Colorado - End of Year Report


Senior Fisheman
Jan 10, 2009
Craig, Colorado
Best Catch
This is the final report of the year, but content is left for reference. The weekly fishing report is projected to return in April 2011.

Denver Metro RegionArvada Reservoir - Morning and early afternoon fishing seems to be the best. The water is getting colder so the trout are coming closer to shore for food. Power bait (green and orange) and some lures are catching people their limits. Perch are still good and a few bass. A couple of real nice catfish have been caught also. Remember we will be closing the end of October for the season. To check if you can put your boat on because of high winds - please call 303-420-7773. Remember - no live bait at the reservoir but worms. We are always watching for intruders like mussel.
Interactive Map Aurora Reservoir - Open to boating and the water temperature is 62 degrees. Aurora Reservoir will be closed to boating December 1, 2010. All vessels must be inspected prior to launch. A watercraft access permit is required for all vehicles bringing in watercraft. Trout fishing from shore is fair to good using bright colored power Bait from the Dam and trolling nightcrawlers. Walleye fishing is fair from the dam using crawlers and jerkbaits from boats on the flats. Wiper fishing is good using swimbaits in marina cove. All other species are slow. The limit for trout is two fish. Boating is restricted to electric motors. For more information, call 303-690-1286. Hours of operation October is 6:30AM-7:30PM.
Interactive Map Barr Lake - The water level is 20 feet below full - be aware of mud hazard on ramp. The water temperature is approximately 68 degrees. Trout from the shore is picking up. Boating is slow for Walleye. Wiper are slow. Perch from shore and fishing from boats continues to be great with worms, along with some Largemouth and Bluegill. Be aware of afternoon storms, and high winds! The Lake will close for boating on October 31st. This will be the last report until spring. Call the office for ice fishing info. (303)655-1495
More info | Interactive Map Bear Creek - Fishing for rainbows has slowed this past week; Mepps Black Fury has worked the best along with Kastmasters in silver and gold. The stream between Evergreen Lake and Bear Creek Reservoir offers an opportunity to enjoy fishing, great scenery, areas to have family picnics. (All rainbows must be returned to the water immediately) Severe thunderstorms can create sudden, fast-moving water conditions. Extreme caution must be observed when fishing any canyon or low lying area. Always keep an eye to the sky and pay attention to rising water. You should have an escape route planned so you can Climb to Safety.
Interactive Map Bear Creek Reservoir - Fishing for trout picked up this past week. Salmon eggs and garden worms have been working well. Tiger Muskie action is still slow. Fishing for Walleye and Saugeye have remained slow. The minimum size for walleyes and Saugeye is 15 inches, and only one exceeding 21 inches may be taken daily
Interactive Map Berkeley Lake - Fishing for Rainbows and crappie has been slow this past week. (NOTE: Anglers must have a receipt for minnows dated within the prior 7 days on their person) Catfish have been hitting minnows and small shrimp. Berkeley has largemouth bass, bluegills, crappie and channel catfish. Channel Catfish 8 inches in length are typically stocked late summer to early fall. Boats are not permitted. A recreation center, playground, dog park and other amenities are available on the south side of the lake.
Interactive Map Centennial Park Lake - Fishing for crappie has slowed this past week. (Note: Minnows must have a receipt of purchase dated within the past 7 days) Fishing for Catfish has been fair to slow using cut bait and nightcrawlers off the bottom during the morning hours and again after dark. The lake also has warm-water fish including bass, crappie, and perch, which become more active later in the season. No boats are allowed on the 15-acre lake, maximum depth 27 feet. A playground, restrooms and handicapped-accessible fishing pier on the west and south sides are available. Park opens at dawn until 11 p.m.
Interactive Map Chatfield Ponds - No report was received. Please call Chatfield State Park for current fishing and boat inspection information. Phone (303) 791-7275.
More info | Interactive Map Chatfield Reservoir - All trailered vessels must be inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species before launching. Inspections are conducted at the North and South boat ramps daily from 6am-10pm, if you arrive before or after hrs, you may still launch if you have a state seal on your boat, just follow the Pre-Inspection directions as posted. Yellow seals are only good from the park you came from. The water temp is between 67-63 degrees. The water level is down 5ft. Trout fishing is excellent. Trout are found throughout the lake, but the centerline and Jamison area have been good locations. Use power bait and flatfish. SM Bass remain good along the dam and s. wakeless area on grub lures. Walleye fishing is slow. Try kingfisher and good luck. Perch and Bluegill are found at kingfisher and the gravel ponds with a worm.
More info | Interactive Map Cherry Creek Reservoir - Fishing has picked back up, since the lake turned over two weeks ago. The shad have appeared in schools throughout the lake. Cast into the schools of shad with a different looking bait, like green worms, for the walleye. Trout are hitting worms, salmon eggs, and orange power bait. Nightcrawlers dropped straight down, off the boat docks, are providing anglers with good success for Large Mouth Bass. More bass have been caught this year than in recent memory. A few crappie have been caught by any of the concrete structures. This last week, a 22 lb. catfish was caught off the rip rap. Shore fisherman should fish off the bottom using marshmallows or inflating worms to avoid the crayfish.
More info | Interactive Map Clear Creek - This is the last report of the season. As of Monday, October 18 the flows along Clear Creek are at or just below average, which translates to low and clear. The fishing has been very good this past week. Fish are taking nymphs more often than dries. For nymph patterns, use princes or copper johns (copper or black). For dries, go with a parachute adams or extended body blue wing olive. Size 16 is the standard for all of these patterns.
Interactive Map Clear Lake - Fishing for rainbows has slowed this past week. Live crickets or grasshoppers fished with a fly and bubble has continued to be effective for rainbows 10-12 inches. This lake lies south of Georgetown, off Guanella Pass road. This road is closed to all thru traffic, and is barricaded off just past Clear Lake, for road construction. Parking may be a problem depending on how many vehicles there are. Car-top non-motorized boats are permitted on the lake. Rainbow Trout will be stocked during June and July.
Interactive Map Evergreen Lake - No Report was furnished for this week. You may contact The Lake House 720-880-1300 or visit for more information.
Interactive Map Georgetown Lake - Fishing for Rainbows picked up this past week, although fishing in general has been slow. Salmon egg and worm combinations have been working the best. Keep an eye to the sky for any signs of lightning, springtime weather can change quickly, be prepared. The Lake is typically stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and is home for some brown, cutthroat and brook trout. The south side of the lake offers good fishing along with natural windbreaks, which can come in handy in this typically windy canyon.
Interactive Map Gross Reservoir - Fishing has been good for Rainbows, 10-14 inches. Salmon eggs, worms, and Power Eggs are working the best. Action has picked up a little for tiger muskies in the shallow coves near the boat launch. The reservoir is open to boating beginning Memorial Day thru September 30. Only hand carried watercraft are permitted, no motors allowed (hand powered only). Gross requirement: A wearable floatation device (PFD) a whistle or air horn, your name, address, and phone number must be written inside the craft. Fishing is prohibited between 9 P.M. and 4 A.M. or as posted at the main entrance.
Interactive Map Jim Baker Reservoir - Bass fishing has slowed this past week. Fishing for rainbows has been only fair using salmon eggs and worms fished off the bottom. Catfish have been taking nightcrawlers and stink bait. This little lake also has smallmouth bass, walleyes, panfish, and tiger muskies. A few bass have been caught using spinnerbaits. Catfish are hitting stink bait and chicken livers. There are no reports for walleye or Tiger Muskie at this time. Boats are not allowed. Fishing hours are sunrise to sunset.
Interactive Map Main Lake - Fishing for trout has been slow to poor in the mornings and afternoons using salmon eggs and PowerBait. When fishing the east side of the lake, and along the rocks, be sure to check your bait every 15 - 20 minutes, to ensure that you're not just feeding the crawdads. Remember to use bright colors on bright days and dark colors on dark or overcast days. Crappie, bluegills, channel catfish, suckers and yellow perch are also on tap. This urban reservoir has a surface area of 45-acres.This is an ideal lake for "Close to Home" fishing located in the Lakewood area. No boats are allowed on the lake. Park opens at dawn and closes at 10.30 p.m.
Interactive Map Quincy Reservoir - Quincy is open to boating. The water temp is 60 degrees. Quincy Reservoir will be closed for the season on November 1, 2010. All watercraft must be inspected before launching. All vehicles bringing in watercraft are required to have a Watercraft Access Pass. Bass fishing is starting to improve with the cooler water temps. Trout fishing is starting to improve in the evenings using top water flies and Kastmasters. Quincy is restricted to fishing with artificial flies and lures. The limit for trout is two fish. Bass must be 18 inches or longer to possess. All boats must be hand-launched. Only electric motors are permitted. Park hours for October is 6:30AM to 7:30PM. For more info, call 303-693-5463.
Interactive Map Sloans Lake - Trout and catfish have been slow this past week. A few crappie have been hitting live minnows on the south side of the lake by the trees. (NOTE: You must have a receipt for all minnows; this receipt must be dated within the last 7 days to be valid).
Interactive Map South Platte River (Waterton Canyon) - Vital Reservoir Work to Close Waterton Canyon. Denver Water will remove massive amounts of Hayman Fire sediment. As a result; a Denver Water contractor will dredge the reservoir to remove at least 625,000 cubic yards of sediment. Waterton Canyon will be closed as follows: Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 until Sunday, Dec. 3, 2010 Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 until Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. Neither the parking lot at the canyon's entrance nor the canyon will be accessible during the closure. Some contractor activity will precede this date but there will be flaggers to caution the public during July. Access to The Colorado Trail from Waterton Canyon also will be closed during these times. For more information contact
Interactive Map Standley Lake - Fishing times are 7:30am to sunset and will be strictly enforced. Water temp is approx. 68 degrees. Aquatic bait is no longer allowed at Standley Lake; this includes salamanders, leeches, crayfish, frogs and minnows. Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) regulations are in effect. Boating and camping season has ended at Standley Lake, but you can still fish from the fishing pier and shoreline. A $6 fee is charged for all drive-in traffic. Drive in access is available from 7am to sunset. For more information, contact the Standley Lake Nature Center at (303) 425-1097.
Interactive Map Northeast RegionBarnes Meadow Reservoir - Barnes Meadow has been fishing decent. Most anglers are reporting catching some fish, but there has been a mixture of smaller and bigger fish. Powerbait has still been working the best, but other lures and Pistol Petes have also been showing some success.
Carter Reservoir - 10/02/10: The fishing has picked up again with several reports of good size rainbows being caught from boats and the shore. One regular fisher caught several rainbows off the south end. No recent reports on walleye fishing. The reservoir was stocked with about 120,000 "finger size" rainbows on 8/04. Boaters are reminded that all trailered watercraft MUST complete an Aquatic Nuisance Species (Zebra Mussel) inspection before being launched on this lake. This is a Colorado State law and is strictly enforced. Additional information is available online at inspections.htm.
More info | Interactive Map Dixon Reservoir - Fishing has been decent, but with some of the warmer days, mornings and evenings have been working better. Bluegill have been hitting relatively well. The vegetation is definitely starting to make its way in and so weedless patterns are definitely going to be better.
Flatiron Reservoir - 10/02/10: The fishing has been GREAT this week. Many reports of limits caught fast. Now is the time to catch those rainbows. Please remember that there is no fishing or other recreational activities allowed within 100 feet of the dam, spillway, or outlet structures. Swimming, wading, and boating of any kind (including belly boats, kick boats, canoes, and kayaks) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
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Horsetooth Reservoir - Fishing at Horsetooth Reservoir is still great. Smallmouth and walleye have been active in the Inlet bay area, as well as cove areas with fish hitting on worms. Some spinners have been successful. Try reaction type baits. Tube jigs and jerk baits have worked well. In addition, smallmouth are more active with warm water temps. The water level is dropping and should be at a winter storage level soon. Inlet Channel is open to fishing. You must have a valid fishing license. All walleye must be at least 18 inches long, but only one can exceed 21 inches. Smallmouth bass must be at least 12 inches.
More info | Interactive Map Jackson Reservoir - Fishing is good for catfish and trout at the boat ramp, dam, and along the west shoreline. Fishing is fair for wipers and walleye from boats trolling along the dam. Boat fisherman must remain south of the orange centerline of buoys that extend from the boat ramp to the east end of the dam. The water level has dropped 6 feet; however, levels still remain sufficient for boating. The inlet contains very little water and is not recommended for fishing. The outlet is now closed and contains 0 cfs of flow. Boating will be open till November 1st. Boats must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species (ANS) prior to launch. Currently, inspection hours are 8A-5P. For further questions or information, please call the park office at (970)645-2551 or visit our website at
More info | Interactive Map Joe Wright Reservoir - The grayling and cutthroats are hitting. Grayling and cutthroat are hitting gold super doopers with red spots. Best fishing is from the dam in the rocks or on the north shore. The water is very low so cast out as far as possible and retrieve slowly. Grayling are also taking flies like the orange stimulator and hares ear beaded nymph. Setting the hook in a grayling with a fly is tricky because unlike trout, they only bump the fly the first time and have soft mouths, easy to pull the hook out if pulled too hard. 2. Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only. 3. The bag and possession limit for trout (except grayling) is two fish.
Interactive Map Jumbo Reservoir - Fishing is slow for all species. The water levels are still good, but are beginning to drop. The water has a blue-green algae on the surface due to the warm water temperatures. The boat ramp is open and is on the east side. All boats must be inspected.
More info | Interactive Map Long Draw Reservoir - Some fish were seen rising this past weekend and some were seen cruising along the shoreline. Artificial flies and lures are all that can be used on the reservoir. Roostertails and Mepps are good starters and for flies, emergers or wet flies will be the ones to start with. With warmer days, you will start to see more surface action as well.
Interactive Map North Fork South Platte (Bailey to Shawnee) - Fall is in the air up at 8500'. Fishing could not be better despite some really hot afternoons. Flows from the town of Grant all the way to Pine Valley Ranch are around 300cfs, little higher than normal, but the fishing has improved. Nymphing the deeper pools with Pheasant tails, Rubber Legs, and Olive Hares ears have taken many native Browns and Rainbows. Green drakes and red quills have been the major hatches.
North Sterling Reservoir - The lake is at 25% capacity with the inlet and outlet both running. The water temperature is in the upper 50's. The lake is closed to boating. The Sunset Point and South Ramp areas are producing some wipers in the 16"-18" on Green Mussels. You may have to move places if you start catching small wipers and want to catch bigger ones. Some crappie was being caught on the dam as well as lots of big bluegill.
More info | Interactive Map Pine Valley Lake - Pine Valley ranch has been productive but very busy with everybody trying to get those last few days in. The lake has seen decent morning and evening hatches of black midges as well as some hoppers on the water. A short hike up river will improve your chances. The ranch has great facilities and is very clean so this makes for a nice day of fishing and a picnic. Get out and fish the state at this great time of year!
Pinewood Reservoir - 10/02/10: The fishing is GREAT! Now is the time! The reservoir is very low due to planned construction so the boat ramp is out. You can still use a "belly boat". All reports have been very good on fishing. Please remember that all trailered watercraft MUST be inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species (Zebra Mussels) before launch. The closest inspection station can be found at the North Ramp of Carter Lake. For information on inspection station days and times go to our web site at: This is Colorado State law and strictly enforced.
More info | Interactive Map Poudre River - The Poudre has been holding steady with the flow at the mouth of the canyon at 127 cfs. With low water comes the clear river and fishing has been good. Afternoon rainstorms have been causing the river to get murky in areas, but it seems to clear up by the next day. Green Drakes have been working well in the upper canyon. There have been some decent caddis hatches towards the evening as well.
More info | Interactive Map Prewitt Reservoir - Water levels are at 95%, the inlet is not running. Fishing is good for wipers from a boat, and a few catfish are being caught as well. Trolling has been good with bait similar to shad. The fishing from the shoreline is still slow. The minimum wiper length is 15". Temperatures are not as hot as they have been. The boat dock is in and the ramp is open.
More info | Interactive Map Northwest RegionColorado River (near Granby) - The water flows below Windy Gap and below Parshall are 74cfs and 160cfs respectively. Copper Johns, RS-2s, Prince nymphs, chartreuse wooly buggers, and other emerger patterns, San Juan worms, and egg patterns are doing well. In the immediate Granby area and downstream to the bridge at the lower end of Byers Canyon, bait fishing is permitted and two fish may be kept. From the east side of the bridge abutments (the west end of Byers Canyon) down to Troublesome Creek, including the Williams Fork River from the reservoir, catch-and-release rules apply and fishing is by artificial flies and lures only. The Parshall area is usually open all winter. 10/18/2010
Interactive Map Delaney Buttes - The fishing action on the Delaney's is really picking up. Anglers are having good, to excellent success for big trout, using a variety of dry flies and hardware
Dillon Reservoir - The launch ramp at the Dillon Marina will be open 8:30am to 5:30pm daily weather permitting. The only boat launching areas will be at the Dillon and Frisco marinas. All boats launched and retrieved at the Dillon Marina will require an Invasive Species Inspection. We recommend that you check ahead with the marinas staff for hours of operation before you launch or retrieve your vessel. Inspection station hours will vary during the year depending on weather and time of season. We recommend that you check ahead with the marinas staff for hours of operation. The launch ramp at the Dillon Marina will be open 8:30am to 5:30pm daily weather permitting. The only boat launching areas will be at the Dillon and Frisco marinas. Phone (970) 468-5100 for information
Elkhead Reservoir - The lake has started into fall fishing mode, slower but still fishing steady. The water is dropping daily as releases are used to supplement in stream river flows. Large pike in the 13-15lb range, catfish in that same 15lb range and great smallmouth are being taken. Crappie fishing has really slowed, but they are still being caught on the north end. ANS inspections will continue through September and the boat ramp will remain open. We will close the ramp Oct. 1, but hand launch and shore fishing is still available.
Granby Reservoir - On October 1st, from Shadow Mountain Dam down to Twin Creeks has been closed to fishing; on January 1st, fishing will be allowed for 500 yards from the dam downstream until March 15th when fishing restrictions will end. The fall lake trout spawning season is a good time to catch fish up around the dikes and other rocky areas. Browns and rainbows will be up the inlet streams and sandy areas. Get ready for a great ice fishing season. The Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest will be held on January 28th, 29th, and 30th. 10/18/2010
Interactive Map Grand Lake - This lake is over 270' deep. It can be difficult, but very rewarding to learn to fish this lake. Very large lake trout, nice rainbows, browns, and kokanee salmon are available. From Oct. 1st-June30th, all lakers 26-36 inches long must be released immediately. Fall fishing is very good, but get prepared for a great ice fishing season. Jigging with sucker meat is common and productive. Also, when the pumps are being run, there will be open water fishing at the West Portal and in the channel between Shadow Mountain reservoir and Grand Lake throughout the winter. The Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest will be held on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of January. 10/18/2010
Interactive Map Green Mountain Reservoir - Fishing is starting to pick up, the reservoir is receding. Nightcrawlers and salmon eggs are being used. Snagging has started and some salmon are running.
Interactive Map Pearl Lake - 9/24/10 Anglers are having some luck at Pearl. As usual though, it is a very picky lake to fish. All areas and campground are open and fishing is good. Remember all boats on trailers have to be inspected before launching. CLEAN DRAINED and DRY are the key words for a fast inspection. The dock at Pearl Lake has been removed for the season.
More info | Interactive Map Rifle Gap Reservoir - The water level is low, and has resulted in a very muddy shoreline. The best access to the lake is from the rocky points and outcroppings. Trout fishing is fair to slow, with the best action being on rainbow Power Bait, fished off the bottom. All other species are reported as slow.
More info | Interactive Map Shadow Mountain Reservoir - Fishing the pump canal and the area around the mouth of the canal, throughout the winter, can be highly rewarding using flies, slip bobber rigs, lures, and nightcrawlers on the bottom. The canal and the area where it enters the reservoir are prime fishing sights: kokanee, rainbows, and browns can be caught. Small jigs tipped with wax worms, mealworms, power bait or eggs are commonly used. On October 1st, fishing from the dam down to Twin Creeks has been prohibited until January 1st when fishing will be allowed for 500 yards from the dam downstream; on March 15th the restrictions will be lifted. The Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest will be held on January 28th, 29th, and 30th. Be ready for a great ice fishing season. 10/18/2010
Interactive Map Stagecoach Reservoir - Due to park construction, the reservoir level is 15 feet below full. The shore line is muddy yet still accessible for fishing. The reservoir is closed to trailered watercraft for the season, but hand launch vessels are permitted at visitors own risk until ice on. Rainbows and pike have been moving into shallow water to feed and recent fishing reports have been great. Pike have been hitting on tube jigs, spoons and Kastmasters. The tailwaters flow is at 42 cfs and dry flies like BWOs and grey, olive or black midges in size 20, and emerger patterns should produce well. Lures like wooly buggers, leeches, prince nymphs, and hares ears, or bait like nightcrawlers, or power bait should bring in a nice catch.
More info | Interactive Map Steamboat Lake - 9/24/10 Fishing is still good all around. With the water getting cooler the fish are biting well. One angler sent us an e-mail of a Cutthroat Trout - 24" length 13" girth 6.5lbs (approx) caught on a Kastmaster perch lure off Meadow As of last weekend, most anglers are using a variety of baits and doing well. Meadow Point and Rainbow ridge are very popular all day long. The dam has been producing well also. Remember all boats on trailers have to be inspected before launching. CLEAN DRAINED and DRY are the key words for a fast inspection. The boat ramp will close on Nov.1st for the season.
More info | Interactive Map Vega Reservoir - Vega is open for boating. Fishing is picking up and should continue to improve throughout the year
More info | Interactive Map Williams Fork Reservoir - Rainbow and brown trout, lake trout, northern pike and Kokanee are available. The kokanee have gathered for the spawning run and are being caught. From the buoy line at Williams Fork River inlet upstream to first CR bridge: fishing and snagging prohibited Sept. 15-Nov. 30. Be prepared, when the ice is on, for a great winter season. 10/18/2010
More info | Interactive Map Willow Creek Reservoir - Rainbow, brown trout, and Kokanee salmon are available. This is a beautiful area with easy fishing access around the boat ramp area and the next bay. This reservoir is a good place to take kids, and gets less fishing pressure than other area lakes. Expect and get ready for a great ice fishing season this winter. 10/18/2010
Interactive Map Yampa River (Hayden through Craig) - The Yampa has dropped fast. Fishing has been good all through the valley, but especially up stream. Fishing dry flies as well as nymphs is very effective right now. Rapalas and rooster tails are working like a charm. Fish early or late; mid day seems to be slow right now. Fish the seams and deeper pools. The floating season has come to an end until water levels increase, late October.
More info | Interactive Map Southeast RegionAdobe Creek Res. (Blue Lake) - As fishing season comes to a close, anglers are reminded that no human activity is allowed on the frozen surface of Blue Lake during the winter. Fall sampling conducted by DOW aquatic staff revealed very good fish populations at Blue Lake. Spring 2011 promises to have good fishing for catfish, crappie and saugeye. Some nice sized stripers were also sampled. Blue Lake has always been a popular catfish destination, and plenty of large channel and blue cats inhabit this lake. The water level is low due to irrigation use. One lower boat ramp is currently usable.
Interactive Map Anticline Lake - Due to warmer water temps, the pond is not stocked for the summer months. Rainbow trout have slowed, but can still be caught on a variety of Powerbait colors
Interactive Map Arkansas River (Buena Vista to Salida) - The river is running higher this week - about 175 cfs at Granite and 325 cfs in Browns Canyon. With cooler temperatures, the fishing has slowed a bit but watch for an uptick in activity later in the week when warmer weather returns. Blue wing olive mayflies continue to produce well in the afternoon. Caddis larvae and attractor beadheads do well in the morning.
More info | Interactive Map Arkansas River (Leadville to Buena Vista) - The upper Arkansas River is definitely cooling down temperature-wise but is still fishing well in the afternoons. Think blue wing olive mayflies or midges. Caddis larvae may also produce well.
More info | Interactive Map Arkansas River (Salida to Canon City) - Bighorn Sheep Canyon is in prime form. Water is clear to green, peaking at about 58 degrees, and flowing at 380 cfs at Wellsville. Fish are taking beadhead mayfly and midge patterns in the morning, mayfly emergers midday, and will rise for a dry mayfly, caddis or hopper in the afternoon. Look for warm weather later in the week to accentuate this feeding pattern.
More info | Interactive Map Blue and Bear Lakes - The access road to the lakes is open as of 5/26/10. Water temperatures are cooling down and trout have been responding nicely. The lakes were stocked the week of June 14th, June 28th and again the week of July 5th. Please note that you are fishing in bear country. Please be responsible by keeping trash contained and store anything that has an odor in a secure vehicle with windows closed. Thank you!
Bonny Reservoir - Due to budget and staffing reductions, the lake has closed to all boating starting October 1. Conditions permitting, the lake will re-open next year in April on weekends and all days in May. A few catfish have also been taken off the north shore (especially at night) with typical baits. Not many fishing this time of year. DOW stocked some small catfish recently that will grow to harvestable size by next year. The Wagon Wheel campground is still open with water and electric. Water temp is 60 degrees and cooling. Visit the Bonny Lake condition page at Colorado State Parks website for the latest park conditions.
More info | Interactive Map Brush Hollow Reservoir - Trout fishing is slow. Bass is good, but the water level has dropped dramatically. The boat ramp is still open. Fishing for catfish at night has been good.
More info | Interactive Map Catamount Reservoirs, North & South - North and South Catamount closed for the season on October 17th,they will reopen in the spring.
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Cheesman Reservoir - Cheesman Reservoir will be closed to all visitors beginning Jan. 1, 2010, as Denver Water makes essential upgrades to the dam, which was built in 1905. The reservoir is scheduled to reopen May 1, 2011. Upper and lower Gill Trail will remain open to hikers who want to access Cheesman Canyon throughout the closure period. During the closure, Denver Water will be upgrading the dam's valve system, which was installed when the dam was built in 1905, and will be installing underwater trash racks to prevent debris from clogging the valves. Cheesman is more than 100 years old, and the underwater valves that Denver Water is replacing were installed in 1905 and the late 1920s
Clear Creek Reservoir - The reservoir is now open to boats four days per week, Thursday through Sunday, from 7:00 AM through 5:00 PM. Fishing from shore with Powerbait on the bottom, wet flies with bubbles and some dry flies early in the mornings. The most productive times are from first light until mid morning. Trolling from boats has done better than shore fishing with catches of trout, Kokanee salmon, and occasional tiger muskies are frequently caught on the classical Rapala minnow from 4 to 12 inches in length. Trout and salmon, on reflective spoons, spinner lures, and Jakes lure the golden version with red spots. September 26 is the last day the reservoir is open to trailered boats with motors, after which it is closed for the winter.
Cottonwood Lake - Cottonwood lake in Chaffee County has been good fishing in early August using about any kind of bait during the day. Bottom fishing during the heat of the day seems to work best, while evenings without wind can see some good fly fishing from shore or from boats. Belly boats have been very popular. The lake has restrictions that allow hand propelled boats only. No motors or sails.
Crystal Creek Reservoir - Crystal Creek closed for the season on October 17th,they will reopen in the spring.
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Crystal Lake - This small, flies and lures only lake, is just a few miles south of Leadville on Hwy 24. It is stocked with catchable rainbow and sometimes cutthroat. Browns and Brooks are also present in lower numbers. Submerged vegetation in this very shallow body of water make it difficult to fish using lures except near the outlet. Fishing success has slowed during the day, but improves late evenings.
Daigre Reservoir - Water is cooling down and trout have been hitting nicely on flies as well as lures. Water was stocked on June 17th and again the week of July 12th. Remember, artificial flies and lures only please.
Interactive Map Doug Kissel Pond - Catchable trout have been stocked. Water temperature is 60 degrees.
Eleven Mile Reservoir - Trout: South-side still producing in popular spots: Roger's Mountain, Lazy Boy, Rocking Chair, and Witcher's Cove. Average trout size has been 14-19 inches. Bait/Lure/Technique: PowerBait, Kastmaster, Taz Devils, Marshmallows, Arnies, Worms, Salmon Eggs, and **** Nites. Kokanee Salmon: Snagging is open, although the spawning run has only just started to begin. Northern Pike: Pike Bunnies, Spinners, and various Rapalas. Limits are unique at Eleven Mile: 4 trout of which only 2 can be 16 inches or greater; 10 Kokanee salmon; no limit on Pike. Boat inspections are required for all trailered vessels before launching at Eleven Mile.
More info | Interactive Map Frantz Lake - Shoreline anglers have been successful in catching rainbow trout in the 6-12" range using a variety of colored e.g., (rainbow, pink, salmon peach) power bait, in addition to salmon eggs and nightcrawlers. For the past week, smallmouth bass fishing has been sporadic. Shoreline anglers have been catching some smallmouth bass in the 8-16 in. range using various crayfish imitation lures and flies. The current water temperature at Frantz Lake is 68 degrees F. Look for the fishing to improve in the next coming weeks as water temperatures begin to decline. This specific body of water is located in Chaffee County, Salida, CO. Anglers may access this body of water by driving 3/4 Mile NW of Salida on HWY. 291 to CR 154; then 3/4 mile west, adjacent to the Mt.Shavano Hatchery.
Hale Ponds - The series of small ponds east of Bonny Reservoir was stocked in April & May and scheduled to be stocked 1st week in September with catchable-sized trout. Stocking with largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish was completed in Sept. Fishing continues to be slow but is picking up some with cooler weather. There have been a few bass caught on artificials and catfish caught on bait.
Hayden Meadows Reservoir - This small reservoir is just off of Hwy 24 at the Arkansas River crossing south of Leadville. The reservoir is stocked heavily each summer and fish carry over to the next spring. Fishermen success is good following stocking and stocking occurred last week. Fishing success has been good with baits and a little slower with flies. Success had slowed in August, but improved with the stocking. Should be fair to good fishing for the holiday.
Holbrook Lake - Fishing is slow for all species. Holbrook has had various stages of water levels for the past 5 years, ranging from completely full to almost dry. Currently water levels are low. As a result, fisheries management has been very difficult. From year to year, various fishing opportunities may exist at Holbrook as fish enter through the canal system, but formal fisheries management will only resume when the risk of lake depletion has been minimized to the point where fish stocking has the opportunity to be successful.
Horseshoe Reservoir - Trout fishing continues to be good this week. Most anglers are catching trout using power bait and night crawlers. Just a reminder to boaters, the boat ramps will close for the season on October 31st.
More info | Interactive Map Hugo Pond - Anglers fishing Hugo ponds are reporting catches of channel catfish--in 9-18" range, using nightcrawlers.
Jacksons Pond - Jackson's Pond is an 8 acre pond immediately south of the town of Eads. It is seasonally stocked with catchable rainbow trout (spring & fall). Other species available include: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish, and carp. Fishing has been fair for catfish (especially at night) and somewhat better for smallmouth and largemouth bass.
John Martin Reservoir - The reservoir has been fair for carp and catfish, with the occasional drum, and white bass/wiper. Fishing is fair to good for catfish in the settling basin with the occasional drum and walleye/saugeye being caught. The east Parks Boat ramps are usable. All trailer launched boats are required to be launched from boat ramps.
More info | Interactive Map Karval and Kinney Lakes - At Karval Lake, the bluegill are hitting their usual bait....anything that hits the water! Anglers are beginning to take channel catfish in 9"-12" range, w/nightcrawlers and stink baits at Kinney Lake.
Lake Henry - Fall 2010 fishing at Henry should be fair for catfish and occasionally crappie. Water levels are decent and the boat ramp is usable. Fall inventory sampling conducted by DOW aquatic staff revealed good numbers of catfish and crappie in Henry. Also, good numbers of small saugeye were found. Hopefully, these fish will remain in the lake and grow to good size in the near future.
Lake Meredith - Fall 2010 fishing at Meredith is expected to be fair for catfish and crappie. Fishing should be fair to good for bullheads. Fall inventory sampling conducted by DOW aquatic staff revealed good numbers of large catfish and crappie. Also, a very good population of saugeyes exist in Meredith. Although generally small, some large saugeye are available.
More info | Interactive Map Martin Lake - Trout fishing continues to be good this week. Most trout being caught are biting on power bait with some biting on nightcrawlers. The boat ramp will close for the season on October 31st. The lake will still be open to shore fishing.
More info | Interactive Map Midwestern Pond - Midwestern Farms Pond is a 35 acre lake located 6 miles east of Granada on Hwy 50. This deep pond has been stocked with rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, saugeye, crappie, wiper, striper, yellow perch, and bluegill. Fishing should be fair to good for rainbow trout throughout the fall and winter months, as stocked fish should be plentiful.
Monument Lake - Fishing has been good for rainbows with Kastmaster Lures and Pink Power Eggs. Be Bear Aware western Las Animas County
Mt. Elbert Forebay - The August effect still lingers somewhat for shore fishermen with slow results, but belly boaters and those in small craft are doing better. The lake is stocked with catchable-sized rainbows from late May through August. As usual, worms and power bait have been effective. The Forebay has the best population of mackinaw in the Arkansas River basin. They average 17 inches but run up to 40-plus. The Mack limit is one fish, and all fish between 22 and 34 inches must be released. Carry-on boats and float tubes are permitted on the Forebay, but boaters should be aware of possible dramatic fluctuations of the water level.
Nee Gronda Reservoir - Currently, there is no usable boat launching facility available at Nee Gronda. Following the severe fish kill last winter, the lake has been restocked with all species. Fall sampling by DOW aquatic staff indicated that some large channel catfish are available to anglers. Other species were non-existent or very sparse in the sample. Efforts will continue in 2011 to re-establish this fishery.
More info | Interactive Map Nee Noshe Reservoir - Nee Noshe is very low. Currently, no boat launching facility exists at Nee Noshe. Fall inventory sampling by DOW aquatic staff revealed no fish present. Water quality is very poor. If no fresh water is added, Nee Noshe could go dry in the near future.
More info | Interactive Map Nichols Reservoir - Nichols is accessed by a 1.8 mile hiking trail leading down from the Rampart Reservoir dam. Fishing success is fair for pan-sized trout. Most anglers are reporting catches using Power Bait and night crawlers.
North Lake - Fishing has been good for rainbows and splake. Success on Bead Head hairs ear flies, Z Ray Lures, Irresistible, Black ant and Little Nipper flies. North Lake is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Be Bear Aware in western Las Animas County
Interactive Map Pikeview Reservoir - Fishing has slowed down. Power Bait fished just off the bottom has still been producing rainbow trout. Kastmasters and roostertails fished slowly is a good bet. Fishing has been best early in the morning or late evening as weather cools. The lake also has some saugeye, catfish and tiger muskies. A paved, designated parking area is available off Mark Dabling Road. Other amenities include a wheelchair-accessible sidewalk to one of two fishing piers. Beginning the week of September 7th 2010, the toilet facilities will close, as will the trash service, for remainder of year.
Pueblo Reservoir - Walleye fishermen have been catching some nice legal fish at various spots on the lake. They've been located in deeper water, approximately 50-60 ft and are on the bottom biting on crayfish and night crawlers. Wiper fishing has been marginal, although a few anglers have found them in amongst schools of shad. Bass fishermen have reported having good luck with poppers in the various coves.
More info | Interactive Map Quail Lake - The Colorado Springs city lake is heavily stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout in the spring and fall. Fishing for rainbows is slow due to the high temperatures but a few have been caught on Panther Martins. A fly and bubble is also a great way to land plenty of fish. Fishing for catfish, bluegills and yellow perch has become more active.
Queens Reservoirs - Upper and Lower Queens reservoirs are dry.
More info | Interactive Map Rampart Reservoir - Rampart is fishing great and anglers are getting mixed bag limits of Lakers, Browns, and Rainbows. Bank anglers are reporting limits of rainbow trout by fishing with suspended baits about 5 feet below a casting bubble. Trout anglers have also had success fishing half a night crawler off the bottom. 1/4 oz Mr. Twisters fished off the bottom are yielding some success for Lakers towards the lake inlet. Fishing remains good due to recent plants of catchable trout. Rampart Reservoir will be closed to motorized, trailered watercraft starting Monday Oct 3rd, 2010. The DOW would like to thank all the boaters for their cooperation in the Watercraft Inspection Program
Riverside Ponds - Shoreline anglers have been catching nice rainbow trout (6-13 in.) with small midges, dry flies, worms, salmon eggs and Powerbait. The current water temperature is 67 degrees F in the upper pond and 71 degrees F in the lower pond. Fishing for smallmouth bass remains slow. Fishing access may be obtained by driving to the MT. Ouray state wildlife area located in Chaffee County, Salida, CO. From the town of Salida, anglers can drive .5 miles NW on HWY. 291, then .5 miles W on CR 154. From there go 1.25 miles NW on CR 160.
Rosemont Reservoir - Anglers are reminded that this is a fly and lure only water!! Quite a bit of action on Pistol Pete's and green/white Tasmanian Devils. (9/5/10)
Sands Lake - Shoreline anglers have been catching a few rainbow trout in the 8-14 in. range using worms, salmon eggs, and Powerbait. In addition, fly-fishing anglers have also been catching nice trout using beadhead nymphs, e.g., (hare's ear's, pheasant tails, and prince nymphs). The current water temperature is 64 degrees F. Sands lake is located in Chaffee County, Salida, CO. Anglers may access this lake by driving .5 Miles NW on HWY. 291 from the town of Salida. This lake is east of the HWY. opposite of the Mt. Shavano Hatchery.
Skaguay Reservoir - Fishing has been good for trout using night crawlers and power bait. The water level has dropped by about two feet, but you can still use the boat ramp. Pike fishing is slow.
Interactive Map South Platte River (btwn Spinney and Eleven Mile) - Flow: Techniques: San Juan Worms, RS IIs, Pheasant Tails, Buckskins, Various Caddis Patterns, and Parachute Adams. The South Platte between Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile Reservoirs is catch and release only and artificial flies and lures only.
Interactive Map South Platte River, Deckers area - The river in this area has seen some stress this year with construction at Cheesman, some summer flooding and warmer than normal temperatures. Current flows are ranging from 130 - 175 cfs. Vegetation in the water is challenging in some areas even with dry flies. Fish have been rising to Tricos, blue winged olives and rusty spinners. A few black ants and spiders have seen some strikes. Overall sizes are very a 22-24! Nymphing has been tough with moss flows but a red copper john took several nice browns just up from the bridge.
South Platte River, Elevenmile Canyon - The flows in the Canyon are hovering around 90 cfs, above the 81 year seasonal norms. Tricos and Blue Winged Olives are still hatching. BWO's are off about 8:00 AM with the Tricos following and the spinner fall lasting into the afternoon. Parachute Adams or Para BWO patterns in size 20/22 and Trico Spinner patterns in size 22/24 are working. Nymphing is difficult because of the weeds and there is a lot of loose grass floating in the water. Pheasant Tails and Barr's BWO Emergers are working for nymphs; in about size 20-22. Please remember that Elevenmile Canyon Regulations are flies and lures, catch and release only upstream of Springer Gulch Bridge. Standard regulations apply to the river below the bridge and there are lots of fish and plenty of water to fish in this area.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir - Trout: North end of the Reservoir seems to producing more fish. Lower Dam Parking Lot also producing, as well as beach near the South Boat Ramp. Technique: Woolly Buggers, Kastmaster, Spoons, Various Tube Jigs, ap muskrats, pheasant tails, Sow bugs, Tasmanian devils, and Rapalas. SPINNEY MOUNTAIN RESERVOIR REGULATIONS: Artificial flies and lures only. Bag limit for all species of trout is one fish 20 inches or larger. There is no limit on Northern Pike. Spinney is open a half hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset, with no boating or fishing half an hour after sunset. Boat inspections are required for all trailered vessels before entering the park at Spinney Mountain.
More info | Interactive Map Thurston Reservoir - Thurston Reservoir currently has very good water levels. Fishing has been good for largemouth bass, and fair for crappie and catfish. Anglers are reminded that no human activity is allowed on the frozen surface of Thurston Reservoir during winter months.
Trinidad Reservoir - Historically, Trinidad Lakes fishing remains good throughout the winter months. Fishing for Trout, Walleye, and Yellow Perch seems to get better as the water cools. The boat dock will be removed in November or December and will not return until next spring. Ice may form on the lake. However, this usually does not occur until about Christmas or New Years. The lake does not ice over every year. Give your boats a good cleaning this winter so they are ready for ANS inspections next season. Remember to check the DOW regs for size restrictions and limits at Trinidad Lake. Camping is available year round with limited facilities. Contact the Visitors Center for information on ice and fishing conditions as well as camping availability at Trinidad Lake State Park at 719-846-6951.
More info | Interactive Map Turks Pond - Turks pond is currently closed to the public for the water fowl seasons. Fishing will re-open in the spring of 2011. Fishing should be good for catfish, wiper, and rainbow trout when the lake opens. Water levels should steadily increase as fresh well water flows in during the remainder of the fall and winter months.
More info | Interactive Map Turquoise Lake - The lake is stocked on a regular basis during the summer with catchable size rainbows and cutthroat trout. The south and east shorelines usually offer good fishing for Mackinaw. The limit for mackinaw is two out of the total four fish limit, with no size restriction. Boat inspections began in May at the Matchless ramp from 6 a.m. to dark daily. August is here and so are the doldrums as fish catching success has slowed. Late evenings offer some success. Shore fishing spots at the inlet and north of both sides of the dam are best. Catch rates are still down as the holiday approaches, but there are periods when hot spots pop up.
Twin Lakes - Boat inspections are conducted at the Dexter Point ramp from 6 a.m. to dark, 7 days a week during summer season. The Red Roster ramp will be closed to trailered watercraft all of 2010. The Mackinaw population continues to improve. Fishing is still slow most of the day and over most of the lake, but fair results on catchable sized rainbows on worms and hardware below the power plant, near the dam and the south shore of the Lower Lake early and late.
Wahatoya Reservoir - Water is cooling down and trout have been hitting nicely on flies as well as lures. Water was stocked on June 17th and again the week of July 12th. Remember, artificial flies and lures only please.
More info | Interactive Map Willow Springs Ponds - Fishing for catchable-sized trout and channel catfish has been slow with success varied among anglers. Bluegill are easier to catch using worms. The ponds east of Interstate 25 near Fountain have been rehabilitated, refilled and stocked with a variety of fish that includes trout, small and catchable-sized bass, wipers and panfish. A fish-consumption advisory for some species of fish is in effect because of tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and anglers are advised to read the informational signs at the lakes.
Wrights Lake - Wrights Lake six miles west of Nathrop is flies and lures only. Fishing has been good here in early August. Most anglers use flies with fly rod or fly and bubble setup. Lure fishing is slower. The extreme west shore is private, so avoid that end of the lake.
Southwest RegionAnimas River - Good for smaller rainbows. Brown trout are spawning this time of year and the river is running low and clear. Recent fish surveys done by the Division of Wildlife show the highest population of trout in the Gold Medal reach downstream of the Lightner Creek confluence.
Interactive Map Beaver Creek Reservoir - The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be raising the level of the water at Beaver Creek Reservoir to approximately 20' below the spillway. The water level will be maintained at this level so that state engineers can inspect the dam and related structures. The water may need to be maintained at that level for the entire summer. The water level has dropped below the concrete boat ramp. However, fishing continues at the reservoir and the fish will likely become more concentrated with less water in the reservoir. Several reports indicate anglers are having good success and catching their limits. Anglers are advised to be cautious on the steep-sided slopes.
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Blue Mesa Reservoir - Water temps are now in the low 60's and dropping 1 or 2 deg. per day. Look for brown trout and lake trout to begin cruising the shorelines in search of spawning grounds and feed. 2 and 3 year old salmon are being caught near the dam with pink and green spinners and spoons from 15 to 30 feet deep. Boat ramps are now open 7am to 7pm. Iola boat ramp is closed for the season.
Interactive Map Crawford Reservoir - Trout were biting consistently this past weekend. Crappie have slowed. A few pike, and several bass (too small to keep) have also been caught. Small perch have been hit and miss.
Dolores River (lower) - The river below McPhee Reservoir is running 50 cfs. Large brown trout and some very nice rainbows were captured during recent CDOW fish collections.
Interactive Map Echo Canyon Reservoir - Fishing for trout has been fair. Fishing for warm water sport fish (bass and sunfish) is dropping off with the cooler water temperatures. Be prepared for very "weedy" conditions.
More info | Interactive Map Groundhog Reservoir - Good for 10-16 inch rainbow trout and cutthroats. This is a great time to fish Groundhog with the aspens turning a golden color around the lake. A 26 inch 7 lb rainbow was taken last week on a nightcrawler.
Gunnison River (through the canyon) - The flow in the Gunnison Gorge is now 609 cfs but is expected to be lower by the end of October. The river is clear and fishing recently has been good. Fishermen have been using Black Sculp Zilla's, Rag Sculpins, Hopper Droppers, Red San Juan Worms, Red Copper Johns size 16, PMDs and caddis. Killer May flies are hot and also Autumn Splendor Streamers are good right now. The North Fork is low enough to wade. Call Gunnison River Pleasure Park at 1-888-782-7542 for other information.
Interactive Map Haviland Lake - Fishing is slower than this summer but the remaining stocked fish have grown to 12-14 inches. Now is a great time to hit Haviland as the water temperatures cool and fish are still active.
Jackson Gulch Reservoir - Fishing has been excellent for 10-12 inch rainbow trout and yellow perch (no limit). The lake level is down but cooler temperatures have kept the fish active. Trollers have been using Panther Martins and small Rapalas. Bank anglers have had success with rainbow Power Bait. Yellow perch love those worms. Fly fishermen are successfully using various dry flies such as the "irresistible". The west end of the dam is seeing lots of action. Be sure to bring plenty of bait as there is no place nearby to purchase it. Jackson Gulch requires an ANS inspection before launching boats. Please call 970-882-2213 to arrange an inspection. The boat ramp is now closed for the season. A daily pass is required for day use of the park. For more information: or call 970-882-2213.
More info | Interactive Map Joe Moore Reservoir - Joe Moore has a mix of rainbow trout, yellow perch, black crappie, and largemouth bass. Joe Moore is very weedy this time of year.
Lemon Reservoir - No Reports. However, large brown trout will be seeking flowing water for spawning this time of year.
McPhee Reservoir - The trout fishing has been good at McPhee Reservoir. Some smallmouth and walleye are being taken by anglers.
Narraguinnep Reservoir - The boat ramp is currently closed to trailered watercraft to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species. The reservoir is open to all other uses including fishing, hunting, and bird watching. Hand launched boats are allowed (float tubes, kayaks, etc.). The reservoir is low.
Navajo Reservoir - The water temp is 60 slow with some bass caught on plastic worms & crankbaits. Pike slow on large swimbaits & spoons. Crappie & catfish very slow. Kokanee snagging fair on south end.
More info | Interactive Map Pastorius Reservoir - Fair for rainbow trout on Powerbait. Reservoir is shallow and weedy but what trout are left should be of quality size (14 inches).
Piedra River - The Piedra River has a good population of brown and rainbow trout on the upper end (Piedra Canyon). Fall can be a great time to seek brown and brook trout spawning in the shallows.
Interactive Map Ridgway Fishing Ponds - The Pa-Co-Chu-Puk ponds of Ridgway State Park are excellent for children because they are the only water below the dam not restricted to artificial flies and lures or catch-and-release fishing. A limit of four trout per person may be kept there, by children and licensed adults, 16 years and older. The ponds were stocked again (13 September 2010). Fishing continues to be good. Try worms, grasshoppers and red salmon eggs. Fly fishermen could try a Black Woolly Bugger or gold ribbed hare's ear size #14. Good luck!
More info | Interactive Map Ridgway Reservoir - The lake is falling and is now at about 20' below spilling. Fishing is good. 1,450 additional catchable-sized Rainbow Trout were stocked the week of August 10th. This totals more than 40,000 this season. Bank anglers have been doing well using the standards: night crawlers, green power bait, red salmon eggs and silver or gold Kastmasters. Olive and Black Woolley Buggers with spinning rod and bubble are working too. The Brown trout are out of the Mear's Bay area and deep in the main reservoir. Try early in the mornings or late evenings, trolling slowly along the shoreline - in the shade - for a chance at a large Brown Trout. Remember to have your boat clean, drained and dry when you come in to have it inspected before launching. Good luck fishing!
More info | Interactive Map Rio Grande River - Water flows have prevented most float trips on the river, however fishing from public waters has been fair to good.
More info | Interactive Map Sanchez Reservoir - The boat ramp will be closed from 8pm to 6am daily with aquatic nuisance species boat inspections taking place when the ramp is open. The boat ramp will be closed daily starting October 1st.
More info | Interactive Map Taylor Reservoir - The lake trout are at 100 feet plus. Trolling with lures has been effective for the smaller ones. Fishing off the bottom, anchored, with worms has been working too. Trolling an apex lure tipped with a worm has also been working. Rainbow trout are really on a strong bite even with the full moon! Trolling with cowbells and nightcrawlers, or an Assassin Spinner along with cowbells have been doing very well. A few Salmon have been caught while trolling for lakers. They are stacked up in about 50 ft. of water. Not much happening with Pike right now.
Interactive Map Uncompahgre River in Ridgway Park - Water temperature on the river at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is running at about 56 degrees. The water is slightly off color with the afternoon rains. Fishing is good. Dry flies are working in the evenings. I saw several fishermen picking up Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout over the last few evenings. Flows are around 250 cfs; Grasshoppers are out! Try a "Parachute Hopper" or a "Ginger Quill". Good luck.
More info | Interactive Map Vallecito Reservoir - Fishing for 10-14 inch trout should be very good due to recent fish stocking. A number of large northern pike have also been taken by anglers over the last several weeks.
Interactive Map Williams Creek - No Reports. Brook and brown trout are spawning this time of year so it is a good time to look for larger fish in the shallows.
Williams Creek Reservoir - Fall is a beautiful time to fish Williams Creek Reservoir. Look for larger brook trout moving around the shallows and inlets to spawn this time of year.
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