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Conditions - Statewide
Conditions - Statewide
Fishing on the Arkansas

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Conditions for the week of November 18, 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. 

Examples include: 

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

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Eldorado Canyon

Fishing conditions in the canyon are currently average for the winter. The stream is running fairly low with snow and ice at the edges. 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.​

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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Boyd Lake

Reported by Type of Fish: Grade, Lures Reported Used, Location Reported.

Bass, Largemouth: POOR, Plastic Lures, Marina, Pumphouse & North Cove;

Bass, Smallmouth: POOR, Lures, Marina, Pumphouse, North Cove; 

Bass, White: FAIR, Lures, Worms , Lakewide; Blue Gill: POOR, Report, Lake Wide; 

Carp: POOR, Report, Lake Wide; Catfish: POOR, Report, Lake Wide;

Crappie: FAIR, Worms & Lures, Lake Wide;Trout: GOOD, Worms, Lures, Powerbait, Lake Wide; 

Walleye: POOR, Bottom Bouncers, lures, Shallow Waters Off the Points & Trolling; 

Yellow Perch: POOR, No report, Lake Wide; The current water temperature is estimated to be approximately 40° with a depth of approximately 45 feet. Estimate approximately 1600+ Surface Acres.

PLEASE NOTE: Any live fish collected for use as bait may only be used in the same body of water from which they were collected. All live baitfish from a commercial source and transported by anglers must at all times be accompanied by a receipt for the source. See the Colorado Fishing Regulations for further clarification and information.

Eleven Mile

There are nice trout along the shore at Lazy Boy, Rocking Chair and Witchers Cove in the early mornings. North shore and near Stoll Mountain are also seeing some good rainbows. To catch trout at Eleven Mile try crawlers, chartreuse and pink Powerbait, wooly buggars, tube jigs or Tasmanian devils. Kokanee salmon are slow now but may be found at Cross Creek and Suckers Cove using a variety of colors and sizes of bait. Northern Pike are fare to good. Rock drop offs, like those at the North Shore are where the bigger fish can be found, while the West end is seeing lots of smaller fish. To catch these Northerns try large spoons, stick baits, the rapala F-18 and the J-13. Bag limit for all species of trout is four fish, no more than two of which may be greater than 16 inches. There is no limit on Northern Pike. The bag limit for kokanee salmon is ten.

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!

Jackson Lake

Lake level is winter fill level. Surface water temperature is approximately 33 degrees. Fishing has been fair for all species. A few trout have been taken with your typical bait, as well as drum, walleye and wipers using nightcrawlers.

North Sterling

Water levels are good and the lake is full. Fishing is slow due to extreme cold weather.

South Platte River

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 are among them. (Courtesy of Pat Dorseys Stream Report) Between Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile Reservoirs is catch and release, artificial flies and lures only.

Spinney Reservoir

The weedy areas have been good for larger trout. Early mornings and after 4 p.m. are the best times for trout using streamers (black, olive or white) and nymphs. Northern pike can be found in the weed beds using rapalas, Tasmanian devils and Kastmasters. Artificial flies and lures only. Bag limit for all species of trout is one fish 20 inches or larger. There is no limit on Northern Pike. Spinney is open 30 minutes before sunrise to one hour after sunset, with no boating or fishing 30 minutes after sunset.

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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado​

​​​​​Arkansas Headwaters

November 10 Middle Basin: The Arkansas River has a fair water temperature differential from Buena Vista to Salida, with more active fish to be found between Big Bend and Salida then up in Browns Canyon and above. There is still some spawning activity going on (brown trout) but many fish are now migrating into winter holding water. As a result, focusing on deeper, slower runs is important. And since fish are congregating in these locations, once fish are located, working an area hard makes more sense than continually moving into new water.

Arkansas River

Winter arrived overnight on the Arkansas River during the second week of November, dropping water temperatures and driving browns and rainbows into "winter water". Even with a warming trend, it is not likely that trout will venture far from these deeper, slower runs until spring. Fishing remains good, though, provided that anglers adapt their approach to match the conditions.

The tenets of winter fishing on the Arkansas River are as follows:

Fish on warm days, particularly during a series of them, and on days that follow warmer nights. Fish where the sun is shining. If the canyon walls or clouds shadow the water, winter fishing usually slows immediately. Feed them what they are eating – midge larvae, free-living caddis larvae, the occasional golden stonefly nymph. Put the food on the fish's nose. If the trout are hunkered on the bottom, they will not move up through the water column to take a fly. Experiment with depth to find the fish – fishing the right water at the wrong depth is a waste of time. Fish are congregated. Where one is found, there are usually more. Work productive thoroughly before moving on.

Big Horn Sheep Canyon

Cooler weather moves into the valley Tuesday, with forecasted highs in the 40s for the rest of the week. This will work some change on water temperatures and we can expect trout to respond conservatively, further moving into the deeper, slower congregational pools of winter. Primary food supply for the fish now is midge larvae/pupae and some free-living caddis, though they will often take a golden stonefly nymph if presented with the option. Like the fish, anglers should focus their activity from 10-4 when water temperatures are warmer and solar radiation is strongest. Another strong option this time of year is the Pueblo Tailwater, a warmer, low-elevation fishery below Pueblo Reservoir.

Lake Pueblo

Fishing on the reservoir overall has been slow. Boggs creeks producing limited numbers of small mouth bass using crank baits. It remains difficult to catch keeper size bass. Schools of small shad have been seen schooling near the surface near the marinas and are sure to draw in game fish. Flows below the river below the dam are falling and running in the neighborhood of 235 CFS .  These flows are making the river easier to wade than summer months. Rainbows are being caught but very few larger than 20 inches.


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 Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado​​

​Delaney Butte

The Delaneys are dealing with a transition here in the North Park region. Up until elk season, hunters begged for snow, now we are begging for it to stop. The snow comes with wind, bitter cold, then wind again, but a think cap has managed to stay. As of Saturday, East Delaney was pretty much covered, with North and South Lakes just beginning their winter lids.

Elkhead Reservoir

Fishing has slowed for the season and reports are very slow coming in. There are still a few anglers out there fishing crappie, bass, bluegill and pike in the reservoir.

James M Robb

Island Acres, Fruita and Corn Lake were all stocked with rainbow trout in the fall. 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. Water temperature at Connected Lakes is approximately 47 degrees, at Corn Lake, 40 degrees.

Lake John

Lake John was pretty much covered on the south end with ice and all along the entire west side — that is until yesterday's 40 degrees and last night's wind. A lot of the ice is still there but it took a good hit.  As of Saturday, open water is still available for shore fishing in some places, but I no longer recommend boats.  All docks are out. How long it takes to convert the soft water into safe, fishable ice will be totally up to Mother Nature or Old Man Winter.

Steamboat Lake

Fishing is slow right now bank access is getting less with the inlets freezing up Placer Cove is completely iced over

Sylvan Lake

The lake iced over Nov. 14. No report due to ice conditions. Inlet Creek is closed to fishing September 1-November 30.

Yampa River

Fishing has slowed considerably for the season but there are still some anglers reporting catching browns and a few pike out of the Yampa.

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​Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado​​

No report submitted.​

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