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COLORADO: Aurora Reservoir – Walleye action Fair on Jigs, Spoons & Bottom Bouncers

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Water temp is 60 degrees.

Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair. Best success has been from the East and West end of the Dam using PowerBait and crawlers from a slip rig. Boaters are reporting slow to fair success on trout trolling with crawlers.

Walleye action is fair using jigs, spoons and bottom bouncers. Most are not of legal size to possess.

Perch action is fair to good using jigs and worms. We should start to see the fishing improve this month. The fall can be some of the best fishing of the year! Olive leech patterns and brown and olive wooly buggers are great fall fly patterns.

Boats are restricted to electric motors only. Fall hours of operation in October are 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and November 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information please call 303-690-1286.

Please Note: A watercraft access pass is required to launch any watercraft and must be inspected prior to launching.

Reservoir will close to boating Dec. 1 for the season.

Colorado
Parks & Wildlife

 


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COLORADO: Cherry Creek State Park – Night Crawlers & Leeches Being Used

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Fishing success at the Cherry Creek Reservoir remains low due to the unseasonably warm temperatures that we are experiencing.

The current water temperature is 74 degrees.

Boat fishermen are having more success because they are able to access cooler, deeper water. In general, boat fishermen are catching small catfish, crappie, trout and walleye. Night crawlers and leeches are being used with some success.

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COLORADO: Aurora Reservoir – Fair Success on Trout Trolling with Crawlers

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair.

Best success has been from the East end of the Dam using power bait and a slip rig. Cast as far as possible! Boaters are reporting fair success on trout trolling with crawlers. Try anchoring in 25-35 feet of water and dropping down crawlers and power bait.

Walleye action is fair to good. Most are not of legal size to possess.  Most are using bottom bouncers and jigs.

Perch action is good using jigs and worms.

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COLORADO: Arvada Reservoir – Nice Catches of Rainbow, Smallmouth and Catfish

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Fishing remains good from the shore and from boats.

We have had some nice catches of rainbow, smallmouth and catfish.  The lake was stocked again on April 23 with 5,700 10-12 inch rainbows.  If you don’t mind about a mile walk, fishing is very good on the north shore as it is not hit as hard.  Just a reminder, no water craft are permitted in the reservoir that allows any body contact with the water, such as belly boats and open bottomed rafts. Please note that the lake will be closed on June 9 until 1:30 p.m. to allow for our Annual Kids Fishing Contest. Hey kids, have mom or dad stop by the reservoir to pick up your registration form for the annual fishing contest.  We have divisions in different age groups so all have a chance at winning some great prizes. And don’t forget the free hotdogs. More in our next report but registration forms are now available at the ranger station at Arvada Reservoir.

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COLORADO: Drifting Pop’s Buggers, Caddis Patterns & Egg Patterns Are Best Bets

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Last week’s warm temperatures broke all the ice on the upper San Juan River and the flows went from 150 cfs to 850 cfs this morning. Run – off is starting. As the lakes start to lose their ice, the fishing should be good on them. Most of the high country lakes do not lose their ice until late May or June. With that said the Forest Service roads generally do not open until May 15. If the roads are dry they open them earlier.

The best fishing over the next few weeks will be in-between cold fronts that slow the run off, and clear the river. Drifting Pop’s Buggers, caddis patterns, and egg patterns are often my best bets. Look for parts of the river where the fish can get a break from the current. Often you will find fish stacked in one section. If you find one these places, you can be sure there will be more fish holding in similar spots. I will assume that this is a “pattern”. If you think you have the “pattern” figured out, move up or down river looking for similar water. I don’t waste time fishing up to the next spot that might have stacked fish. By the time you get there, the bite could be over! With higher flows, be careful wadding the river. It might be a good idea to wear an inflatable life jacket.

Of course the fishing below the dam on the Lower San Juan should remain good with flows around 500 cfs the wadding will be good until the flows get higher after the lake fills up. Last week guide Steve Baird did best on chocolate KF, black UV, and some of his no-name midges. The fishing was best during mid-day for him.

Navajo lake is where the pike action is. Reports of good catches started back in Feb. when we still had powder days at Wolf Creek on our minds. As the lake fills and warms up the action should continue. It is also crappie time! My neighbor Jim Mudrock caught 20 last Saturday.

If you are planning on a guided trip this summer give us a call and we will help you plan a great fishing trip. Our trips range from fishing the high country streams for cutthroats, private property trips on the San Juan River, Floats & Wade trips on the Lower San Juan River, and Lake trips on Navajo Lake.

Tight line,

Capt. Scott Taylor
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COLORADO: Antero Reservoir – Rainbow trout are averaging 14-18”

Friday, February 17th, 2012

This 2200 acre impoundment is located north of US Highway 24 between Antero Junction and the town of Hartsel.

Currently, catch rates are good with a better bite occurring in the morning hours.

Rainbow trout are averaging 14-18” with an occasional larger fish being seen. Brown trout, cutthroat trout, splake and brook trout are also present.

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COLORADO: The Dry / Dropper Rig was Slamming the Fish

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The fishing has been great!

With some recent rains the local high country streams have turned back on after lower warm waters of August. A few of the trips last week it was a bit cool wet wadding. The dry / dropper rig was slamming the fish, they haven’t been too picky, but most of the fish have hit the dropper. I have been using a brass bead head for a little weight. If you fish a tungsten bead your dry will be sinking all day. My dry has been either a foam ant or foam hopper. If I found fish actively rising, I would throw a parachute Adams above them.

Down on the San Juan we have had some killer days in the last two weeks on wade trips. Some of the mornings we nailed them on size 26 desert storms (also tied in black and dark brown), size 26 and 28 midge larvas in tan, black, and olive. Mid- morning size 26 chocolate kf emerger. Then we would switch to grey foam, brown foams, fluffy’s and CDC rs2 in grey. The flow all week was at 900 cfs, this morning they dropped to 815 cfs. The flows are great right now.

Don’t forget all of the areas that we are fishing in the San Juan National Forest.
The streams of the upper San Juan are not at ALL like the San Juan in New Mexico. These unspoiled rivers and creeks start just miles above where we will be fishing. The 10,000-foot peaks that are still packed with snow in July feed these intimate rivers on their way to the Navajo Reservoir and then the Tail water section of the San Juan that everyone knows. Some of the many streams that we are permitted on through the San Juan National Forest are the West Fork and East Fork of the San Juan, Quartz Creek, Wolf Creek, Turkey Creek, The Upper Piedra, and the Rio Blanco. These streams are great for beginners and experienced anglers alike. We will access most of the fishing areas on foot or on a 4 wheeler. The fish average 8 – 15 inches and are eager for dry flies and dropper rigs.

Small steams will often give the beginner fly fisherman many more opportunities to hook fish on the dry fly.

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COLORADO: For Runoff-weary Fishermen, the Waiting is Almost Over

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

For runoff-weary fishermen, the waiting is almost over.  Rivers that have been swollen with runoff from the exceptionally heavy snow that blanketed much of the state last winter are receding. Though most still are well above their long-term average for the date, their volume has been dropping, and the water is becoming clear enough for fishing.

Though the effects of the record runoff might be a mixed blessing in the short term, in the longer view they are a benefit to fish and fishermen alike.

“We know periodic high-runoff years are very good for making a river what it is,” said Sherman Hebein, senior aquatic biologist for Parks and Wildlife’s northwest region, where the runoff has been heaviest. “They’re a very essential part of what makes a river a good place for fish to live.”

The heavy currents and muddy conditions of a high-runoff year can impact the survival of recently hatched trout, but they also scour the river bottom, cutting new channels and flushing out loose sand, silt and gravel. Such cleansing opens additional space among the river-bottom rocks, which improves a river’s capability to produce a larger variety and greater numbers of aquatic insects. They are an essential component of its food chain, a major benefit to its trout and, by extension, to fishermen.

High water also carries logs and other debris, which will be deposited at some point downstream. That new structure also will attract fish.

As the runoff winds down, trout that have been in an energy conservation mode and eating little through the period of cold, discolored water will become active.

“They’ve had a tough time making a living, and they’ve been expending their energy reserves,” Hebein said. “When the river clears, they’ll need to eat all they can. They’ll be hungry and they’ll be eating like crazy.

“That will be a great time for fishing, but fishermen need to be aware that their favorite fishing hole may have changed a little. The river might have a somewhat different look.”

Consecutive years of exceptionally high runoff are unusual.  With improved feeding and spawning conditions after the runoff, fish will grow quickly. Although some young fish might have been lost, the population will recover. The river will be a better place to live, and soon enough, the fishing will be good as ever – maybe even better.

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COLORADO: Flashy Lures More Visible to Trout in Still-Roily Water

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

For river fishermen across Colorado, the wait goes on. Virtually all free-flowing rivers still are running bank-full and off-color, and even the South Platte tailwaters, which for a number of weeks provided the best stream-fishing conditions in the state, have risen to above-average flows for early July as the reservoirs above them have filled.

Even so, the end may be in sight. While plenty of snow remains at high elevations, many veteran river watchers believe the flows have crested. Though conditions can vary from day to day, hour to hour, reflecting weather changes and dam operations in a particular basin, such observations appear to be supported by the river-flow graphs on the Colorado Division of Water Resources website.

If so, rivers will gradually begin dropping and clearing. Fishing will remain more challenging through the transition to more-typical seasonal flows, but anglers still can enjoy some good times on the higher water.

Spin-fishermen might have an advantage in marginal conditions. Flashy lures will be more visible to trout in still-roily water. Bladed spinners of the Mepps, Panther Martin and Rooster-Tail variety also will send out vibrations through the water that will be detected by the fish.  As a rule, spin-casters can effectively cover more water than fly fishermen and they need not be as concerned with drag, the unnatural drifting of the lure in the currents.

Fly fishers still can find some good opportunities, however.

“I don’t care how high the river is, as long as it’s reasonably clear,” more than one fly fisherman has observed.

Colder water temperatures might have delayed some early summer hatches, but sooner or later, they will come off.  Dark, Pteronarcys stoneflies are a signature hatch on rivers such as the Rio Grande, portions of the Colorado and the lower Gunnison.  Smaller, Yellow Sally stoneflies are common on many rivers including the South Platte.  Pale-morning duns, Tricos and some late blue-wing-olives are the primary mayflies, and several varieties of caddis will hatch, on-and-off, throughout the summer.

Terrestrial insects such as grasshoppers, beetles and crickets become especially important to trout when the water is close to the river banks, and streamer patterns suggest a large mouthful of food to the hungry fish.Kim Clemens fly fishing at Trappers Lake enjoying the scenery and wildlife close-up. Credit Nick Clemens.

High-water trout will be feeding in slower water away from the rushing main currents. Look for them in the pockets of water behind rocks, in eddies near the banks, shallow riffles and quiet pools.

Regardless of their fishing method, wading anglers should be safety conscious. Equipment should include wading soles appropriate for a potentially slippery river bottom, a wading belt and possibly a wading staff, along with a healthy dose of discretion.

Most of all, in the year of the runoff that would never end, anglers looking out across a raging river should remember that nothing lasts forever and this, too, shall pass.

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COLORADO: Anglers Can’t Wrong, Fly Fishing, Spin-Casting or Trolling

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Early June has brought a mixed outlook for anglers across the state. While stream fishermen bemoan high, discolored water almost everywhere, their still-water counterparts have been finding some of the best fishing of the entire year. On the downside, the annual spring runoff, fueled by an exceptionally heavy snowpack in almost every major river basin, is in full swing. With recent warm temperatures, free-flowing rivers have been rising daily. With continued warm weather in the immediate forecast, the trend is expected to continue.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is monitoring streams and rivers on both sides of the Continental Divide, especially in the northern part of the state, and has warned of potential flooding in parts of the Yampa River drainage. The CWCB also is watching conditions on Front Range streams such as Clear Creek at Georgetown, the Big Thompson in Estes Park and the Cache La Poudre in the vicinity of Fort Collins and Greeley, and Denver Water has issued an advisory for unusually high flows expected in the Blue River below Dillon Dam.

With many tributary creeks also swollen with snowmelt, and even some streams below dams running high, the Frying Pan River below Ruedi Dam and the several tailwater sections of the South Platte at present offer the best prospects for stream fishing.

The scene is much brighter for lake fishermen. Water temperatures are slowly rising, and trout are active in the popular mid-elevation lakes and reservoirs. Anglers can hardly go wrong, whether fly fishing, spin-casting, trolling or fishing with a variety of baits, where permitted. Warmer weather also has opened up additional higher-elevation waters such as Steamboat Lake and Taylor Reservoir.

Though the season has been a bit delayed, trout are hungry there. As winter loosens its grip and additional segments of the high country become accessible, anglers are celebrating the hot times of ice-out fishing in a mountain setting. Early June also is a peak time for warmwater fishing. Water temperatures have climbed into an optimal range and the bite is on. Crappie have been active in northern Front Range impoundments such as Lonetree, Boedecker and Boyd reservoirs, as well as southeastern waters including John Martin Reservoir and Blue Lake (Adobe Creek
Reservoir).

In the southwest, Navajo Reservoir features good fishing for crappie. Fishing with live minnows and small jigs are favorite techniques for
crappie; brushy areas of a lake or the rip rap along a dam face are productive areas. Fishing for smallmouth bass has been consistently good at Horsetooth Reservoir. Boyd Reservoir offers both largemouth and smallmouth bass, and Pueblo Reservoir is a perennial favorite among bass fishermen. Walleyes, wipers, white bass, channel catfish and bluegills complete the list of Colorado’s common warmwater species.

With summer finally here, the time is right to catch some.

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Division of Wildlife
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