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June 16, 2017
Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
Boat anglers are having good success catching perch while trolling in 20 feet of water. The perch are averaging 10 inches in length and are being caught on a variety of hard and soft baits. The walleye are also being caught using worm rigs and crawdad patterns. The trout fishing is also good from shore and from boats.
The fishing has been reported as fair to good if you can avoid all the recreational boaters. Anglers are reporting plenty of waves and rough fishing conditions. The trout are still biting pink PowerBait and various flies. Anglers are reporting the best success near the dam using needlefish and Tasmanian Devil lures. The walleye fishing is becoming more difficult as many of the fish are heading for deeper water.
Chatfield State Park
The current water temperature is around 72 degrees. Water levels are still low and slowly rising. The bass fishing is heating up in the coves for anglers using soft baits. The trout are starting to show some surface activity, but they are mainly feeding subsurface on green and pink jigs and lures. Be careful when using deep diving lures for anglers are reporting a lot of snags on submerged trees and branches.
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
The current water temperature is estimated to be around 60 degrees with a depth of approximately 56 feet. The bass fishing has been good recently using worms and spinners. The trout fishing has been excellent for anglers using all types of baits, lures, and flies. Some walleye are biting near the south side and northeast side of the lake where the water depths are the deepest.
The current water temperature is around 72 degrees with about 8 feet of visibility. The water is very clear with no apparent stain. Anglers are having success using live minnows, frog lures, crawlers, and crawdads.
The flows have recently dropped in an effort to fill Spinney Reservoir. The fishing conditions are more challenging now with the low flows. Effective patterns include #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, and #18 Barr's Emerger and #16 Barr's Graphic Caddis. Elk hair caddis, yellow stimulators, and Amy's Ant are fooling trout on the surface. Leech patterns and other streamers can produce some nice fish during the afternoon when the fishing activity tends to slow down.
Eleven Mile Reservoir
The hatch is off and the bite is on. There are currently a lot of large fish being landed. Anglers are having success trolling with Kastmasters, Krocodiles and Rapala's. For the deeper trollers go to Needlefish, Mack's or Arnies. Orange is currently the most popular color with the fish. Pinks and greens are still effective, but not as good as orange. Large trout are also hugging the bottom in deep water. A downrigger or lead core is required in order to be successful. The bite has been good throughout the day. Shoreline fishermen should switch over to PowerBait. Evening is the best time to fish. The kokanee salmon fishing is very good right now. Green Rainbow Pop Gear trolled slow with a Dick Nite or Mack's Imperial Spoon have done well. A down rigger with light tackle and the right lure works just fine. It is all about depth, presentation, and timing. If it is calm, great success can be had vertical jigging off the side of the boat. Put a Kastmaster or Krocodile tipped with meal worm or Gulp maggot dropped all the way to the bottom and crank up about five feet. If they are there you can catch them. Fish are running 16 to 20 inches in length on average.
Eleven Mile State Park
Walleye and large perch have been caught off the South Ramp Parking Lot, Darby Point, Elks Bay, up both arms, and Balanced Rock. Anglers are having success using jigs with worms, crank baits, and plain worms. The crappie have come out on the east side of the South Ramp Parking Lot, the Marina, Elks Bays, and Balanced Rock. Boaters are having luck trolling near the dam. Anglers are catching trout along the dam as well. Some wiper and catfish are being caught periodically around the lake.
The fishing has picked up again, with large pike and trout being caught using Rapala's, Dick Nites, needlefish, AP's, hares ears, damsels, and callibaetis.
Anglers are reporting good fishing for trout on a variety of lures. The trout are averaging 8 to 14 inches in length. Anglers are having success using shrimp and stink baits. Fly anglers are having luck using streamers and large top water flies. The channel catfish bite has been slow as of recently.
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Conditions Report- Southeast Colorado
Adobe Creek Reservoir
The fishing has been good overall for both boat and shore anglers. The crappie bite has been hit or miss, but boat anglers are having luck fishing the deeper water, while shore anglers are having minimal success. Anglers are catching plenty of saugeye from both boat and shore. The carp are very active this time of year and anglers are having no issues catching their fair share of carp from shore. Some anglers have reported catching some small numbers of largemouth bass and channel catfish. The island is currently closed due to some maintenance work.
Arkansas River below Pueblo Reservoir
The river has seen steadily increasing flows out of Lake Pueblo. Currently, the river is running at 710 cfs. Despite the higher flows, anglers are still catching fish in the river. Spin and fly anglers are both reporting success. Spin anglers are doing well on spinners and fly anglers are still having luck on midge, caddis, blue wing olive patterns, as well as streamers.
John Martin Reservoir
The fishing is steady with anglers regularly catching smaller white bass, a few crappie, the occasional walleye, drum, and catfish. The water is still rising at a high rate due to runoff and recent storms. As of Sunday evening, the reservoir was at 247,000 acre feet.
The current surface temperature is around 55 degrees. Fishing on the lake has been fair to good as of recently. Anglers are consistently catching walleye on jerk baits, crank baits, and jigs. Bass fishing is also pretty good right now. Soft plastics and crank baits are consistent producers for anglers pursuing bass. The trout fishing has been fair for those using bait from shore. There have been no reports on catfish at this time. Wipers have been far and few between. Anticline Pond has been producing a lot of trout.
North Gateway Park
The catfish are starting to bite with anglers catching several fish around 10 pounds. Fishing for catfish is currently best at night and anglers are having luck using legal fish baits and liver. The bass and crappie bite is picking up, with anglers having luck using various colored jigs and hard baits. The trout fishing is slowing down due to the high daytime temperatures.
The lake is currently at 992 surface acres. Fishing from the south shore has been very good. Anglers are catching fish around the lake using worms and PowerBait. Reilly Canyon, where the river comes into the lake has been very hot with plenty of walleye and trout being caught. Yellow perch in the 10 to 14 inch range are being caught around the lake from shore and from boats. Boaters have been catching mostly trout and walleye. Jigs tipped with worms has been the most effective way to catch fish.
The bass fishing has been good on all the ponds for anglers using the same tactics as what is being used on the reservoir. Focus on using soft plastics and crank baits. Jigs are also working well.
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
The fishing at North Michigan Lake and Ranger Lakes is heating up. Both lakes have been stocked with plenty of fish and the trout are focusing on small silver spoons. Fly anglers are having luck on small streamers and large dry flies. Lake Agnes is still frozen over, but it should thaw out any day now and the road to the lake will be open once conditions are ideal near the end of June.
All boat ramps are open at this time. The lake is full and spilling. Fishing has been good with anglers reporting catching some nice rainbows in the 12 to 16 inch range using PowerBait, worms and spinners.
Flows are currently at 1300 cfs in Steamboat Springs. The river has dropped significantly since last week when it was flowing at 3000 cfs through town. Anglers have been reporting that the river is fishing well this time of year with browns and rainbows biting on small nymphs and streamers. There are various access points along the river so please be sure to obtain a daily fee pass or have an annual pass displayed on your vehicle in a designated fee area.
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Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
Anglers are reporting good fishing for trout and pan fish. Most of the fish are being caught sub surface, while the evenings are providing good surface activity. Fly anglers using the dry-dropper setup are having the best success. Fish near the shaded areas under tree cover to find the largest concentrations of fish.
The current water temperature is around 62 degrees. The fishing at Navajo Reservoir has been good all around. The smallmouth bass fishing has picked up recently for anglers using crank baits. The best areas have been along the rocky banks. The northern pike are biting well on large bait fish imitations. Fish in the 14 to 38 inch range have been reported being caught in the shallow coves along rocky points. The crappie fishing has slowed down a little, but anglers are still catching them on various jig patterns.
Fishing has been slow overall for all species. Anglers are reporting little to no top water fish sightings, so the fish are still staying in the deeper levels of the reservoir. As temperatures heat up, look for the fish to be cruising the shoreline during early mornings and late evenings.
Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
Flows are rising as we approach full on spring runoff. Some rivers and creeks are still manageable, but a majority of the rivers are becoming swollen with water, eliminating most wading opportunities. Look for the fish to be near the banks where the high flows are more reasonable. This is the time of year to use large flies and lures such as stoneflies, worms, streamers, and spinners. If you are not having luck at your local river, try heading up in elevation to the headwaters of creeks and rivers where flows are ideal and sometimes only fishable this time of year. Anglers are also having success fishing tailwaters below dams, where flows stay more consistent compared to lower river areas.
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