Fishing Report for Southeast Colorado – May 20, 2014

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Conditions Report – Southeast Colorado

Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent Counties)

Water is being released from Blue Lake and water levels are begining to drop. The low water boat ramps are still useable.  Fishing for crappies from the outlet canal has slowed down; from a boat fishing for crappies is fair to good.  There are a few channel catfish that are being caught from shore.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation ​Area /Arkansas River (Lake, Chaffee and Fremont Counties)

Here’s an update from Greg at ArkAnglers:​


The Arkansas River has defied the odds, maintaining stable flows and good water quality through 5/19 despite an above-average snowpack in the upper basin. This will change in the week ahead as the river begins to rise from tributary runoff and the associated scouring of the shoreline brings sediment into the channel. Until then, a light caddis hatch continues above Browns Canyon, as do emergences of blue wing olive mayflies and craneflies throughout the river corridor. With rising water, anglers will want to focus on locations along the river where current dynamics do not change considerably with flow. Significant shoreline structure, inside
corners, larger eddies and shelf lines will all maintain more consistent holding water and fish will tend to congregate and continue to feed in these places. Larger nymphs like stoneflies, hares ears. copper johns, and princes are all effective attractor patterns for this time of year.​

Brush Hollow Reservoir (Fremont County)


Fishing slow for bass and crappie.  A few stocked trout being caught- Walleye has slowed.

​​Brush Hollow was stocked with 2,000 catchable trout on April 1.

Clear Creek Reservoir (Chaffee County)


Fishing from a boat remains good, but shore fishing has been fair at Clear Creek Reservoir.  A majority of the shore anglers reported landing at least one fish with a few shore anglers obtaining a four trout limit. At the upper parking lots of the reservoir, successful shore anglers caught several trout on yellow/corn PowerBait and rainbow colored Panther Martins.  Either rainbow or golden Kastmasters worked well at the boat ramp parking area.  A 12 inch kokanee salmon was landed from the dock on a Kastmaster. Near the dam at the northern part of the reservoir, shore anglers reported catching trout on Aurzke bait, purple PowerBait, and Dynamic lures.  A majority of boat anglers fishing for two to three hours easily obtained a four trout limit.  Trolling the southern part of the reservoir has been very productive.  Some boat anglers landed trout by anchoring down and fishing with lures at the upper part of the reservoir.  The most effective lures from a boat were golden Acme Little Cleo spoons, golden Blue Fox spinners coupled with troll blades, and rainbow Panther Martins. ​

​The reservoir is closed to trailer motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  After May 19th, boating hours will change from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Midday water surface temperatures were in the mid 40’s F°.

DeWeese Reservoir (Custer County)

No report this week.

Hayden Meadows Reservoir

No current update is available at this time.

Ice free, no fishermen.

Henry Lake (Crowley County)


Henry went dry last year and experienced a complete loss of fish. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be stocking Henry​ with Gizzard Shad, Channel Catfish, Crappie, and Saugeye and other species as they are available from hatcheries.

John Martin Reservoir State Park (Bent County)

Fishing in the Main Reservoir remains a little slow to start as water temperatures hang in the high forties to low fifties, surface temperatures are increasing as long as the days stay warm. Fishing success has been found by fishermen trolling in boat around some of the rocky shorelines and some shoreline fishing during the last few weeks typically in the afternoon time frame. ​

White bass have been hitting on hard baits and mussels. A few decent walleye are also being caught. Crappie fishing has been sparse at this point with only a few reported caught in the last couple of weeks.

Catfish are being caught fairly well in the Stilling Basin, most of the catfish are pretty small at this point.​

Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County)


The busy season has offically started.  Boaters, campers, hikers, and bikers are out enjoying the cool weather and sun.  the fishermen are out too, and enjoying a better start to the season than the past few weeks.  Walleye are starting to move into the coves and are being seen by shore fishermen.  Trout and Walleye are also being caught by the boat fisherman.  Bass on the western edge of the lake continue to be a good bet.  The river is fishing  well, but as the flows continue to be  bumped look for a drop off in the coming weeks.  As always please continue to follow the rules and regulations regarding methods of take and bait use while on the river.  If you have any questions please stop at the visitor center or ask a ranger on the park.  Tight lines everyone!

Lathrop State Park, Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake (Huerfano County)

No current update is available at this time.


​​The ice has come off the lake for the most part, and has opened up the shores for shore fishing. The fishing has been slow for the most part, but should start to pick up. Please remain off the ice that is left on the lake, it is very thin.​

Meredith Reservoir (Crowley County)


Meredith Reservoir went dry last year and experienced a complete loss of fish. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be stocking Meredith with Gizzard Shad, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Saugeye and other species as they are available from hatcheries.

Monument Lake (Teller County)


Fishing is slow.  Windy conditions persist.​​​​ ​

Mt. Elbert Forebay (Lake County)

No report this week.

Nee Gronda Reservoir (Kiowa County)

No current update is available at this time.​

Water levels at Nee Gronda continue to drop. Fall gill net surveys showed very limited numbers of all species although there was some harvest of catfish and wiper last summer. Launching of boats is not possible at this time and water access can be difficult. Stocking ativities have been suspended until conditions improve.​​​

Prospect Lake

No current update is available at this time.


Fishing is slow to moderate with a few larger fish being caught.​

Skaguay Reservoir (Teller County)

No current update is available at this time.

Ice is off.  Fishing is good for trout, using power bait, (green power eggs), and salmon eggs.

Turk’s Pond (Baca County)


Turk’s Pond is fishing well for trout up to 14 inches. Power bait and worms are working well fished 10 inches above the bottom. Several Catfish to 26 inches were caught this week. Chicken livers and shrimp are good bets to bring in these fish. Bluegill in the 7-8 inch range are being caught as well.​

Turquoise Reservoir (Lake County)

Still covered in potentially hazardous ice. No fishermen.​

Trinidad Lake State Park (Las Animas County)


The lake is at 550 surface acres and the water temperature is in the low 50’s. We are seeing trout from the shorelines on various colored power bait. We are seeing walleye, bass and wiper caught from shore and boats. Walleye are biting on various colored jigs. The bass and wiper have been caught on jigs and some bright colored lures. The South Shore and Boat Ramp seem to be the better areas for the shoreline anglers.​  For more information call the Visitor’s Center at (719)846-6951.

Twin Lakes Reservoir (Lake County)

Ice free, and Boat inspections will begin Friday, May 23, 6:00 am.

Two Buttes Reservoir (Baca County)


Two Buttes Reservoir is fishing well for trout up to 18 inches. Anglers should concentrate on water 8-12 feet deep. Spinners, spoons, and flies are the ticket. The water temperature is hovering around 60 degrees and has triggered the warm water species like Crappie, Bass, and Bluegill to start biting. Fish around the submerged trees for these fine tasting fish. 3 million under-sized Saugeye were stocked by CPW in the past few weeks. 200,000 wiper fingerlings will be stocked next week ensuring a great fishery in the coming years.


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