Conditions for the week of September 2, 2014. Information is provided by CPW employees and local fishing enthusiasts. Keep in mind that fishing conditions change on a constant basis. A lot can change in a week from the time this fishing conditions report is produced. If the water you are interested in knowing more about is not listed here or if you're looking for the most current information, we encourage anglers to explore some of the numerous private websites that offer fishing condition reports.
Many other fly shops and marinas also offer fishing condition reports on their websites as well.
Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch in the lower parking lot at the entrance of the boat ramp. This includes all hand launched watercraft. Trout fishing has been hit or miss from shore. From the dam try using power bait from a slip rig casted out 40-50 yards! Boaters have been reporting success ranging from slow to fair trolling with spoons, rapalas and crawlers for trout. Walleye action is reported as slow to fair from boats trolling bottom bouncers with crawlers, jointed shad raps and jigs. Reports of yellow perch being caught using worms and jigs. Try the coves for perch. All other species are slow or no reports. Restricted to electric motors only. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park hours for September 6:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Harvest Moon Triathlon September 7th is expected to reach capacity early. Fisherman are encouraged to arrive early!
Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Water level is good but algae blooms are occurring. Only watercraft capable of being launched by hand permitted and electric motors only. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. Trout fishing is slow at this time. Bass fishing is rated as slow to fair using swim baits, top water lures, spinner baits and soft plastics. Some reports of yellow perch being caught using jigs. No other reports at this time. For more information call 303-326-8424. Park hours for September 6:00am-8:00pm Quincy will be closed to boating September 23-25 for maintenance work on the aeration line.
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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
Reported by Type of Fish: Grade, Lures Reported Used and Location Reported.
Bass, Largemouth: GOOD, Plastic Lures, Marina, Pumphouse & North Cove; Bass, Smallmouth: FAIR, Lures, Marina, Pumphouse, North Cove; Bass, White: GOOD, Lures, Worms , Lakewide;Blue Gill: FAIR, Report, Lake Wide;Carp: POOR, Report, Lake Wide;Catfish: FAIR, Report, Lake Wide;Crappie: FAIR, Worms & Lures, Lake Wide;Trout: GOOD, Worms, Lures, Powerbait, Lake WideWalleye: GOOD, Bottom Bouncers, lures, Shallow Waters Off the Points & Trolling;Yellow Perch: POOR, No report, Lake Wide; The current water temperature is estimated to be approximately 70° with a depth of approximately 48 feet. Estimate approximately 1600+ Surface Acres.
PLEASE NOTE: Any live fish collected for use as bait may only be used in the same body of water from which they were collected. All live baitfish from a commercial source and transported by anglers must at all times be accompanied by a receipt for the source. See the Colorado Fishing Regulations for further clarification and information.
The walleye fishing has been steadily improving with the walleye being caught in the 12-20 foot range on deep drop offs along the west shore and water temperatures hovering at 69 degrees. People have been using orange jerk baits and smoke colored jigs tipped with night crawlers to trigger the bigger strikes. Most of the bass fishing has been confined to the south shore area where people have been catching bass on tube jigs (copper color) and drop shot worms (morning dawn color). The trout fishing has been improving with people seeing the most success using night crawlers in green cove.
Eleven Mile State Park
Trout (Fair): Full moon is on the wane and action is picking up. Trollers are having a hard time with the weeds but fish can be caught if you are vigilant and keep that line clean. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils have worked well all season but other baits like Rapala, Kastmaster and Super Duper also have been doing well of late. Those on the jig do well but action is sporadic and usually is good either side of an afternoon weather event. Pumpkin Pepper and Pearl Pepper have been consistent successful color patterns. Shore anglers also having fun particularly at night. Power Bait in Salmon Peach, Rainbow and any flavor with garlic have been landing fish. KOKANEE (Slow): The majority of fish being caught are large four year olds. The primary area is from North Shore to Goose Island, Howbert Point to Duck Island. They have been caught in 35 feet of water off of Howbert, in 45 feet off of Goose, and in 60 feet in the Channel off North Shore. Down riggers more effective than lead core. Arnies Dynamic and Reflecto in green, pink and white Needlefish , #55 Tasmanian Devil and Macks Wedding Ring have been productive. NORTHERN PIKE (Fair): Action has been picking up. Anglers fishing here using heavy steel leaders and/or braided line tied directly to their baits will consistently catch less fish than those using other methods. Take a chance and use 10 pound mono and catch more fish. Spinner Baits and large tube jigs along with Husky Jerks are doing well. The West end is fun when you work the weed beds but fish can be caught all around the lake. Patience is a virtue and helps catch fish. (Courtesy of 11 Mile Marina) DREAM STREAM (Fair): No significant report.
The trout fishing has been slow, the murky water has been proving to be tough fishing conditions, with anglers only seeing success when using brightly colored bait or brightly colored spinners.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers five fishing ponds open year-round to all park visitors. The ponds are Kriley, Slough, Ranch Ponds East and West, and Dude's Fishing Hole. Kriley and Slough Ponds were stocked with rainbow trout at on Jul 31, 2014. Forgotten Valley and Dude's Fishing Hole were stocked with brown trout at the beginning of June, 2014. Each angler is allowed four fish per day with eight being the maximum number in possession. No live baits are allowed with the exception of worms. Ice fishing allowed on all ponds. Conditions vary throughout the winter, fish at your own risk.
Horsetooth Reservoir (Larimer County)
Water temperature was 73 degrees, and the water level has been dropping. Walleye are starting to bite during day now on worm harness; try shallow first with shad raps and worm harness down 12-15 feet. Still best fishing evenings and early night, and look deeper if they aren't up! A 27" walleye was caught Saturday. They sometimes move out 22-30 feet. Bass have slowed and mostly smaller fish. Lots of bass found on main lake and dams, and should be found in deeper water 15-28 feet. Very slow presentation on tubes works, as well as shad colored crank baits, and senko type worms, top water baits early morning. Trout is fair; try worms just off bottom in Satanka and Inlet Bay, and also worms and shad tubes deeper, and Mepps style spinners.
Lake level is full. Surface water temperature as of August 30th - 70 degrees. Fishing has been slow to fair for all species. A few trout have been taken with your typical bait and wipers using nightcrawlers.
The fishing has also improved with anglers catching trout along the Pinewood campsites and along the east shoreline. The bait of choice has been night crawlers on drop shot rigs because the trout are suspended off the bottom. No reports of muskie being caught just yet, but it is bound to happen as the fall season emerges and the water temp begins to drop.
Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado
It is now autumn on the Arkansas River, with lower, clearer flows, the resumption of our blue wing olive mayfly hatches, and strong populations of hoppers, caddis and golden stoneflies all keeping fish oriented toward the surface. Cool nights and bright midday sun will push fish into deeper water in the mornings, but mayfly nymphal drifts in the afternoons will bring them up into the shallow riffles. Then look for browns to take up ambush lies from 4:00 till dusk – the best period of the day for throwing big dries along the banks. Flows should hold up well this fall, thanks to plentiful rains over the summer, making this a great couple of months to get out on the Arkansas.
Clear Creek Reservoir (Lake County)
Fishing from shore has been good near both the dam and boat ramp parking lot area, but slower at the upper part of the reservoir. Near the dam, shore anglers caught trout on either pink or green PowerBait off the lake's bottom. At the boat ramp parking lot area, shore anglers landed several trout on pink Tasmanian Devil lures and silver Blue Fox spinners. Bait anglers experienced the most success with worms and green PowerBait at the boat ramp parking lot area. Sherbet PowerBait worked well at the upper part of the reservoir. Successful fly fishermen caught trout on either Woolly Buggers or nymphs. Boat fishing for trout has been good. The most efficient method to land trout has been trolling cowbells coupled with worms along the southern part of the reservoir. Several boat anglers reported trout favoring lures with any type of silver coloration. Kokanee salmon fishing from a boat remains slow. Squids and Dodgers are the most productive lures for kokanee salmon fishing. The reservoir is closed to trailer and motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Starting September 4, boating hours will be changed to 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Midday water surface temperatures were in the low 60's F°.
The fishing finally seems to be coming to good levels. The lake is fishing well as usual and a variety of methods are bringing in the catch. South Fishing and any area out west is producing many bass, walleye and trout. Anticline Ponds and Valco Ponds are also a good place to try, as fishing for pan fish and trout have been productive. The Arkansas River is finally coming down, and we are starting to see the first fisherman trying their luck with varying degrees of success. Another few weeks and the river should become even more productive. As always please continue to follow the rules and regulations regarding method of take, size limits and bait use while on the river. If you have any questions please stop in at our visitor center or ask a ranger on the park. Tight lines everyone!
The catfish bite, and the northern pike bite are heating up, everything else as slowed down quite a bit, Stop by the visitor center to let staff know how the fishing is, or to show off an impressive catch!
The lake is at 470 surface acres and the water temperature is 68 degrees. The trout fishing remains slow from shore. The trout that are being caught are biting on nightcrawlers and powerbait. We are still hearing of walleye and bass are being caught from boats using crankbaits and jigging methods. We also had a report this week of some crappie and perch being caught using jigging methods from shore and from boats.
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 10. THE SHORT AND SWEET: Are you the angler that doesn't want to see anyone (or at least just a few others) all day? This is your section. Hatches get rolling down on the lower river before the upper due to warmer temperatures, and we are already seeing good numbers of caddis, PMDs and baetis. Green Drakes are starting to show up on our radar, although numbers are still on the light side.
Lower Roaring Fork- Carbondale to Glenwood
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10 Conditions are ideal but are still amazingly improving daily as the water continues to drop and the fish become more concentrated. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: There are plenty of caddis, BWOs, PMDs, golden stones and big sedges moving around these days. THE SHORT AND SWEET: Pack up your fishing gear and get your butt out on the river! Like the other sections of water along the Roaring Fork, nymph the fast water with larger flies and the soft water with smaller flies. As the water continues to fall, look for the fish to make the transition from holding along the edges eating big flies (stoneflies, sedges, etc) to holding more midriver and eating smaller flies (PMDs, caddis etc).
Middle River Fryingpan
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10 THE SHORT AND SWEET: The middle section of the Fryingpan sees far, far less pressure than the upper miles, and this can play to your advantage. The middle river also offers plenty of places to duck out of the ever-present wind. Temperatures warm with the drop in elevation, so the lower and middle river typically see earlier and later hatches in the year as well.
Middle Roaring Fork – Basalt downstream to Carbondale
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Stoneflies, Caddis, PMDs THE SHORT AND SWEET: We are back in business on the Roaring Fork. The water is still high and just a tad swift, but visibility is perfect (when the lower Fryingpan isn't adding a bit of mud) and the levels are dropping daily. All of the fish are still on the edges and side channels, and where you find one, you'll find many right now.
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10 THE SHORT AND SWEET: The Fryingpan River is renowned world-wide for quite a few reasons, the first that come to mind are the prolific and year-round dry fly hatches as well as fish measured in pounds instead of inches. People jokingly refer to Basalt as a small drinking town with a big fishing problem, and we can certainly vouch for that. Hatches currently on the Fryingpan consist of Green Drakes, PMDs, BWOs, and midges in the upper reaches, and down low you can add in stoneflies and caddis too. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, PMDs, BWOs, Stoneflies, Midges, Mysis
Upper Roaring Fork – Aspen Downstream to Basalt
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 though some local anglers would argue that it's rating at least an 8 out of 10. If you know the river well and enjoy pocket water fishing, this upper section of river is right up your alley. THE SHORT AND SWEET: It's summertime and the fishing and water conditions are much, much improved now. In general, look for the fish to be stacked up in the softer water eating general attractor patterns. Hatches are consisting of predominately caddis, PMDs, BWOs and midges. Stoneflies, PMD and BWO nymphs are also fishing well. And of course, don't count out the San Juan Worm either. Look for the fishing to go from 0-100 in no time flat! Right now it feels like the calm before the storm, where the locals and fish-bums are taking advantage of the conditions before the crowds of summer roll in in the coming weeks. Fish the softer pockets and seams and you'll get em!
The lake is receding daily and fishing is still good. Anglers continue to report that worms, powerbait and spinners are catching some nice rainbows and cutthroats in the 12 - 16 inch range. Early Settler's boat ramp is closed for the season. Oak Point boat ramp will close on Tuesday, Sept 2. The Island boat ramp will remain open as long as water levels allow. All boats are required to have an inspection prior to l aunch. Anyone failing to receive an inspection will be given a citation. The Visitor Center sells fishing licenses and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fishing reports are coming in from the Steamboat area to west of Craig. Anglers are reporting that browns are fishing very well and there are quite a few pike being taken out of the river.