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Catch of the Week & Fishing Tips
Catch of the Week & Fishing Tips
​​​​​Matthew's Catch of the Week
Matthew taking advantage of the twilight hours this fall season. He caught this monster brook trout on the fly near Winter Park!​

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Fishing Tips of the Week

Cold Air, Snow and Hot Fishing 

Fall Gives Way to Winter but Fishing Remains Hot

We are getting to that time of the year where many of the rivers, streams, and lakes ecosystems are evolving into winter modes. You can still consider it fall fishing but tactics and choices of flies and lures are changing up a bit. The bite is still hot in many areas and getting better as the last push for food is made before winter kicks in. Fishing guide Scott Voyles has some fly fishing tips on how to approach the tail end of fall and beginning of winter, “For fall conditions, we will be seeing the lakes start to freeze on the banks in the morning and it will only be a few more weeks until they cap. This time of year the water levels drop in the rivers and fishing can be great even though it might be cold outside. When choosing flies, think of midges and blue wing olives in sizes #18-24 for the South Platte and the Arkansas Rivers. The fish will be in the deeper pools and sometimes in the riffles when it’s warmer. As we continue with the winter season, be sure to layer apparel properly and keep spare clothes in the car just in case.” – Scott Voyles, Anglers Covey, Colorado Springs. ​

​Dying Shad Breathes Life Into Reservoirs

Taking Advantage of the Cooling Waters​

Reservoir fishing can be very frustrating during the fall as fish are affected by several factors which causes them to move around as temperatures fluctuate. In general, the fall fishing in Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs can often times be the best of the year if fished right. You will need to read the conditions and find where the fish are and what they are feeding on to get the most out of the season. Mack, a Denver fishing guide and store manager at Discount Fishing Tackle, has some helpful information that can be a difference maker during the sporadic temperatures shifts we are currently experiencing at this point in the fall season. He states that once the shad populations show a significant decline, the walleye especially become hungrier and less selective of your lures and baits. We are currently seeing temperatures in the 50 degree range which is still warm enough to sustain most shad populations. Once the reservoirs get into the 40’s for several days, you can expect the shad to really die off, leaving the walleye and bass with less of a food source to choose from. Once this threshold is reached, continue using shad imitations but also start using minnow imitations and live bait as the sport fish start to shift to alternative food sources other than shad. It remains to be seen but this next week is shaping up to possibly be the time where we see our fishing waters along much of the Front Range cool off enough to exhibit these feeding habits. Keep an eye on the water temperatures and be ready to take advantage because some great fall fishing might be around the corner! ​