Colorado fishing report

Colorado fishing report, May 11

Denver metro region | Northeast region | Southeast region
Southwest region | Northwest region

• Arvada Reservoir – Very good for stocked trout using Power Bait, night crawlers or salmon eggs. Bass are hitting Klawdads, night crawlers and minnows.

• Aurora Reservoir – Water level is high and temperature is 46 degrees. Fair to good for trout from shore using salmon eggs and Power Bait. Most fish are being caught close to shore; best area has been off the dam.

• Barr Lake – Trout are being caught on live minnows and Power Bait.

• Bear Creek – Flow is 109 cubic feet per second and fishing has been fair to good for smaller rainbow trout.

• Bear Creek Reservoir – Fair for trout on rainbow or orange Power Bait.

• Berkeley Lake – Good for stocked trout.

• Chatfield Ponds – Some perch are being caught on minnows and small Twister tails near the bottom.

• Chatfield Reservoir – Fishing for walleye and bass has slowed, but anglers are still catching a few on live minnows or leeches. The Lakeview area is a good bet.

• Cherry Creek Reservoir – Good for stocked trout with worms, salmon eggs or Power Bait. A few walleye are being caught on Rat-L-Trap lures and live minnows but most are under the 18-inch size limit.

• Clear Creek (above Highway 119) – Clear and fishable above Idaho Springs, somewhat discolored below.

• Georgetown Lake – Good for trout, with fish of up to 14 inches being caught on Power Bait and salmon eggs.

• Gross Reservoir – Shore casters have been having fair success on trout up to 18 inches using Kastmasters, Dardevles and Tasmanian Devils.

• Quincy Reservoir – Fair to good for trout with Beadhead Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails or olive and brown midge patterns. Fair to good for bass and perch.

• South Platte River (Waterton Canyon) – Dry-fly anglers are doing well far up the canyon with blue wing olives, Adams and pale morning duns. Two- and even three-fly rigs also work with nymph droppers such as Copper Johns, Beadhead Pheasant Tails and San Juan Worms.

• Standley Lake – Good for stocked trout left over from last year.

• Washington Park Lakes – Good for crappie on small tube jigs tipped with a minnow

• Bellaire Lake – Good for trout with Power Bait, salmon eggs and Nitro Bait. Best fishing is along the northwest side.

• Boulder Reservoir – Fair to good for walleye and trout.

• Boyd Lake – Anglers have been catching trout up to 14 inches. Walleye up to 4 pounds have been caught on Mepps Timber Doodles and Syclops lures bounced along the bottom.

• Carter Reservoir – Good for trout slow trolling along the west side. Best bet for walleye is a crankbait cast from shore or trolled along the shoreline. Anglers have caught a few bass of up to 3 pounds on small black spinnerbaits.

• Dowdy Lake (Red Feather) – Good for trout using Thomas Buoyants, Little Cleos and Cyclones.

• East Delaney Lake – Trout have moved out of the shallows into deeper water, where boaters are having better luck than shore casters. Fly fishers are doing well with Clouser Nymphs, Damsel Nymphs, Halfbacks and black or olive leech patterns.

• Horsetooth Reservoir – Walleye fishing is picking up as the water temperature rises. Boaters do best trolling shad imitations or Twister tails sweetened with night crawlers along the dam and eastern shoreline. Hot spots for smallmouth bass are the coves on the west side using minnows or streamer flies resembling minnows. Trout up to 20 inches are being caught in South Bay and Inlet Bay.

• Jackson Reservoir – Slow to fair for wipers at the inlet and off the dam. Good to excellent for trout.

• Jumbo Reservoir – Fair for stocked trout with night crawlers.

• Lake Estes – Fair to good for stocked trout.

• Lon Hagler Reservoir – Good for stocked trout using Power Bait, Nitro Bait or night crawlers.

• North Delaney Lake – Fish have moved to deeper water. Fair to good from boats, poor from shore.

• Parvin Lake (Red Feather) – Fair to good using Kastmasters, Tasmanian Devils and Fiord spoons.

• Poudre River – Flows average 110 cfs through the canyon, and fishing has been good using Beadhead Hare’s Ear, Beadhead Prince and Flashabou Olive nymphs.

• Prewitt Reservoir – Good for wipers around the inlet.

• Seeley Lake – Good for trout with Power Bait and Fireballs. A few catfish have been taken near the inlet.

• Seymour Reservoir – Very good for stocked trout with night crawlers, Power Bait and Nitro Bait.

• St. Vrain River – Flow averages 150 cfs through the canyon and 544 cfs at the mouth of the canyon. Trout are hitting Panther Martins, Mepps Black Fury spinners and Beadhead Nymphs.

• Union Reservoir (Calkins) – Good for trout.

• Blue River (below Green Mountain Reservoir) – Flows are low and clear. Good from the tailwater to the confluence with the Colorado River.

• Blue River (Dillon to Green Mountain Reservoir) – Very good at the inlet using egg patterns, San Juan worms and No. 16 beadheads.

• Colorado River (below Parshall) – Flow is rising, now 352 cfs at Kremmling, but the river remains clear and continues to fish well. Midges, blue wing olives and other mayflies continue to be the main hatches.

• Colorado River (Glenwood to Rifle) – Flowing at 3,160 cfs in Glenwood Springs with heavy caddis hatches peaking daily from noon to 4 p.m. Dry/dropper rigs fished along the banks and through the pocket water are most effective.

• Colorado River (near Granby) – Good for trout using Buckskins, Copper Johns and egg patterns.

• Crystal River – Fishing well from Marble to Avalanche Creek.

• Fryingpan River – Excellent fishing. Clear with slightly increased flows up to 107 cfs. Heavy blue wing olive hatches have accompanied overcast weather and mysis shrimp are pouring out of the dam because of higher releases. Hot rigs have been a Poxyback Baetis or Flashtail Hot Egg fished as lead flies, with RS-2s or CDC Loopwings as droppers. Outstanding dry-fly fishing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Granby Reservoir – Sunset boat ramp is open. Good for lake trout trolling spinning/spoon lures, jigging with tube jigs or bait fishing with shiners or suckers. Rainbows are biting night crawlers, waxworms or mealworms in shallow water.

• Grand Lake – Brown trout have been running in and around the channel between Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir, hitting Rapalas and Kastmasters. Fair to good for trout.

• Green Mountain Reservoir – Shoreline is muddy and boat access is limited to small craft but fishing is very good. Most of the action has been close to shore at the north end.

• Green River – Very good for trout with egg patterns, beadhead nymphs, stonefly nymphs, midge imitations and streamers.

• Mack Mesa Lake – Excellent for stocked trout using Power Bait or worms.

• Rifle Gap Reservoir – Excellent, with trout hitting Rapalas, small spinners, worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. Hottest fishing is at the east inlet.

• Roaring Fork River – Fishing is hot, with heavy caddis hatches beginning midday from Catherines Store in Carbondale to Glenwood Springs. Fish are holding in shallower water, making dry/dropper rigs effective. From Carbondale to Snowmass the main hatch is blue wing olives.

• Stagecoach Reservoir – Excellent for pike using Triple Clickers, black and white Dardevles, Black Fury spinners or dead minnows.

• Vega Reservoir – Excellent, especially at the inlets, with most trout running 12 to 18 inches.

• Williams Fork Reservoir – Some boaters have been launching from shore and doing fairly well in the fingers on pike and in deeper water on lake trout.

• Williams Fork River – Flows are low and clear. Main hatches are blue wing olives and midges.

• Willow Creek Reservoir – Ice is off and fishing is excellent.

• Wolford Reservoir – Anglers are doing well near the dam and along the west shore, catching rainbows, browns and cutbows on Panther Martins, Kastmasters, Blue Fox spinners and Woolly Buggers.

• Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake) – Good for blue and channel catfish.

• Cottonwood Lake – Good for rainbows and browns.

• Elevenmile Reservoir – Shore casters do best at Witcher’s Cove, Howbert Point, North Shore, Rocking Chair and Roger’s Mountain. Night crawlers floated with a marshmallow or Power Bait (orange, chartreuse or green) are effective on rainbows.

• John Martin Reservoir – Wipers have been caught in the reservoir and in the stilling basin beneath the dam.

• Pueblo Reservoir – Walleye are starting to bite in the deeper flats in 18 to 25 feet of water.

• South Platte River (between Spinney and Elevenmile) – Good, with rainbows and cutthroats feeding aggressively on midges and blue wing olives. Trout are hitting Nos. 20-22 BWOs, Griffith’s Gnats, Barr’s Wet Emergers and Flashback Pheasant Tails; No. 18 Apricot Egg patterns and No. 20 Red Midge Larva. Flow is 40 cfs above Elevenmile Reservoir.

• Spinney Mountain Reservoir – Excellent for trout for boaters and very good for shore casters. Most effective lures are blue and silver Thin Finns, red and yellow Mepps or Panther Martins, olive Pistol Petes, burnt orange Rapalas, silver Kastmasters, Dardevles, olive Woolly Buggers and egg patterns. Shore anglers do best at the corners of the dam; belly boaters over the weed beds off the first two parking lots. Anglers with small hand-carried boats should try the southwest side.

• Twin Lakes – Good for lake trout.

• Blue Mesa Reservoir – Most lake trout are still deep, though some are beginning to move onto the flats and can be caught in 30-50 feet of water early in the morning. Trollers are catching lakers at midday on Flatfish in 60-100 feet of water. Brown trout are hitting well close to shore on Marabou Jigs.

• Echo Canyon Reservoir – Very good for trout, catfish and bass.

• Gunnison River (below Crystal Dam) – The East Portal is fishing very well. Flow is 1,470 cfs with a water temperature of 42 degrees.

• Gunnison River (through the canyon) – Flow is 1,450 cfs and clear to Chukar Trail. Caddis have been coming off and anglers have been scoring with No. 14 Caddis Pupa.

• Gunnison River (Upper from Almont to Blue Mesa) – Hatches include midges from morning to afternoon, blue wing olives beginning at about 2 p.m. and some afternoon caddis. Floaters do well nymphing with 9-foot 4x leaders featuring Stones, Pheasant Tails, Princes, Copper Johns and attractors.

• Ridgway Reservoir – Excellent for stocked rainbows in the cover, and anglers have caught a few bigger browns in the cove and along the south shore around Dallas Creek. Perch fishing is also good there.

• Rio Grande River – Flows are increasing (2,030 cfs at Del Norte) but water remains clear from Del Norte to Creede. Good for brown trout of 10-16 inches using black and olive Woolly Buggers.

• Uncompahgre River in Ridgway Park – Nymphing above Ridgway Reservoir has been excellent with Woolly Buggers and other sub-surface patterns.

• Vallecito Reservoir – Excellent for northern pike using Rapalas and other minnow imitations.

Cold-water hot spot: Arkansas River

• What’s hot: Rainbow trout.

• How to catch them: Dry-fly anglers should try Nos. 16-18 Black Foam Caddis, Hi-Viz Caddis or Green Butt Egglayer Caddis. For sub-surface fishing, try a No. 16 Caddis Poopah or any other standard caddis pupa pattern. Also, because blue wing olives still are hatching on cooler, cloudy days, bring along BWO surface emergers, Parachute Adams, Brooks Sprout Baetis and Parachute Gulper Specials.

• Where to look: The best fishing is from Browns Canyon down to Howard. Anglers also might drive into Browns Canyon at Hecla Junction and work their way upstream on the east side of the river.

• More information: Wildlife.State.CO.US/dowfish

Warm-water hot spot: Trinidad Reservoir

• What’s hot: Walleye, catfish and trout. (State Parks Ranger Rick Gardner said Trinidad needs a few more days of warm weather to be fruitful for walleye and catfish, but fishing is good now for trout.)

• How to catch them: Most of the fish landed so far have been caught on worms, either gracing a jig or a crawler harness.

• Where to look: Though runoff has made the inlet area murky, the rest of the lake is clear and the water level has stabilized about 4 feet below the debris line.

• More information: Wildlife.State.CO.US/dowfish

Colorado Division Of Wildlife

Stocking report

The following waters have been stocked in recent weeks:

• Akron City Lake; Arvada Reservoir; Berkeley Lake; Breeze Pond; Catamount Reservoir, North; Catamount Reservoir, South; Centennial Park Lake; Chartiers Pond; Cherry Creek Reservoir; Confluence Lake; Crystal Creek Reservoir; City Park Lake; Deporter Lake; Divide Retention Dam No. 2; Fort Morgan City Park Lake; Granby Reservoir; Grand Lake; Hale Ponds; Harvey Gap Reservoir; Haxtun City Lake; Hohnholz Lake No. 2, Little; Holyoke City Lake; Horseshoe Reservoir; Littleton Flood Plain Pond No. 2; Martin Lake; Miramonte Reservoir; Muddy Pass Lake; Parachute Pond; Peterson Draw Reservoir; Poudre River No. 2; Poudre River No. 3; Rangley Fishing Pond; Republican River North Fork No. 1; Rifle Gap Reservoir; Rifle Pond, South; Riverside Park Pond; Rocky Mountain Lake; Seymour Reservoir; Tamarack Ranch Pond; Trinidad Reservoir; Twin Lakes; Vega Reservoir; Wacker Ponds, East and West; Williams Fork Reservoir; Willow Creek Reservoir; Wilmor Pond.

Rocky Mountain News – Denver,CO,USA

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