Colorado Fishing Report for September 17, 2013


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Multiple state parks, wildlife areas, forest access closed due to flood
Due to the historic flooding of the last five days, several parks and wildlife areas, as well as forest access is closed until further notice. Northeast region parks closed: Eldorado Canyon State Park, Jackson Lake State Park and St. Vrain State Park. We recommends that hunters not cross the South Platte to go hunting, as additional flood waters are anticipated and may close roads that are currently open.  Storm Mountain access road is closed except for emergency purposes by order of Larimer County and Highway 5 in Clear Creek County is being closed on and off at various spots. For a complete list of closed or restricted wildlife areas, see the press release.

Master Angler Awards for August 2013
Don’t forget to check out CPW’s Master Angler awards for August. Robert Saunders hauled in the largest kept smallmouth bass at the Aurora Reservoir, measuring in at 18.25 inches. Dustin Wheeler caught the largest kept largemouth bass at the Arvada Reservoir, measuring at 21.75 inches. For released fish, Joshua Haggenmiller reeled in a 32-inch channel catfish at the Dixon Reservoir, and Michael Roberts nailed at 26-inch cutthroat trout on the Uncompahgre River. Think you’ve caught something bigger? Make sure to let us know!

2013 Kokanee Giveaway
Fish hatcheries around the state will be giving away free kokanee salmon during the months of October and November. To receive the fish, a valid fishing license is needed. Because kokanee die when they spawn, the agency would rather see the fish be used than wasted. Giveaways will take place at the following locations: Roaring Judy Hatchery (970-641-7070)Oct. 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8. You must be in line by 9 a.m. to receive fish. Vallecito Reservoir (970-247-0855)Vallecito Community Center at 3 p.m. Oct. 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1. Wolford Mountain Reservoir (970-725-6200)Oct. 21, 24, 28, 31; Nov. 4. If fish available: Granby at Shadow Mountain (970-725-6200)Nov. 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25.

Public fish salvage at Barr Lake State Park
A public fish salvage at Barr Lake State Park began on Friday, Aug. 30. Due to high irrigation demand created by severe drought, the water level in Barr Lake will be drained to a conservation level of 442 acre feet to meet the needs of its intended agricultural use. The public salvage is being announced in order to optimize use of the fishery resource as outlined: 1) A valid Colorado fishing license is required in accordance with state statutes. 2) A state parks pass is required ($7 Daily Pass or $70 Annual Pass). 3) All legal fishing methods are allowed. 4) Small boats such as kayaks or canoes can be launched –no large boats allowed. 5) Bag, possession and size limits are suspended for Barr Lake only until this emergency public salvage is lifted. 6) The end date of the public salvage effort will be announced by Park Manager Michelle Seubert or district wildlife manager Joe Padia.

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Stocking Report
The following waters were recently stocked with catchable (approximately 10″) trout:

Metro Denver
Pine Valley Ranch Lake Jefferson County; west of Pine
Northeast Region
South Platte River, S. Fork #1 Park County; below Antero Reservoir
Northwest Region
Chapman Dam Pitkin County; southeast of Norrie
Piney Lake Eagle County; 21 miles northeast of Avon
Rifle Gap Reservoir Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Pond, South Rifle
Ruedi Reservoir Eagle County; 9 miles northwest of Norrie
Sylvan Lake Sylvan Lake State Park
Wilmor Pond Eagle County; 3 miles northwest of Edwards
Wolford Mountain Reservoir Grand County; 8 mile north of Kremmling
Southeast Region
De Weese Reservoir Custer County; 9 miles north of Westcliffe
Manitou Reservoir Teller County; 9 miles north of Woodland Park
Mt. Elbert Forebay Lake County; north of Twin Lakes
O’Haver Reservoir Chaffee County; 9 miles southwest of Poncha Springs
Turquoise Lake Leadville
Southwest Region
No stockings this week.

Conditions Report – Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir (City of Aurora)
Aurora Reservoir is open to boating. Water temperature is 68 degrees. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch in the lower parking lot at the entrance of the boat ramp. This includes all hand launched watercraft. Trout fishing has slowed down and is rated to slow to fair at this time. From the dam try using PowerBait casted out deep using a slip rig. Boaters have been reporting success trolling with various spoons and crawlers. Walleye action is slow to fair — some reports trolling with bottom bouncers and crawlers. Perch action is slow to fair some reports using jigs tipped with worms. Slow on all other species. Restricted to electric motors only. For more information call 303-690-1286. Park hours for September are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Arvada Reservoir (City of Arvada)
This is the slow time of year, but fishing is still fair at the reservoir. Approximately 3,100 rainbows were stocked on Aug. 20. We had a nice 20-pound catfish taken last week. And for those of you who didn’t see the article in the paper, we had a fisherman who was reeling in a fair sized rainbow trout when a walleye tried to eat the trout and the fisherman landed both. The walleye weighed in at eight pounds and 27 inches. On my questioning of anglers leaving the reservoir, the favorite bait seems to be green PowerBait.

Barr Lake State Park (Adams County)
Due to recent rainfall, the reservoir is coming up again. The fish salvage is still going on. The public salvage has been announced in order to optimize the use of the fishery resource in accordance with parks and Wildlife Commission Regulaiton 104.G. The following emergency salvage regulations apply only to Barr Lake: – A valid fishing license is required – A State Park pass is required ( $7 daily or $70 yearly). – All legal fishing methods are allowed – Bag, possession and size limits are suspended for Barr Lake only until this emergency public salvage is lifted – Notification of the opening and closure will be made through press releases and informational signs posted at strategic locations at Barr Lake – Salvage will begin immediately and will end on a date deemed necessary by the District Wildlife Manager and the Park Manager.

Chatfield State Park (South of Littleton in Douglas and Jefferson Counties)
Fishing at Chatfield has been getting better. Water levels still remain low and are down eight feet, but the river is flowing at a higher rate both in and out of the reservoir. Water temperatures are holding in and around 70 degrees. Perch have been the most popular fish of late. Both shore and boat fishermen have been landing on average 9-inch fish with worms. The east side of the lake has produced the most reports of this species. Walleye have also been producing along the roadbeds, bottom bouncing with a worm. Not many fish over 15 inches have been reported. Smallmouth bass remain easy catches along the dam face with worms or a variety of jigs or spinner lures. Sunfish have been fun for the kids to catch in the ponds with worms. Carp have given some kayakers some fun rides as of late. Several fish over 25 inches have given free rides to some of the smaller vessels. These large fish have been hitting worms lately. Trout and catfish have been on the decline with not many reports being received. Reminder the Swim Beach at Chatfield is now closed for the season.

Cherry Creek State Park (South of I-225, East of I-25 in Arapahoe County)
The water temperature is 72 degrees. The water level remains about 3.5 feet low. At Tower Loop, bluegill, catfish, trout and crappies are being caught using worms. At the West Shades trout are being caught using PowerBait, blue gill using worms and carp using cornmeal. Just a reminder, boaters must stay at least 60 feet away from in front of the tower structure at Tower Loop. Both ramps are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Just a reminder, the inspection times will change Oct. 1. Due to the low water levels, small water craft are being asked to launch at the West Ramp and Larger craft at the East Ramp. Also, due to the low water levels, be aware of unmarked hazards and shallow areas. No launching is permitted outside the posted hours without previous inspection.

Quincy Reservoir (City of Aurora)
Water temperature is 70 degrees. The water level is good at this time but starting to drop. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Only watercraft capable of being launched by hand permitted and electric motors only. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. Trout fishing is slow at this time. Try flies in the morning. Bass fishing is slow to fair using top water lures and soft plastics. No other reports at this time. For more information call 303-693-5463. Park hours for September are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Standley Lake (City of Westminster, Jefferson County)
Standley Lake is open for day boating and permit holders until Sept. 30. There will be no boating or camping allowed starting Oct. 1. The current lake temperature is approximately 74 degrees. Fishing times are 6:30 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. Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) regulations are in effect. Call for more details. A $7 fee is charged for all drive-in traffic. A $15 fee for daily boating is required for canoes, kayaks and small fishing vessels. No belly boats are allowed. Any trailered boat must meet ANS program protocols and are subject to a fifteen day quarantine. 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.

Conditions Report – Northeast Colorado 

Boyd Lake State Park (North of Loveland, Larimer County)
Largemouth fishing is good using plastic lures on the flats. Smallmouth are also good, using lures in deeper water. White bass is good using shad-like lures near the middle of the lake. Blue Gill is fair from shore with no specific lure report. Carp fishing is good using bows in shallow waters. Catfish are good using livers in deep waters. Crappie fishing is good using gold Kastmasters at the south end. Trout is good using shad-like lures in the middle of the lake. Walleye are fair using bottom bouncers with worms in deep water in the early evening. Yellow perch is poor lake-wide. Note: fishing from shore has been poor overall. On boats, many are still catching multiple species. The current water temperature is estimated to be in the mid 70s with a depth of 34.5 feet. Estimate approximately 1000+ surface acres. 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 regulations for further clarification and information.

Carter Lake (Larimer County)
Fishing for walleye remains good in the evening and morning from shoreline using worms. Anglers are having the most luck using trolling harnesses on boat. Fishing restrictions have changed for lengths and possession limits of Walleye so be sure to check signs prior to keeping any fish. Trout are biting on everything. Crappie are plentiful and biting on everything. The water levels are at a season low. If you’re fishing from shore you’ll get a nice drop in depth off of green cove by the North Pines Sun dance trail head. Local fishermen report the most activity at a depth of 20 feet.

Eldorado Canyon State Park (South Boulder Creek, Boulder County)
The park is currently closed due to flooding.

Eleven Mile State Park (Park County)
Big fish continue to hit with 4-6# cuttbows showing up occassionally. Trollers are seeing smaller fish than those using tube and marabou jigs, although you can still land a big one by trolling. Tasmanian Devils, Flatfish and Kastmasters are very productive. Color matters, so be prepared to switch if what you chose is not seeing action. The color patterns they want are changing daily and sometimes hourly. Salmon is slow to fair. A few anglers are picking up a couple here and there. There have been some three and four year olds popping up – mostly on the #55 Tasmanian Devil using a lead core rig or downrigger. North Shore Marina straight out has been decent. Lazy Boy – Rocking Chair are still seeing action. Pike fishing is fair. Those who are trolling are doing better than most. Last week, 22 out of 30 teams at the pike tourney weighed in fish with the winners posting over 40 pounds of total weight. Dream Stream is good. Large fish are being caught using midges and Barr’s emergers. The Dream Stream: The fishing has slowed down during the bright sunny mid-days. Morning and evening dry fly fishing is still possible with tricos and caddis hatching pretty prolifically. Flows are decent but somewhat erratic. The water is clear, so sight fishing is possible. The fish are holding to the banks and in holes. Nymphing is suggested with #5 fluorocarbon tippet or smaller. Use an attractor pattern such as a San Juan Worm or Flash Back PT up top and trail a small midge pattern for your nymph rig. For top water action, stick to size #20 or #22 or smaller Tricos or #18-20 Caddis. Other suggested patterns include Flashback Pheasant Tail #20-22, Amy’s Ant #12-14, Thorax Trico #22-26, Spinner Pearl Black Trico #20-26, Drowned Trico Spinner #22-24, and Graphic Caddis #18-20 (from South Platte Fly Shop 8/19 report).

Flatiron Reservoir (Larimer County)
Flatiron produces best with PowerBait and worms from the shoreline. Cheyenne day use is open and allows for fishing from the southern shore of Flatiron. Pinewood continues to fish very well from the cove with flies especially midge imitations. Use Griffins Gnat and small Zebra Midges in the evening. A 40-inch musky was reported from Pinewood and the possibility remains to catch the largest fish of the year. Other parts of the lake fish best with baits and worms and a limit of fish can be caught from the shore. You’ll have the best luck just before the sun comes up! Day passes are available 24/7 at either entrance to the park through an automated pay station next to the gate!

Golden Gate Canyon State Park Ponds (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties)
Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers five fishing ponds open year-round to all park visitors. The ponds are Kriley, Slough, Ranch Ponds East and West, and Dude’s Fishing Hole. Each angler is allowed four fish per day with eight being the maximum number in possession. No live baits are allowed with the exception of worms. Please call the Visitor Center for directions at 303-582-3707.

Horsetooth Reservoir, Lory State Park (Larimer County)
Trout have remained at a low to medium density continuing to go after spinners to worms. Bass are still out in force. Large bass are moving out of the coves early in the morning with the small ones staying in the coves during the day. Warmer water temperatures are continuing to provide very good smallmouth bass fishing. They are going after crank baits, minnows, jigs and worms. Walleye are still hitting hard with a majority of activity in the coves especially in Inlet Bay.

Jackson Lake State Park (Morgan County)
The park is currently closed due to flooding.

Jumbo Reservoir (Logan and Sedgwick Counties)
Jumbo is now closed to boating; water levels are too low, and still dropping. A few bullheads are being caught, fishing is poor. Jumbo requires an annual fishing license or a state wildlife area permit for anyone 19-64.

North Sterling State Park (Logan County)
Water levels are good with the south boat ramp still in the water. Crappie fishing is slow along the dam, marina and outlet areas on jigs and minnows. Best fishing has been in the mornings and evenings. Lots of catfish are being caught at Balanced Rock, Darby Arm and Elks Bay on worms.

Prewitt Reservoir (Washington County)
Prewitt is closed to boating water levels are down to the pool in the middle. The outlet is not running. A few drums are being caught, otherwise fishing is poor. Prewitt requires an annual fishing license or a state wildlife area permit for anyone 19-64.

Spinney Mountain State Park (Park County)
Trout fishing is good. Fishermen are reporting the most success in the deep waters. Good catches are being seen in the inlets and closer to the dam. Try using a drake fly, hopper dry flies or a black tube jig. Pike fishing is also good. Try using spoons, stickbaits or tube jigs. The best reports are coming from those fishing 100 to 150 meters from the shoreline.

St. Vrain State Park ponds (Weld County)
Believe it or not, there are still plenty of fish to be caught at St. Vrain State Park! This time of the year, most of the ponds are producing primarily warm-water species. Bluegill and crappie are a good place to start. Get a worm and a bobber (and a fishing pole of course) and throw it out there. Sandpiper, Mallard, Killdeer, Coot, Redtail, and even Pelican Ponds are all good places for “panfish.” If bass are more to your liking, try Bald Eagle and Coot Ponds. There are lots of largemouths in each! Lucky Tip: Be either as natural as you can, or as bright/loud as you can because these fish have been playing the “avoid the hook” game all summer. The trout bite is slim but there’s still a chance if you can find a deep/cool channel in one of our ponds. But beware, the few that are left are smart! Try flies/rooster tails/panther martins or some kind of legal bait to bag ’em. Coot, Sandpiper or Mallard ponds are your best bet. If catfish are more to your liking, you’re in luck! There are catfish in every accessible pond on our park. Try stink bait and liver, or something else with a smell! Good luck! Please remember that Bald Eagle Pond has the following restrictions: 1) Fishing with artificial flies and lures only, 2) Scented plastics must be one and a half inches long or longer, and 3) ALL bass must be returned to the water immediately. On that note, the bass are still producing. Try senko’s, drop shots, and crawdad immitations (weedless) for some good morning/evening results. The mid-day bite is slow. Lucky Tip: The bass have been biting on flies too (be as natural as possible and try dragon-fly immitations). The sunfish are still playing the “take the worm” game and can be caught in every accessible pond on our park. Try worms below a bobber around the shorelines and rocks/structure. Good Luck! If you’re planning on coming out, please bring your fishing license and keep it with you.

Conditions Report – Southeast Colorado

Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent Counties)
Fair to good for channel catfish and drum. One lower boat ramp is usable.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area/Arkansas River (Lake, Chaffee and Fremont Counties)
Here’s an update from Greg at ArkAnglers: “The upper Arkansas River fishery was extremely fortunate to escape the flooding and devastation that was visited upon many of our sister fisheries on the Front Range. There was significant rain in the upper end of the basin over the weekend and this did elevate flows, but as of Monday, the river is clear above Salida and flows are quickly receding. Bighorn Sheep Canyon will be clearing up quickly now and we will be settling into fall fishing: midge hatches in the morning, blue wing olive mayflies in the afternoon, and ambush-style brown trout behavior along the river’s edge late in the day. Expect at least a month of prime fall fishing remaining on the Arkansas River.”

Brush Hollow Reservoir (Fremont County)
The water level has come up and some boats are able to launch from the boat ramp. However, the water level can fluctuate daily. Consequently, access to the boat ramp may also change rapidly. Fishing has been good for bluegill and a small number of bass have been reported being caught.

Clear Creek Reservoir (Chaffee County)
Clear Creek Reservoir boat ramp is open Thursday through Monday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here is an update from Jerry Hornbuckle: ” This week’s end leaves just two more weeks the reservoir is open to trailered boat fishermen, closing for the season on Sept. 30; however, it does remain open to fishing from shore and those “watercraft” that can be transported in cars or trucks, and carried by hand to the water for launching—such as canoes, kayaks, belly boats and float tubes. In general, fishing at Clear Creek Reservoir was very slow this past week, from the perspective of both the number of fisherman and the number of fish they caught. Part of the problem might be that most days it was windy, cold and damp, or rainy, and this weather might have kept fishermen home and the fish from biting. From the bank, the typical catch was the limit of four trout caught with green/chartreuse PowerBait and landed in 2.5 to 3 hours. As an aside, the PowerBait flavored with garlic has done rather well; perhaps the last batch of rainbows from the hatcheries was Italian — the fish just love its scent and taste. For those fishing from boats, one couple did very well landing 35 rainbow trout caught with worms trolled on a bare hook beneath “pop gear.” On a different day, three other boaters caught approximately 15 trout while trolling with small spinner lures, and one fisherman trolling with the same small spinner type lure landed an even dozen. There was only one fly fisherman here all week, and he reported to have landed 35 trout using an Adams type dry fly. No tiger muskies were reported caught, but one boater was seen landing a large kokanee that he released. Rains, winds, and chilly weather are forecast to continue for at least another week.”

Lake Henry (Crowley County)
Henry Lake is closed to fishing and all other wildlife-related recreation.

John Martin Reservoir State Park (Bent County)
The stilling basin and the Arkansas River below the dam have produced large catfish, saugeye, and striper using minnows and worms. White bass and wiper are being caught by the dozens out of the reservoir on jigs, minnows, crawfish, and shrimp. Drum, bluegill, carp and walleye have also been caught in the reservoir, but with varying frequency. Please be mindful of all regulations concerning size and creel limits. Good Luck!

Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County)
As the crowds recede and the summer starts to dwindle, the fishing at Lake Pueblo should start to gain some traction. The loss of boats and crowds should reduce the pressure on the on the fish in the reservoir and allow them to continue their normal habits. The weekend saw some fish coming in, but the number have reduced since the beginning of the year. Walleye and wiper are still the hot fish in the water, and fishing from the newly opened for the season old highway 96 access may be the place to try. Below the dam the fish continue to lay low during the hot days, but dusk and dawn continue to provide the angler with hatches. As always please be considerate of all other users here at the park and know they are out enjoying our natural resources just as you are. This is important this time of year as hunting has officially opened on ours and the adjoining wildlife lands. Also, please continue to follow the rules and regulations regarding method of take and bait use while on the river. If you have any questions please stop in at our visitor center or ask a ranger on the park. Tight lines everyone!

Lathrop State Park, Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake (Huerfano County)
The fishing is picking up on both Martin and Horseshoe. The pike bite is starting to pick up a bit, along with the bass bite as the weather cools off. Overnight fishing isn’t producing quite as much as it was earlier in the summer, but both lakes fishing is picking up. This is a reminder, though, that if you are fishing overnight, you must be actively fishing, and not camping on shore.

Lake Meredith (Crowley County)
Meredith Reservoir is closed to fishing and all other wildlife-related recreation.

Mt. Elbert Forebay (Lake County)
Fishing at Mt. Elbert Forebay has been slow. Near the outlet of the reservoir, successful shore anglers normally land several rainbow trout on either Gulp Salmon Eggs or pink PowerBait. Fishing with either Pistol Petes or worms at the inlet of the reservoir can be very productive. In addition, most of the shore anglers reported landing lake trout at the inlet of the reservoir. Boat anglers may want to explore using either worms for rainbow trout or jigs coupled with sucker meat for lake trout. Midday water surface temperatures were in the low 60s.

Nee Gronde Reservoir (Kiowa County)
Carp are biting well, catfish are fair to good. Slow for all other species. Water levels continue to decline and temps are in the mid 70s. Access is difficult around much of the lake due to low water and muddy shorelines.

Rampart Reservoir (El Paso County)
The U.S. Forest Service opened the reservoir to shoreline anglers and hand launched watercraft on May 24. The road across the dam is now open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday. It will not be open during the week. Motorized boats are not allowed across the dam and cannot be launched from the boat ramp. Fishing continues to be fair to good for cutbows and rainbows.

Turquoise Lake (Lake County)
The August doldrums are fading and the catch rate is slowly improving for bank fisherman using all kinds of PowerBait salmon eggs.

Trinidad Lake State Park (Las Animas County)
Trinidad Lake is approximately 482 surface acres and the surface temp is in the low to mid 70s. The water is beginning to clear up. We are starting to get more reports of the trout biting. The catfish are biting on chicken liver. Two 30-inch catfish were caught this week. Anglers are reminded to check the regulations for bass and walleye.

Twin Lakes Reservoir (Lake County)
Fishing at Twin Lakes Reservoir has been slow. Shore anglers have been faring better at landing fish than the boat anglers this month.  Sometimes trolling with a Tasmanian Devil lure can yield a high trout catch at the lower lake. When trout are not taking a lure from a boat, boat anglers sometimes land a few fish on baits such as PowerBait and worms. Between 100 to 200 feet away from the power plant, shore anglers normally experience success by fishing either pink PowerBait or worms off the bottom. Typically, shore anglers fare better fishing near the power plant when compared to other fishing access areas. Because Dexter Point boat ramp was stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout on Sept. 5, shore anglers may want to explore fishing this part of Twin Lakes Reservoir. At Dexter Point, shore anglers normally catch rainbow trout on either pink PowerBait or Blue Fox spinners (size zero). The hours for boat inspections are now from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dexter Point boat ramp. At Dexter Point boat ramp, around 3,000 rainbow trout were stocked on Sept. 5. Midday water surface temperatures were in the low 60s.


Conditions Report – Northwest Colorado

Colorado River at Glenwood Springs (Garfield County)
Here’s the latest from the Taylor Creek Fly Shop: “Flow is at 2,150 CFS in Glenwood Springs. Due to afternoon and evening rains, the Colorado River is still too discolored to fish effectively.”

Crystal River (Gunnison County)
Here’s a report from the Taylor Creek Fly Shop: “Flow is at 32 CFS in Carbondale. Like the Colorado, the Crystal River below Marble is still too discolored to fish effectively.”

Delaney Buttes, Cowdrey Reservoir and Lake John (Jackson County)
No recent updates.

Elkhead Reservoir State Park (Moffat County)
Pike are biting at Elkhead Reservoir with anglers reporting success five or six feet below the surface. A couple of 23-inch northerns caught by an angler this weekend looked small compared to the 40-inch pulled out by a father and son team on Sunday. Crappie and blue gill are being caught with jigs at the north end of Elkhead Reservoir.

Fryingpan River (Eagle County)
Here’s a report from Taylor Creek Fly Shop: “The Fryingpan is running at 219 CFS below Ruedi Reservoir. The river is experiencing a wealth of insect hatches right now consisting of green drakes, pale morning duns, blue wing olives, caddis, rusty spinners and midges. With such an abundance of insects, it is important to keep a sharp eye out on what exactly the fish are feeding on. The dry fly fishing has been as good as we’ve seen all summer thus far. Look for the best hatches to take place closer to the dam from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Light fluorocarbon tippets of 6x and 7x are crucial to success.”

Harvey Gap State Park (Garfield County)
No recent reports.

Highline Lake State Park and Mack Mesa Reservoir (Mesa County)
No recent updates.

James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Mesa County)
No recent updates.

Lake Granby (Grand County)
No recent updates.

Pearl Lake State Park (Routt County)
No recent updates.

Rifle Falls, Rifle Gap State Park (Garfield County)
No recent updates.

Roaring Fork River (Garfield County)
Latest info from Taylor Creek Fly Shop: “Flow is at 188 CFS below Maroon Creek, 427 CFS in Emma, and 630 CFS in Glenwood Springs. Long gone are the days of fishing large attractor flies, as smaller blue wing olive patterns are now dominating along the river. Think along the lines of “tiny and shiny” nymph and emerger patterns to fish the best like BLMs, Mercury RS2s and Freestone Emergers. Look to the deeper pools and seams away from the banks to fish the best right now during the afternoons. Big fly anglers should look to early mornings to yield the best streamer fishing. Hoppers are catching some fish in the pocket water too!”

Stagecoach State Park (Routt County)
The Tailwaters will be closed to all public access beginning Sept. 16, 2013 for the restoration project. It is expected to be closed through the end of the year. Contact the park office for more information. Trout have moved to deeper, cooler water. Orange or green PowerBait, wooly buggers, Tasmanian devils, and worms are working well for trout. Anglers have been successful fishing from the shore or a boat. Pike activity has picked up with a few 20-plus pound fish being landed in the shallows at the inlet. Buzz baits have been working well for pike. The harvest of pike at Stagecoach is encouraged. Please don’t throw them on shore or in the dumpsters but take as many as you like for the fryer. Algae are beginning to bloom. Emergers, midges, and prince nymphs in dark colors have yielded some beautiful rainbows at the tailwaters below the dam. Small sections of shoreline have been roped off to help prevent erosion. If the tailwaters parking lot is full, please park at the dam or come back another time to avoid overcrowding.

State Forest State Park (Jackson County)
No recent updates.

Steamboat Lake State Park (Routt County)
Bank fishermen have been hitting Meadow Point and Rainbow Ridge area pretty hard with worms and eggs being the bait of choice. SPinners have been working very well also I have not heard from boat fisherman lately, so no report for them.

Sylvan Lake State Park (Eagle County)
Last stocked with catchable rainbow trout on Sept. 13. Gold spinners and nightcrawlers are working well. Small grey/white caddis or nymphs, too. A good mix of rainbow, cutthroat and even a few browns. The Inlet Creek is closed Sept.1 through Nov. 30.

Vega State Park (Mesa County)
Fishing is steady at the gravel pit area and off of Fisherman’s Flats. The shoreline is muddy at this time. Please remember to have your boat inspected prior to launching. The inspection station is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Yampa River State Park (Routt County)
The Yampa River continues to fish well with recent rains raising levels slightly. Brown trout between Hayden and Craig are fishing well, anglers are reporting.

Conditions Report – Southwest Colorado

Crawford State Park (Delta County)
No recent updates.

Gunnison Gorge, Gunnison River (Gunnison – Delta County)
No recent updates.

Mancos State Park, Jackson Gulch Reservoir (Montezuma County)
Jackson Gulch reservoir has come up several feet due to recent rains. However, the lake is still very low and the water level remains below the boat ramp. In spite of the low lake level fishing has been excellent for 10 to 12 inch rainbow trout and 6 to 7 inch yellow perch with an occasional large brown trout. Trout are biting on several types of PowerBait but especially bright green with glitter, as well as worms, grasshoppers, and salmon eggs. Spinners such as panther martins and Kastmasters have seen some success. Fly fisherfolk have been catching their limit using small dry flies, especially in the early morning and late evening hours along the dam. Perch love all kinds of worms: nightcrawlers, mealworms, or waxworms. Perch are small, averaging about 6 to 7 inch, but anglers should keep them if they’ll eat them — they make yummy fish tacos! There is no limit on the number of perch you keep; the daily limit for trout is 4. A park pass is required when utilizing the park.

Navajo State Park (Archuleta County)
Crappie fishing has slowed some; however, the smallmouth bass have been biting recently. Water temperature is currently approximately 75 degrees. Colorado and New Mexico fishing licenses for 2013-14 are available at the Visitor Center at this time. Please remember to bring sunscreen, insect repellent and clothes appropriate for changes in the weather.

Ridgway State Park (Ouray County)
The reservoir is 86.6 percent capacity and falling. Our most recent stocking of the reservoir, with 2,000 catchable rainbow trout, occurred on July 23. Both shore fishermen and boaters are reporting very good fishing for stocker-sized fish (eight to 12 inches) with a few larger fish (18 to 20 inches) being caught. The catch is mostly rainbows, but there have also been some browns and smallmouth bass.

 Rio Grande River (Rio Grande County)
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Taylor Reservoir (Gunnison County)
Here’s an update from Dee Dee at Taylor Park Marina: “Trolling for rainbows is still very good. Try lead line with about 3 1/2 colors with cowbells and nightcrawlers. A couple of guys did really well with the lead line and Dick Nites. Still not a lot going on with Macks, as I think they are starting their spawn. Northern Pike are getting active. We saw about half a dozen caught this weekend in the 4 to 6 pound range. They were trolling on the north end of the lake and over by the Willow Creek cove.”

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