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Conditions - Statewide
Conditions - Statewide
Fishing on the Arkansas

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Conditions for the week of January 13, 201​5. 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. 

Examples include: 

Many other fly shops and marinas also offer fishing condition reports on their websites as well.

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir

Aurora Reservoir: This 820 acre impoundment is located on Quincy Avenue, one mile east of Gun Club Road. The potential for nice rainbow trout and large walleyes is good here. Check out the fishery survey summary for more information. As of January 8, the lake is about 95% frozen.  Ice in the coves is about 4" thick.  Some anglers have been catching perch, walleye and trout have been slow. For updated conditions, contact Aurora Reservoir Park (303-690-1633).

Chatfield Reservoir

This 1,100 acre impoundment is located on South Wadsworth Boulevard- about 0.5 miles south of C-470. Fish which can be caught include rainbow trout 15-18", walleye over 24", smallmouth bass, bluegill and black crappie. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of January 8, ice thickness at Catfish Flats and the Swim Beach is about 4" thick, however the ice near Massey Draw is unsafe.  Walleyes have been caught very early in the day on feeding flats that drop off into deep water near the old road bed.  Try perch colored jigging spoons tipped with wax worms or mealworms.   For updated ice conditions, contact Chatfield State Park (303-791-7275). 

Cherry Creek Reservoir

This 800 acre impoundment is located just east of I-225 and south of Parker Road. Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout, walleye over 24". Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of January 8, ice conditions are highly variable and unsafe in spots.  Fishing for walleye and rainbow trout has been slow.   For updated ice conditions, contact Cherry Creek State Park (303-699-3860). 

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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Antero Reservoir

This 2200 acre impoundment is located north of US Highway 24 between Antero Junction and the town of Hartsel. Current ice thickness ranges from 6 – 10 inches.  Rainbow trout are averaging 10-20" with an occasional larger fish being seen, with some fish in the four to six pound range. Brown trout, cutthroat trout, splake and brook trout are also present but expect catch rates to be much lower for these species.  For updated fishing reports, please contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region Service Center (303-291-7227) or for ice conditions contact The Jefferson Market (719-836​-2389).

Bear Creek Reservoir

This 205 acre impoundment is located on Morrison Road, just east of C-470 in Lakewood. Fish that can be caught include saugeye over 20" and rainbow trout. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of January 8, the ice is about 6" thick.    Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair, some saugeyes have also been caught.   For updated ice conditions, contact Bear Creek Lake Park (303-697-6159) .

Boyd Lake

This 1700 acre reservoir, located in Loveland, also serves a state park.  For additional updates contact Boyd Lake State Park (970-669-1739).  Fishing for trout has been good. Report have ice thickness at 5-6" in the marina cover.  Several anglers were fishing deeper spots 500 yards east of marina cove.  A few walleye, crappie, and perch have also been caught.

Chambers Lake

This 250 acre impoundment is located seven miles east of the top of Cameron Pass on Highway 14 and requires some hiking to get to the lake. Chambers offers opportunities to catch cutthroat, rainbow, kokanee salmon and lake trout through the ice. Expect lake trout 12-20" though much larger fish are present as well. Most anglers do well using tipped tube jigs and finding the right depth to fish in. Chambers ice is just forming in most areas, be cautious and always lookout for thin patches.. The inlet bay at shallower depths is usually best for trout and the deeper locations near steep drops usually produce best for lakers. For more information head to the fishery survey summary.

Cowdrey

This 80 acre reservoir is located along Highway 125, seven miles north of Walden. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice.  Not much information on ice fishing is available at this time, but Cowdrey is usually a great early ice season choice. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226) or North Park Chamber of Commerce (970-723-4600).

Delaney Butte Lakes

This State Wildlife Area is located 10 miles west of Walden. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice.  Please be aware of the special regulations that exist for fishing this property Expect to find smaller rainbows and browns at East Delaney (65 ac.), rainbows and Snake River cutthroats in the 14-18" range at South Delaney (150 ac.) and larger browns that tend to be a bit more difficult to catch at North Delaney (165 ac). Fish are likely to be at different depths at different times of day so think about moving if fishing is slow. Remember, bait is not allowed at the Delaney Butte Lakes. Please refer to your fishing regulation brochure for special regulations. For additional information check out the fishery survey summary. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226) or North Park Chamber of Commerce (970-723-4600).

Elevenmile Reservoir

This 3400 acre impoundment is located south of US Highway 24 between Wilkerson Pass and the town of Hartsel. Current ice thickness ranges from seven to thirteen inches.  Elevenmile Reservoir is know for producing rainbow trout, rainbow x cutthroat hybrid trout, and Snake River cutthroat trout in the 14-20" range with 5-7 pound fish showing up regularly, with the largest fish pushing twelve pounds. A bulk of the large trout caught will be over deep water from the bottom of the ice surface down to 25 feet.  Currently, trout in the 17 – 22 inch class are being caught regularly.  Fishing for brown trout will be slower than for rainbows and cutthroats. Kokanee fishing is poor for those who put in the effort, but we are seeing a few large fish show up every now and again.  Pike fishing for fish up to 20 pounds is decent using waterdogs and dead suckers on a tip up.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Elevenmile State Park (719-748-3401).

Evergreen Lake

This 42 acre impoundment is located just upstream of downtown Evergreen, on State Route 74 (Evergreen Parkway). Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout, brown trout, and an occasional tiger musky. As of January 8, the lake is frozen and the ice is safe.  Trout fishing has been slow.  

Georgetown Lake

This 54 acre impoundment is located on I-70 just north of the town of Georgetown. Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout and brown trout. As of January 8, automobiles have driving on the northern half, so the ice is safe for fishing.  The bite has been slow, but anglers have been catching  browns, rainbows and the occasional brook trout, typically with small jigs tipped with wax worms.  

Hohnholz Lakes

These three lakes are located west of the Laramie River Road (CR 103) 30 miles north of Highway 14. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice.  Hohnholz #2, is 37 acres and has rainbow trout and snake river cutthroat trout ranging 12-16". Hohnholz #3 is 40 acres and has snake river cutthroat and brown trout up to 18". Access to the lakes is weather dependent so watch for drifting conditions and ice conditions will be similar to those found on North Park Lakes. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact West Laramie Fly Store (888-745-9565). 

Jackson Reservoir

This 2,967 acre reservoir is located approximately 32 miles east of Greeley and 10 miles north of Wiggins. As of 1/9/2015 the ice was 6-8" thick. Ice fishing is fair for walleye, saugeye, and trout. For more information about Jackson Reservoir, please see the fishery survey summary. For up-to-date fishing and ice conditions, visit Jackson Lake State Parks or contact the park directly at 970-645-2551. 

Jefferson

This 145 acre impoundment is located northwest of Jefferson. After the first decent snow fall of the season, the road to Jefferson Lake will become impassable for vehicles except snow machines. Depending on snow drifts, many times by mid-winter the road becomes impassable for snow machines. The ice usually recedes from Jefferson Lake the last week of May. This winter anglers can seek to catch rainbow trout in the 12-14" range, mackinaw averaging 12-18" with a few large fish and possibly a few brook trout. The Forest Service has installed a new gate at the pay station which severely limits access to the lake except for snow machines. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Jefferson Market (719-836-2389). 

Jumbo Reservoir

This 1,570 acre reservoir is located 35 miles northeast of Sterling and six miles west of Sedgwick. As of 1/9/2015, the ice was 7-9" thick. Ice fishing for walleye and crappie has been slow and ice fishing for trout has been fair. For more information about Jumbo Reservoir, please see the fishery survey summary

Lake John 

This 565 acre impoundment is located 15 miles northwest of Walden. Ice conditions are good with thickness 2-6 inches, but can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice.. Lake John grows fat rainbow trout, snake river cutthroat trout and cuttbows.. A variety of lures and jigs have been effective, especially tipped with a wax worm or other bait. Fish are dispersed throughout the lake so try changing depth if you aren't getting into them. Most fish are probably in the upper 10 feet of water. Bait is allowed at Lake John but no live minnows. Additional information can be found at the fishery survey summary. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226).

Lon Hagler Reservoir 

This reservoir covers about 580 acres at full pool and is open year round to fishing. Visit the fishery survey summaries page to learn more about this reservoir.  The ice fishing season has started; thickness is roughly 5-6 inches lakewide. Lake was heavily stocked with catchable rainbows in November. Look for an occasional crappie or perch besides the trout. Largemouth and smallmouth bass must exceed 18" in order to harvest, bag and possession for bass is 1. 

Lonetree Reservoir

The fall 2014 gillnet survey yielded exceptional numbers of walleye, saugeye, and black crappie. No trout are stock in Lonetree but ice fishing should be good for other species. West side of reservoir has 4-5 inches of clear ice.

Red Feather Lakes

The Red Feather Lakes are northwest of Fort Collins about 20 miles west of Livermore. Parvin, Dowdy and West lakes are located on the east side of town. Bellaire Lake is a bit further south off of CR 162 and there is a short walk into the lake. All of the lakes have iced over and be cautious when venturing out on the ice.  Use caution, beware of any open water, and especially stay away from the islands that tend to lose ice first. Bellaire is 10 acres and has rainbow trout Expect trout around 10". Dowdy Lake is 115 acres. Dowdy had a flare-up of anchor worm earlier this summer that causes red sores on the side of fish. This does not affect the meat and these fish are safe to eat when properly cooked. West is 25 acres.. Try small jigs for both browns and rainbows. Parvin is 63 acres. Fishing is typically more challenging but browns and rainbows there are in excellent shape generally ranging 12"-16". Note that Parvin is fly and lure only and has a different bag limit from other lakes in the area. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Fort Collins CPW office (970-472-4300).

Seymour

This lake is 81 acres and located about 15 miles south of Walden.   Try Seymour if you are looking to get away from crowds on other North Park waters. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226).

St. Vrain State Park Ponds

 Trout have been biting well in Coot and Sandpiper Ponds with several anglers catching a limit of trout in less than an hour. Ice thickness measures 5-7" in each of the ponds. Bald Eagle pond has produced bluegill but no bait can be used on this water and all largemouth and smallmouth must be released.  Ice fishing on Pelican Lake is highly discouraged as a new aeration system keeps the pond from freezing solid. For additional information visit the website for this state park.

Tarryall Reservoir

This 175 acre reservoir is located along Park County Road 77 between Jefferson and Lake George.  Current ice thickness ranges from 8-12 inches.  Anglers are catching rainbow trout averaging 12-15" with a few larger fish here and there, such as brown trout, cutthroat trout and northern pike up to 36".  We encourage the harvest of all northern pike caught. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact The Jefferson Market (719-836-2389).

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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado​

Brush Hollow

This 200 acre lake is located near Penrose off of Highway 115. The reservoir is near minimum pool. The ramp is inaccessible and boats cannot be launched.  There is some ice on the reservoir and should be considered unsafe until conditions improve.  Fishing from shore has been pretty slow.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Clear Creek Reservoir

This 400 acre reservoir is located between Buena Vista and Leadville and is a consistently good ice fishing lake. It is completely frozen over at this time with 6-10 inches of ice and there is a slush layer on the top. Fishing activity has been concentrated near the boat rampand fishing for rainbow trout has been good using mealworms and power bait. Kokanee catch has been slow.   For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Cottonwood Lake

This 40 acre reservoir is located west of Buena Vista on U.S. Forest Service land. There is 8-12 inches of ice. Fishing for rainbows has been good using typical baits such as mealworms.  Use caution near inlet or outlet as moving water undercuts the ice in those areas. The road is passable to the outlet bridge but beyond that the roads are not plowed. There is limited parking during the winter time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

De Weese Reservoir

Located near Westcliffe, the reservoir is now completely covered in 8-12 inches of ice however, the shoreline areas are soft with the recent warm weather.  Anglers should use caution when getting out onto the ice.  Some trout are being caught.  For current conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300).

Frantz Lake

This lake located in Salida and partially iced over at this time with up to 8 inches in places. Expect ice to thin if weather remains warm and be aware that there is some standing water on top of the ice. Conditions on Frantz lake can change quickly. Fishing has been good for 10-12 inch rainbows with flies/lures and a variety of baits. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area office (719-530-5520).

Hayden Meadows Reservoir

This is a small (5 acres) lake located along Highway 24 just south of Leadville.  The lake is ice covered with 10 plus inches of ice and is safe to walk on for fishing. Fishing success is unknown, as fisherman traffic is slow at this time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Hugo SWA Ponds

Hugo State Wildlife Area is located 14 miles south of the town of Hugo on CR109 then 2¼ miles east on CR2G. The ponds are now covered in ice of decent thickness.  However, with the fluctuating air temperatures and weather patterns, anglers should use extreme caution as conditions can change from day to day.   For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Area Office (719-227-5200).

Karval Reservoir

This 20 acre lake is located SE of Karval. Karval Reservoir is now covered in ice of decent thickness. However, with the fluctuating air temperatures and weather patterns, anglers should use extreme caution as conditions can change from day to day.   For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).

Kinney Lake

This small lake is located south of Hugo (go 11 miles south of Hugo on CR109 then 1 mile east on CR2J and take CR33 to the north).  Kinney Lake is now covered in ice of decent thickness.  However, with the fluctuating air temperatures and weather patterns, anglers should use extreme caution as conditions can change from day to day.  For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).

Lake Isabel

Also called San Isabel Reservoir, this 30 acre lake is on U.S. Forest Service land off of Highway 165 just west of Rye. San Isabel is now covered in 10-12" of ice and is safe for fishing.  Fishing has been steady on powerbait and meal worms with or without jigs.   Along with rainbow trout a few small kokanee are being caught.  For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300).

Manitou Reservoir

Located just north of Woodland Park, this 16 acre reservoir is situated on U.S. Forest Service lands.   The ice is about one foot thick at this time.  Fishing has been decent with some trout being caught.  Anglers are encouraged to contact the USFS at 636-1602 for current conditions as well as hours of operation. Anglers may also contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200) for current conditions.

Monument Lake (El Paso County)

This 40 acre lake is located just west of the town of Monument.   The ice is currently 6-8 inches thick in places.  The area around the inlet and the west side is poor and should be avoided. Anglers are encouraged to use extreme caution as the conditions will deteriorate during warmer weather. For updated conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200) for current conditions.

Monument Reservoir (Las Animas County)

This 40 acre lake is located at the Monument Lake Resort about 30 miles west of Trinidad.  High warm winds have shifted the ice and increased the danger.  Fishing has been good when conditions allow.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).

Mt. Elbert Forebay

This 200 acre reservoir is located just north of Twin Lakes above Highway 82. This is a productive lake that has better than average sized rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anglers also target mackinaw. This reservoir fluctuates considerably and is ice free most of the time, creating open water opportunity in the dead of winter.  Ice conditions change daily at this reservoir due to hydropower operations so use extreme caution throughout the winter. Fishing success is unknown at this time. .For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

North Lake SWA

This 100 acre lake is located just east of Monument Reservoir (west of Trinidad). High warm winds have shifted the ice and increased the danger.  Fishing has been good when conditions allow.  Please note that fishing is by artificial flies and lures only.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).

O'Haver Lake

This small (14 acre) lake is located southwest of Poncha Springs on U.S. Forest Service lands. The lake is accessible via County Road 200 (Marshall Pass Road). The lake can be accessed with traditional vehicles at this point but snowmobiles may be required soon.  Ice is sufficient to fish but u se caution near the middle of the lake where a spring may create open water or thin ice. Fisherman traffic has been slow so there is not much to report as far as what type of baits are working right now. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Riverside Ponds (Mt. Ouray State Wildlife Area)

These two ponds are located northwest of Salida off County Road 160.  Both ponds are iced over but can change quickly with warmer weather. Both require about a ¼ mile hike, as vehicles are restricted to the parking areas.  Fishermen have been ice fishing at both ponds and typical baits are catching  trout. The water level is dropping in the lower lake which may cause instable ice – use caution. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Skaguay Reservoir

Located just east of Victor (near the town of Cripple Creek), this 114 acre reservoir is part of the Skaguay State Wildlife Area. The reservoir is completely covered in ice but the thickness varies from 8-14".  Fishing has been good with orange jigs and mealworms.  Anglers should use caution as ice conditions will vary depending on location.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

Trinidad Lake

Located just west of Trinidad, this 1000 acre reservoir is part of Trinidad State Park (entry fee required). The lake is completely covered in three to six inches of ice depending on location.  The recent warm weather has elevated the water level and melted some of the ice along the shoreline.  Anglers should use extreme caution until conditions improve.  Some trout have been reported being caught.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Trinidad Lake State Park (719-846-6951) or DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).

Twin Lakes Reservoir

This 2000 acre reservoir is located southwest of Leadville, Colorado.  Ice is 6-10 inches thick with a slush layer on top.  Fishing success for rainbow trout has been fair. Lake trout success is unknown. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).

​Turquoise Reservoir

This 1600 acre reservoir is located just west of Leadville. Ice is 6-10 inches thick with a slush layer on top so use caution accessing the lake with motor vehicles. Rainbow and lake trout catch has been fair with most anglers fishing near the dam from the south shore. .Snow fall can make access available only by foot or snowmobile from established parking areas, and parking is limited due to others using the area for outdoor activities. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).


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 Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado​​

Dillon Reservoir

Fishing is still good in the Snake River inlet for rainbow, kokanee and the occasional arctic char. Fishing pressure elsewhere in the lake has been light to date. For current conditions, contact Colorado Angler in Silverthorne at 970-513-8055.

Elkhead Reservoir

The ice on Elkhead Reservoir is slowing developing, although most of the reservoir now has ice coverage.  Ice at the boat ramp and around much of the shore is around 3" thick.  Some fisherman are having luck catching northern pike.  Please use extreme caution if you are are planning on fishing Elkhead Reservoir and call the Yampa River State Park office at (970) 276-2061 for current conditions.

Granby Reservoir

As of 1/7, Granby is ice-covered but the ice is still thin and anglers should proceed with extreme caution.  Granby had the latest date on record for freezing over this year. Fishing for lake trout has been reported as good. Call Budget Tackle in Granby at (970) 887-9344 for more information and current updates.  

Green Mountain Reservoir

Green Mountain is fully ice covered but only recently. A few anglers have made their way onto the ice but it should not be considered safe yet for snowmobiles or ATV's. Call Master Bait and Tackle in Heeney at 970-724-3677 for current conditions.

Gypsum Ponds

Fish that can be caught in the two large western ponds include catchable trout, yellow perch, crappie, and green sunfish. Additionally, anglers may catch illegally introduced bass and are encouraged to remove them from the lake.

Harvey Gap Reservoir

As of January 5th, the entire reservoir is covered with ice, ranging from 3"-4" thick.  Ice thickness may vary throughout the reservoir depending on the location.  The reservoir is currently filling.  Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes.  Ice rescue stations are located in several areas throughout the park.  Anglers have reported catching yellow perch and northern pike.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN IDENTIFY TIGER MUSKIE FROM NORTHERN PIKE.  ALL TIGER MUSKIE LESS THAN 36" MUST BE RELEASED ALIVE.  For more information regarding tiger muskie, please contact CPW Area Aquatic Biologist Lori Martin at lori.martin@state.co.us.  Updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on CPW's website.  Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy.325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone:  970-625-1607.

Lake Avery

Ice fishing on Lake Avery has been steady since fishable ice has covered the lake.  Fisherman have been doing well fishing for trout on wax worms and earthworms in 10-20' of water out from the South boat launch and also along the dam.  Contact the Parks and Wildlife Meeker Office (970-878-6090) for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.

Pearl Lake

Ice fishing for cutthroat trout and grayling are allowed. Please note that only flies & lures are allowed, with a bag limit of two trout 18" or longer. The road is only maintained to approximately ¾ of a mile from the lake. Anglers have to ski or hike from that point. There has been minimal fishing pressure on Pearl Lake to speak of. Weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Steamboat Lake State Park at (970) 879-3922 or steamboat.lake@state.co.us.

Rifle Gap Reservoir

As of January 5th, the entire reservoir is covered with ice, ranging from 5"-6" thick.  Ice thickness may vary throughout the reservoir depending on the location.  Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes.  Ice rescue stations are located in several areas throughout the park.  Anglers have reported catching yellow perch and rainbow trout.  Updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on CPW's website.  Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy.325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone:  970-625-1607.  The 17th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Rifle Gap Reservoir will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 17th and 18th.  For more information regarding the tournament, please contact the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce at 970-625-2085, ext.4 or ext.2.  

Rio Blanco Lake

Rio Blanco Lake has fishable ice, but ice thickness varies around the lake so use caution if you decide to fish.  Fishing thus far has been slow, but some crappie, bluegill, and northern pike have been caught along the dam. Contact the Parks and Wildlife Meeker Office (970-878-6090) for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.

Ruedi Reservoir

Ice cover exists from the inlet to about Freeman Mesa - some opportunity to ice-fish exists closer to inlet, but generally ice conditions are still unsafe overall.  Definitely not safe for snowmobile or ATV. Fish that can be caught in Ruedi include lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout and brown trout. Additionally, anglers may catch illegally introduced yellow perch and are encouraged to remove them from the lake. Local contact info for water: U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 948, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 303-963-2266.

Shadow Mountain/Grand Lake

Northern Water began moving water through the pump canal in mid-December, which created large areas of open water in both Shadow and Grand lakes. Call Rocky Mountain Outfitters at 970-798-8021 for current conditions.

Stagecoach Reservoir

Fishing for catchable rainbow trout in the coves, and along the shoreline has been picking up. The lake is about 100% iced over, with ice depth ranging from 10"  near the inlet down to about 5" mid-lake .Trout in the 16"– 20" range are being reported in the catch, but several are averaging 12" to 14". An assortment of terminal tackle has been producing, such as jigs tipped with powerbait, wax worms, night crawlers, tube jigs, castmasters, solo night crawlers, salmon eggs, spoons, etc. Northern pike fishing has been slow, but some smaller fish are being picked up sporadically. In an effort to maintain a healthy trout fishery, the harvest of northern pike is strongly encouraged. Northern pike are good-eating, and numerous recipes are available on line. Weekly updates on ice conditions, access, accommodations and angling success will be provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-8342 or stagecoach.park@state.co.us.

Steamboat Lake

The lake is 100% iced over, ice depth ranges from ~10" in the coves down to ~6" mid lake.  An assortment of terminal tackle has been producing, such as jigs tipped with powerbait, night crawlers, tube jigs, castmasters, jigging rapalas, etc.; however, wax worms and meal worms have been producing especially well. Weekly updates on ice conditions, access, accommodations and angling success is provided on the Colorado State Parks website. Anglers may also contact Steamboat Lake State Park at (970) 879-3922 or steamboat.lake@state.co.us.

Sweetwater Lake

Ice cover is good, but variable - so use caution.  Kokanee fishing has been slow, with mostly small kokanee reported by anglers.  Some folks report seeing larger kokanee with underwater cameras, but they are not biting.  Fish that can be caught in Sweetwater Lake include rainbow, brook, and brown trout.  Kokanee stocked in the past three years have led to an abundant kokanee fishery and produced high quality fishing last ice fishing season.  Tackle suggestions: wax or meal worms with colorful small jigs. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and kokanee, and contains wild brook trout and brown trout. Feral kokanee are occasionally caught and stocked kokanee may start be large enough to catch this winter, as well.  For up-to-date conditions and local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service- White River National Forest, Phone: 303-945-3255 or Sweetwater Lake Resort at 970-524-7344.

Sylvan Lake

More than nine inches thick with a layer of surface slush. Fishing has been good.  Seeing some nice 10 - 12" Brookies.  Best luck seems to be in mornings with a jig with meal or wax worms. Unsafe conditions can always exist so please USE CAUTION!  Biweekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Sylvan Lake website. Anglers may also contact Sylvan Lake State Park, 10200 Brush Creek Rd., P.O. Box 1475, Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-2021, sylvan.lake.park@state.co.us.

Vega Reservoir

As of January 5th, the entire reservoir is covered with ice, ranging from 6"-8" thick.  The center of the reservoir is still thin.  Ice thickness may vary throughout the reservoir depending on the location.  Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes.  Ice rescue stations are located in several areas throughout the park.  Anglers have reported catching 14"-16" rainbow trout on ice jigs tipped with meal worms.  Updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on CPW's website.  Anglers may also contact Vega Reservoir State Park, 15247 North 6/10 Road Unit A, Collbran, CO 81624; Phone: 970-487-3407.

Williams Fork Reservoir

Williams Fork is frozen over and has seen light fishing. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the reservoir.

Wolford Reservoir

Wolford is ice-covered but motor vehicles are not yet allowed on the ice. Fishing has been reported as slow. Call the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce at (970) 724-3472 for information.

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​Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado​​

Big Meadows Reservoir

This 114 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area southwest of South Fork. From Highway 160, access along Forest Road 410 (two miles) is only by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. Fishing conditions and ice thickness were unknown at the time of this report.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900). 

Blue Mesa Reservoir

This 8,900 acre reservoir is located west of Gunnison.  Ice formation has been late this winter, with the east-most Iola basin to Elk Creek Marina finally icing over near the end of December.  As of early January, ice conditions are good near the inlet at the Lake City Bridge but are still thin on much of the Iola Basin.  It is expected that ice should thicken and provide safe ice at least east of the Elk Creek Marina by mid January.  Ice fishing has been good to excellent for rainbow trout with perch and brown trout also being caught.  Lake trout ice fishing opportunities should improve once safe ice is formed on westward portions of the reservoir. Anglers are encouraged to keep small lake trout to aid in efforts to reduce predation on kokanee salmon and to help re-build their numbers after recent kokanee population declines. Anglers can check on current ice conditions by contacting Curecanti National Recreation Area at (970-641-2337) or by visiting the National Park Service website.

Crawford Reservoir

This 390 acre reservoir is a Colorado State Park located 2 miles south of Crawford. Crawford Reservoir has 6-7 inches of ice as of January 5, but there are still weak spots and ice anglers should use caution.   Ice fishing is off to a good start with anglers reporting good action for rainbow trout and keeper sized crappie at multiple locations around the reservoir.  There should be perch, channel catfish and largemouth bass available as well.  There are tagged northern pike in Crawford Reservoir from population monitoring work done in the spring of 2014. Please report any tagged fish to the state park office or call (970) 252-6017. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Crawford State Park (970-921-5721) or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office (970-252-6000).   

Echo Canyon Reservoir

This 118 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area located a few miles south of Pagosa Springs on US 84.  With the recent cold snap, anglers are venturing out on to the ice.  Two weeks ago, 21 elk went through the ice on the east end of the lake so anglers should still use caution when venturing out.  Fishing has been good for rainbow trout. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Groundhog Reservoir

Lake is full but with little ice forming on it.  No anglers have been up to fish it since the road snowed in a few weeks ago.  Access to the lake is by snowmobile only.  Road is not passable. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Island Lake

Island Lake has safe ice over 12 inches thick with slushy conditions on the surface.  This 179 acre lake on the Grand Mesa offers good ice fishing opportunity for 10-12 inch rainbow trout, a few wild cutthroat trout, brook trout, and splake. Most splake are less than 14 inches, but there are splake over 10 pounds available. For larger splake, use tube jigs or bucktail jigs to imitate suckers. For fast action on smaller splake, rainbow trout, and brook trout, smaller jigs tipped with shrimp, mealworms or wax worms are highly effective. This lake is popular with anglers with snowmobiles. Check with the USFS for road and ice conditions (970-874-6600) or contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office (970-252-6000). Fishing has been good for splake and rainbow trout.

Jackson Reservoir (Mancos State Park)

There is about 4 inches of ice on the lake since Jan. 1.  However, anglers should use extreme caution venturing out on to the ice with the unseasonably warm weather we are experiencing in the SW..

Lemon Reservoir

There is some ice near the dam anglers are using but it is pretty thin.  A large part of the lake is still open.. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Miramonte Reservoir

This 400 acre lake is located 20 miles south of Norwood on the Dan Noble State Wildlife Area. There is 3-6 inches of ice at Miramonte Reservoir as of January 4th.  Anglers should use caution as there are some dangerous areas with thin ice. Following the lake reclamation in September of 2013, the lake was restocked with rainbows and browns that have grown well over the last year. The 2014-2015 ice fishing season has seen a return to form for Miramonte with fat, feisty rainbow trout averaging 14 to 15 inches with a few up to 18 inches. Crayfish imitations such as 2" tube jigs are good bets, given the abundance of crayfish in the reservoir. Tipping jigs with half of a meal worm or a wax worm works well.  Fishing the shallower coves can prove effective, as these are the areas that trout frequent to feed.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Montrose office (970-252-6000).

Mountain Home Reservoir

This is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland. The water level in this reservoir is variable and may be low during the winter. It is accessible by vehicle to the boat ramp. Anglers have reported good action for rainbow trout.At the time of this report, ice thickness was unknown. Anglers should be cautious on the ice as thickness can vary between locations on the reservoir and can change rapidly.  Anglers reported catching northern pike earlier in 2014. This is most likely due to an illicit introduction and anglers are encouraged to keep all northern pike they catch. Northern pike can decimate a trout fishery in just a few years. For updated fishing reports, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).   

Pastorius Reservoir

Ice is 3-5 inches thick with slush on top.  With the unusually warm weather this week, anglers should be cautious when venturing out.  Trout fishing has been fair.. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).

Puett Reservoir

No report.  

Rito Hondo Lake

Access is only by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. Anglers can expect to catch brook trout and occasionally cutthroat and rainbow trout. Anglers are reporting good fishing for large (14-18 inch) brook trout and rainbow trout. Current ice thickness is unknown but anglers reported approximately 6-8 inches of ice in early December. Caution should be used as ice conditions can change rapidly and vary between locations on the lake.  For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Road Canyon Reservoir

This 140 acre lake is a State Wildlife Area located near Creede.  Four-wheel drive vehicles are advised as the road to the reservoir is snow packed with deeper snow drifts on the road near the reservoir.  Anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout and brook trout from 10 to 18 inches.  Fishing has been good for rainbow trout and brook trout using jigs tipped with meal worms or wax worms, especially early in the morning. Anglers reported approximately 12-14 inches of ice in early January but caution should be used as ice conditions can change rapidly and vary between locations on the reservoir. Extreme caution should be used around the solar water circulators because the ice is much thinner near these units. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Smith Reservoir

This is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland.  Water level is very low and fishing conditions are poor. For updated fishing reports, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

Summit Reservoir

Summit Reservoir is a 350 surface acre lake located about 8 miles NW of Mancos and 20 miles NE of Cortez. Summit is stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish.  No reports; lake usually has ice this time of year.  

Taylor Park Reservoir

This is a 2,000 acre reservoir located northeast of Gunnison.  As of early January, the reservoir has about 10-12 inches of good ice.  Significant slush is present on much of the reservoir though, making snowmobiling more difficult and requiring good boots to keep your feet dry.  During the winter, car access is limited to Highway 135 / Taylor River road (FR 742) from the town of Gunnison. The Taylor River road is plowed throughout the winter to the Taylor Park Trading Post. The Taylor Park Marina entrance road is no longer maintained through the winter, so it is advised that anglers plan on parking on the Taylor River Road or adjacent to the Taylor Park Trading Post. It is advised that anglers plan to access the reservoir by snowmobile, snowshoes or skis as snow depths often make access difficult. Taylor Reservoir has a healthy population of lake trout which provide great ice fishing opportunities.  Stocked rainbow trout also add to the bite.  For updated ice conditions, contact the Taylor Park Trading Post at (970) 641-2555 or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Gunnison office (970-641-7060).

 

Totten Reservoir

This small reservoir (204 acres) is located a few miles east of Cortez. Lake is still ice free.  Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information.

 

Trujillo Meadows Reservoir

This 69 acre lake is a State Wildlife Area located 40 miles west of Antonito. Access is by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. Anglers can expect to catch brown trout and rainbow trout. A current fishing report was not available. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).

 

Vallecito Reservoir

This 2,700 acre reservoir is located NE of Durango.Most of the lake is still open; ice is thickest around the margins of the reservoir and up by the dam. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information.

​Williams Creek Reservoir

Ice is about 4-5 inches with slush on top.  Anglers should use caution as the ice is thinner out towards the middle.  Anglers were doing well for 8-12 inch brook and rainbow trout.  Please note that snowmobiles are allowed only as an aid to ice fishing and not for recreational use on the lake. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).


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