Conditions for the week of June 23rd, 2017.
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 65 degrees. The trout fishing from shore is rated as fair to good for anglers using PowerBait near the dam. We have seen some rainbows being caught in the 2 to 3 pound range. Boat anglers are reporting fair to good success for trout trolling with pop gear, crawlers, and silver bright colored spoons and spinners. The trout will be deeper now, so focus on casting out further and fishing deeper water. The walleye fishing is slow to fair. Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing is slow to fair with a few good reports from anglers using jerk baits off the points. The largemouth bass action should start to pick up soon. Try top water lures early and late in the evening. We are starting to receive reports of yellow perch being caught from shore using crawlers and from boats using small jigs.
The reservoir has a current water temperature around 70 degrees. Anglers are having success catching walleye on a variety of methods and lures. Try jigging a night crawler slowly, or aggressively jigging various lures. The walleye are averaging small in size around 14 to 16 inches.
Cherry Creek Reservoir
The current water temperature is around 71 degrees. Fishing is rated as fair to good. The trout and crappie are biting on various jigs. The walleye fishing is good and anglers are having success using spoons and worms. Trolling with these lures is working as well.
Cherry Creek Reservoir
The current water temperature is currently around 68 degrees. Fishing for trout is slow to fair using spoons, spinners, and flies. The bass fishing is rated as fair to good. We are receiving reports that soft plastics, spinner baits, and swim baits are working. Some reports of bass being caught on top water lures. A handful of reports of smallmouth being caught from the dam using jigs. Some reports of yellow perch being caught using small jigs. No other reports on any other species at this time.
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
The current water temperature is around 60 degrees. Anglers are reporting a lot of insect activity on the water including midge, callibeatis, and dragonflies. Fly anglers are catching plenty of trout on fly patterns resembling these insect species. Be prepared for windy conditions this time year.
Bear Creek near Morrison
The creek is currently flowing around 50 cfs. Both fly and spinner anglers are having success fishing the creek from Bear Creek Lake up to Evergreen. Fly anglers are using attractor nymphs and dry flies. Spinner anglers are having luck using small gold and red spinners. The brown trout are biting the most aggressively, but a lot of rainbows are being caught as well.
The current water temperature is around 75 degrees. The water clarity is murky and stained, with visibility around 2 feet. Anglers are reporting fair success for small mouth bass using top water lures. Most of the bass are averaging small in size.
Flows are perfect right now at the Dream Stream. Flows will continue to rise now with inflows close to 500 cfs. Effective patterns include #14 UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #12 Chamois Leech, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, and #18 Barr's Emerger and #16 Barr's Graphic Caddis. Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Stimulators, and Amy's Ant are fooling trout on the surface. Don not rule out the previously mentioned leech patterns and other streamers, as they can produce some nice fish during the afternoon when the fishing tends to slow down.
Eleven Mile Reservoir
A lot of large fish are being caught recently. Several different fishing methods are working. Both shore or boat anglers have a great chance of catching fish. Trolling with Kastmasters, Rapalas and Krocodiles has done well. For the deeper depths, go to Needlefish, Mack's, or Arnies. Orange has become hot as a popular color with the fish. Pink and green colored lures are also working well. Night crawlers floated with a marshmallow from shore, especially at night are very effective. Use a downrigger or lead core in order to be successful with them. The bite has been good throughout the day. The kokanee salmon bite has slowed down with the recent full moon, but is starting to pick up again. The kokanee are still deep near the North Shore and down to Duck Island. Orange is a good color.
Eleven Mile State Park
Lake level is mainly full. Surface water temperature is approximately 72 degrees. We are open to boating. Fishing had been good for crappie, wiper, and trout. The walleye fishing has slowed down as of recently.
The lake is currently around 74 degrees and full. Fishing near the inlet and outlet is very good right now. Plenty of wiper, walleye, and perch have been caught off the South Ramp Parking Lot, Darby Point, Elks Bay, up both arms, and Balanced Rock. Anglers are having success using minnows, jigs, crank baits, and plain worms. The crappie have come out on the east side of the South Ramp Parking Lot, in the Marina and Elks Bays, as well as Balanced Rock and trolling the dam. Trout have come out along the dam as well. Anglers are catching catfish near the inlet, West Trailhead, and South Ramp Parking Lot.
North Sterling State Park
The fishing has remained good, with large pike and trout being caught using Rapalas, Dick Nites, Needlefish, hares ears, damsel flies, and callibaetis.
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Conditions Report- Southeast Colorado
Arkansas River Headwaters
The river above the Twin Lakes inflow is starting to shape up well in the afternoons. The waterflow is still fairly high, but clarity is good and fish are very active. Expect to see a mix of stoneflies, caddis, and craneflies. Grasshoppers are along the banks as well, so be ready with attractor dries and droppers. Do not wade into the river where you cannot see the bottom. Fish slow, sheltered areas with consistent current thoroughly with dark, large profiled patterns like stoneflies or streamers. You may be surprised how well fish can still see and forage in the off colored water.
Arkansas River below Lake Pueblo
The Arkansas River has seen steadily increasing flows out of Lake Pueblo. Currently, the river is running at 710 cfs. Despite the higher flows, anglers are still catching fish in the river. Spin and fly anglers are both reporting success. Spin anglers are doing well on spinners and fly anglers are still having luck on midge, caddis, blue wing olive patterns, as well as streamers. Please use caution when wading in these higher flows, as the current is extremely strong, despite depth and speed of current.
John Martin Reservoir
Water levels continue to rise
at the reservoir. The fishing has been fair for walleye, white bass, wipers,
and catfish for both shore and boat anglers.
Plenty of crappie are currently being caught, but a majority of them are
very small in size.
The current surface temperature is around 55 degrees. Fishing on the lake has been fair to good as of recently. Anglers are consistently catching walleye on jerk baits, crank baits, and jigs. Bass fishing is also pretty decent right now. Soft plastics and crank baits are consistent producers for those pursuing bass. The trout fishing has been fair for those using bait from shore. There are no reports on catfish at this time. Wipers have been far and few between. Anticline Pond has been producing a lot of trout. Boat anglers are reminded that the boat ramps are open and summer hours are from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Nee Noshee Reservoir
The water levels are continuing to rise. The only useable boat ramp is the far north Kiowa ramp. This ramp is extremely shallow and launching larger boats will be difficult. There has not been much fishing activity at Nee Noshee, but there have been a few catfish and carp caught along the west side of the reservoir.
North Gateway Park
Fishing has been slow to fair for pan fish and bass. The trout fishing has slowed down drastically with the warmer days.
The water level is slowly decreasing. Both boat ramps are useable at both upper and lower Queens Lakes. Fishing has been fair for catfish, bullheads, and carp from the shore. The walleye and crappie fishing has slowed down as of recently.
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
The reservoir is still a little low, but is rising by the day which is making the northern pike fishing more difficult. The trout fishing is the best near the inlets. Anglers are having success using spinners, spoons, and streamers for all species. Worms and PowerBait are also working well for the trout.
The current water temperature is around 70 degrees. The water clarity is cloudy and murky. Anglers are reporting the best fishing is during the morning hours before 10:00 a.m. when the lake is less crowded. Try using various spinners and spoons, or streamers for the fly anglers.
Wolford Mountain Reservoir
The current water temperature is around 65 degrees. Anglers are having success catching both trout and salmon. Pink is currently the most effective lure color. Boat anglers are having more success while trolling and jigging in the deeper water.
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Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
Blue Mesa Reservoir
Anglers are reporting great success fishing for kokanee. The most effective methods include using divers, lead core, and downriggers. The kokanee are being caught at all depths. Like usual, assassins and squids with a dodger and white corn are the key to catching the salmon. The trout are also biting well on streamers and worms near the inlets.
Anglers are reporting good success at Taylor Reservoir as of recently. The lake trout are biting well on tube jigs in various sizes and colors. Try adding some sucker meat to the jig if the fishing is slow. The trout fishing is starting to pick up for shore anglers.
Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
Flows are rising as we approach full on spring runoff. Some rivers and creeks are still manageable, but a majority of the rivers are becoming swollen with water, eliminating most wading opportunities. Look for the fish to be near the banks where the high flows are more reasonable. This is the time of year to use large flies and lures such as stoneflies, worms, streamers, and spinners. If you are not having luck at your local river, try heading up in elevation to the headwaters of creeks and rivers where flows are ideal and sometimes only fishable this time of year. Anglers are also having success fishing tailwaters below dams, where flows stay more consistent compared to lower river areas.