State fishing report – Voluntary closures continue
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Voluntary closures continue in Yampa, White and Bear Creek
Despite recent rainfall, voluntary closures continue in the Yampa River, White River and Bear Creek. Hot, dry conditions are forecast to continue in the coming weeks and biologists anticipate water temperatures to return to levels stressful for fish. 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).
Monitoring of other waters continues and anglers should be alert to conditions where they fish. Should a more consistent monsoonal weather pattern bring additional rainfall and cooler temperatures, biologists will assess conditions and determine if voluntary closures are still necessary. Rising water temperatures results in extreme stress for fish and angling pressure can lead to mortality. 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.
Jumbo fish salvage; Prewitt boat restrictions - irrigation reservoirs drawing down
Most reservoirs along Colorado’s eastern plains were built to store water for agricultural use. That means that those reservoirs are drawn to provide water for farms, especially during years when drought conditions eliminate other water sources. Two of the popular fishing spots in northeaster Colorado are currently facing low water conditions that anglers and boaters should be aware of.
Jumbo Reservoir near Julesburg is dropping quickly and CPW officials believe the reservoir will be inaccessible by boat in the next few days. 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. Details can be found in the fishing conditions section of this week’s fishing report.
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:
None this week due to high temperatures
Carter Reservoir Larimer County, W of Berthoud
S. Platte River Park County:Eleven Mile to Cheesman
Trap Lake Larimer County
Sylvan Lake Eagle County, Sylvan Lake State Park
Bear Lake Huerfano County
Blue Lake Huerfano County, SW of La Veta
Blue Lake, Lower Huerfano County, W of Rye
Clear Creek Reservoir Chaffee County
Rosemont Reservoir Teller County
Salida Hydro Pond #2 Chaffee County, NE of Monarch Pass
Sands Lake Chaffee County, below Mt. Shavano State Fish Hatchery
Turquoise Reservoir Lake County
Tucker Park Ponds Mineral County, NE of Wolf Creek Pass
METRO DENVER AREA
Aurora Reservoir (City of Aurora)
The current water temperature is 69 degrees. Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair. Most productive area has been from the West and East dam using PowerBait. Boaters are reporting slow to fair success on trout trolling with crawlers. Walleye action is slow to fair. Some good reports using bottom bouncers and lindy rigs. Perch action is good using jigs and worms. Most are reportedly on the small side. All other species are slow or no reports. Restricted to electric motors only. Park hours for July are 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information 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)
Current water temperature at Quincy is 70 degrees. The water level is starting to drop. Bass fishing is fair to good using soft plastics and top water lures. Trout action slow to fair using flies. Perch is fair to good using jigs. Most are on the small side. Restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Park hours for July are 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information call 303-693-5463.
Standley Lake (City of Westminster, Jefferson County)
Anglers report that warm weather has slowed fishing activity, especially at mid-day.
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. Heard from one angler who said a fly-and-bubble setup netted some trout from shore.
Boyd Lake State Park (North of Loveland, Larimer County)
Lake temperature is currently in the mid-70s with a depth of 44.31 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)
Trout fishing this past weekend has been exceptional. This is probably due to the large number of trout that were placed in the lake over the past week or so due to the nearby fish hatchery having to move fish quickly due to the High Park fire. However the addition of small trout seems to have had negative effect on the walleye fishing. The water temperatures have reached good levels for fishing and also water sports so be careful on the water with the large amount of other boats that are using the lake.
Martin sent this report to the fish reporter: “I thought morning fishing for walleye was good last week. Bite usually ended shortly after 9 a.m. when the sun was high. We caught many small fish (12 inches) but a few nice keepers were caught each day. Cloudy cooler conditions on Sunday allowed the bite to stay hot until almost noon with a nice limit of larger fish (17-20 inches) taken in the late morning hours on Sunday. …The north ramp is getting difficult to launch from due to the shallow water. Water temp in the morning was consistently 69 degrees.”
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’.
Jackson Lake State Park (Morgan County)
The reservoir is dropping about 3 inches daily with the releasing of water which started on 06/03/2012. Water temperature is approximately 80 degrees. Shorefishing 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 and fishing is generally slow for all species. Some saugeye and walleye are being caught from boats. Fishing for catfish is fair with some nice channel cat being caught at night from the bank using a variety of baits. The low water boat ramp is usable.
Arkansas River (Lake, Chaffee and Fremont Counties)
Greg from ArkAnglers says that recent significant afternoon rains on the peaks have raised the water levels in the Arkansas River, helping to maintain cooler water temperatures and providing better cover for fish. As of July 9, flows through Bighorn Sheep Canyon were around 500 cfs with 350 cfs in the Granite area. This higher flow has kept fish more active, particularly during the afternoons, and the diverse and prolific aquatic insect activity has continued unabated. Yellow sally stoneflies, pale morning dun and trico mayflies, midges, and several species of caddis are all keeping fish oriented toward the surface and feeding throughout 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)
Clear Creek was stocked this past week by the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Recent fishing has been dominated by unstable weather. Monsoon rains have brought lower temperatures with daily highs from 10 to 20 degrees lower than past weeks. Rainfall and/or changes in barometric pressure have reduced feeding activities somewhat but catch limits of trout have been reached with two hours of fishing. Occasional fishermen have reported good catches of trout and Kokanee salmon. Tiger muskies continue their wary behavior: no one has yet to report catching one and only the one person fishing explicitly for muskies has reported even hooking one this year. From the shore, fishing continues to be best at the upper end of the reservoir to the west. Worms, spoons, and small spinner lures have been more successful than other choices. A professional fly fisherwoman from Pikes Peak Fly Shop/Pikes Peak Flyfishers caught 59 trout in two hours trolling deep with a Jeanne’s Green Wooley Booger, and also with an Ed’s Green Wooley Booger. But this was about the only large number of catch and release fish caught. From boats, 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. Good success, however, has been reported with silver and blue colored spoons and spinner baits. Gold-colored lures have not done well at all. Clear Creek 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.
John Martin Reservoir State Park (Bent County)
The white bass bite is still very good, both from shore and from boat. The crappie and saugeye bite has stopped. The water level is very low, and the weather is hot, which is slowing the fishing down throughout the day. Best success is coming in the mornings and evenings. The white bass are still biting on crank baits, Mr. Twisters and mussels. Smaller catfish are being caught in the stilling basin using chicken liver. Water temperature is 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)
Fishing at Meredith has been fair for channel catfish. Fishing for wipers has been slow. The crappie bite at Meredith has stopped. The boat ramp at Meredith is usable this week but the water level continues to drop.
Turquoise Reservoir (Lake County)
Turquoise was stocked with catchable trout this week by the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. 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. 496 surface acres with the surface temperature about 67 degrees. Fishing the past two weeks has been fabulous! There have been several nice trout, walleye and catfish being caught. Three of the walleye were over 25” and we had a 27” wiper caught near the Tower. 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.
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)
Fishing is very good at this time. Large pike have gone deeper and are being taken on rubber wigglers. Sizes are ranging from 24” to 36”. A lot of smaller pike are now being taken in the shallows. Small and largemouth bass activity is picking up in the North End of the lake. Jigs and crankbait are catching fish in the coves; Crappie are feeding in the brushy areas on the north end of the lake and their activity has picked up. There are no reports of catfish yet. Fishing should remain good until summer temps drive the fish into deeper water and slows feeding activity. 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 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)
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)
Fishing at Vega is excellent. Anglers are using PowerBait (pink, yellow and purple), worms, and Panther Martins with much success. 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. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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. Access will be restricted starting July 16. 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)
No report this week.
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.
Navajo State Park (Archuleta County)
No report this week.
Ridgway State Park (Ouray County)
The reservoir is 88.5% full and gradually falling this week. Our most recent stocking of the reservoir, with 2,500 catchable rainbow trout, occurred on the 14th of June. Both shore fisherman and boaters are reporting very 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 smallmouth bass as well. Shore fishermen are doing well 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, rainbow, and pink Power Bait, or worms off the bottom; Kastmasters and Mepps are the lures of choice. Boat fishermen are having luck with Rapalas, Kastmasters, and Crocodiles 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 excellent. The river flows are currently at around 200 CFS, and should remain steady for now because of the downstream call for water. Fly fisherman are doing well on Wooly Buggers (brown), Copper Johns, and Pheasant Tails; small midges are also working. Grasshoppers are along the banks of the river, so a hopper pattern may work as well. 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 around mid-day. Remember that the Uncompahgre River running adjacent to the ponds is restricted to flies and lures only.
Sanchez Reservoir (Costilla County)
Fishing is slow due to warm weather.
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.