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February 14, 2017

Information is provided by CPW employees and local fishing enthusiasts. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Keep in mind that fishing conditions change on a con​stant basis. A lot can ​change in a week from the time this fishing conditions report is produced. ​​​


Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir
Due to the warm weather and wind, ice conditions are extremely poor. Much of the shoreline has melted, leaving no access. The ranger staff advise that anglers stay off the ice. There is plenty of open water along the dam for shore fishing. Trout fishing is rated as slow to fair. Anglers have reported a few trout being caught on PowerBait. For more information, call the park at 303-326-8425.
Just a reminder: The reservoir is closed to all boating as of December 1st.

Chatfield Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 1/8/2017) The recent warm weather and breezy conditions have made the ice unsafe. For more information and updated ice conditions, call the Chatfield State Park at 303-791-7275.

Cherry Creek Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 1/8/2017) The recent warm weather and breezy conditions have made the ice unsafe. For more information and updated ice conditions, call the Cherry Creek State Park at 303-690-1166.
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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Boyd Lake
Just a reminder: The lake is closed to all boating as of December 1st.
Boyd Lake State Park

Dream Stream
The current temperature is at about 29 degrees with flows at 67 cfs. The higher flows have provided fish with more dark shelf areas to congregate. Anglers should focus their efforts in the middle and upper sections. No specific pattern has worked consistently well, but anglers are suggested to lead with a larger protein pattern such as a Mayer’s Leech, a red San Juan, or Hares Ear in the #14-16 range trailed by two different baetis or midges. The variety provides the fish with a good selection and will help you figure out what is providing the best bite.

Eleven Mile Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has an ice thickness of roughly 12 to 19 inches. Fishing for cuttbows and Snake River cutthroats has been slow, but if you get a bite expect the fish to be very aggressive. Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff have just finished their annual stocking of 100,000 10 inch trout and these fish have started to spread out throughout the reservoir. Fishing for brown trout has been slower than rainbow and cuttbows. Northern pike fishing is fair. Anglers are suggested to use dead suckers or waterdogs. Kokanee fishing has been good and anglers are finding themselves limiting out.
Eleven Mile State Park

Evergreen Lake
(Ice conditions as of 1/3/2017) The lake has an ice thickness that varies from 8 to 10 inches. Some anglers have been successful with crawler tipped spoons in 10 to 15 feet of water. In addition, don’t overlook the opportunity to catch a tiger muskie in the 36 to 40 inch range.

Georgetown Lake
(Ice conditions as of 1/3/2017) The lake has an ice thickness that varies from 10 to 12 inches. Rainbow trout have been caught using Ratfinkees tipped with wax worms in 12 to 14 feet of water. There have also been reports of some larger brown trout.

Jackson Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 1/3/2017) The lake is at winter level and has dropped approximately 2 feet down. The current surface temperature is roughly 30 degrees. There is approximately 8 to 12 inches of ice at the outlet and 6 to 8 inches of ice at the inlet. Fishing has been fair to good for crappie, walleye, and trout.
Jackson Lake State Park

Red Feathers Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) All of the lakes have solid ice cover, but anglers are advised to use caution and stay away from the islands that tend to have thin ice. Bellaire provides anglers with an opportunity to catch rainbows in the 10 inch range. Anglers at West Lake have been catching browns and rainbows when using small jigs. Parvin provides anglers with some more challenging fishing, but has browns and rainbows in excellent shape ranging from 12 to 16 inches. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Fort Collins CPW office at 970-472-4300.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir
Just a reminder: The reservoir is closed for the winter season and will open back up in the spring after the lid has melted off. Tailwater fishing is still permitted.
Spinney Mountain State Park

St. Vrain State Park Ponds*
(Ice conditions as of 1/3/2017) The ponds have an average of 5 inches of ice. Anglers at Blue Heron Reservoir have been catching a mixed bag of crappie, bass, yellow perch, and walleye on small jigs and minnows. Sandpiper Pond has been producing some rapid action for rainbow trout and bluegill. Coot Pond has also been good for trout, and also offers anglers a chance to catch saugeye and walleye. The action at Mallard Pond has been slow, but is home to a decent yellow perch population.
St. Vrain State Park

Tarryall Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has an ice thickness of roughly 12 to 20 inches. Fishing for both trout and pike has been decent. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, please contact the CPW Denver Area office at 303-291-7227.​

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​Conditions Report- Southeast Colorado

Arkansas River Headwaters
The upper river has a fairly strong winter flow with 205 cfs coming out of Twin Lakes. This is underway to vacate additional space in the upper reservoirs in anticipation of the spring runoff during late May and into June. The river is pretty cold north of Stone Bridge, leading most anglers to focus their efforts in the Big Bend and Bighorn Sheep Canyon reaches. The upper river is not particularly productive during the winter, especially above the Lake Fork confluence. Anglers will be better served by traveling downstream to the Salida area during this time. Sunny days following warm-ish nights will provide the best action. The river drops about 1,000 feet in elevation between Buena Vista and Salida. At this time of the year, the resulting difference in water temperature is substantial, and has an impact on the aquatic insect activity, as well as the metabolic activity of the fish. Anglers will find more success by focusing their efforts below Browns Canyon, in the Big Bend, Salida, or upper Bighorn Sheep Canyon areas. Even there, fish have largely migrated into winter water, meaning slower deeper runs. Flows at the lower river have increased due to releases from Twin Lakes. Temperatures look to be decent over the upcoming weeks, though actual weather conditions may vary. Direct sunlight is as important as air temperature, so focus efforts on those blue sky days. Warm, sunny days will still have anglers finding plenty of fish on the feed in the pocket water with mid-speed current and good structure, but expect more and more fish to be congregating in the deeper, slower runs we call “winter water”. There they can be best tempted by striated midge patterns like black beauties or zebras, golden stonefly nymphs, and “meat & potatoes” nymphs like pheasant tails or hares ears. Focus fishing efforts on the periods of peak sun and warmth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.(Courtesy of ArkAnglers).
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Brush Hollow Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) Although the reservoir has ice on it, there is still plenty of open water, so the ice is currently unsafe for fishing at this time. Fishing has been slow. Anglers have reported catching yellow perch at the north end using jigs tipped with worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520.


Clear Creek Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has roughly 8 to 12 inches of ice covering the entire reservoir. There is a layer of slush on the surface that has been freezing at night, and melting by day. Fishing has been fair to good. Anglers have reported catching trout using jigs tipped with meal worms and PowerBait. Anglers have had more success near the boat ramp. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520..

Cottonwood Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has about 20 inches of ice with reports of fishing for trout being good. Anglers have reported catching trout using jigs tipped with wax and mealworms and PowerBait. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520.

Crystal Lakes
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lakes have about 10 inches of ice with reports of trout fishing being good. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520.
Just a reminder: Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

De Weese Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/12/2017) The warm weather and windy conditions have deteriorated the ice on the lake. The ice is considered unsafe at this time, and extreme caution is advised. Fishing has slowed, but people are still catching trout using bait such as nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. For current conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office at 719-561-5300.

Frantz Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lake has roughly 8 inches of ice. Fishing has been good for trout. Anglers have reported success using PowerBait, meal worms, and earth worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520.

Hayden Meadows
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lake has roughly 10 inches of ice. Anglers are catching trout with PowerBait, grubs, and meal worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520.

Manitou Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) The reservoir has iced over with a thickness of 12 inches. With the warmer weather this winter, ice conditions are subject to change. Please use caution and good judgment when moving about the ice. Anglers are encouraged to contact the USFS at 719-636-1602 for the latest conditions, hours of operation, and information about required fees.

Monument Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/9/2017) The ice is currently unstable. High winds and warm temperatures have broken up the ice and there are large areas of open water. Ice fishing is not advised at this time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Pueblo Office at 719-561-5300 or the DWM, Bob Holder at 719-680-1410.

North Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/9/2017) Ice conditions have deteriorated with the recent warm temperatures and high winds. There is a lot of open water near the inlet. Ice fishing is considered unsafe at this time. Fishing has been good with a Swedish Pimple and an orange and white crappie jig. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Pueblo Area Office at 719-561-5300 or the DWM, Bob Holder at 719-680-1410.
Just a reminder: Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

Ohaver Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lake has iced over with a thickness of roughly 12 inches. There is a spring located near the center of the lake that keeps the ice weak, so please use caution near the center. Fishing has been good. Anglers have reported catching trout using most types of bait. The lake is only accessible by snowmobile at this time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520.

Riverside Ponds
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) Both the lower and upper ponds at Riverside are frozen with about 8 inches of ice. Fishing has been good. Anglers have had success using PowerBait and worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520.

San Isabel Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/13/2017) Conditions have rapidly deteriorated and there is open water throughout the reservoir. The remaining ice has thinned and is extremely unsafe. If you venture out on to the ice, which is unadvised, please ensure you have the proper safety equipment. Fishing continues to be slow, but some trout are being caught n small jigs with either salmon eggs or wax worms. For current conditions, contact the Pueblo Area Office at 719-561-5300.

Skaguay Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has roughly 17 to 20 inches of ice. Trout fishing is good. Anglers have been catching trout using nightcrawlers and green PowerBait. Most fish are being caught in 10 to 12 feet of water. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520.

Trinidad Lake
The lake has roughly 25 to 30 percent ice coverage. Anglers have had success catching trout from the shoreline using PowerBait.​
Just a reminder: boating has closed for the season as of December 1st.
Trinidad Lake State Park

Turquoise Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has about 8 inches of ice, with slush on the surface that freezes at night and melts throughout the day. Fishing has been fair. Anglers have been catching average sized trout using jigs, lures, PowerBait, and meal worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520. Be advised: The USFS has issued a travel advisory for the ice on Turquoise and does not recommend any vehicle traffic on the ice.

Twin Lakes
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lakes have about 12 to 14 inches of ice, which begins to thin out at the boat ramp. There are no vehicles allowed on the lake at this time. Fishing has been good. Anglers have had success using jigs tipped with sucker meat, grubs, PowerBait, or meal worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office at 719-530-5520.

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​​​Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado​​​​

Blue River
The current water temperature is at 35 degrees, with flows at 98 cfs near Silverthorne. Trout have been actively feeding on Mysis shrimp on a daily basis. Anglers should stick to a double nymph rig with 5x or 6x fluorocarbon. As for patterns, anglers are best served leading with a #16/#18 Epoxy Mysis, trailed by a red or black midge in the #20-#24 range. Egg and worm patterns are also producing bites.

Cowdrey Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has roughly 12 inches of ice, but caution is still advised. Fishing has been sporadic thus far; however, most fish have been in the 12 to 15 inch range. Anglers can expect to find rainbows in the 12 to 15 inch range making up the majority of their bag. Cowdrey does winterkill on occasion, so if fishing is slow try a different lake. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort at 970-723-3326, or the North Park Chamber of Commerce at 970-723-4600.

Delaney Butte Lakes
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lakes have an ice thickness of over 12 inches, but caution is still advised. The East lake has been the most consistent thus far with action, with good numbers of rainbows being caught, but anglers can expect to find smaller fish in the East lake. Fishing has picked up through January at South Delaney, with a consistent bite from mid-sized rainbows during most of the day. North Delaney fishing has been decent with the majority of action being seen during the morning. Fish that are being caught are mostly in the 16 to 20 inch range, with an occasional measuring in at over 20 inches. Fish are likely to be at different depths throughout the day, so anglers are suggested to try moving if the fishing is slow. Anglers have found success using small tube jigs, atomic teasers, and kastmasters. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, please contact the Lake John Resort at 970-723-3326, or the North Park Chamber of Commerce at 970-723-4600.
Be advised: Special regulations exist for fishing this property, so anglers should consult their 2016 Fishing Regulations brochure.

Dillon Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) Wind and warm weather have slowed ice formation this year, but the lake is now fully covered. Ice conditions throughout the lake are good, and fishing pressure outside of the Dillon Marina and Snake River Inlet areas has been extremely light to nonexistent. Anglers have reported slowdown for kokanee, but fishing for arctic char has been consistently good.​

Harvey Gap
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has roughly 8 inches of ice with much thinner ice found around the shoreline. This ice will continue to thin out as the weather remains warm. Extreme caution should be used as ice conditions can be extremely variable between locations and can change rapidly. Anglers have reported that fishing for yellow perch has been slow. For more information please contact the CPW Area Aquatic Biologist Ben Felt at Benjamin.felt@state.co.us. Anglers may also contact the Harvey Gap State Park at 970-625-1607.
Just a reminder: be sure to know how to identify tiger muskie from northern pike. All tiger muskie less than 36 inches must be release alive.
Harvey Gap State Park

Fryingpan River
The current water temperature is at 42 degrees, with flows at 86 cfs. Angler should focus efforts near the dam between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Anglers have had success catching browns and rainbows using BWO’s, Mysis, and red and black midges.

Lake John
(Ice conditions as of 1/29/2017) The lake currently has about 20 inches of ice. Fishing thus far has been great, with all sizes of fish being caught. Anglers have had success using small jigs, tubes, and Kastmasters, and meal worms. Most action will be found in depths between 8 and 14 feet.

Mack Mesa Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) There is still no ice on Mack Mesa Lake and anglers have been fishing from the shore. Highline Lake has very little ice, none of which is thick enough for ice fishing. With the relatively warm temperatures in the Grand Valley area this year, there was not any fishable ice at either lake this winter. The boat ramps at Highline Lake will open on March 1st. If the lake does freeze over, DO NOT go on to ANY park of the lake unless you are entirely sure you can do so safely.

Rifle Gap
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has about 6 inches of ice with much thinner ice found near the shoreline. There is still some open water at the east side of the reservoir. Ice conditions have recently been deteriorating at a rapid pace with the warmer weather, so anglers should use extreme caution on the ice. Fishing has been slow to fair for trout and yellow perch. Anglers have reported catching yellow perch in the 13 to 15 inch range last month. Anglers may contact the Rifle Gap State Park at 970-625-1607 for weekly updates on ice conditions and fishing reports.

Seymour Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lake has an ice thickness of about 12 inches. Fishing has been steady with anglers catching trout in the 10 to 14 inch range, with an occasional measuring in between 18 to 20 inches. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort at 970-723-3226.


Stagecoach Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has approximately 30 inches of ice at the coves, and roughly 12 inches towards the middle of the lake. There is approximately 10 to 14 inches of snow cover on the surface with minimal slush. Fishing has bee​n very good for catchable rainbow trout throughout the lake coves and at the inlet area in about 8 to 12 feet of water. Anglers have reported success using an assortment of terminal tackle, such as kastmasters, tube jigs, and jigs tipped with PowerBait, wax worms, night crawlers, etc. Northern pike fishing has been slow, but anglers have been catching sporadically catching some smaller ones. Stagecoach State Park​​

Steamboat Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lake has about 36 inches of ice at the coves with thinner ice found towards the middle of the lake. There is roughly 14 to 20 inches of snow cover on the surface, with minimal slush. Fishing has been good for rainbows and Snake River cutthroat trout at depths of 3 to 12 feet. Fishing has been good at the bays and along the point bars. Mill Creek Bay, Meadow Point, and the marina cover have been providing anglers with catches, as well as Willow Creek Bay and the hump/point bar to the north of Large Island. Anglers have had success using kastmasters, jigging rapalas, and tube jigs tipped with PowerBait or wax and mealworms.

Vega Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lake has approximately 14 to 16 inches of ice, with roughly 5 to 6 inches of slush on the surface. Keep in mind that the ice thickness varies throughout the reservoir, so please use caution. Fishing has been very good for rainbow trout and cuttbows. Anglers have been catching trout in the 12 to 16 inch range with the occasional fish in the 17 to 19 inch range using wax or mealworms on fluorescent ice jigs.
Just a reminder: all three boat ramps are closed for the winter.
Vega State Park

Wolford Mountain Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The lake has an ice thickness of about 15 to 16 inches, with a small amount of snow on the surface. Slush can be found around the shorelines. Vehicles are currently allowed on the ice, but caution is advised, especially near the shoreline. Fishing has been good for 10 inch rainbows around the boat ramp, with some larger rainbows in the 16 inch range coming from the north end. Anglers have had success using larger jigs tipped with sucker meat, and Rapalas.

Williams Fork Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/8/2017) The reservoir has an ice thickness of about 10 to 12 inches. Reports from anglers have been good. Anglers have been catching a lot of lake trout, most being in the 9 to 16 inch range, with a few in the 18 to 24 inch range. Most anglers have been using tube jigs and sucker meat, jigging on or near the bottom at depths of 45 to 65 feet. Anglers have been catching rainbows at depths of 3 to 9 feet.

Yampa
The current temperature is around 36 degrees, with flows at 48 cfs below Stagecoach. The water is crystal clear, so anglers are advised to carefully approach the water. Anglers should focus efforts on those deeper, slower pockets. Parachute Adams, Roy Palms, and Jujubee midges have all worked well for rising fish.


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​Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado​​

Big Meadows Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) The reservoir has roughly 2 feet of thick ice with a layer of slush on the surface. Fishing has been good, and anglers have been catching rainbow trout at the upper end in the shallows. Fishing by the dam has also been productive for anglers. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office at 719-587-6900.

Blue Mesa Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/6/2017) The reservoir has roughly 15 inches of ice with a thin layer of slush on the surface and a few inches of snow in most spots. The good ice is still limited to the upper portions of the reservoir, from the inlet area near the Lake City Bridge, to just west of the Elk Creek Marina. Ice thickness and conditions may vary, so anglers are advised to use caution. Ice is starting to form on the Cebolla and Sapinero Basins, but most of the ice is thin and unsafe. Fishing has been good for brown and lake trout, with a large number of rainbows also being reported. Anglers are advised to use jigging machines and flasher to help improve chances of hooking a kokanee. Perch fishing has continually been slow. Anglers can check on current ice conditions by contacting Curecanti National Recreation Area at 970-641-2337 or by visiting the National Park Service website.

Crawford Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017)The reservoir has reported having over 6 inches of ice. For crappie and perch, anglers should try using smaller jigs in depths of 20 feet or more. There are still a few tagged northern pike in the reservoir from population monitoring work done back in 2014. Please report any tagged fish to the state park office or call (970) 252-6017. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office at 719-587-6900.

Echo Canyon Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) The reservoir has about 14 inches of ice. Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and anglers have reported a few largemouth bass and yellow perch as well. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office at 970-247-0855.

Island Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017)
The lake has about 12 inches of ice with slushy conditions on the surface. Anglers have a good opportunity to catch 10 to 12 inch rainbow trout and a few wild cutthroat trout, brook trout, and splake. Most splake are less than 14 inches, but can weigh in at over 10 pounds. Anglers who are looking to catch larger splake should use tube jigs or bucktail jigs that imitate suckers. For fast action on the smaller splake, or rainbow and brook trout, anglers should​ use smaller jigs tipped with wax or meal worms. Check with the USFS for road and ice conditions at 970-874-6600, or contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office at 970-252-6000.

Jackson Gulch Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/6/2017) The reservoir has roughly 8 inches of ice with 2 inches of slush on the surface. Fishing has been good for rainbow trout and yellow perch. Anglers have been catching some larger brown trout and yellow perch over the last few weeks.
Mancos State Park​

Joe Moore Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/6/2017) The reservoir has about 7 inches of ice with some weak spots and open water, so anglers are advised to use caution. Fishing has been good for yellow perch this winter.

Miramonte Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) The reservoir has about 8 inches of ice. Anglers have been catching a mixed bag of rainbow, brown, and Snake River cutthroat trout, with many of them ranging between 12 and 15 inches and the occasional fish reaching up to 18 inches. Anglers are recommended to use crayfish imitations such as small tube jigs. Tipping jogs with half of a wax or mealworm has been productive. Fish are currently spread through the reservoir in depths between 6 and 20 feet. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Montrose office at 970-252-6000.

Mountain Home Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) Fishing has been moderate to good, with anglers catching rainbow trout in the 12 to 15 inch range using jigs tipped with meal worms. Anglers are encouraged to keep any northern pike they may catch due to their detrimental impact on the reservoir’s ecosystem. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office at 719-587-6900.

Pastorius Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/6/2017) The reservoir has roughly 5 inches of ice. Fishing has been slow for bluegill. For more information, please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office at 970-247-0855.

Rito Hondo Lake
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) The reservoir is roughly 12 to 14 inches thick. Anglers can expect to catch brook trout with an occasional rainbow or cutthroat trout. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, please contact the Monte Vista office at 719-587-6900.

Road Canyon Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) The reservoir has about 10 to 12 inches of ice, with an additional 3 to 4 inches of surface water. Anglers are advised to use extreme caution around the solar water circulators due to the thin ice. Anglers have had success catching rainbow and brook trout in the 10 to 20 inch range using jigs tipped with meal worms or wax worms. Try focusing fishing efforts earlier in the morning. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office at 719-587-6900.

Sanchez Reservoir
A Fish Consumption advisory issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety recommends that anglers do not consume any northern pike from Sanchez Reservoir. Walleye over 15 inches in length should only be consumed for a maximum of one meal per month for the general population; children under 6 years old, pregnant women, nursing women, and women who plan on being pregnant are advised to not consume any walleye over 15 inches.

Summit Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) The reservoir has roughly 10 inches of white ice with an additional 4 inches of clear ice underneath. Fishing has been good for yellow perch and trout.

Trujillo Meadows Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) The reservoir has about 12 to 14 inches of ice. Anglers have been reported catching rainbow trout in the 12 to 14 inch range using ice jigs tipped with mealworms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office at 719-587-6900.

Vallecito Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/6/2017) The reservoir has roughly 8 inches of ice at the north end, but the ice is much thinner at the deeper areas and near the dam. Fishing has been good with anglers catching rainbow trout in the 12 to 16 inch range with an occasional brown trout. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office at 970-247-0855.

Williams Creek Reservoir
(Ice conditions as of 2/7/2017) The reservoir has about 18 inches of ice. Fishing has been slow, but anglers have been catching kokanee salmon and brook trout in the 9 to 10 inch range.

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Conditions Report - Statewide

Rivers and Creeks​
Now that we are into the month of February, we have noticed a shift in fishing conditions. With the arrival of winter, we see low flows and clear waters. This means anglers must be more careful not to spook the fish when approaching the water. Browns have also finished spawning for the season, so be cautious of redds when wading along the rivers. With most of the waters being iced over, anglers will have to primarily rely on tailwaters, which refer to the waters below dams or any other structure that regulates water flow. The regulated water flow keeps the spots from freezing over and provides warmth for the cold-blooded trout. Even with the warmer conditions of these waters, the fish will still behave sluggishly. Fish diets in the winter are made up primarily of midges and an assortment of small blue-winged olive nymphs and are occasionally supplemented by larger mayflies, annelids, trout eggs, stoneflies, and even caddis larva. Winter fishing typically consists of a lot of nymph fishing since the trout are not overly active due to the cold water temperatures, so try using stonefly nymphs and imitation midges. Remember that the hatches are much smaller in the winter, so keep your flies in the #16 to #20 range. It is also important to be mindful of your split shot usage. With the fish being sluggish, they aren’t going to divert too much for food, so making sure those flies drift directly in their path is important. Be sure not to use too much split shot though because the last thing you’ll want to do is to have to retrieve a snag in those cold waters. As the trout continue to get a later start, anglers should mirror that and look for ideal times to be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

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