Conditions for the week of September 27, 2016. 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.
Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
The current water temperature is around 64 degrees. Trout fishing from shore is slow. There have been a few reports of trout being caught using PowerBait from a slip rig from the west and east end of the dam. Boat anglers are reporting fair to good success on trout trolling slowly with lures and crawlers in deep water. The walleye action from boats is rated as fair to good using bottom bouncers and jigs in 30 to 40 feet of water. The perch action is good using jigs and worms throughout the reservoir from boats and from shore. Park hours for October are from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Bass fishing has picked up this week and is rated as fair to good. A majority of the bass are being caught using soft plastics, drop shots, and chatter baits. Most of the bass are being caught in shallow water. A handful of reports of smallmouth bass being caught off the dam using crank baits. The perch fishing is slow to fair using jigs. Most of the fish are on the small side.
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
The fishing for crappie is currently slow. Anglers have reported catching a few saugeye while fishing from a boat. Fishing for channel catfish is good. Anglers have caught catfish from shore using a variety of baits. Water levels are significantly down. The high water boat ramp is still usable, but will probably only be usable for another week due to receding water levels.
current water temperature is around 65 degrees. Anglers are having success
catching walleye and trout. Sling blades and wedding rings are the most
effective lures. Boat anglers trolling in 10 to 15 of water are getting the
most bites. Anglers are still reporting a lot of lake recreation activities,
but the recreational boaters should be slowing down with the cooler weather
approaching. Boyd Lake State Park
The current water temperature is around 66 degrees. Anglers are reporting good fishing for bass and walleye. Boat anglers trolling with diving crank baits are having the most success. Try tubes and jigs for the bass.
Eleven Mile Reservoir
There are plenty of great
fish being caught all over the lake. Several different methods are working from
tube jigs to bait. The fish are hungry right now so they are biting everything
thrown at them. The northern pike action has improved slightly and seems to be
getting a little better every day. Now through the first two weeks of October
are traditionally a great time for northern pike. Husky jerks and bigger stick
baits have done well recently. Eleven Mile State Park
The lake level is
relatively full and is only about three feet down. The surface water
temperature is approximately 63 degrees. Fishing has picked up
recently. Fishing had been fair to good for wipers, walleye,
drum, channel catfish, and trout.
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Conditions Report- Southeast Colorado
Arkansas River Headwaters
traffic is done for the year in the Milk Run and Browns Canyon areas, and there
is very little going on in the Big Bend area above Salida. Lower flows, cool
nights, and a calm atmosphere are making the river an absolutely beautiful
place to spend the day. The river is currently very good for wade fishing. The
morning midge drift is strong in the riffles, and the afternoon is blue-wing
olive time. There are still evening caddis and late stones for the end of the
day. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Clear Creek Reservoir
Trout angling from a boat has been good but remains fair from the shoreline. Shore anglers caught trout on both worms and garlic scented PowerBait. A majority of the boat anglers reported landing at least ten trout. Trolling a wet fly with weighted line was the most productive method to land trout. Another effective technique is to troll worms and flashers along the southern part of the reservoir. The kokanee salmon fishing has been slow. During the morning, the kokanee salmon went for squids tipped with corn near the dam of the reservoir.
John Martin Reservoir
The current water temperature is around 71
degrees. The reservoir is dropping every day, but anglers are reporting great
fishing conditions with plenty of water to fish. The white bass are staying
deep in the reservoir for most of the day, and then they are heading into the
shallower water in the evenings to feed on baitfish. Anglers are having luck
using minnows, Rapala’s, tube jigs, and spoons. Fishing for all other species
has been slow. John Martin State Park
current surface temperature is around 64 degrees. The trout fishing has really
picked up from the shoreline in the last couple of days. Anglers have been
using night crawlers, artificial flies, and lures. Boat anglers are still
catching trout, walleye, and perch using jigs tipped with a night crawler or
artificial minnow. Some boaters are catching fish trolling worm harnesses. Trinidad Lake State Park
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
Fishing is starting to pick
up with anglers reporting catching some nice rainbow trout and cutthroat trout
in the 16 to 17- inch range using green PowerBait and night crawlers. The
Island boat ramp is open for launching. Early Settlers and Oak Point boat ramps
are closed for the season. Vega State Park
Wolford Mountain Reservoir
The water temperature is currently around 50 degrees. Boat anglers are having great success with the kokanee salmon and trout. Trolling in around 10 to 20 feet of water is producing the most bites compared to the deeper water. Sling blades and wedding rings are the most effective lures in pink and gold colors. Anglers who are not trolling from a boat are having success with spinners and a fly and a bubble.
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Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
The river is currently flowing around 450 cfs with a water temperature around 48 degrees. Boat anglers floating down the river are having the most success with the trout and kokanee. Anglers throwing streamers near the banks are getting the most bites. Egg patterns are starting to work, but a majority of the eggs will be floating down the river within the next couple weeks. The fish are biting bigger flies this time of year. Look for the brown trout to become more active soon as their spawn approaches.
Fishing for rainbow trout
and yellow perch is good to very good. Small jigs tipped with a worm fished
under a slip bobber are producing bites. PowerBait and other commercial baits
fished just off the bottom are working for the trout. Surface activity is
frequent during cloud cover and evening/morning low light conditions. A
wide variety of dry patterns, size 12 to 18 will work for the rising fish. Mancos State Park
Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
The month of September in Colorado means cool mornings, hot days, and low water flows. The calm and clear water will cause the fish to become spookier, so being stealthy is important. Presenting delicate casts becomes more important this time of year. Anglers will need to start focusing on using lighter leaders and tippets to ensure the fish do not see their fishing line. This is when using fluorocarbon fishing line becomes more important than monofilament. Although your fishing line should be small, your flies and lures can still be big. The primary hatches throughout the month will consist of large caddis, blue winged olives, attractors, and terrestrials. If the fish are not biting grasshopper patterns, be sure to try other terrestrial patterns such as ants, crickets, spiders, and beetles. The best times to fish in September are from sunrise to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to sunset. When the day becomes hot and the bites slow down, try nymph fishing the deep holes and fast eddies. The most productive nymphs this time of year consist of prince nymphs, hare's ear, pheasant tails, and copper johns. Dry flies and nymphs from a size 12 to 22 will produce the most strikes in September. If you are fishing a freestone river or creek, larger flies can be used. If you are fishing the tailwater below a dam, smaller flies should be used. Common techniques include a single or double dry fly rig, as well as a single or double nymph rig. Special techniques include a dry dropper rig or a triple nymph rig. If the nymph fishing is slow, try adding another split shot to your line. Often, the difference between an angler and a good angler is one split shot.