Hot, dry conditions affecting angler success
Colorado Fishing Report for June 12
Information for Anglers
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FIRE DANGER HIGH – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding anglers that many parts of the state are under fire bans and more bans are being added each week. Due to extremely dry conditions, anglers are reminded to know and follow the fire rules. If you’re camping, contact the appropriate park, forest or public land management agency and know the rules before you go. It’s also a good idea to put the telephone number of the local emergency service in your phone before you head out, that way, you’ll know who to call if you encounter a fire or other problem.
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 http://wildlife.state.co.us/ShopDOW/AppsAndLicenses/Pages/totallicensing.aspx.
Stocking Report – The following waters were recently stocked with catchable (approximately 10”) trout:
Northwest Region: Big Creek Lake, Lower Jackson County; Camp Hale Pond, Eagle County; Chapman Reservoir, Rio Blanco County; Enochs Lake, Mesa County, SW of Grand Junction; Fruita Reservoir #1, Mesa County, SW of Grand Junction; Fruita Reservoir #2, Mesa County, SW of Grand Junction; Grizzly Reservoir, Pitkin County, SE of Aspen; Kitson Reservoir, Mesa County; Lost Man Reservoir, Pitkin County; Meeker Kids Pond, Meeker; Mesa Lake, Mesa County, Mesa Lakes Resort; North Fork Michigan River Lake, Jackson County, State Forest State Park; Teal Lake, Jackson County.
Southwest Region: Brown Lake, Lower Hinsdale County, W of Creede; Cortez Rec Center Pond, Cortez; Deer Lake #1, #2, #3 Hinsdale County; McPhee Reservoir, Montezuma County, NW of Dolores; Pothole Lake #1, #2 Gunnison County, Taylor Park; San Cristobal Lake, Lake City; Silver Jack Reservoir, Ouray County; Spring Creek Reservoir, Gunnison County; Trout Lake, San Miguel County, SW of Telluride; Wetherill Pond, Saguache 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: 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.
NORTHWEST COLORADO: Delaney Buttes, Cowdrey and Lake John (Jackson County) – The folks at Lake John Report say the fish out of Lake John are getting bigger. The Delaneys also are putting out some good quantities of decent sizes all week long. Cowdrey Lake has been producing 2 and 3-lb. trout regularly. The not-so-good part of this report, but still the same, has been the wind, and anyone, big and small, young or old, who doesn’t mind the Colorado breeze will catch fish. Methods are as many as the people using them. On Lake John bait fishermen are using Power Bait, worms, and eggs from both shore and craft. Fly guys are tossing bugs from beach and boat, while casters and trollers are using lures and spinners of every kind to land fish. Various lures and flies have been working at all three Delaney Butte Lakes during the past week, with slot fish the majority catch. Remember, no baits of any kind.
Dumont Lake (Grand, Routt and Jackson County) – Dumont Lake currently is drained for repairs and is not expected to reopen until 2013 or 2014.
Elkhead Reservoir State Park (Moffat County) – Fishing is picking up. The water has cleared and water temperatures are reaching 60 degrees. Fishing is excellent at this time. Large pike are being taken all around the lake on minnow imitations. Small and largemouth bass activity has picked up quite a bit. Jigs and crankbait are catching fish. Crappie are feeding in the brushy areas on the north end of the lake and their activity is picking up. Fishing should remain very good until summer temps drive the fish into deeper water and slow feeding activity. The variety of species in the lake is small mouth bass, crappie, northern pike, catfish and trout.
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) – Trout are active on jigs. Shore anglers are seeing best action on the north end coves.
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 continues to be hot.
Sylvan Lake State Park (Eagle County) – Anglers are enjoying the cooler weather here in the high country with good trout action still being reported from earlier stocking. Hatches are lingering. 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 is excellent. Successful anglers are using PowerBait (pink, yellow and white), 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. You can buy fishing licenses at the Visitor’s Center open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Blue Mesa Reservoir (Gunnison County) – Checked in with the folks at BlueMesaFishing.com. They say the kokanee fishing is superb. Trout are hitting down to about 27’. They recommend trolling a z-ray or Tasmanian Devil. They say the lake trout (Mackinaw) are found in 40 to 100 feet of water and being landed by trolling rainbow or salmon imitations or using a tube jig with sucker meat or Berkley Gulp.
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) – The lake will continue to rise slowly as the inlet flows. Since the snow is almost gone from the high country the lake will level off soon. 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 are especially active in the flowing water near the inlet and enjoy various PowerBait (especially rainbow and garlic), florescent green and gold spinners and worms. 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.
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 has been good for everyone escaping the hot weather in the low country. The marina folks say they’re seeing lots of large pike caught on Rapala’s and suckermeat off the bottom. A 25 1/2 lb. Laker was caught jigging off the bottom.