Conditions for the week of May 24, 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
Open to boating and the water temperature is 55 degrees. Trout fishing from the shore overall is rated as slow to fair. Most trout are being caught using Power Bait from a slip rig. The west and east end of the dam have been productive areas for trout from shore. Try fishing deeper now that the water has warmed up. The month of May can sometimes be a tough month for trout due to large midge hatches. Boaters are reporting slow to fair success on trout trolling slowly with lures and crawlers. Some reports of walleye being caught from shore using jerk baits and jigs. Boaters are reporting slow to fair success on walleye trolling with bottom bounces, drop shots, and jigs. Wipers have been seen cruising the shoreline along the dam. A few reports are coming in of perch being caught using jigs. The lake is restricted to electric motors only. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park hours for May are from 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Open to boating and the water temperature is 61 degrees. The lake is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Electric motors only and only watercrafts capable of being launched by hand are permitted. Boat trailers are not permitted in the water. Bass fishing has started to pick up overall, but still receiving varied reports ranging from slow to fair using drop shots with soft plastics, swim baits, and jigs. Fly fishermen are reporting fair to good success using olive and brown mayflies. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. Other special use rules apply. For more information call 303-326-8424. Park hours for May are from 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
current water temperature is estimated to be around 56 degrees with a depth
of approximately 54 feet. Trout fishing is good using minnows, wax
worms, and meal worms near Heinricy Inlet and Swim Beach Point. Walleye fishing
is good using minnows near the Marina and Heinricy Inlet. The yellow perch
fishing is fair using minnows and wax worms near Heinricy Inlet. Boyd Lake State Park
Eleven Mile Reservoir
Trout fishing is good. A lot of nice fish are being caught recently. Cuttbows running 18 to 24 inches and an occasional brown trout 16 to 24 inches are being landed. The stocked fish are also starting to hit which can keep you busy in between big fish. Pink has been popular with the fish of late, but other colors are also catching fish. Bite times vary with mid morning and late afternoon producing the best. Pitching tubes or casting a fly will also produce strikes. Shore anglers are finding sunset to be the best time to fish. Typical baits include spawn sacks, crawlers, and white or chartreuse Power Bait. Kokanee salmon fishing is slow. Small fish in the 12 – 14 inch range have turned up when least suspected. We should see some steady improvement. Northern Pike fishing is slow. The west end has seen most of the action, but a few nice fish have popped up at Witchers Cove. The pike are biting on Kastmasters and some tube jigs (Courtesy of 11 Mile Marina). Flows at the Dream Stream remain low. Fly anglers can expect to see sporadic midge hatches and a few blue winged olives. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of rainbow and brown trout on midge nymphs, baetis nymphs, and some dry flies in the slow pools and tail outs. Overall fishing has been fair to good for medium sized resident fish (Courtesy of Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing). Eleven Mile State Park
lake temperature is around 60 degrees. We experienced a lot of wind this week,
limiting the amount of fishing. Anglers on boat have had great success using
spinner blades and spinner harnesses for walleye near Darby Point and up the
Darby Arm. Boat anglers have also done well on the north side of Darby Arm,
casting shad Rapalas and jigging for crappie. Shore fishermen have had minor
success for walleye in Elks Bay, across from the boat inspection station. Crappies
are being caught off the dam and Balance Rock area. Anglers are more successful
in the morning and late evening when fish are near the surface in shallower
water. North Sterling State Park
of the ponds have a surface water temperature near 58 degrees, helping the bass
become more active every day. These recent warm air temperatures on the Front
Range have caused most of the rainbow trout in the ponds to seek out cooler
waters down low. The best fishing this week has been in the early morning hours
and the hours around dusk. Pan fish activity has improved significantly. Walleye
fishing is at a season high in Coot and Blue Heron ponds. Black crappie are
still biting in Pelican, Coot, Mallard, Bald Eagle, and Blue Heron ponds. Pike
have been caught in both Pelican and Pintail ponds at sizes between 20 – 36
inches. If you choose to release your catch, please remember to practice good
catch and release methods. Saint Vrain State Park
Spinney Mountain Reservoir
Spinney Mountain State Park has opened for the season. The north boat ramps are open and available for use. The south boat ramp will remain closed at this time due to the lower water level. The trout fishing is good using woolly buggers, chironomids, leaches, egg patterns, and blood worms. Hot spots are in the northeast corner of the dam and along the north shoreline from belly boats. Buffalo Cove is seeing some success as well. The evening fishing is the best. Spinney Mountain State Park
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Conditions Report- Southeast Colorado
of last Sunday, it seems we have finally reached the first days of serious snow
melt from the higher elevations. For the next week or so, the river is still at
fishable flows, but each day we will encounter higher flows and dirty water. These
are not ideal conditions for fishing, but they do not make the river
unfishable. Anglers who are pressed to fish can still find active fish holding
and opportunistically feeding in the protected water against the banks and out
of the main current. Though visibility is poor in the river, the amount of
insects dislodged as flows increase still provides food to the trout during this
dynamic season. As such, fish with flies that represent high caloric value such
as stone flies or streamers. Give the fish a worthwhile meal in the water that
looks the most promising. This generally means fishing large, dark nymphs and
streamers along the edges, but some fish may still come up and eat attractor
dry flies on the surface. Thoroughly fish soft water to guarantee that the fish
get a good look at your offering. Expect to work for each fish that you catch. Do
not wade into water where you cannot see the river bottom. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Blue Lake/Adobe Creek
Fishing for crappie is slow. A few saugeye are being caught by anglers fishing from boats using a variety of lures. A few catfish are being caught using chicken liver and cut shad. The high water boat ramp is now usable.
Clear Creek Reservoir
Trout fishing from shore and boat has been good at Clear Creek Reservoir. At the boat ramp parking lot area, successful shore anglers caught several trout on purple Power Bait with glitter. Pink Tasmanian Devils and gold Kastmasters are normally excellent lures to use from the shoreline. The northwest part of the reservoir remains the most productive area for fly anglers. Fly anglers experienced the most success with either olive or orange colored woolly buggers. The best trout fishing from a boat has been at the western part of the reservoir or near the inlet. Joe's Flies spinners, Pistol Pete's, and Thomas Buoyant lures were effective trout lures from a boat. Boat anglers employing bait had the best success early in the day with worms. Kokanee salmon fishing has been slow. A squid tipped with white corn is one of the best methods to land kokanee salmon. The reservoir is closed to trailer motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Starting May 26, boating hours will be from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fishing has picked up at Cottonwood Lake. Normal trout gear such as Power Bait, flies, gold spinners, and worms have been productive from shore. Rainbow trout are ranging in size from 8 – 12 inches. Fishing near the outlet and the stream below the dam has been good with black and brown streamers. Anglers fishing from a boat have been having better luck. Try drifting along the south shore. No motors are allowed on the lake. Only hand propelled watercraft are allowed.
Fishing is starting to heat up. Anglers are catching mostly rainbow trout with a few lake trout also being caught. An assortment of baits, lures, and flies are catching fish.
Hayden Meadows Reservoir
The reservoir continues to fish well with an assortment of bait, lures, and flies.
A few wipers are being caught recently. Fishing for all other species has been slow. The boat ramps are usable.
John Martin Reservoir
The reservoir is currently at 214,000 acre ft and the water temperature is nearing 60 degrees. We have had many reports of anglers catching a lot of white bass and small wiper on the reservoir. Most are smaller fish with a few reports of 16 - 18 inchers being caught all over the reservoir on a variety of lures. We still have not heard of many walleye or saugeye being caught on the main reservoir or the stilling basin. Fishing at the stilling basin and Lake Hasty is picking up, with some reports of catfish being caught on worms and chicken liver below the dam. John Martin State Park
Fishing for all species has been slow. The boat ramp at Meredith Lake is usable.
North Gateway Park
Anglers are having some good luck catching rainbow trout after the recent stocking. They are using various lures, hard baits, and Power Bait. Crappie and bass are also being caught when the water is calm using soft baits and flies.
surface water temperature is near 55 degrees. Shoreline anglers are still
catching trout using various Power Bait and homemade dough baits. We are
getting reports of smallmouth bass biting well, and the walleye fishing is
starting to heat up. Boaters are still catching walleye and trout. The walleye
are being caught trolling in 20 - 30 feet of water, trolling worm harnesses and
using jigs with worms. Boaters should use caution as the high water has floated
some logs from the shoreline. Boaters are also reminded that boats must be
inspected prior to launch. Trinidad Lake State Park
The lake is still iced over, however it is starting to open up around the shore. Most ice will melt this week and it should be fishable by the weekend.
The boat ramp at Twin Lakes is now open. Fishing from boats has been fair for rainbow trout and lake trout. Fishing from shore is starting to heat up, especially near the power plant. Anglers are reporting lake trout being caught from shore with both sucker meat and Power Bait.
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
river is flowing into the reservoir high and fast, bringing a lot of mud and
debris with it. The reservoir looks like chocolate milk and fishing reports
from anglers have been limited. Elkhead State Park
has been great recently. Highline Lake is open for boaters. All boats with
gas or diesel motors, or that are on a trailer that goes into the
water, must be inspected for ANS
Current ANS inspection times at the west ramp are Monday
through Thursday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. The east
ramp is now open for ANS inspections Saturday and Sunday only from
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Highline Lake State Park
is starting to open at the inlet and by the boat ramp. The road into Pearl Lake
is still closed due to muddy conditions. Pearl Lake State Park
State Forest State Park
the park has slowed down in the months of April and May. The ice on North
Michigan Reservoir has started to melt near the shoreline. An abundance of
scattered snowfalls have kept the water temperature cold enough for the ice to
stick around. Most creeks and streams within the park have started to open up,
but fishing is slow with the extra-cold water temperatures. Try small lures with good action at
slow retrieval speeds. State Forest State Park
ice came off the lake last week and there is still a little amount of ice
floating around. Fishing is doing well in the lake and nearby streams. There
are still patches of snow and mud along the shoreline. The dock is not out in the
lake yet, but it will be soon. Steamboat Lake State Park
Early Settlers and the Island boat ramps are open. Anglers are catching some
very nice rainbows in the 16 - 18 inch range using Power Bait,
spinners, worms, and salmon eggs. The gravel pit area is also open. Please
use caution when driving near the lake because it is extremely muddy and easy
to get stuck. Vega State Park
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Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
The water temperature at Two Rivers Marina is 60 degrees at the surface. Fishing has been slow with the rainy weather. Some crappie have been caught on a John Deere Green jig. Smallmouth bass fishing has been picking up. Pike fishing is good in the shallow inlets using anything that resembles a baitfish. Hopefully fishing will pick up as the water temperature rises. Colorado and New Mexico fishing licenses are available at the visitor center. The new fishing license year began April 1 for both states. Social security numbers are required for license purchase. ID is required for the purchase of all Colorado licenses. Please remember to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and clothes appropriate for changes in the weather. Navajo State Park
Ice off at Taylor Reservoir was Saturday, May 14. The current water temperature is at 46 degrees. It does not matter if you are fishing from shore or a boat, fishing for lake trout and rainbow trout has been excellent. Large fish we have seen are averaging 18 – 20 pounds and about 35 inches long. Jigging seems to be the hot ticket. Trolling for lake trout is heating up. Bait of choice is sucker meat and the best Power Bait color is lime green. We have seen a few pike, but it has been a little slow, it should be picking up here as it gets warmer. Our annual Pike Derby is Saturday, June 11.