ICE UPDATE - The reservoir is beginning to show late season conditions (detailed ice thickness below). Some open water has begun to show at the inlet, but has not yet reached the Lot 14 parking lot. The shoreline is showing variable conditions and is thinner than the main reservoir body. Early morning access is easy, with some shoreline gaps or standing water forming in the afternoon.
Shoreline Ice: 6-9" Variable
Main Reservoir Body Ice: 10-12" Consistent
Many ice-anglers are having luck (or limiting out on rainbows) at the Inlet/Lot14/Lot16 area, Keystone Cove, and Morrison Cove. Smaller presentations are doing well, and many anglers are having good luck with PowerBait, Nightcrawlers, Jigs, Spoons, and Tube Jigs 1-2' feet off the bottom in 15-25' of water.
A few open-water anglers have begun fishing the inlet channel and are reporting consistent fishing using spoons, jigs, and crankbaits.
TAILWATERS FISHING (c/o The Steamboat FlyFisher):
The "tailwater," also known as the upper Yampa, is one of the most productive stretches of river year-round. The dam keeps the flows and water temperature nearly consistent for the entire year. The DOW keeps a close eye on the water and river bank health which makes for incredible fishing.
Now is the time to get out and enjoy the tailwater. The road is now closed at the entrance to the park. A short 40 minute keeps the tailwater relatively uncrowded this time of year and it is not uncommon to see lots of fish rising to midges on any over cast or warm days. We have seen great nymph fishing with small midges and emergers all day. Make sure you are fishing 6x fluorocarbon tippet, micro split shot and small indicators as this section is low, clear and spooky this time of year.
Give a call down to the shop for more info
Flows: 84 CFS
Nymphs: Scuds, WD40, Brassie, Shot Glass Emerger, Zebra Midge, UV Emerger, Biot Mayfly Emerger, Juju, Miracle Nymph, Barrs Emerger, Black Beauty, Smethurst Voodoo,
Dry: Extended Body BWO, Brooks Sprout, Viza Dun, Last Chance Cripple, Sparkle Dun, Burks Silhouette Dun