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Colorado Fishing Reports from 2008

Submitted by Anglers Like You

Please help fellow anglers by emailing your report.
It will be featured in this section.

We've had a request for reports on Golden Pond, Pela Crossing & Lageman Reservoir.
Also had requests for reports on Lemon Reservoir, Bayfield, Colorado.
If you fish those waters or any others for that matter, please
email us some reports.

November 20, 2008 - Lake north of Denver - Caught this bass a little lake just north of Denver , a town called Thornton . The weather was 29 at night and 72 mid day. The past week or so I have been catching one or two big fish on spinner baits or rattle traps. Normally the lakes are frozen over this late in the year. Have been taking advantage of this as well have the bass. Thanks for letting me share my story with you all.
Matt L

September 14, 2008 - Arvada Reservoir - Concerning Catfish. We have had some great fishing in the evening out there for catfish this year. A lot of them are from 21" to 33" and it keeps a lot of people coming back. We are on our new hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We also ample supply of trout and bass. Come and check us out.

Bev, a ranger

August 9, 2008 - Jefferson Lake - Fished Jefferson Lake, Colorado, above Jefferson on highway 285; 15 minutes northwest of Bailey, in the South Park basin area on Friday, August 8, 2008, from 6am - 12pm. Foggy, very cool, with light breeze. Casted from very rocky shore just below picnic area on slight rocky point. Caught two 15" rainbows on night crawlers within first 45 minutes, likely chasing stocker fingerlings for their breakfast. After that, four more rainbows 10-12" over the next five hours. Beautiful quiet place to fish; postcard picturesque mountains surround this glacial lake. We were the only ones until about 9am, then it became busier with bellyboats, pairs, and a few families on near side of lake. Far side is vacant of people. No motorized boats allowed and there is a $5 per day entrance fee. For best action, get there by day-break, self-pay, and take a jacket. This is a good place for pre-teens to practice and get excited.

- rolfecat

August 6, 2008 - Belaire Lake - Fished Belaire Lake next to the campground in Red Feathers, Colorado on Sunday, July 27 from 2pm - 6pm. Caught 4, 15" rainbow trout. Many strikes. Lots of people at this lake because of the proximity to the campground, many small children, families, and many loud talkers. If you're here to catch fish, have fun with the kids, and admire the beauty, it's a good spot. If you are here for tranquility, go elsewhere.

- rolfecat

July 8, 2008 - Need tips for catfish in Denver area - Looking for some tips on where to find catfish in the denver metro area with any decent rate of success. Any help would be appreciated.


July 8, 2008 - Pella Crossing - Fished there Wed. Thurs. & Fri. Did my best on Wed. in the afternoon til dark. 8 small mouth best one 15" . Thrur. Afternoon til dark 5-6 small mouth all about 8-10" and took my kids mid-day Fri. and they had success for Blue gills and Perch all little ones. Wed. and Thurs. I took the bass on either a black worm or black grub fished slow and twitched. Had no success on bass Fri. but the kids kept me busy with the Gills and Sunnies.

Woody from Berthoud.

Just an FYI there is a CAT FISH night at the fairgrounds pond in Longmont on Aug. 6th I believe (may need to visit the Boulder Parks web site for more info) worms and stink bait allowed. Should be a good night to take the kids out.

June 24, 2008 - Walden area in North Park Colorado.

We hit Cowdry on June 13th at 5:00pm. I was surprised at the moss growth already. We fished from shore with bait and tried some wading throwing lures. Didn't get a bite. There were a few folks in boats (2) who picked up a few.

The following morning we went up to Big Creek. There were lots of campers. We wanted to hit the day use area but it was still closed. There was a 4 ft drift across the road and the gates were closed. We went to the west shore and tried bait, a few bites but no fish. I then waded out and started throwing a spoon. Caught maybe 25 with in a couple hours. They were all in the 10" to 14" range. We decided to walk in at the day use area and hiked in to the boat ramp. We both waded in at the boat ramp and threw lures. We caught about a dozen in the 12" To 14" range, all Rainbows.

June 15th we hit Cowdry again about 7:00am. Fished lures and bait. Caught 1 18" Rainbow. Again a few of the boaters were bringing in fish. I was surprised there were no bellyboaters. Saw lots of fish rising. Left about noon with only the 1 fish caught.

Dave & Dar

June 21, 2008 - Answer to Crappie Question - an angler recently posted a question about fishing for crappie in colorado.

I've recently caught my limit every time I went to Beckwith Reservoir and they've been .75 to 1.5 lb crappie. Location was right near the main lake regulations sign. lures used were a black/red pistol pete fished slowly behind a float and a white/silver roadrunner spinner jig, which also produced a decent-sized largemouth.

another man caught his limit quickly using a fly rod. so, flies on either a spinning rod/float or fly rod will easily produce crappie off the dropoff shelving near the main Beckwith Reservoir regulations sign. anyone that wishes can email me at fretking@msn.com for any questions regarding fishing in southern/mid colorado and I'll try to help.

Dameon Mullins

May 27, 2008 - Vallecito - I apologize for the delay in my report!! We went out to Vallecito Reservoir on the 16-19, we only fished two of the 4 days, but the fishing was pretty good! We caught mainly Rainbows ranging in the 12-16 inch area, but to our surprise we brought in some salmon, same range of size. All of them were taken trolling, we tried several colors of spinners, copper, silver, green and silver all seemed to work. We caught nothing bait fishing or just chucking and winding.

I will be going out there again this weekend, 5/30-6/2, I will send another after that trip as well. Have a great day!!

PS - They are having a fishing tournament at Vallecito this weekend, if you need more info about it, call Trent Sanders at 970-769-0309, I believe he is the one running it! If you do indeed call him, would you be so kind to let him know that I had you call him?? Thank you, until next time

Craig Buster

April 10, 2008 - Cherry Creek Reservoir - I have been fishing at Cherry Creek Res. for the past 3 weekends and have been getting multiple strikes and releases of good 1lb and 2lb trout by the west boat ramp directly east of the swim beach have been just fishing the bottom with an 18" leader and a nightcrawler have been producing numbers of fish and thrown back tons of stockers. Have had a limit of 4 trout everyday within 4 hours never more than that.

I am planning on going to Estes Lake this weekend and will post on my results.

Jason Cooper

April 1, 2008 - Cherry Creek Reservoir - The rainbows have been biting like crazy over by the swim beach and directly east of there. In fact we haven't had one dry day in the last 3 weeks. We have had some great luck with night crawlers, especially when we use some garlic attractant and float them off the bottom about 9-12 inches.
We are planning on stopping by Eleven Mile for one last ice fishing trip before spring (I'll let you know how it goes). The great folks at the Eleven Mile Store told me they still have 36 inches as of today.

March 31, 2008 - Clear Creek - last weekend I fished Clear Creek @ high way 6th and highway 58 right under the bridge... pulled out a few rainbow stockers on a black and gold fly... figured i would drop a line considering that its that time a year again for the reports to be coming back up...

also... fished bear creek resv. night crawlers are getting nailed at all times of the day along with the normal eggs and green and rainbow power bait for the trout

March 14, 2008 - Crappie Question - I am a crappie fanatic and I am from Florida, I am looking for good places to fish for crappie here in Colorado and so far I have not had any luck. Can you please suggest some good places to try

Editor's note: If you have any suggestions, please email them to us and we will post them on this page.

March 9, 2008 - Valco Ponds - I'm in Colorado for a Military TDY and had an opportunity to fish in the Valco Ponds below the Pueblo Reservoir Dam. There was an incoming weather front and the fishing was slow. I did not see anyone else catching any fish, but I was able to catch a few. I caught two bass on a silver/blue Rat-L-Trap and managed to snag some sort of carp. I had another, larger fish on but it got off before I could get a look at it. The fish I caught were on the bottom in 5-6ft of water. Hopefully next weekend will be a little nicer.

January 28, 2008 - Cherry Creek Reservoir - Fishing right now at Cherry Creek reservoir has been great. The rainbows are biting. Ice in most places is 12 to 15 inches thick. We found that salmon eggs are working best right now. I would also recommend fishing over the hazards in the reservoir, they are easily found by locating the tops of the buoys.
Good luck and be careful, its been warm here the last 3 days.

January 3, 2008 - Antero Reservoir Hello just thought I would share some info regarding Antero Reservoir in South Park Colorado. Fishing for large trout through the ice has been good, a recent trip yielded some large fish landed and large fish lost. Bring a varity of baits and jigs such as salmon eggs, pink colored jigs, meal worms and corn grubs try cast masters in gold with small pink jigs below the cast master with about 10 " of line between the 2. Some hits with jigging some with just leaving still. Fish are big I hooked one in the 8lb range so if you plan on keeping the fish might want to bring a gaf. Very fun fights on light line.

Have a great time fishing--

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