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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2015 Colorado Outdoors Fishing Guide

Colorado Outdoors, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s magazine, is a valuable planning resource for anglers and hunters. The 2015 Fishing guide is available free with a subscription toColorado Outdoorsand features an article about the methodology behind selecting the perfect fly-fishing outfit, information about casting for Colorado bluegills, a piece on one of the world's top taxidermists who creates amazingly realistic artificial mounts, a run-down on the high lakes of the Gunnison National Forest, and much more.

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High Water Returns to John Martin Reservoir

The wet Colorado spring at John Martin Reservoir has allowed something that hasn't been seen for quite a while--high water levels. That means it's a great time to visit the park. There's plenty of room for boating in the reservoir that now spans roughly nine miles long and two miles wide. There are also 200-plus campsites and nearly five miles of hiking trails to explore. Water levels at John Martin Reservoir are nearly seven times higher than levels last year. As of June 23, the reservoir had 276,000 acre feet of water, while last year, at a similar time of year, the reservoir held only around 30,000 acre feet.


Summer Fishing Patterns for Trout, Walleye, Crappie, and Bass

Trout- Popular trout baits to use are panther martins in the color holographic trout, chartreuse, and pure silver to produce numbers of trout this time of year. The key is to use the chartreuse color in murky water and to use the trout and silver colors in clearer water. If you are a bait fishermen, suspend your bait off of the bottom to avoid weeds and use white, green, or orange power bait.

Walleye- Jigs are the name of the game and tipping your jig with live bait always helps. A popular bait is using a curly tail jig in bright and dark colors and tip it with either half of a night crawler or a live minnow. The best fishing spot will be deep near underwater drop offs.

Crappie- Brighter colors such as chartreuse, white, and purple can produce good numbers of crappie. The key is to find submerged brush piles and sunken trees where the fish will be holding on during the hot summer months. Popular baits such as road runner or 2-inch tube jigs have been popular.

Bass- The bass fishing this time of year is completely dependent on the temperature of the water. The best times to go out and get the best bites are traditionally during the morning or the late afternoon. This is because these times provide the lowest water temperatures after very warm summer days. The best baits to use to capitalize on active bass is top water baits such as white poppers or black buzz baits in the early morning and late afternoon. If you are fishing during the day, use soft plastic worms slowly fished along the bottom.


Faux Fish: Practice Catch and Release with Artificial Fish-Mounts

These days, catch-and-release fishing has become the standard practice among conservation-minded anglers. Thanks to artificial fish-mounts called "replicas," an angler can release a trophy fish back to the water and still have that beautiful wall-mounted trophy to hang in their office or den. Check out this amazing time-lapse video​ of Colorado taxidermist Jeff Mourning creating a replica mount of a huge brook trout. 

Fishing ​​Atlas

Fishing AtlasThe Fishing Atlas provides a host of information, including driving directions, stocking details, and locations of the nearest license retailer. To view the Colorado Fishing Atlas, click here, and the atlas will open in a separate window. Once the atlas is open, you can zoom in or out, or click on the location to display detailed information. Feel free to play around with the options on the far left of the atlas for other types of information and displays. Any questions or feedback are greatly appreciated. Contact us at Thanks, from the fishing report crew.​​​