Colorado fishing report for week of June 11, 2017 – The Denver Post
Information is provided by Colorado Parks & Wildlife employees and local fishing enthusiasts. Keep in mind that fishing conditions change on a constant basis. Much can change in a week from the time this fishing conditions report is produced.
Metro Denver Area
The water temperature is 55 degrees. Trout fishing has been rated as fair to good. Anglers have had success using PowerBait near the dam. Boaters have been trolling with pop gear and crawlers. Walleye fishing has been rated as slow to fair. Trout will be deeper now, so focus on casting out further and fishing deeper water. Walleye fishing is slow to fair. A few reports of smallmouth and largemouth bass being caught off the points and coves using jigs and swim baits.
The water temperature is 64 degrees and the reservoir is full. The smallmouth bass bite has been strong, but anglers have been mostly pulling in smaller fish. Everything else is slow at this time. Be sure to measure your caught fish and know your regulations and species of fish. Licenses and caught fish are regularly checked by Park Rangers.
Cherry Creek Reservoir
The water temperature is 65 degrees. Water clarity is 3 feet. Anglers are having success catching walleye, but most are averaging small in size. The warmer daytime temperatures are heating up the reservoir, so expect the fish to move to deeper depths soon. Anglers are reporting good fishing for pan fish throughout the reservoir, but weeds are starting to become an issue along with reports of the pelicans making fishing difficult in some areas. The carp are in the shallows, creating some great sight fishing opportunities.
The water temperature is 58 degrees. Fishing for trout has been rated as slow to fair. Anglers have had success using spoons, spinners, and flies. Bass fishing has picked up and they are spawning now. There have been a few reports of soft plastics, jigs, and swim baits providing bites. There have also been a few reports of smallmouth being caught from the dam using jigs.
The water temperature is 53 degrees. Fishing for trout has been rated as excellent. Anglers have had success all over the lake using various lures and baits. Fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth has been rated as good. Anglers have had success using worms and spinners at the marina inlet. Fishing for walleye has been rated as good. Anglers have had success using worms and lures at the south end in deeper water and at the northeast end of the lake.
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 No. 18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, No. 18 Buckskins, and No. 18 Barr’s Emerger and No. 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. Large fish are being landed recently. Several different fishing methods are working. Trolling kastmasters, krocodiles and rapala’s have done well. Orange colored flies and lures have become hot as of recently. The larger trout are staying on the bottom of the reservoir in deep water. A downrigger or lead core is required in order to be successful.
The water temperature is 63 degrees. Water quality is a little murky with 3 feet of visibility. The smallmouth bass are biting well and they are averaging between 10 to 14 inches. Anglers are having the most success using Mister Twisters and Tasmanian Devils.
Fishing has been rated as good. Anglers have been catching plenty of trout in the 20 to 24 inch range using rapalas, dick nites, needlefish, and various fly patterns. Lure fishing from shore using dynamic lures, kastmasters, and tube jigs has also been productive.
Adobe Creek Reservoir
Fishing has slowed for crappie, with anglers not catching as many as on Memorial Day weekend. The catfish fishing is slowly picking up and anglers are catching a few wiper, drum, saugeye, and largemouth bass. The carp fishing has picked up quite a bit and fair numbers are being caught recently.
Upper River: Runoff is upon us. River flows, tributary flows, and reservoir releases are all increasing daily as snow melt really gets rolling, and the river has finally begun to dirty up. Though Hayden Meadows is discolored, the flows are still managable and fishing from the bank can still yield good days. Plus, one can always fall back on nearby lakes such as Crystal Lake and Hayden Reservoir if the river is not appealing.
Middle/Lower River: This morning there was approximately 1 foot of visibility in the river down to Salida as the rising flow scours the edges. Look for the river to peak out in a couple of weeks, and when flows begin to recede clarity will return to the river.
The surface temperature is 55 degrees. Fishing on the lake has been fair to good. Anglers are consistently catching walleye on jerk baits, crank baits, and jigs. Bass fishing is also decent. Soft plastics and crank baits are consistent producers for those pursuing bass. Trout fishing has been fair for those using bait from shore. We have not received any reports on catfish at this time. Wipers have been far and few between. Anticline Pond has been producing trout. Boaters are reminded that the boat ramps are open and summer hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. are in effect.
The water level has risen a few feet. Fishing remains good for catfish. The fish are hitting on worms, chicken livers, and stink bait. Wiper and an occasional saugeye are being caught near the dam. Try mister fishing with twisters or kastmasters. The crappie are spawning and are being caught along the dam on small pan fish jigs. The bigger fish are fewer in number but with time and effort can be caught. Bullheads are active and provide good action, but their numbers seem to be down compared to the last few years. There have been a few nice largemouth bass caught recently on jigs.
Two Buttes Reservoir
The water temperature is near 70 degrees and continues to slowly drop. Butte Creek has not ran with the recent storms but it should be primed to run given the right storm. The bass are up shallow and hitting a variety of lures from top water lures to Texas rigged worms. Small crappie are being caught around the lake on small jigs. The bluegills are hitting on night crawlers under a bobber. The catfish are being caught on chicken livers. The wiper are hitting lipless crank baits and shad style swim baits. A few saugeye in the 20 inch range have been caught on white twister tails and shad style soft swim baits.
Fishing is picking up at the lake with pike and crappie being caught. The water is clearing and debris is at a minimum. Keep in mind there is an honor system seal station for hand launched vessels at the northeast access. Boaters are required to have a seal and receipt on all non-exempt hand launched vessels. Exempt vessels include kayaks, canoes, rafts, belly boats, windsurfers, paddle boards, sailboards, float tubes, and inner tubes.
Recent reports are that crappie, catfish, and 12 to 13 inch trout are biting well, especially from a boat in the middle of of the lake. The lake was stocked with over 6,000 11 to 12 inch trout in March and April.
The grayling and cutthroat trout have been hitting well on a variety of lures including spoons, spinners, and flies.
The water temperature is 60 degrees. The trout are biting on a variety of methods including flies, bait casting, and jigging. The trout size averages 14 to 16 inches in size. The larger fish are in the deeper water around 30 feet in depth. There have been no reports on the northern pike fishing.
Fishing has been great all over the lake. Boaters, shore anglers, and stream anglers are all reporting good action. Power bait has been doing well from shore. Kastmasters have been providing great success for boat anglers.
All boat ramps are open at this time. The lake is full and spilling. Fishing has been good with anglers reporting they are catching some nice rainbow trout in the 12 to 16 inch range using Power Bait, worms and spinners.
Anglers have been reporting that the river is fishing well this time of year with brown trout and rainbow trout biting consistently. There are various access points along the river. Please be sure to obtain a daily fee pass or have an annual pass displayed on your vehicle in a designated fee area.
Blue Mesa Reservoir
The current water level is low, but runoff is filling the reservoir quickly. Water quality is decreasing with the inflow of water, but the western side of the reservoir is fairly clear with visibility around 8 feet. Fishing is still good in the narrows for kokanee salmon. Anglers are having the most success using pink and orange squids with a dodger. Larger trout around 18 inches are being caught throughout the reservoir.
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.