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Colorado fishing report for week of Aug. 12, 2018 – The Denver Post

Colorado fishing report for week of Aug. 12, 2018 – The Denver Post

Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
With the nice and cozy dry circumstances we now have been experiencing this yr the rivers and creeks throughout the state are experiencing a lot decrease flows and better water temperatures than regular. Fishing for trout must be targeted to the good elements of the day, fishing early within the morning when the water temperatures are cooler from in a single day is advisable. Nymphs and emergers have been productive patterns all through the state. For the dry fly fisherman mid-summer means terrestrials! Ants, hoppers, and beetles have been persistently producing fish. Understand that when water temperatures rise close to 70 levels trout are at their most weak, it is very important play and land the fish as shortly as potential and waste no time eradicating the hook and returning the fish to the water. Wanting ahead to fall we’ve a number of fall spawning fish that may grow to be lively shortly, control future reviews for kokanee runs and brown trout spawn reviews.

Northeast Colorado
Eleven Mile State Park
Trout has had excellent motion reported everywhere in the reservoir. There have been excessive counts of fish underneath 16 inches with a number of bigger than 20 inches reported being caught. Trolling nonetheless appears to be the most effective strategy for catching fish. Studies of salmon actions have been sluggish. Attempt the primary channel 30-35 ft close to Deer and Duck Island. Trolling with Cowbells, Needle Fish or Dodger Squid. Fishing for Northern Pike is truthful underwater vegetation alongside south shore. Change up your colours typically to get probably the most motion.

Boyd Lake
Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspection hours for the month of Might are 6 a.m.-10 p.m. every day. Water temperatures are within the mid 70’s fishing has been sluggish for trout. The crappie and white bass appear to have transitioned a bit deeper and are being caught in the primary lake. Walleye fishing has been good utilizing jigs or trolling the deeper sections of the lake. Reminder: No fishing from marina slips or docks (subsequent to is okay however can’t use them in any means.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir
Fishing for trout is excellent. Flies are doing very properly this week with a number of 23 to 25 inch fish reported. Chronomid flies, inexperienced and brown being favored colours, tube jigs, Tasmanian Devils are working properly. Fishing for Northern Pike is sweet on the North finish alongside sandbar. A couple of fish over 45 inches have been reported. Rapalas & Crocodiles, Pink/silver spoons are working.

Barr Lake State Park
Exercise has picked up the previous couple weeks. Walleye are repeatedly being caught all through the lake and from shore. Studies of smaller fish being caught have elevated, so have a tape measure prepared to ensure it’s authorized! Wiper are feeding on the shad within the reservoir. Carp fishing has been constant for the individuals concentrating on them.

Jackson Lake
Lake degree is dropping day-after-day roughly an inch a day. Floor water temperature is roughly 79 levels. We’re open to boating. Fishing has been truthful to good for crappie, wiper and walleye.

Horsetooth Reservoir
Fishing has been sluggish to respectable relying what you’re after. The smallmouth have picked up and stories of plastics and night time crawlers round their typical stomping grounds (boulders and impede buildings close to shore and coves) have proven good success. The walleye and crappie have moved deep to keep away from the nice and cozy water temps so you will want to convey your deep rigs.

North Sterling
Water temperature is 76 with some hotter temps within the shallow coves. The lake is 20 ft down from full and dropping. Fishing is truthful for Walleye, Crappie and Wiper, with slower bites being reported lake large. Shore fishermen are reporting an honest Catfish chew on the West Trailhead lot. The reservoir is open to boating. The Inlet is “off” and the Outlet is “on.”

Staunton
Fishing must be fairly enjoyable at Staunton as they sometimes inventory the lakes first week of the month. For stocked fish look for hungry fish cruising for worms and PowerBait. Competitors can be excessive so get their consideration with vibrant coloured baits or lures. Each ponds are sometimes stocked the primary week of every month beginning in Might, with rainbow trout. Our ADA accessible fishing pier is full and able to be fished from. Please contact the park about how we will present an accessible fishing expertise. Resulting from development entry to the ponds is is at present obtainable from the Ranch Hand Group Picnic parking space solely. There isn’t a public entry under the dams on Elk Creek Street. Don’t drop individuals or gear off at this location. Violators will probably be ticketed.

Bear Creek
Fly fishing mindsets for smaller creeks, particularly within the foothills, must be targeted in the direction of the summertime circumstances we’re displaying (scorching days, decrease flows with combined thunderstorms). Fish shall be wanting up for summertime bugs. Assume smaller within the morning resembling a PMD or No. 18-20 sized caddis. Because the afternoon approaches hoppers and larger terrestrials will appeal to the trout. Trout will all the time be feeding under the floor so attempt a hopper dropper rig and blend the decrease fly round (nymphs and emergers) and colours relying on the cloud protection and solar depth. Flows: 7 cubic ft per second.

Cheeseman Canyon
Flows are up, even above historic averages giving the fish a break from the nice and cozy water temps. Summer time hatches are on within the Cheeseman/Deckers space so attempt some Caddis and PMD’s within the morning and watch for some Trico hatches as nicely. With excessive flows, attempt greater nymph patterns to seize their consideration and most significantly get down previous the quick currents to the fish feeding on the underside. Heat water and excessive flows imply lots of trout will probably be holding in quicker rifles as an alternative of the deeper holes the place oxygen is extra ample. San Juan worms have reported some catches in addition to leach patterns. Flows: Deckers 350 cfs Canyon 340 cfs.

South Platte – Center Fork
Be looking out for your tricos, caddis, and PMD hatches. Flows are low and we now have a heat weekend on the best way so if the water temps recover from 65 levels please contemplate different choices as our fish will probably be very burdened particularly in these excessive profile streams. Maintain your emergers within the No. 18 vary and check out pheasant tails with excessive reflective patterns in the course of the sunnier elements of the day Flows: 110 cfs.

Southeast Colorado
Arkansas River-Lake Pueblo
The tailgaters of the Arkansas are very low right now. The present drop in movement has actually been detrimental to the fishing circumstances. The movement is reported round 65 cfs and temperatures through the day are getting as much as virtually 70 levels. With flows this low and temps this excessive, it’s extremely really helpful to keep away from fishing as these fish might be very burdened. It’s a superb rule of thumb to keep away from trout fishing when water temperatures go over or equal to 66-68 levels.

Trinidad Reservoir
Floor water temps round 72 levels. Shore fishermen are catching trout on selfmade dough bait, PowerBait (inexperienced shade) and worms all alongside south shore. Reilly Canyon River has slowed right down to a trickle and sandbars beginning to emerge across the lake. The most motion for fish is happening within the early mornings and late evenings. Some catfish are being reported across the inlet Boaters have achieved nicely concentrating on walleye. Smallmouth caught early within the morning and late night. Trout are caught throughout all hours. Worm harnesses and crank baits have labored nicely. Fish are being discovered round 15-25ft. The shallow water tends to be too heat for fish in the course of the majority of the day, the method has been to seek out the deep channels the place colder water exists or wait for cooler morning and night temps. Boating alert: As a result of water being launched, boaters remember of underwater hazards. Not all hazards will probably be marked.

Lake Pueblo
Fishing has been robust for walleye, particularly “keepers” in the mean time are arduous to return by. A couple of good sized wiper have been caught on mid depth crank baits and Lindy rigs with leaches hooked up. Bass will in all probability be the perfect guess this weekend as we see heat temps once more. Attempt some poppers within the morning and deeper crank baits in the course of the later morning/afternoon hours. Work deep in case you nonetheless need to attempt your luck with walleye. They’re accumulating water proper now to extend the depth however watch out whereas boating. Islands won’t be seen however with the decrease ranges they could possibly be slightly below the floor

John Martin Reservoir
Because of a low water yr all through the state and the Arkansas River drainage water ranges are dropping and the fishing has been harder. Walleye fishing is sluggish with water temperatures within the mid 70’s. Fishing for white bass and wiper could be good if anglers are in a position to determine the place the bait that these fish are feeding on is situated. Crappie fishing has additionally slowed drastically because the water temperatures have pressured the fish into deeper water.

Lathrop State Park
The floor temperature at Martin Lake is approximated at 72 levels. With temperatures rising to round 90 levels or extra, the fishing has been ample throughout early mornings and late evenings. Pike have been the preferred catch through the summer time months utilizing pretend Smelt. Smelt is a really small fish just like a minnow. With the frequent rain we’ve been getting through the evenings, trout have been very lively throughout these occasions. Trout in Martin Lake have been recognized to be feeding on energy bait or night time crawlers. Largemouth Bass have additionally been one other in style fish being caught, particularly with crayfish lures and shallow water lures. The floor temperature at Horseshoe Lake is approximated at 69 levels. The hottest fish Horseshoe has to supply is the notorious Tiger Muskie. The largest Tiger Muskie recorded at Horseshoe Lake was 46 inches lengthy and weighed at 25 kilos. With stories from fisherman on the lake, crappie and trout have been probably the most caught right here. Smallmouth Bass have been one other frequent catch utilizing Sammy lures and Spinner bait within the evenings.

Pikeview Reservoir
Situated off of Backyard of the Gods Rd. and simply East of I-25, this reservoir has nearly all the standard species of fish present in Colorado. From heat water fish like largemouth bass to different species resembling trout and pike – this small, city reservoir has all of it. Fishing reported as respectable to sluggish. When lately stocked the fishing can be good however throughout these hotter days fish have been torpid and deep. Look to combine up the methods/lures and fish through the cooler occasions of the day. This reservoir packs some resident fish which have prevented the “hook” through the years and may attain very respectable sizes.

Catamount Reservoirs
Fishing has been “decent”. Water temps are low so trout can be heading a bit deeper through the hotter days and afternoons. Anglers have been having some success with terrestrials and different prime water bugs. Through the summer time months and scorching climate focus your bug patterns to hoppers, aunt patterns and beetles. Attempt to bubble with a 20-inch plus chief to your fly. Early morning and night will see extra lively fish. Water ranges have been reported as “low”. Summertime circumstances means totally different bugs and hatches. In case you are lure fishing, check your depths as an alternative of repeating the identical retrieval as fish will begin to transfer deeper all through the day. Typically even jigging a Kastmaster or different jigs (often at a 15-20 foot vary) will tempt holding fish at deeper depths throughout heat days

Metro Denver Space
Aurora Reservoir
Water temp is 69 levels. Trout fishing from shore is sluggish. Sometimes we’ve acquired a great report utilizing PowerBait off the dam. Boaters reporting truthful to good circumstances on trout trolling with crawlers and lures. Some good trout within the 18-21 inche vary have been caught lately. Walleye motion from boats is sluggish to truthful with an occasional good report. Some studies of largemouth being caught on prime water lures. Restricted to electrical motors solely.

Cherry Creek
Water temperature is 74 levels the trout have been harder to catch however some success has been reported utilizing nightcrawlers alongside the underside. Walleye fishing is sweet however could be robust with the massive quantities of shad current within the system.

Quincy Reservoir
Water temp is 65-69 levels. So far as the nice and cozy water species goes, Quincy has been doing nice as of late. In case you are a trout fisher perhaps it’s time to increase your curiosity as a result of the bass and pan fish have been very lively and feeding closely particularly on prime water lures. For bass notably, studies of hoppers and poppers have been very profitable (these flies and lures are notably good within the mornings and evenings). The reservoir has additionally been a vacation spot for individuals to flock on the weekends so it has been crowded so attempt fishing on a weekday. Park Hours for August are 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Restricted to synthetic flies and lures solely. Electrical motors solely and hand launched watercraft only-trailers and automobiles prohibited within the water.

Chatfield Reservoir
Water temperature is 73 levels. There are stories of shad being very lively and education up in giant numbers. You need to have good luck with bass, particularly smallmouth, hitting the shad so maintain a glance out for the faculties (bid exercise all the time a great indicator to start out with). Deeper fish have been reported across the 25-30 foot vary. We’ve a reasonably scorching weekend forward of us so don’t be shy to combine up the species even by doing somewhat carp fishing. They will tolerate the warmth higher than lots of fish in our Entrance Vary our bodies of water and Chatfield has a lot monsters in there to go round.

Northwest Colorado
Rifle Hole Reservoir
Pike and trout are being caught all through the lake. Bass fishing has been good close to the Cedar Campground in addition to close to the dam.

Vega
Early Settlers and Oak Level boat ramps are closed for the season. The Island boat ramp stays open presently. The lake degree is receding quickly. Fishing is sweet. Yellow PowerBait is touchdown some good rainbows and cutthroats. Don’t overlook to cease on the entrance and have your boat inspected previous to launching. The ANS inspection station is open from 6 a.m.-Eight:30 p.m., seven days a week. If at any time it’s closed, please come to the Customer Middle for boat inspections.

James M. Robb
Trout fishing has slowed down with the nice and cozy climate however fishing for solar fish and bluegill is sweet. Please make sure the accountable and moral launch of fish. Trash cans can be found to dispose of fishing line.

Stagecoach State Park
The lake is beginning to expertise some algae blooms which may make the fishing harder with decreased water readability. Some pike have been caught on numerous baits alongside the sides of the weed beds. Trout fishing has been good utilizing lures like in-line spinners or spoons for the bigger fish.

Southwest Colorado
Blue Mesa Reservoir
Water ranges are a lot decrease in comparison with final yr and concentrating the fish. Kokanee Salmon fishing has been truthful whereas jigging. Colours which were producing fish are pink, orange, and chartreuse. Smaller lake trout are being caught on the deeper depths of the water column. Perch fishing has additionally been good alongside the rocky sections of shoreline. Anglers can verify on present circumstances and boat ramp inspection schedules by contacting Curecanti Nationwide Recreation Space

Mancos
Mancos is a superb place for constant motion from trout and yellow perch. Most of the trout motion is from 10-12 inch fish, however there’s excellent alternative at an 18-20 inch trout and some 12 inch-plus perch. Nice alternative for youngsters to catch fish. Most anglers are discovering success with bait (PowerBait, eggs, and crawlers) fishing simply off backside or underneath a slip bobber. For an opportunity on the yellow perch and trout, a small jig fished beneath a bobber on an extended chief and tipped with a bit of worm is an effective guess. Casting or trolling typical in-line spinners (Panther Martins, Mepps) from boats is one other strategy on the trout. Hand-launchable boats (non-motorized kayaks, canoes, stomach boats, and so on) are a good way to fish the lake on this low season. That is the primary yr in additional than 15 years that the lake has not gotten respectable ice to fish.Mancos State Park

Taylor Park Reservoir
The water degree is a bit decrease than in years previous. Water temperatures are within the mid 60’s fishing has elevated some for trout with current stockings, baits fished off the underside in 20 ft of water. Lake trout have been robust however the deeper parts of the reservoir is the place these fish may be caught utilizing nightcrawlers off the underside. Pike have been caught anyplace within the reservoir that has good weed progress. Many of the pike caught have been small in measurement.

Navajo Reservoir
Fishing at Navajo Lake has been good. Small mouth bass fishing has been good in the primary channel the place the water temperature is a bit cooler. Many giant Pike have been reported being caught utilizing bait fish lures. Catfish fishing has been good by Windsurf seashore space. The boat ramp at Two Rivers Marina is in fine condition, and launching is sweet. The Marina retailer on the Arboles boat ramp has been moved to the Customer middle as a result of low water circumstances. Ice, ice cream, drinks and snacks can be found on the customer retailer, gasoline isn’t. The boat ramp and ANS inspection station stay open. Colorado and New Mexico fishing licenses for the 2018-2019 season at the moment are on sale and can be found on the Customer Middle. Social safety numbers are required for license buy. ID is required for buy of all Colorado licenses. Please keep in mind to convey sunscreen, insect repellent and garments applicable for modifications within the climate.

Ridgway Reservoir
Fishing for trout is sweet, lures of selection are worms, salmon eggs, spinners, and Rapala’s. Fishing Ponds at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk have been fishing sluggish to respectable with small worms, and egg imitations. Pa-Co-Chu-Puk River: has been fishing properly with small nymphs, pale morning duns/nymphs, with occasional Inexperienced Drake hatches. Pink Cahill’s have been producing wonderful. Terrestrial season is right here with hoppers, ants, and comparable producing fish.

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