Purdy/Juniata management up for discussion at Wednesday meeting
July 24 Information for Anglers
Low water and high temperatures continue to change the game in Colorado waters
– Barr Lake State Park (Adams County, NE of Denver) see press release for details;
– Crystal Lake (Ouray County, S of Ouray) see press release for details;
– Jumbo Reservoir (Logan and Sedgwick Counties, SW of Julesburg) see press release for details
Voluntary fishing closures: Bear Creek (Jefferson County); Tomichi Creek (Gunnison County); White River (Rio Blanco County, Meeker); Yampa River (Routt County, Steamboat Springs)
Boat Ramp closures/restrictions that have been reported to us: Brush Hollow Reservoir (Fremont County): unusable due to low water levels; Jackson Lake State Park (Morgan County): water levels are below boat ramp and only small hand-launched boats will be usable after July 25; Jumbo Reservoir (Logan and Sedgwick Counties) water levels low. This will probably be the last weekend (July 28/29) for trailered boating at Jumbo; North Sterling State Park (Logan County) Elks Boat Ramp very low water, use south boat ramp; Prewitt Reservoir (Washington County, NE of Brush): hand-launched, small craft only; Vega State Park (Mesa County) Use Island boat ramp. Early Settlers and Oak Point ramps closed.
WEDNESDAY PUBLIC MEETING IN GRAND JUNCTION FOR PURDY MESA/JUNIATA
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are seeking input for fishery management plans for Juniata and Purdy Mesa reservoirs at a public meeting to be held Wednesday, July 25. Both lakes are a source of drinking water for Grand Junction and are popular fisheries with anglers in the area. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regional Office, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction. All members of the public are invited to attend. In spring of 2011, Colorado Parks and Wildlife installed a fish screen below the outlet of Purdy Mesa Reservoir to prevent non-native warmwater fish from escaping into the Gunnison River, giving biologists more options for responsible fish management.
“Our agency has responded to local anglers who would like to see an increase in warmwater fishing opportunity in this area and this meeting will address the options and opportunities for fishery management,” said Lori Martin, aquatic biologist. “We need to do this in a way that complements our efforts to appropriately manage both our sport and native fish.”
The following waters were recently stocked with catchable (approximately 10”) trout:
Metro Denver: None this week due to high temperatures
Kriley Pond, Gilpin County, Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Slough Pond, Gilpin County, Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Blue River, Summit County, upstream of Dillon Reservoir
Chapman Dam, Pitkin County
Granby Reservoir, Grand County
Grand Lake, Grand County
Grizzly Reservoir, Pitkin County, SE of Aspen
Nottingham Lake, Avon
Sylvan Lake, Eagle County, Sylvan Lake State Park
Trent Pond, Silverthorne
Wilmore Pond, Eagle County, I-70 W of Edwards
Monument Reservoir, Las Animas County, W of Trinidad
North Fork Reservoir, Chaffee County
Big Meadows Reservoir, Mineral County, SW of South Fork
Deer Lake #1, #2 and #3, Hinsdale County
Haviland Lake, La Plata County, NE of Durango
Irwin Lake, Gunnison County, W of Crested Butte
Jackson Gulch Reservoir, Montezuma County, Mancos State Park
Lost Lake Slough, Gunnison County, SE of Paonia Reservoir
Love Lake, Mineral County, SW of Creede
Millions Lake, Rio Grande County
Pass Creek Pond, Mineral County, NE of Wolf Creek Pass
Pothole Lake #1 and #2, Gunnison County, Taylor Park
Ridgway Reservoir, Ouray County
Road Canyon Reservoir, Hinsdale County
San Cristobal Lake, Hinsdale County
Taylor Reservoir, Gunnison County
Trout Lake, San Miguel County, SW of Telluride
METRO DENVER AREA
Aurora Reservoir (City of Aurora) – The current water temperature is 70 degrees. Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair using PowerBait 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) – Water level remains high so boating is good. Water temperature is also high. Remember trout like water between 50 and 55 degrees and as temps rise above 60 degrees the oxygen is depleted and the fish go deep. Come early mornings for some top water fishing. Try using a fly and bubble with leech or wolly bugger patterns. Afterwards go deep using bait such as worms or garlic flavored yellow power bait. No recent stockings because of the high water temperature.
Barr Lake State Park (Adams County) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced a public fish salvage at Barr Lake State Park beginning Monday, July 23. Due to high irrigation demand created by severe drought, the water level in Barr Lake will be drained to a conservation level to meet the needs of its intended agricultural use. A valid Colorado fishing license is required in accordance with state statutes. A state parks pass is required ($7 Daily Pass or $70 Annual Pass). All legal fishing methods are allowed. Bag, possession and size limits are suspended for Barr Lake only until this emergency public salvage is lifted.
Chatfield State Park (South of Littleton, Douglas and Jefferson County) – Bluegill are great from King Fisher and Gravel Ponds off worms. 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. 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) – There is still little action from shore. Anglers in boats are having most of the success with walleyes and crappie. Jigs with crawlers, worms and leeches have proven to be successful bait. Catfish are spawning now and we have not received any reports of anyone catching them. Walleye action is being reported at Mountain Loop and along the east shoreline along the rocks by the dam. The bait for the shore includes night crawlers on the bottom and lipless shad crank baits. 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 remains slow to fair. Shoreline fishing continues to be slow, especially during the heat of the day. 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) – Fish Reporter Brian was out on a boat at Antero last weekend. Here’s what he sent us: “Action was hot using Kastmasters and Mepps and in total we caught and released over 30 fish in our group of 4. It included a cutthroat and a rainbow at 22” and a mixed bag of browns, rainbows, and cut-rainbows hybrids - most ranged around the 18” mark and very healthy and fat. Most boats seemed to be catching fish until a storm blew through late Saturday and chased most off until close to sunset. Sunday morning was excellent and nice hatch of white winged caddis were keeping things hopping. Sunday was nice and fished until noon with similar results. Bank fishing seemed slow and most were tossing PowerBait. Best action on the boat was the west end and the south shore heading west from the boat ramp. Nice pictures and a great time by all four of us. We had to contend with lots of weeds and even more troublesome Sunday was the large amount of floating weeds which made casting lures difficult but very successful for the most part. Water temperature was hot but we had no thermometer available.” Thanks to Brian for the update.
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) – Reported by Type of Fish, Grade,-Lures Reported Used -Location Reported BASS, LARGEMOUTH FAIR Spinners Shallow Reedy Areas; BASS, SMALLMOUTH FAIR Spinners Shallow Reedy Areas; BASS, WHITE POOR Jigs Lake wide; BLUE GILL POOR Unreported Lake wide; CARP FAIR Archery Shallows; CATFISH FAIR Baits Inlets; CRAPPIE FAIR Minnows Pump House; TROUT FAIR Lures Lake wide; WALLEYE POOR Worms/harness 16’-20’ depth; YELLOW PERCH POOR lures Lake wide. The current water temperature is estimated to be hovering in the mid 70’s with a depth of 42.8 feet. 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.
Carter Lake (Larimer County) – Midsummer fishing conditions are as to be expected. Fishing during the heat of the day has been less then productive. However, as temperatures fade in the evening trout fishing is still producing results. Walleye fishing has yet to recover from the addition of small trout to the lake from local hatcheries. Fishermen that are persistent can be rewarded with a good-sized walleye near dusk.
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) The bite will be strong one day and then slower the next. Shore fishermen are having success near Coyote Ridge and the west end of North Shore on the North side and Howbert Point to Rodgers Mountain on the South side. Boat fishermen are reeling them in throughout the Reservoir in 15 - 20 feet of water. Fishermen are reporting that to keep bringing in the fish you need to switch up your lures and baits. Pike (FAIR TO GOOD) Reports are coming in of pike being brought in from the west end of the reservoir near the weed beds. Try Rapalas, jerk baits, large tube jigs, and large spinners. Salmon (FAIR) Reports of success are coming in from the channel straight out from the North Boat Ramp in 30’ to 40’. You can also try in about 35’ to 50’ around Deer Island. Down Riggers are essential, try with Dick Nites, Arnies or pink Rapalas.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park Ponds (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties) – Kriley and Slough Ponds were stocked with catchable trout this past week.
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 water level is dropping as irrigators are pulling their water out of Jackson. The boat ramp will be unusable for anything other than small hand-launched boats by July 25 (this Wednesday). Fishing is reported slow for trout and catfish. Anglers on the north side are reporting some success with wiper and carp.
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. This is likely to be the last weekend that the boat ramp at Jumbo will be accessible for trailered boats. 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) – Triathlon this Saturday and Sunday (7/28 and 7/29) expect crowds but should be no impacts to anglers outside of the swim beach area, which will close briefly for swimming portions each morning. Water level is dropping, but there is still over 20 feet of water on the south boat ramp. The Elks Boat Ramp may be unusable by the end of the month. The wiper fishing still good with a lot of fish over 20” coming out around Darby Point. Green mussel bait or shad imitation lures are working the best. Rattle traps and soft plastic shad lures in black and silver or white and green are working by casting or trolling. Crappie are still along the dam but have slowed some with the heat. Smallmouth bass up to 15” are coming out along the rocks of the dam on small minnow imitation lures. Some catfish are 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 continued slow fishing as water levels drop and water temperatures remain high.
Spinney Mountain State Park (Park County) – Spinney – Trout (GOOD TO EXCELLENT) Reports of successful catches are coming in from fishermen using Caddis and Damsels. Reports coming in that red and gold lures are doing well at the moment. Pike (GOOD) Fish the shallows for pike. Try Tasmanian Devils in pink and Rapalas in silver. South Platte above Spinney - 24.5 cfs on 7/22/12 at 6:30 am. Dream Stream – (GOOD) We are seeing higher than normal flows. Between Spinney & “bridge”, Callibaetis, Midges, BWO’s and Caddis are working well. Between “bridge” & 11Mile, try Barr’s emergers, Woolly Buggers, Trico’s and Caddis patterns. Stream flow: 245 cfs on 7/22/12 at 6:45 am, gage height 1.56 ft.
Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent Counties) – Water levels continue to drop. 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) – Tim at Colorado Fly Fishing Guides says the fishing conditions remain favorable on the Ark: “Low flows and mild temperatures have continued. Although there are dwindling numbers of caddis, prevalent hatches of a variety of mayflies remain in Hayden Meadows. Grey drakes, PMD, and red and/or ginger quills are taking fish on top above Twin Lakes. Pronounced midge and yellow sally hatches remain throughout the upper river, and the afternoon rains have seemed to boost the hopper population below the Lake Creek confluence. As a result, the pocket water from Granite to Buena Vista is offering some terrific action on hopper/dropper rigs with yellow sally or mayfly nymphs as your dropper selection.”
Greg from ArkAnglers says the Arkansas is “in good shape from Leadville to Texas Creek with flows of 80 cfs in Hayden Meadows, 256 cfs in the Granite Gorge, 390 cfs in Browns Canyon and about 400 cfs through Bighorn Sheep Canyon. At these water levels, the current velocity is such that trout are able to move throughout the riverbed in response to aquatic insect availability, water temperature, and solar intensity. As a result, choice of water type is as important as fly selection and will vary throughout the day. Current hatches include pale morning dun mayflies, golden stoneflies, caddis and midges. Fish activity has been strong throughout the day on the upper river but a bit more spotty on the lower end during the middle of the afternoon.”
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) – Weather continues to dominate fishing. Rain and winds affect quality most afternoons, but some fishermen still reach trout limits after a couple of hours. Some boaters are catching small Kokanee salmon. Despite a Tiger Musky being caught last week, no others have been either hooked or landed; it’s still a bit early for them at Clear Creek based on past years results. From boats trolling and fly fishing have been the best options. Trolling with a two or three inch Luhr Jensen “Needlefish” trolling spoon of any color has worked best this week, and “any dry fly” is still preferred by trout. Trolling with just a night crawler on a hook has worked well for both trout and salmon, if fished at the fishes’ depth. From the shore Powerbait has worked OK, but night crawler worms have done better. Clear Creek Reservoir is open to trailered, powered boats every day of the week except Tuesday and Wednesday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Our new dock makes launching and retrieving boats much easier.
DeWeese Reservoir (Custer County) – Fishing is 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.
John Martin Reservoir State Park (Bent County) – People are still catching white bass and drum along the north shore during the cooler hours in the morning and evening, but the bite has really slowed down. No reports of saugeye, or crappie being caught, and minimal success on the catfish. Water is currently averaging 79 degrees.
Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County) - Due to the unusually hot temperatures and low flow in the Arkansas River, wildlife officials are concerned about the fish becoming stressed. Finding the deep pools and fishing the seams, riffles, and pocket water have been key to finding fish. Using #18-20 chartruese Prince, #16-20 Chartuese Copper John, #20-24 Grey Rs2, #18-20 Iceburg Baetis #16 Tan Caddis, #14 Yellow UIce Caddis has worked well. North Shore has been Very good for small and large mouth bass, using several types of bait (leeches, minnows and various bass lures). If you can find structure, long rocky points, or submerged trees, it is going to be your best bet in finding fish. In the early morning hours top water baits have worked well (Poppers and top water spooks). In the heat of the day look to the deeper areas to find fish. Reports have said fishing live baits off the bottom in depths of 30-30 ft. have produced well. Wipers have been spotted chasing shad, but no reports of hooking up. If you are looking for catfish, the west end of the lake is still producing good numbers. Using shrimp, mussels, and traditional catfish bait with some patience has been the key.
Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake, Lathrop State Park (Huerfano County) – Fishing continues to be good on both lakes. We are still seeing trout being caught with the majority of the trout being in the 10-14 inch range. Trout are being caught on PowerBait. We are still getting reports of catfish on chicken liver and nightcrawlers.
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) – Fish Reporter talked to Tom Martin, the District Wildlife Manager for the Leadville area. He said he isn’t seeing a lot of fishermen right now at Turquoise, so this might be the time to head up to Turquoise and escape the heat. His advice for Turquoise this week is go deep! “Catch rates are low. Try the deep water of the south shore west of Abe Lee Fishermen Access (a favorite mackinaw spot) and the north shore west of the Tabor boat ramp (this boat ramp is closed, the parking is open.) Both spots require walking to reach. The north shore walk is flat and has a trail available. The south shore area can be a more strenuous hike.”
Trinidad Lake State Park (Las Animas County) – Trinidad Lake is approx. 474 surface acres with the surface temp about 71 degrees. Fishing continues to be excellent. We are seeing several nice walleye and trout being caught along with some good wiper (24” this past weekend) and catfish. Night-crawlers and chicken livers are working best for the wiper and catfish. Hitting the deep water for the walleyes is still best and trout are hitting everywhere.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 Reporter talked to Tom Martin, the District Wildlife Manager for the Leadville area. He said things have been really quiet. He isn’t seeing a lot of fishermen right now, so this might be the time to head up to Twin or Turquoise and escape the heat. His advice for Twin this week is go deep! “There are some fish being caught but Twin Lakes has been very slow. The fish are retreating to deeper waters of the South shore of the lower lake and the deep water below and downstream from the power plant. Try uphill at the nearby Mt. Elbert Forebay. The catch rate using worms is sporadic, but has been a little better than Twin.”
Delaney Buttes, Cowdrey and Lake John (Jackson County) – Here’s the latest from Bill at Lake John Resort (edited for space): “The main activity that has stayed consistent thus far throughout the season is the catching of fish. Using any and all legal methods of take, no matter from the shore or on the water, the Lake John bite remains phenomenal. I’ve even had a few of my customers go so far as to actually try to find a lure that they could not catch fish on. One such patron bought several cast-and-retrieve offerings that had never landed him any luck in the past. As it turned out, they all proved a lucky bargain. I do recommend keeping a few for the dinner table. The meat is getting more pink and flavorful. The wife and I did just that the last time out, and found those 13 to 14 inch Rainbows that have been in John for nearly a year have firm, pink meat and are an absolute delicacy, and even though the fire ban is still in effect the gas grill did just fine. We packet-grilled our ‘Bows, stuffed with scallions, thinly-sliced green pepper, garlic, lemon, salt & pepper, served them with parmesan rice pilaf, a spinach & romaine salad with wild blueberries, toasted almonds and basalmic vinaigrette dressing, and homemade lemon/dill tartar sauce. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a morsel left for our restaurant customers!”
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) – Excellent Pike fishing right now with most between 20” and 36”. Bass and crappie fishing is good. The average bass being caught is between 2 and 3 lbs. A tournament, that was held over the weekend at the reservoir, was won by Scott Dennis of Denver catching one largemouth and 3 smallmouth bass each day for a total of 14.6 3/4 lbs. An 8-year old boy caught a pike measuring 47” recently. That’s close to the state record. Catfish remain elusive. 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) – Granby was stocked with catchable trout this past week. 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 at the tailwaters has picked up as a result of higher flows being released from the dam. 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. Reservoir fishing has been slow. Trout have moved to cooler and deeper waters and anglers fishing from boat have had luck using power bait or trolling with lures and spoons. Pike have been hitting on worms.
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) – Stocked with Catchable sized Rainbow on 07/20/12 Stocked with 10” Cutthroat 07/05/12. Stocked with catchable Rainbow 05/23/12 and 06/06/12. Fishing has been good. Small dark flies are working. Or try bright colored power baits 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) – Boat access is available via the Island boat ramp. Early Settlers and Oak Point boat ramps are closed for the season. 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) – Fish reporter Andy sent in the following update (Thanks Andy): “Kokanee Salmon fishing remains excellent with many large fish being caught in Cebolla and Sapinero basins trolling and jigging from 35 to100 feet deep. Small lake trout are also being caught in good numbers fishing deep with spoons and jigs. Rainbow and brown trout fishing is good in the inlet areas of the lake as well as Iola basin using trolling gear or bait near the bottom.”
Crawford State Park (Delta County) – North Shore anglers have reported catching bass, catfish, pike and crawfish. Reports at Fisherman’s Loop have been perch, pike and carp. Clear Fork fishermen have been catching catfish, pike and perch, while over on the west side fishermen have been reporting catfish, crappie, pike, perch and carp.
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 around 560 cfs. Hopper droppers, small bead heads and terrestrials are working well right now. It is fishing best early in the morning and late in the evening when the weather cools down. The lower Gunnison is running around 660 cfs at the Gunnison River Pleasure Park and is slightly cloudy. Hopper droppers, small bead heads and terrestrials are working right now as well as some yellow sallies. For more information on fishing conditions and river conditions call the Gunnison River Pleasure Park.”
Jackson Gulch Reservoir, Mancos State Park (Montezuma County) – Lake levels continue to drop 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 PowerBait (especially rainbow and garlic), florescent green and gold spinners and worms. Fly fishing 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.
Navajo State Park (Archuleta County) – Smallmouth bass and northern pike have been fair, and catfish have been biting. Water temperature is currently approximately 72 degrees. 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) - Ridgway was stocked this past week with catchable (10”) rainbow trout. 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.
Tomichi Creek (Gunnison County) – Voluntary closure due to high water temperatures. Anglers are asked to find alternate waters in the area.
Taylor Reservoir (Gunnison County) – Taylor Reservoir was stocked with catchable (10”) trout this past week. Fishing is good at Taylor and cooler temperatures in the area provide a good escape from the hotter parts of the state. Trolling for rainbow and lake trout has been effective on pop-gear and nightcrawlers. The lake trout 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 large pike to be found around Texas Point.
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.