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October 10, 2017
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
Eleven Mile Reservoir
Fall action is in full swing with a lot of nice fish being caught throughout the reservoir. Cuttbow, rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout have all made appearances. Numerous fish in the 5 to 7 pound class are bending rods across the lake. Trolling turned back on. The action has been spread throughout the day. A lot of different lures are currently working. Tasmanian Devils and Rapalas are very effective. Flies, lures, and bait are all working now. The action should continue until the water gets below 50 degrees and then things tend to slow. October certainly is one of our all time favorite fishing months. The biggest fish reported this week was a 10.5 pound cuttbow trout. The kokanee salmon fishing is rated as poor. Some fish are being caught, but only sporadically. The northern pike fishing remains decent. Spinner baits, spoons, and sticks are all working well. Try the west end of the reservoir just off the over flow channel in 20 feet of water. The east side of Howbert to Witchers Cove has also been productive. The first 10 days of October are historically known for great pike fishing.
Eleven Mile State Park
The lake is currently around 70 degrees and the water level is down about 30 feet. Anglers are catching walleye and crappie near the South Ramp Parking lot on the west side. Anglers are also catching fish near the outlet. The walleye and crappie are being caught mostly on jigs and worms. The wiper and catfish are being caught near the inlet. Anglers are catching the wiper on minnow mimics and jigs. The catfish are being caught on chicken liver and shrimp throughout the reservoir.
North Sterling State Park
Spinney Mountain Reservoir
The current water temperature is around 51 degrees and the lake is down about 5 feet. The water clarity is good with less weeds being in the water now. The pike fishing is rated as fair for anglers using jerk baits, blue fox, and daredevils. The trout fishing is rated as good for both spin and fly anglers. Most anglers are having success fishing the south side of the reservoir.
Spinney Mountain State Park
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Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
Nighttime temperatures are beginning to drop, creating better fishing opportunities throughout the day. Water levels will stay low and steady until winter, unless we experience some substantial rain storms or snow storms in the high country. Brown trout and kokanee salmon both spawn during the fall and this is a great time of year to start planning a trip for the annual run. Spawning activity is sporadic and difficult to time, so anglers should plan multiple short trips rather than one long trip to a specific location. Streamers are very effective flies for getting territorial strikes from spawning fish. Egg patterns are also very effective for catching fish during the spawn because other fish species will follow the spawning fish upstream to feed on their eggs. Fishing during the early morning and late evening hours will begin to slow down due to cooler temperatures, but anglers can expect good fishing any time of day throughout September.
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Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
State Forest State Park
The fishing has been really good at North Michigan Reservoir for cutthroat trout. Anglers are having success using nymphs, blue flies, and worms. We have not received many reports from Ranger Lakes, but one angler did get some bites using pink PowerBait. The high alpine lakes have been fishing well with anglers reporting catching multiple cutthroat trout with krocodile lures.
State Forest State Park
The recent rain and storms have made the shoreline muddy, making access to the lake difficult. The gravel pit area is open. Please use caution when driving near the lake as it is easy to become stuck. The fishing has been good with anglers reporting catching some nice rainbow trout in the 12 to 16 inch range using PowerBait, worms, and spinners. The Island boat ramp is open, while the Early Settlers and Oak Point boat ramps are closed.
Vega State Park
The fishing is rated as good and anglers are catching plenty of crappie, catfish, and 12 to 13 inch trout. Boar anglers are having the most success catching fish. Highline Lake was officially closed to swimming and boating on September 30. Mack Mesa Lake will be open to paddleboards and non gas powered boats until ice appears on the water.
Highline Lake State Park
The fishing has improved since the recent drop in temperatures. The smaller fish are still very active, but anglers are starting to catch a lot more fish in the 18 to 22 inch range. The morning fishing seems to be the most productive. Tasmanian devils and Kastmasters are working very well for spin anglers. Bait such as night crawlers and PowerBait are also very effective right now. Fly anglers are catching fish on black and olive woolly buggers and some fish are rising to dry flies in the afternoon and evening hours.
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Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
The current water temperature is around 59 degrees and the water level continues to drop. The public dock was pulled recently do to the low water level. Some boat anglers may experience difficulties trying to launch and trailer. Trout fishing is rated as slow to fair from shore. The best area has been from the deeper water off the dam using power bait from a slip rig. We have received some reports of trout being caught at various locations around the south side of the reservoir. Shoreline access is excellent due to the low water level. Boaters are reporting fair to good success on trout trolling with pop gear and crawlers and silver bright colored spoons and spinners. The walleye action is rated as fair to good. Trolling with bottom bouncers, jerk baits, and jigs tipped with crawlers in 12 to 35 feet of water has been effective.
The current water temperature is around 62 degrees with about two to three feet of visibility. The water level is at normal historic levels for this time of year. The trout are picking up with the cooler water temperatures. Anglers are having the most success using worms, PowerBait, and Kastmasters. Fly anglers are having a lot of luck fishing the river with dry flies. The walleye action is starting to pick up and anglers should try fishing from the shoreline down from the North Boat Ramp using minnows and small Mepps style lures. Some channel catfish are being caught off of Catfish Flats and the Gravel Ponds by anglers using cut bait, frozen shrimp, and other typical catfish baits. Large and small mouth bass are starting to slow down. Try using jerk baits, scented plastics, and plastic worm imitations. The carp are being caught at the Rox Cove and the Plum Creek inlet using flies and stink bait.
Chatfield State Park
The current water temperature is around 60 degrees. The water level is low and continues to drop. Aquatic vegetation is heavy along the shoreline and the reservoir currently has muddy shoreline conditions. Fishing for trout has been slow as of recently. The bass fishing is rated as slow to fair from shore and boat anglers. We have received some reports from anglers using soft spinner baits, chatter baits, and jigs. Quincy will close for the season November 1st.
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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado
John Martin Reservoir
The current water temperature is around 67 degrees and the water level is around 8 feet down. The fishing is rated as good for mainly boat anglers. The pan fish are biting well and anglers are catching plenty of crappie and sun fish on jigs. The best fishing has been near the dam. Anglers are catching other fish species such as wiper, drum, and catfish, but the fishing for these species has been much slower as of recently.
John Martin State Park
The current water temperature remains near 60 degrees. The fishing from the south shore has been good. The fish that are being caught around the lake have been caught by anglers using worms and PowerBait. Reilly canyon is fishing poorly with anglers catching primarily small perch. The catfish bite has been very slow due to low river water levels. Boat anglers have been catching mainly trout and walleye. Worm harnesses and trolling have worked in water depths around 20 to 30 feet.
Trinidad Lake State Park
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