Conditions for the week of October 28, 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 started to pick up some and is rated as fair to good! Some trout have been caught in the 2-3lb range. Best areas have been from the dam and coves using power bait and crawlers. Boaters have been reporting success ranging from fair to good 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. A handful of reports of walleye are being caught from the west end of the dam using swim baits and jigs. Some reports of smallmouth bass being caught from the West side of the dam using jigs and swim baits. All other species are slow or no reports. The fall fishing can sometimes be one the best times of the year! Restricted to electric motor use only. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park hours for October 6:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m. November hours of operation 6:30am-6:00pm. Reservoir will close to boats! This includes ALL watercraft.
At Dixon grove, bass and walleye are being caught using worms. From mid-lake, walleye and crappie are being caught with worms, bottom bouncers and jigs. The West Shades are reporting walleye and trout being caught using worms. Make sure you have a parks pass for your vehicle and a valid fishing license and good luck!
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 soft plastics. Try fishing 10-13 feet of water just outside of the weed line using plastic crawdads. Some reports of smallmouth being caught from the dam using jigs. No other reports at this time. For more information call 303-326-8424. Park hours for October 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Quincy will close for the season November 1st and will reopen March 1st 2015!
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
Fishing conditions in the canyon are currently average. The stream is currently running fairly low (14.7 cfs as of Oct. 24). Small browns have been caught with caddis, eggs and worm patterns. Terrestrials are also working well. Colorado Fishing Licenses are required and are available for purchase at the park Visitors Center.
Trout (Fair-Good): Nice trout along shore at Lazy Boy, Rocking Chair & Witchers in early A.M.; Howbert & North Shore in P.M.. Try East Bay in Backcountry to catch limits at night with power baits. The hot-cold bite continues. Calm weather prevails. Lg. fish hitting crawlers & Power Bait. Trollers doing well, but need to find lure of the day. Pink is back. Wooly Buggars, Elk Hair, Kastmaster's, Taz Devils, & Tube jigs all working. KOKANEE (Slow): Try Cross Creek or Suckers Cove. Some being found deep between the islands.) A few being caught by trollers going deep with downriggers. NORTHERN PIKE (Good): Rock drop off areas see big fish (North Shore). Action on W end is decent, lots of smaller fish. Pike are hitting near Stoll Mountain and off the Islands. Some nice catches again this weekend using Jerk Baits, Pike Bunnies, Rapala's, Kastmaster's & tubes. Try Tazs & Rapalas. Switch up your colors often to get the most action. DREAM STREAM (Fair): There are a few spawn-run browns entering the river now. They are holding in deeper holes. Mostly smaller fish, but a few surprisingly large trout among them. Work hard & cover lots of water. Try black leeches, lg. chironomids, San Juan worms & egg patterns for big browns. Best bet flies are #18-20 Mercury Blood Midges, #18 Egg patterns, # 18-20 Buckskins, #18-22 Flashback Mercury Pheasant Tails, #20 Flashback Barr Emerger (BWO), & #20 Juju Baetis. (Courtesy of Chaparral General Store, 11 Mile General Store, Pat Dorsey's Stream Report)
Horsetooth Reservoir (Larimer County)
Water temperature was 63.3 degrees, and the water level has leveled off. Walleye are starting to bite during evenings on worm harness; try shallow first with shad raps and worm harness down 12-15 feet. Then as deep as 35 feet while harness is down 12-15 feet for suspending fish. Still best fishing evenings and early night, and look deeper if they aren't up! Bass have slowed and bigger fish are starting to show up! 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 top water baits early morning. Some larger fish were located in coves over the weekend. Trout is fair; try worms just off bottom in Satanka and Inlet Bay, and also worms and shad tubes deeper, and Mepps style spinners. Some rainbows and Cuttbows being taken deep that are in with bass and walleye feeding on shad and smelt. Good luck and may all your fishes come true!
SPINNEY RESERVOIR (Fair in day/Good at Sundown): Keep into the weedy areas for some trophy size catches. Zebra midges, Callibaetis, Damsels & Scuds are working well. Early A.M. & after 4PM. (Courtesy of Chaparral Gen. Store) DREAM STREAM (GOOD): There are a few spawn-run browns entering the river now. They are holding in deeper holes. Mostly smaller fish, but a few surprisingly large trout among them. Work hard & cover lots of water. (Courtesy of Pat Dorseys Stream Report) Try black leeches, lg. chironomids, San Juan worms & egg patterns for big browns. Best bet flies are #18-20 Mercury Blood Midges, #18 Egg patterns, # 18-20 Buckskins, #18-22 Flashback Mercury Pheasant Tails, #20 Flashback Barr Emerger (BWO), and #20 JujuBaetis. (Courtesy of Pat Dorsey's Stream Report)
Lake level is only about 3-4 feet below full. Surface water temperature as of October 24th- 62 degrees. Fishing has been fair for all species. A few trout have been taken with your typical bait, as well as drum and wipers using nightcrawlers.
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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado
Prolonged warm fall weather has kept water temperatures up on the Arkansas River, allowing post-spawn browns to resume feeding on remaining blue wing olive mayflies and the usual pulses of midge and caddis larvae. With shorter days and a lower angle of the sun, the best action is now typically found between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, particularly in areas of the canyons that have good direct solar radiation. As we move into November, higher than average flows will help moderate temperature swings and keep both browns and rainbows active, though increasingly fish will be found in, or adjacent to, the deeper, slower runs we know as "winter water".
The water temperature on the lake is starting to drop, which has had an impact on fishing. Fisherman are still having limited success for wiper and catfish using worms on the bottomon the westend at the mouthof Turkey Creek. As for the Arkansas Tailwater below Pueblo Dam fishing is picking up. The water is approx 58 degrees at the dam. Fisherman can expect the best success when the river is running below 200 CFS.
Boats Ramp Close to boating October 15. The lakes will be closed to all trailered boats, and only open for hand launching. Fishing is continuing to pick up slightly as the weather cools off, a recent stock of cuttbow should help matters. Northern Pike are going to be a decent catch off west beach, and the Martin Inlet. Stop by the visitor center to let staff know how the fishing is, or to show off an impressive catch!
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
James M Robb
Island Acres and Corn Lake were all stocked with rainbow trout in the fall. Fruita is scheduled to be stocked late October. Popular fishing spots are the north east side of Red Rocks Lake at Fruita, the south west side of Corn Lake and anywhere on Old Orchard or Roan's Pothole at Island Acres.
Seeing some 20+ inch Rainbows this week. Fishing is good for flies & lures; try streamers with a little bit of color. Worms & powerbait are the most consistent. Try West Brush Creek below the dam. Inlet Creek is closed to fishing September 1-November 30.
Vega State Park
Fishing is excellent at this time. Water levels are rising. The last remaining boat ramp will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 31st, 2014. The fish cleaning station is closed for the season. The Visitor Center sells fishing licenses and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
No reports submitted.
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