OUT: Fishing Report October 15, 2008

Northwest

• Big Creek Lakes — Fishing for lake trout has been slow, with fish in deeper water, but should improve with cooler temperatures.

• Blue River (Dillon to Green Mtn. Res.) — The most effective approach is to fish a nymph in the morning while waiting for rising fish to take dr­y flies. Kokanee salmon are being taken in the lower portion of the river.

• Colorado River (below Parshall) — The river is in a fall fishing mode and, barring localized rain, the water is clear. Pale-morning-dun mayflies, midges, and Yellow Sally stoneflies have been present, along with caddis late in the day and still some late-season terrestrials.

• Colorado River (Glenwood to Rifle) — Fishing has been good to excellent, depending on the day and the individual angler. Look for mostly nymph fishing, with sporadic flurries of BWO hatches on overcast days. The streamer fishing has been very good, especially below Glenwood Canyon.

• Colorado River (near Granby) — Fishing at the Parshall Hole has been very good. RS-2s, Copper Johns and other emerger patterns are doing well.

• Crystal River — Flows are optimal for dry-dropper fishing. Whitefish and trout are being caught from Carbondale upstream through Redstone, with mainly trout near Marble.

• North, South, East Delaney lakes — Fall fishing has been good. With cooler temperatures, streamer flies and large Chironomid nymphs have been the most productive patterns.

• Elk River — Good dry fly fishing appears to be done but nymphs and small streamers still can produce some trout.

• Elkhead Res. — Fish seem to be holding along the shoreline, searching for shallower and warmer water. The size of fish being caught has been a surprise to fishermen.

• Fryingpan River — Flows are stable at 230 cfs. Mysis shrimp are still being seen in high numbers, and are essential for success below the dam. With fall finally hitting the river, the BWO hatches have been sensational, coupled with lighter numbers of PMDs and Flavs still present. The streamer fishing also is picking up with the cooler weather. Brown trout are feeding hard in preparation to spawn in the coming weeks, so egg patterns are beginning to fish well. Look for some of the fall’s finest fishing to take place along the Frying Pan during the next month. Crowds are much lighter at this time of year, as well. Light tippets of 6X and 7X fluorocarbon are still mandatory for success.

• Grand Lake — Increased fish-feeding activity is expected and mackinaw soon will be in shallower water.

• Green Mountain Res. — Snagging for kokanee salmon is permitted in the lake and the Blue River up to the first Highway 9 bridge through Dec. 31. Fishing for trout and mackinaw generally is slow.

• Harvey Gap Res. — Fishing for northern pike has been quite good. Trout fishing has picked up with cooler water and recent stocking. Fishing for perch has been slow.

• Highline Lake — The crappie and catfish are biting. Catfish are slowing down with the cooling water but still are being caught. Some channel cats over 10 pounds still are being reported. Trout were stocked last spring and with the cooler water again are being caught.

•  Jerry Creek Res — Closed to the public for a final phase of dam and spillway reconstruction.

• Lake Avery — Fishing for rainbow trout should be improving with cooler days. Power Bait and night crawlers are the most popular baits here.

• Mack Mesa Lake — Some trout and catfish are being caught but fishing is slow. An additional 2,000 trout are to be stocked this week. The lake is full and shore access is good.

• North Michigan Lake — Fishing has really picked up, several folks fishing from the bank have caught limits of 10- to 15-inch rainbows.

• Ranger Lakes — Fishing has picked up over the past couple of weeks. Several anglers took limits of 10- to 15-inch rainbows. Most anglers have been using worms or Power Bait.

• Rifle Gap Res. — Fishing for northern pike has been fairly good. Walleyes have slowed down, but fishing could improve with cooler weather. Fishing for perch, crappie and bass has been slow. Trout are becoming more active.

• Roaring Fork River — The Roaring Fork is undoubtedly one of Colorado’s best fall fisheries and for good reason. With high populations and large sizes of brown and rainbow trout, along with the largest whitefish in the state, the Fork ranks as No. 1 in many autumn anglers’ books. Look for mostly nymph fishing midday with small BWO patterns, as well as sensational streamer fishing in the mornings and evenings. Though the wade fishing is very good at this time of year, float fishing below Carbondale often is exceptional. Hot fly patterns include: Ziwis, Stingin’ Sculpins, Autumn Splendors, Sculpzillas, Flashtail Hot Eggs, Pheasant Tails, BLMs, STDs, RS-2s and Freestone Emergers.

• Stagecoach Res. — Trout fishing remains steady across the lake using Power Bait and worms. Fishing at the dam has improved, with several fishermen catching their limits.

• Steamboat Lake — Larger trout are moving into shallower water to feed on crayfish. Woolly Buggers and tube jigs have been producing fairly well.

• Trappers Lake — Dry fly fishing remains fairly good, though the main summertime hatches are winding down. Royal Coachman and Parachute Adams patterns have been effective, along with black ants and black gnats. Emergers fished a little below the surface and standard wet flies also have produced some good results.

• Vega Res. — Fishing at Vega has improved dramatically over the past few weeks. Anglers are having success with Power Bait, especially red-and-blue with sparkles; worms and salmon eggs. Some nice-sized rainbow trout in the 15- to 17-inch range are being caught. Fall colors are starting to dissipate.

• White River — With brown trout becoming increasingly aggressive, fishing with streamer flies remains good. Woolly Buggers and Muddler Minnows are among the most productive patterns for browns of 20 inches and possibly larger.

• Williams Fork River — The river remains in prime condition for fall fishing. Look for on-and-off hatches of midges, pale-morning-duns, blue-wing-olives, caddis, Tricos and Yellow Sally stoneflies.

• Yampa River (Hayden through Craig) — Fishing is good all along the corridor. With dropping water temperatures, smallmouth fishing is slowing down but trout remain active. This time of year some good brown trout activity is evident, along with some very nice-sized rainbows.

• Yampa River (through Steamboat) — Fall fishing remains quite good. Brown trout are aggressive and moving onto spawning beds. Blue-wing-olive and mahogany mayfly hatches still are going strong, especially on overcast days.

Southwest

• Animas River — As the weather cools, fishing on the Animas slows down. The best patterns are small nymphs such as size 16-18 bead-heads and Pheasant Tails.

• Beaver Creek Res. — Fishing for rainbow and brown trout from shore and boats has been good.

• Blue Mesa Res. — Shoreline fishing for trout is slow, but trolling with Rapalas in 20-40 feet of water has been taking some fish. Lake trout remain very deep,

• Crawford Res. — Numerous crappie were reported caught last weekend as well as a 3-pound largemouth bass. The Iron Creek boat ramp has been closed. Plenty of water for launching remains at the Peninsula.

• Dolores River (upper) — Fish the river high in the drainage, above and below Rico, where public access is available and the fish habitat is good. Use spinners, streamers or nymphs close to the bank. Stimulator dry fly patterns are working well.

• East River — The river is low and clear, flowing at 99 cfs on Tuesday. Trout still may rise to blue-wing-olive mayflies or take a dead-drifted nymph.

• Gunnison River (through the canyon) — Fishing conditions on the river remain good from Chukar Trail downstream to the North Fork of the Gunnison. Anglers report lots of big fish and some of the best fishing ever.

• Gunnison River (Almont to Blue Mesa) — The primary summer hatches are pretty much done, but some evening caddis and blue-wing-olives still could be on the water. Trout still might rise to them, but most of the action now is below the surface.

• McPhee Res. — Fishing for trout and smallmouth bass is fair from the bank.  At the east end of the Res., near where the water comes in from the Dolores River, anglers are reporting good catches of kokanee salmon.

• Navajo Res. — Pike fishermen are doing well on topwater and diving lures around rocks and cover. Fishing for bass is fair on spinners and crankbaits.

• Ridgway Fishing Ponds ­— The ponds were stocked on Aug. 14 with 700 additional rainbow trout. Fishing is very good using worms or grasshoppers on a 3- to 4-foot leader behind a clear casting bubble.

• Ridgway Res.— The rainbows are hitting on gold Kastmasters. Brown trout are still in the deeper water. Fly fishermen are beginning to use streamer patterns effectively.

• San Juan River — Small nymph patterns such as green caddis larvae, and purple Wooly Buggers are the best patterns to try at this time of year.

• San Luis Lake —Fishing is reported to be slow for trout and fair for carp on nymphs and streamers.

• Sanchez Res. — Fishing for northern pike of 22-30 inches was reported as good on various plugs and jigs. Walleye, brown trout and catfish action was reported as slow. Perch action has picked up, with some quality size fish of 12-15 inches in the bag. The boat ramp is usable.

• Taylor Res. — Lake trout are ready to spawn, with the larger fish rolling in the shallows and inlet areas. Others have been caught by trolling with cow bells and worms in about 20 feet of water near the Taylor inlet. Trollers also are taking rainbow trout. Kokanee snagging is permitted through Dec. 31, but the salmon have not yet been running.

• Taylor River — Flows have remained constant, and on Tuesday were 156 cfs at Almont and 104 cfs below Taylor Dam. Late-season caddis, stoneflies and blue-wing-olives have been hatching along the lower river, providing some decent dry fly activity as well as the usual nymphing. The tailwater directly below the dam has some exceptionally large rainbow trout. Think small - sizes 18-24.


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