Ice fishing is on! As of 12/27/2017 the reservoir is completely iced-over. Ice thickness does vary across the reservoir with 6-8" at the inlet and approximately 3" in the center.
Many anglers are having luck (or limiting out on rainbows) at the Inlet/Lot14/Lot16 area, Keystone Cove, and Morrison Cove. Many anglers are having good luck with PowerBait, PowerGrubs, nightcrawlers, spoons and jigs.
The "tailwater," also known as the upper Yampa, is one of the most productive stretches of river year-round. The dam keeps the flows and water temperature nearly consistent for the entire year. The DOW keeps a close eye on the water and river bank health which makes for incredible fishing.
DECEMBER 26TH, 2017
The Tailwater water is fishing great right now. With winter weather setting in the crowds have diminished and the fishing is great. We have seen fish rising to Blue Wings and Midges on snowy overcast days. Make sure you are fishing 6x fluorocarbon tippet, micro split shot and small indicators as this section is low, clear and spooky this time of year.
Give a call down to the shop for more info
Flows: 29 CFS
Nymphs: Bling Midge, Black Beauty, Rainbow Warrior, RS2, Scuds, Brassie, WD-40, Zebra Midge, Goodale's Baetis, Loop Wing Emerger
Dry: Adult Midge, Hackle Dun Baetis, Parachute BWO, Visadun Baetis, Parachute Midge, Hi Vis BWO, Griffiths Gnat, Brooks Sprout Baetis