caught… many of them are still out there. We invite you to join us this weekend. Remember, you need a license this time out. Check out this week’s stocking report to find a spot, grab the kids and come join us on the water.

Buy A Fishing License – 2012 licenses are on sale and valid through March 31, 2013. Grab a license at one of our offices (see the list here), over the phone at 1-800-244-5613, at one of the more than 700 license agents statewide (find an agent near you) or online at

Stocking Report

The following waters were recently stocked with catchable (approximately 10”) trout:

Southwest Region – Kiser Slough Reservoir, Delta County, S of Reed Reservoir; Reed Reservoir, Delta County; Shavano Pond, Ridgway State Park; Ward Creek Reservoir, Delta County, S of Island Lake;
Weir and Johnson Reservoir, Delta County.

Conditions Report
Keep in mind that fishing conditions change on a constant basis. A lot can change in a week from the time this fishing conditions report is produced. If the water you are interested in knowing more about is not listed here or if you’re looking for the most current information, we encourage anglers to explore some of the numerous private websites that offer fishing condition reports. Examples include:,, and Many other fly shops and marinas also offer fishing condition reports on their websites as well.


Delaney Buttes, Cowdrey and Lake John (Jackson County) – The folks at Lake John Report say water levels are holding for the most part. They wanted us to pass along a reminder about the fire ban in Jackson County - no open fires allowed. Need the latest fishing conditions in North Park, you can call Lake John Resort and they’ll be happy to help.

Dumont Lake (Grand, Routt and Jackson County)  – LAKE IS CURRENTLY DRAINED FOR REPAIRS. Dumont Lake is not expected to reopen until 2013 or 2014.

Elkhead Reservoir State Park (Moffat County) – The variety of species in the lake is small mouth bass, crappie, northern pike, catfish and trout. fishing is picking up. Water temperatures are also coming up. Pike are fishing well in the whole lake, Crappie are fishing fair; Trout and Catfish are fishing slow.

Harvey Gap State Park (Garfield County) – PLEASE NOTE: Largemouth and smallmouth bass must be returned to the water from May 1 - June 15th, due to spawning.

Highline Lake State Park and Mack Mesa Reservoir (Mesa County) – Trout are still biting at both Mack Mesa and Highline Lakes - some are nice-sized; others are pan-sized! Bass and crappie are biting near the dam at Highline Lake, from the bank or from a boat. PowerBait is now available in the Visitor Center, along with nightcrawlers and fishing licenses. For those who prefer to troll Highline Lake, ANS boat inspections are available at the WEST ramp, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ONLY. If you catch or see a northern pike at either lake, please remove it from the water and turn it over to park staff.

James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Mesa County) – Fishing has slowed down as water temps have started rising with hot summer days in the Grand Valley. The crappie and catfish are still biting at Fruita.

Lake Granby (Grand County) - No reports this week.

Pearl Lake State Park (Routt County) – Belly boaters are 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) – PLEASE NOTE: Largemouth and smallmouth bass must be returned to the water from May 1 - June 15th, due to spawning. Most anglers are looking for perch (no limit), pike (no limit) or trout (limit 4). Most recently some large walleye have been spotted on the bottom of the lake off the Cedar campground loop. It was reported that a 22” Walleye caught and a 24” Pike were caught by the same angler.

Stagecoach State Park (Routt County) – Fishing reports from anglers fishing the shore or from a boat have been great. Multiple reports of trout over 9lbs have been landed using power bait near the inlet. Trout have also been hitting on kastmasters and spoons. Pike have started moving into the shallows and coves and are being caught on tube jigs, rapalas, and various crank baits. Tailwaters anglers are using San Juan worms, RS2’s and zebra midges. 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 reports on fishing are strong at this point. Rainbow Ridge in the early morning appears to be the current hot spot.

Sylvan Lake State Park (Eagle County) – Stocked with catchable rainbow on May 23. Fishing has been good. There are a variety of hatches going on right now. For fly fishing, fish are biting on olive wooley worms #12, olive. Midge flies with white beads in olive and red. The stocker cutthroats and rainbows, along with native brook trout are moving around in schools close to shore, eating a variety of midges. As for bait fisherman, red and green power bait has been doing very well, along with a variety of spinners.

Vega State Park (Mesa County) – Fishing conditions remain excellent. Rainbows are being caught daily in the 14 - 18 inch range with Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and Panther Martins. Please remember to stop at the entrance station and/or visitor’s center and have your boat inspected prior to launching.


Blue Mesa Reservoir (Gunnison County) – No reports this week.

Crawford State Park (Delta County) – No current report.

Gunnison Gorge, Gunnison River (Gunnison - Delta County) – No report this week.

Jackson Gulch Reservoir, Mancos State Park (Montezuma County) – No report this week.

Navajo State Park (Archuleta County) – The crappie fishing is still good. Water temperature is rising. Call our marina at 970-883-2628 for more information. Colorado and New Mexico fishing licenses are available at the Visitor Center.

Ridgway State Park (Ouray County) – No update this week.

Sanchez Reservoir (Costilla County) – No current report.

Taylor Park Reservoir (Gunnison County) – Fishing was great all weekend.  Several large Pike caught trolling with Rapala’s and suckermeat off the bottom. Lake trout still around 30-40 feet deep.  Lots of small ones caught trolling with lures.  A 25 1/2 lb. Laker was caught jigging off the bottom.


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