For the week of June 14, 2011


For a certain segment of Colorado anglers, mid

June means the start of the gator-hunting season,

or at least a time for some big-game fishing.

Northern pike, toothy top-of-the-line predators

anywhere, have finished spawning in most of the

mid-elevation lakes where they are found. They’re

hungry. They’re prowling the shallows in search of

a mouthful, and they provide fishermen with a good

opportunity to bring in larger-than-average fish

that some have dubbed gators, both for their

lantern-jawed appearance and voracious appetite.

Though their appearance and feeding habits have inspired volumes of folklore over the years – some

have called northern pike water wolves; others claim they have an evil eye – one thing appears

certain: they will eat almost anything smaller than they are. Other fish, crayfish, immature aquatic

insects, terrestrial bugs that have blown onto the water, mice and possibly even ducklings might be

on the menu.

For fishermen, that means northern can be taken on a wide variety of lures, artificial flies and baits,

where permitted. The most effective usually have some type of motion that makes them appear


Spin-fishermen tend to have success with relatively large lures. The gamut of Dardevle-type spoons,

Rapala- like crank baits, jerk baits and soft plastics all have taken their share of pike. Various

spinner baits and buzz baits that send out vibrations can be especially effective in weedy areas of a

lake where pike may be lurking in ambush. Top-water lures also might produce a spectacular,

splashy strike from a pike. With the prospect of large, strong fish, an appropriately heavy line is

recommended, and some fishermen use a wire leader to reduce the chances of a cutting the line on a

pike’s razor-like teeth.

Fly-rod fishermen usually do best with large streamer flies such as Bunnies, Clouser Minnows,

Zonkers, Woolly Buggers and Lefty’s Deceivers. Surface poppers or large hopper patterns also can

be of interest to the pike.

pike’s razor-like teeth.

Fly-rod fishermen usually do best with large streamer flies such as Bunnies, Clouser Minnows,

Zonkers, Woolly Buggers and Lefty’s Deceivers. Surface poppers or large hopper patterns also can

be of interest to the pike.

Many fishermen especially enjoy sight fishing for northerns. With a good pair of polarized sun

glasses, pike may be evident in shallow water, either cruising or lurking near the weed patches.

Either way, they’re likely to be skittish, but when the presentation is proper the fight is on. The water

may boil with the characteristic surface roll of a pike, followed by a series of powerful, long runs.

Hungry pike have a dedicated following among fishermen, but they are a challenge to fisheries

managers. Predatory northerns can take a heavy toll on other game fish including trout, and they

have become established in waters where they are considered out of place. To protect such

fisheries, no daily bag or possession limits apply to pike anywhere in Colorado.

Anglers are encouraged to keep all the pike they catch, and whether filleted, baked whole or cut into

steaks and grilled, northern offer some very good table fare. Pike have a row of Y-shaped bones just

above the rib line. It can be removed with a fillet knife before cooking, or the bones can be picked

out afterward.

The prime time for pike fishing is just beginning

and anglers have many options. Elevenmile and

Spinney Mountain reservoirs are good choices for

Front Range fishermen. Tarryall and Skaguay

reservoirs also are possibilities. The northwest

quadrant has Stagecoach, Williams Fork rand Rifle

Gap reservoirs, among others. In the southwest,

Vallecito and Taylor reservoirs might be the best

bets for large pike, and northerns also are found in

Crawford and Navajo reservoirs. Sanchez Reservoir

in the San Luis Valley is another favorite.

Northerns will remain active through the summer and well into the fall, but some of the best gator

hunting of the year begins in June.

RUNOFF ROLLS ON: Patience may or may not be a virtue, but Colorado stream fishermen have

little choice. Virtually all major streams and many tributaries remain high and discolored with runoff

from an unusually heavy snowpack. Northern drainages have been affected most; southern streams

such as the Rio Grande and San Juan probably will be the earliest to drop and clear. In the

meantime, the South Platte River tailwaters offer the best conditions for stream fishing.

ANTERO BOAT RAMP CUTBACK: With the water level of Antero Reservoir being drawn

down, the south boat ramp is open only four days a week, Friday through Monday. It is usable only

by small trailered boats, canoes, belly boats and other small craft. The north ramp remains open to

all boats seven days a week, but boaters should be aware of shallow areas when launching. All boats

must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species before entering the water. Boating hours are ½ hour

efore sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. All boats must be removed from the water at night.

The drawdown is a safety precaution by Denver Water to reduce water pressure and seepage within

the dam. Denver Water is conducting studies to help determine what other actions, if any, need to

be taken to address the seepage issues. The duration of the study depends on what the agency

learns from the initial information.

NO WATER FOR SAN LUIS LAKE: The lake in San Luis State Park will not fill with water this

spring because of low snowpack in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Available runoff will be

directed to Head Lake and the extensive wetlands in the adjoining San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area

immediately to the north. The campground in the state park will be open this summer, and some

shoreline fishing will be possible early in the season. Boating and water skiing will not be available.

The decision not to fill the lake was made jointly by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Service, Rio Grande Water Conservation District, Colorado Division of Water Resources,

Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. If next winter’s snowfall is average, water

will be restored to the lake.

BE BEAR AWARE: Fishermen and campers

are reminded that many of their favorite waters

are in bear country. Take simple precautions such

as not leaving food out where bears can find it and

keep a clean camping site to avoid bear problems.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife offers brochures

and other information for reducing the risk of bear

encounters. They are available at DOW offices


Read about camping in bear country, and see

additional information about coexisting with bears.

FISHING FOR DOLLARS: If anglers needed some extra incentive to get out and fish, the

Cabela’s “Wanna Go Fishing For Millions” contest might be just the thing. Colorado’s Pueblo and Blue

Mesa reservoirs are among the 67 waters in 19 states that offer anglers the chance to win cash

prizes by catching specially tagged fish. Legally taken tagged fish are eligible for contest prizes and

anglers can earn additional prizes and bonus cash by using certain brands of equipment and wearing

certain clothing when the fish are caught. For complete contest details see Cabela's "Wanna Go

Fishing for Millions?" The contest runs through July 14.

A total of 10 walleyes, rainbow trout and largemouth bass were tagged for the contest at Pueblo

Reservoir. A total of 15 rainbow and brown trout were tagged at Blue Mesa.

Cabela’s requested and received permission from the Colorado Division of Wildlife to conduct the

tagged-fish contests, as required by Colorado Wildlife Commission regulations.

Fishing Forecast

As a service to anglers, Division of Wildlife biologists in the Southeast and Southwest Regions

published a fishing forecast for their areas.

The Southeast report is based on the best information available as of April 2011, and the Southwest

report is based on information available as of June 2010. Water levels and streams flows, conditions

that are not usually under DOW control, can change significantly and can have some affects on

access, stocking and angler fishing. Surface acreages listed are for full lake volume unless otherwise


For the most up-to-date information, readers are encouraged to visit Stocking Reports weekly. A

valid Colorado fishing license is required to fish in Colorado. For more detailed information on specific

bodies of water, including species and management data, see the Fishing Survey Summaries page.

o 2011 Southeast Region Fishing Forecast (PDF)

o 2011 Southwest Region Fishing Forecast (PDF)

*Please note that this forecast includes information on the upper Arkansas River which was not included in the

forecast sent through the DOW Insider.

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Arvada Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The annual Kids Fishing Derby had a good turnout. A lot of fish were caught and a lot

of fun was had. Fishing still is good. Trout are being caught on PowerBait, but salmon eggs and worms

are bringing hits, too. More perch are being caught and a lot of bass. A large catfish recently was caught,

also. Call 303-­‐420-­‐7773 to check on boating conditions. No live bait except worms. Check out the fish

board when you're here.

Aurora Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Water temperature 58 degrees. All vessels must be inspected prior to launch. A

watercraft access permit required for all vehicles bringing in watercraft. Trout fishing is good using

PowerBait with a slip rig, spoons and flies from the dam. Boaters are doing well for trout by trolling with

crawlers. Walleye fishing is fair using crank baits, bottom bouncers and jerk baits from boats and from

the dam. Some reports of wipers on swim baits and tube jigs. A few reports of smallmouth bass being

caught on jigs. The limit for trout is two fish. Boating is restricted to electric motors. For more

information, call 303-­‐690-­‐1286. June hours are 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Barr Lake -­‐-­‐ Trout fishing is great from boats and shore with spoons and PowerBait. Walleyes are picking

up from boats at a 10-­‐foot depth. Occasional wipers. Carp are spawning near shoreline. The water temp

is approximately 70 degrees. No fishing is allowed in the wildlife refuge or from the Barr Lake dam.

Contact the ranger office for current conditions at 303-­‐655-­‐1495 or check the park web site.

Chatfield Ponds -­‐-­‐ The Chatfield Ponds are open for non-­‐motorized boating. Perch and smallmouth bass

from 6 to 9 inches can be caught on Power Bait and night crawlers. Remember to always have a state

park pass and park only in designated areas. To prevent the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species, always

clean, drain, and dry all vessels and fishing equipment between water bodies.

Chatfield Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The lake level is normal, with surface temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. Trout

still provide most of the action. Most are taken on PowerBait, mealworms and wax worms. Fishing for

walleyes from boats is improving. Crawler harnesses and jigs have been best. Smallmouth bass have

been hitting shad-­‐imitating crank baits and tube jigs.

Cherry Creek Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The water level is normal, with temperatures in the mid 60s. Fishing for trout

and walleyes has been good. PowerBait, worms, leeches and salmon eggs have been the best baits.

Walleyes also have been taking crank baits and soft-­‐plastic lures that imitate young shad. The lake is

open to boating. Inspections are conducted daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the east boat ramp. Make sure

you have a parks pass for your vehicle and a valid fishing license.

Clear Creek -­‐-­‐ Clear Creek is in full runoff mode. The water is muddy, wading is very dangerous and

fishing is poor. Last Sunday, the flow at the Lawson gauge was reading 799 cfs and at Golden 850 cfs,

which are extremely high levels. The best bet is to fish tailwaters or lakes instead.

Quincy Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Quincy is open to boating. Water temp is 65 degrees. All watercraft must be

inspected before launching. All vehicles bringing in watercraft required to have a watercraft access pass.

Bass fishing is good using spinner baits, Rat.L.Traps and soft plastics. Trout fishing has been fair to good

using spoons and flies. Quincy is restricted to fishing with artificial flies and lures. The limit for trout is

two fish. Bass must be 18 inches or longer to possess. All boats must be hand-­‐launched. Only electric

motors are permitted. Park hours for June are 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more info, call 303-­‐693-­‐5463.

Standley Lake -­‐-­‐ Standley Lake is open for the 2011 boating and camping season. Fishing times are 6:30

a.m. to sunset and will be strictly enforced. Aquatic bait is no longer allowed at Standley Lake; this

includes salamanders, leeches, crayfish, frogs and minnows. Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) regulations

are in effect. All boats are required to be inspected, sprayed and quarantined before entering Standley

Lake. Call for more details. A $7 fee is charged for all drive-­‐in traffic. Drive-­‐in access is available from

6:30 a.m. to sunset. For more information, contact the Standley Lake Nature Center at (303) 425-­‐1097.


Barnes Meadow Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The reservoir is open. It iced off last week and is now completely open.

Anglers were having their best luck with worms suspended 2-­‐3 feet below the surface, but had some

bites on the bottom, too. Some scuds were seen swimming around, but the lake is still waking up. Most

of the bites were soft and just nibbles, so smaller baits would probably be best. Some surface activity

was observed here and there, but not much was flying around.

Boedecker Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishermen have reported recent success for crappie and white bass/wipers.

Minnows have been the most productive bait.

Boyd Lake -­‐-­‐ The surface temperature has risen to 64 degrees and the depth is up to 56 feet. Fishing

remains pretty steady, with fair to good activity reported for walleyes, white bass, trout and perch.

Walleyes are taking baited jigs in the east and southeast. White bass and perch are hitting spinners

around the north inlet. Trout are scattered across the lake and being taken on Kastmasters and worms.

Bass fishing is fair on spinners and Kastmasters in the north and south inlets. A few catfish have been

taken off the west side on the typical baits.

Carter Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing pressure appears to be relatively light, but shoreline fishermen have been

catching their share of walleyes. New regulations apply to the number and size of walleyes that can be

kept, so make sure to stay current. Boaters are reminded that all trailered watercraft must complete an

Aquatic Nuisance Species (zebra mussel) inspection before being launched on this lake. That is state law

and strictly enforced. Additional information is available online at inspections.htm.

Dixon Reservoir -­‐-­‐ With warmer weather, fishing has picked up. Bluegill are been getting caught,

especially by the dam, on worms. Some reports of bass being caught, too, with some plastics and also

shiner imitations.

Flatiron Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Many fishermen reporting stocker-­‐sized trout being caught. Worms and other baits

continue to be the favorite. No boats of any kind are allowed. Remember to stay off dams and

hydroelectric structures.

Horsetooth Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Smallmouth bass remain very active, with a few stocker rainbows and walleyes

working in. Jigs, tube jigs, Rapalas, streamers and jerk baits all have been producing very well.

Jackson Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing for trout and wipers has been good from the dam and west shore on the

usual baits. A few walleyes also have been appearing in the catch. There will be no wiper run this year

because the lake was filled in February and no more water is expected to be running in the inlet canal.

For further questions or information, please call the park office at (970) 645-­‐2551.

Joe Wright Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Still a lot of snow up high and the reservoir still iced over, but things are starting

to warm up. Some open water has appeared along the shore; not enough to fish yet, but a start. Fishing

is by artificial flies and lures only. The bag and possession limit for trout(except grayling) is two fish.

Jumbo Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Water levels are two feet down. Most of the fishing is best from a boat. Walleye

fishing is good, but mostly for sub-­‐legal walleyes with only a few keepers. Fishing for catfish still is slow.

Trout fishing has been slow. The boat ramp is open and is on the east side. All boats must be inspected.

The minimum size for walleyes and wipers is 15 inches.

Lonetree Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The weather and water have warmed up and fishing for crappie has improved.

Live minnows and small jigs have been working fairly well.

Long Draw Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The Long Draw Road is still closed and the area snowed in. Reservoirs and lakes

still iced up, as well. There may also be some delays in opening the road to vehicle traffic this year.

North Sterling Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Parks staff reports the reservoir is full, with both the inlet and outlet running.

The water temperature is in the upper 60s. Lots of trout and wipers have been taken in the inlet area, as

well as the Balanced Rock area on the north end of the dam. Several wipers in the 18-­‐ to 22-­‐inch range

have been caught on green mussels, and trout are being caught on worms. Crappie fishing is good

around the marina bay and point area on jigs and minnows. A lot of crappie over 10 inches are being

caught. Still some walleye being taken on worm harnesses trolled around Goose Island and points in the

Darby and Cunningham arms.

Pinewood Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Recently stocked with trout. Many fishermen doing well catching stocker trout in

the cove. Baits and small flies have been the favorite. A couple of 20-­‐ to 25-­‐inch tiger muskies have been

caught. Make sure to check size requirements before keeping any fish.

Poudre River -­‐-­‐ With the rainy weather and some warming up high, the river has come up a lot. It

recently was measuring 2,330 cfs at Ft. Collins and 2,830 cfs at the mouth of the canyon. It is a little bit

lower above Gateway, running at 2,158 cfs. The river also is murky through these stretches. Above the

narrows, the flow is less and the river is clearer. At Spencer Heights, the flow was 1,497 cfs, but there is

still nothing coming through the tunnel yet. Once that is opened up, the flow will increase, too. In the

murky areas, worms, heavier lures and streamers have been seeing some success, but the flow is getting

pretty fast and most are going higher. In the upper stretches, nymphing has still been working well and

the Rooster Tail and Mepps-­‐style lures have been working, also.

Prewitt Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Water levels are full and the inlet is running. Wiper fishing is good. Trout fishing is

still good from boats or shore. A few 12-­‐ to 13-­‐inch walleyes are being caught on night crawlers. The

boat dock is in. The minimum size for walleyes and wipers is 15 inches. A lot of ticks have been reported

at the lake.


Blue River (Dillon to Green Mtn. Res.) -­‐-­‐ Flows from Dillon Dam have come down to about 900 cubic

feet per second, still high and above the long-­‐term average for the date. Though wading is more

difficult, fishing still can be fairly good. Trout are dispersed and feeding in the slower water next to the

main currents. Somewhat larger fly patterns are in order. Try Flashback Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns,

San Juan worms and streamer patterns.

Colorado River (Glenwood to Rifle) -­‐-­‐ The runoff season is under way. The Colorado River currently is

unfishable due to high and muddy water. For the best fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley, head up the

Frying Pan River. Good numbers of Baetis are showing up and have been making for some great fishing

on the Pan.

Colorado River (near Granby) -­‐-­‐ Recent flows below Windy Gap and below Parshall were 2,950 cfs and

4,273 cfs, respectively -­‐ spring runoff conditions that are still increasing. Fishing is mostly on hold until

flow rates drop. Under regular conditions, Copper Johns, RS-­‐2s, Prince Nymphs, chartreuse Woolly

Buggers, San Juan worms and egg patterns are commonly used. In the immediate Granby area and

downstream to the bridge at the lower end of Byers Canyon, bait fishing is permitted and two fish may

be kept. From the east side of the bridge abutments (the west end of Byers Canyon) down to

Troublesome Creek, including the Williams Fork River from the reservoir, catch-­‐and-­‐release rules apply

and fishing is by artificial flies and lures only.

Cowdrey Lake -­‐-­‐ Fishing mostly for recently stocked trout has been fairly good. Bait fishermen have

enjoyed good results on salmon eggs, marshmallows and PowerBait. Spin-­‐bubble fishermen have been

doing OK with various wet-­‐fly patterns.

Crystal River -­‐-­‐ The Crystal is blown out with runoff. The best fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley has been

on the Frying Pan River. Good numbers of Baetis (blue-­‐winged olives) have been hatching on the Frying

Pan, which has made for great fishing.

Delaney Buttes Reservoirs -­‐-­‐ The Chironomidae hatch still is going strong, and some Callibaetis mayflies

and damselflies have appeared. Fish are actively feeding and many are large. Suspending a pair of

Chironomidae nymphs in 8-­‐12 feet of water has been the most productive approach. Early morning to

midafternoon has been the best time. Streamer flies have been effective in the evening. Fishing on all

three lakes is by artificial flies and lures only. The bag and possession limit for trout is two and size

restrictions apply.

Eagle River -­‐-­‐ The runoff is under way.

Elkhead Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing has been slow as runoff increases. It will take a few weeks to start to clear

and warm up a little. The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program has announced that

smallmouth bass will no longer be moved to Elkhead from the Yampa River during endangered fish

work. Smallmouth bass already in the lake are unaffected by the change. The lake has smallmouth bass,

crappie, northern pike, catfish and trout. All species will fish extremely well once the runoff season ends.

Any fish being taken from the lake must be dead prior to leaving. Please help us ensure this fishery's

future. If you are not going to eat it, don't take it.

Frying Pan River -­‐-­‐ Flows on the Frying Pan have bumped up to 432 cfs and were expected to be around

500 by Monday night. Good numbers of Mysis shrimp have been coming out of Ruedi Reservoir and

trout have been feeding heavily on them within the first 1/4 mile below the dam. Numbers of Baetis

(blue-­‐winged-­‐olives)have been out. Fish are keyed into them throughout the river, producing great dry

fly fishing on overcast days between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Frying Pan is one, if not the only, river

fishing very well in the state right now.

Granby Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The shallow-­‐water bite has remained good. A lot of water is still being let out.

However, the water level in the reservoir is rising rapidly. The gates of Shadow Mountain Dam are

allowing much more water through, increasing fish activity and catch rates. Fly fishing is great if you can

fish fast water. Night crawlers, meal and wax worms and sucker meat are viable baits. Fish Creek

spinners, Matzuos, Rapalas, Kastmasters, Tasmanian Devils, etc., are good lures. Trolling worm rigs and

lures, jigging, bottom fishing(crappie rigs work well), spin-­‐casting and fly fishing are good ways to catch

fish. Slip bobber rigs also work well.

Grand Lake -­‐-­‐ The weather is cooperating with the fair-­‐weather fishermen; fish catching remains better

than usual. The fast-­‐flowing streams (from melting snow) coming into the lake increase fish activity.

Lures, night crawlers, meal and wax worms are working. Jigging with sucker meat is common and

productive. The lake is more than 270 feet deep and can be difficult to learn, but also very rewarding.

The water level remains constant. It has very large lake trout, nice-­‐sized rainbows, browns and kokanee

salmon. Trolling lures and worm rigs, bottom fishing the shallow areas and slip-­‐bobber rigs all are used

to catch fish. The mouth of the channel, the public boat dock area, and the West Portal are prime spots.

Green Mountain Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The lake is down about 40 feet but coming up about a foot a day. Fishing

from the shore has been good using night crawlers or sucker meat. Folks are catching lake trout and


Harvey Gap Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Windy conditions have made the lake very dirty. Sand and debris have caused

fishing to slow. Boaters in deeper water are doing well for trout, perch and crappie. Fishing has been fair

for rainbow trout along the dam. Fishermen have been having some success for northern pike in the

shallows of the north end. Fishing has been fair for yellow perch. Lots of smaller perch are being caught

all around the lake, but mostly near the boat ramp. Quite a few late-­‐stocked trout from last fall

overwintered at Harvey and are making for good fishing opportunity.

Highline Lake -­‐-­‐ Lots of trout were stocked into Highline and Mack Mesa lakes last spring. Fishing for

them at both lakes remains fairly good on the standard baits and a variety of small lures. With warming

water temperature, bass fishing at Highline has been improving. Parks staff is reminding anglers that if

they catch a northern pike at either lake to please remove it from the water and notify the park staff.

Lake Avery -­‐-­‐ With lots of snow and ice remaining in the upper White River basin, Lake Avery currently is

about the only fishing possibility in the region. Fishermen have been doing OK on orange Power Bait and

worms from the bank and trolling gold-­‐finish spinners.

Lake John -­‐-­‐ Trolling has been the most effective technique in recent days. Finding the proper depth -­‐

12-­‐15 feet -­‐ has been the key. Black-­‐and-­‐white Dardevles, Thomas Buoyants, Cyclones, deep-­‐diving

Rapalas, Needlefish and even larger streamer flies have been taking trout up to 18 inches. Shoreline

fishing also has been decent. Fly fishermen getting away from the shore reported some good results

with sink-­‐tip or fully sinking lines. Though the lake is to be slowly lowered for a reclamation project in

August, the water level remains good for fishing and boating.

Pearl Lake -­‐-­‐ No recent report.

Rifle Gap Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The lake is still at high water. Tons of water still flowing in Rifle Creek. Inlets are

muddy, therefore fishing is poor. High water has kept the east and west ends shallow and in the weeds.

Bass should be picking up when the sediment settles to the bottom. Fishing remains fair to good for

trout and yellow perch all over the lake. Northern pike fishing has been fair to good near the inlet and in

shallow areas. Walleye are still hanging out near the south island and around the boat ramp.

Roaring Fork River -­‐-­‐ The runoff season is under way. The Roaring Fork is currently unfishable due to

high and muddy water. For the best fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley, head up the Frying Pan River.

Good numbers of Baetis are showing up and have been making for some great fishing on the Pan.

Shadow Mountain Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The weather was very good this weekend and fishing was productive.

Water movement from the way-­‐above-­‐average snowmelt has extended this great time of year to fish.

Fishing the pump canal and the area around the mouth of the canal can be highly rewarding using flies,

slip-­‐bobber rigs, lures and night crawlers on the bottom. Kokanee, rainbows, browns and sometimes

lake trout can be caught. Small jigs tipped with wax worms, mealworms, PowerBait or eggs are

commonly used. Trolling, bottom fishing, spin-­‐casting and fly fishing are good methods to use. Fishing is

also good in the spillway below the dam where all available species of fish can be caught. The Pine

Beach area and the channel between this reservoir and Grand Lake can be very productive, as well.

Stagecoach Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The reservoir is open to boating and a pre-­‐inspection for ANS is required prior

to launching. The marina ramp is open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Morrison Cove ramp will be open

Friday-­‐Sunday, 8 8 p.m., throughout the season as staffing allows. Trout have been hitting on

flies, lures, PowerBait and worms. With water temperatures in the middle 50s, pike activity has been

picking up. Tailwaters fishing is good using eggs and San Juan worms above sizes 18-­‐24, olive RS2s,

WD40s and Barr's Emergers. The reservoir is spilling over the dam and the tailwaters flow is above 400

cfs. The redds are down and fenced so please avoid these areas.

Steamboat Lake -­‐-­‐ The ice is gone but the water is high, turbid and cold. A handful of trout have been

taken by trolling gold spoons and on pink PowerBait, but the overall fishing has been slow. The lake is

open to boating. Inspection for aquatic nuisance species is mandatory.

Trappers Lake -­‐-­‐ At last report the lake still had ice. The road had been plowed to the lodge, but some

deep snow drifts remained in the vicinity.

Vega Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The water level continues to rise about one foot a day. The south road is open,

allowing access to fishing spots adjacent to pull-­‐off areas. The Gravel Pits and Plateau Creek areas also

are open. Two boat ramps are available. Fishing has been good, with many types of lures and baits

producing trout. Larger trout have been cruising close to shore. Boaters have been bringing in somewhat

smaller fish.

Williams Fork Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Rainbow and brown trout, lake trout, northern pike and kokanee are

available. Trolling, jigging, fly fishing, bait and lures can catch fish. Night crawlers, meal and wax worms,

sucker meat, PowerBait, eggs and many lures and flies are used. Only the east boat ramp is open.

Inspections are mandatory for all trailered boats and begin at 6:00 a.m. The ramp is closed 1/2 hour

after sunset. Permanent boat storage is prohibited. Anglers go after the pike as the water warms up;

some are being caught, but it is not prime time yet. Camping is available. No reservations are accepted.

Willow Creek Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The reservoir is very low but starting to fill. Water is being let out as much as

possible while the spillway is strengthened and repaired. Some bank areas have dried out and allow

fishing access. Under regular conditions, rainbows, browns and kokanee salmon are waiting for

fishermen to try their luck. It is a beautiful area with a nice campground, easy access and less fishing

pressure than other area bodies of water. Night crawlers, meal and wax worms, PowerBait, eggs, lures

and flies are used to get the fish to bite.

Yampa River (Hayden through Craig) -­‐-­‐ The river is up and running at high volumes. Currently it is not

fishing very well. For a chance at a good-­‐sized pike, try the ponds at the Yampa River State Park

campground. They are being stocked regularly and will produce some good fish. Anything big should

attract the pike. All Pike caught in the ponds must be killed prior to leaving the site or returned to the

pond. Be very cautious around the river; it is deep and fast at the present time. The Hayden pump

station is closed to downstream access due to bridge clearance. Severe flooding is occurring west of

Craig with extreme volumes and debris all along the river corridor.

Yampa River (Stagecoach through Steamboat) -­‐-­‐ The Yampa remains high and off-­‐color, a trend

expected to continue into the near future. The only fishable water is the tailwater below Stagecoach

Dam, which can become crowded.


Adobe Creek Res. (Blue Lake) -­‐-­‐ Irrigation releases are under way. The low-­‐water ramp is the only

usable boat ramp. Fishing is still fair to good for crappie from a boat. Fishing for catfish is beginning to


Antero Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Winds remain an issue and the water has been discolored but fishing has been very

good. Heavy hatches of Chironomidae midges have been coming off and fly fishermen have been doing

well on nymphs suspended in 5 feet of water. The best activity has been in the morning before the wind

kicks in. Tasmanian Devils and Kastmasters have worked for spin-­‐fishermen. Bait fishermen do OK with

PowerBait and salmon eggs. To accommodate research associated with the drawdown, operation of the

south boat ramp has been reduced to Friday through Monday. The north ramp remains open seven days

a week. Only small trailered boats, canoes and other small craft can access the south ramp. Boats of any

size can use the north ramp. Boating hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Arkansas River (Buena Vista to Salida) -­‐-­‐ Flows are high, over 3,000 cfs, and turbid in Browns Canyon at

this time. One can do well late in the day working the edges with a dry-­‐dropper rig. Stonefly adults and

nymphs both are effective right now.

Arkansas River (Leadville to Buena Vista) -­‐-­‐ On Monday, the upper Arkansas River was flowing 1,240 cfs

in Hayden Meadows and 2,270 cfs at Granite. Visibility is fair, but the current velocity is high and water

temperatures are in the mid to lower 40s. Anglers working inside corners and backwater pockets have

been taking nice-­‐sized fish on stonefly nymphs and Princes. Big dries in the side channels also have been


Arkansas River (Salida to Canon City) -­‐-­‐ Monday's flows were 3,510 cfs in Bighorn Sheep Canyon and

very turbid. At these levels, fishing is not very productive or safe. Anglers should stick to tributary

streams or mid-­‐elevation lakes for the time being.

Bonny Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing is good for all species. Water temp is around 65 degrees during the day. A

good number of decent-­‐sized white bass being taken off the face of the dam with crank baits, jigs and

shrimp. Walleyes can be good one day and slow the next. Worms seem to work best. Quite a few catfish

taken on typical baits. Emergency fishing regulations are in effect: No daily bag, possession or size limits

apply to any game fish. Any taking over the standard bag or possession limit requires filling out a form

when leaving the lake. Forms are available at the Visitor Center, Foster Grove and the northeast corner

of the dam on self-­‐serve signs. Campground reservations are recommended for any weekend. All boats

are launching without trouble.

Brush Hollow Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The water level has dropped dramatically. The boat ramp is out of the water

and unloading large boats is difficult. Trout fishing is poor. Crappie dropped off but still good. Bass are

starting to hit more frequently. Fishing for catfish at night has been good.

Catamount Reservoirs, North & South -­‐-­‐ Both reservoirs have been relatively uncrowded in recent days.

The water temperature on North Cat has been around 54 degrees. Fly-­‐rod fishermen have enjoyed some

good success on midge patterns. A variety of hardware also has been effective. On South Cat, where bait

fishing is permitted, trout are being taken on night crawlers and PowerBait, as well as small spinners.

Cheesman Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Cheesman Reservoir will remain closed to public access through 2011 while

Denver Water completes upgrades to the dam. The Gill Trail through Cheesman Canyon remains open

for walk-­‐in access to the South Platte River. The reservoir is expected to reopen next year.

Cottonwood Lake -­‐-­‐ Bait fishing has been good, especially with PowerBait. Good catches in evenings on

flies from belly boats or hand-­‐propelled boats. Some success with smaller lures. The lake has restrictions

that allow hand-­‐propelled boats only; no motors or sails.

Crystal Creek Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Little has changed. PowerBait in various colors and an assortment of spinning

lures have been taking mostly catchable-­‐sized rainbow trout.

Crystal Lake -­‐-­‐ This small, flies-­‐and-­‐lures-­‐only lake is just a few miles south of Leadville on Highway 24. It

is stocked with catchable rainbows and sometimes cutthroats. Small browns were stocked in May and

brook trout are present in lower numbers. Fishing results have improved to fair and better late each

day. Submerged vegetation in this very shallow body of water makes it difficult to fish with lures except

near the outlet.

Eleven Mile Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The north-­‐shore and Witcher's Cove ramps are open. Trout fishing is fair to

good. Nighttime is the best time, with great action between midnight and 2 a.m. on the south side of

the reservoir. Daytime fishing remains hit-­‐and-­‐miss, but seems to be producing more near the main boat

ramp and Coyote Ridge. PowerBait, Kastmasters, Micro-­‐jigs, worms, and salmon eggs are producing the

most results. Kokanee Salmon are seen few and far between with no new report. Pike fishing is fair. A

few nice pike are turning up but you have to work it hard. Large tube jigs, Husky Jerks and Dardevles are

working. Midges and mayflies are hatching strong in early morning and midafternoon.

Hayden Meadows Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing success is mostly only fair with baits or artificials, but better in

most evenings. This small reservoir is just off Highway 24 at the Arkansas River crossing south of

Leadville. The reservoir is stocked heavily each summer and fish carry over to the following spring.

Fishermen's success is usually good after stocking.

Holbrook Lake -­‐-­‐ Fishing is slow for all species. Holbrook has had various stages of water levels the past

five years, ranging from completely full to almost dry. Currently the level is low. As a result, fisheries

management has been very difficult. From year to year, various fishing opportunities may exist at

Holbrook as fish enter through the canal system, but formal fisheries management will only resume

when the risk of lake depletion has been minimized to the point where fish stocking can be successful.

Horseshoe Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Shore fishermen are catching trout on various colors of PowerBait and worms.

Catfish reportedly are starting to bite, and another large tiger muskie was caught over the weekend. The

lake is open to boating from sunrise to sunset.

Hugo Ponds -­‐-­‐ Stocked rainbow trout are still being taken with PowerBait and night crawlers, although

at a slower pace than earlier in the spring. Bluegills, channel catfish and largemouth bass are beginning

to show up in creels. Night crawlers seem to produce for the warm-­‐water species.

Jacksons Pond -­‐-­‐ Jackson's Pond is an 8-­‐acre pond immediately south of the town of Eads. It is

seasonally stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Other species available include largemouth bass,

smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and carp. Fishing has been fair for trout and slow for

all other species

Jefferson Lake -­‐-­‐ The road is open and although some ice remains on the lake it has adequate open

water around the edges for fishing. Night crawlers and salmon eggs have produced some catches of


John Martin Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing has improved with warming water temperatures. Some good-­‐sized

crappie have been taken off the dam and south shore. Minnows and white and pink jigs are working

best. White bass have been taken near drop-­‐off points across the lake on jigs and crank baits, and some

saugeyes have been taken on night crawlers. A few large catfish have been taken below the dam. The

water level is about 12 feet lower than at the same time last year. Both ramps at present are OK but in a

couple of weeks only the east ramp might be usable. All trailer-­‐launched boats are required to launch

from the ramps.

Karval and Kinney Lakes -­‐-­‐ Few fishermen are visiting Karval Lake. Those sampling the water have been

rewarded with catches of rainbow trout, channel catfish and bluegills. All species have been taken with

night crawlers. Fishing pressure has been light at Kinney Lake. Anglers who visit the lake are taking

rainbow trout in the 10-­‐ to 12-­‐inch range with night crawlers and PowerBait.

Lake Henry -­‐-­‐ Water levels are good. The boat ramp is in good shape. Fishing for crappie is fair to good;

fishing for other species should improve as water temperatures continue to rise.

Lake Meredith -­‐-­‐ Water levels are decreasing to meet irrigation demands. Fishing is slow for crappie.

Fishing for wipers is still good, with an occasional channel catfish being caught.

Martin Lake -­‐-­‐ Trout are still biting from shore on PowerBait and worms. More warm-­‐water species are

biting. A few catfish were caught last weekend, as well as walleyes and saugeyes. The youth pond has

een stocked with trout. Boaters are reminded that ramps are open from sunrise to sunset. All boats

must be off the water by sunset.

Midwestern Pond -­‐-­‐ Midwestern Farms Pond is a 35-­‐acre lake located 6 miles east of Granada on

Highway 50. This deep pond has been stocked with rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass,

saugeye, crappie, wiper, striper, yellow perch and bluegill. Fishing has been good for rainbow trout

throughout the spring, especially after stockings, and has been slow for all other species.

Montgomery Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The small lake at the foot of Hoosier Pass will remain closed to fishing through

2011 so that repairs to the outlet can be completed.

Monument Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing generally has been good. Monument Lake management is planning to

stock additional larger fish from certified private hatcheries to supplement DOW stocking. Chartreuse

PowerBait seems to always be popular, as do doughballs. Make sure you review your 2011 fishing

regulations because no live minnows may be used as bait in waters above 7,000 feet to protect the

integrity of the aquatic ecosystem. Remember to be 'Bear Aware' while fishing or camping at Monument

Lake. Bear Aware info is available on the DOW web site or from the local District Wildlife Manager.

Mt. Elbert Forebay -­‐-­‐ Fishing has been fair to good, and mackinaw are starting to show up in shore

fishermen’s' creels. The lake is stocked with catchable-­‐sized rainbows and cutthroats from late May

through August. The Forebay has the best population of mackinaw in the Arkansas River basin. They

average 17 inches but run up to 40-­‐plus. The mack limit is one fish, and all fish between 22 and 34 inches

must be released. Carry-­‐on boats and float tubes are permitted on the Forebay, but boaters should be

aware of possible dramatic fluctuations of the water level.

Nee Gronda Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Currently, there is no usable boat launching facility available at Nee Gronda;

hand-­‐launch boating only. Following the severe fish kill of 2009 -­‐ 2010, the lake has been restocked with

all species. Spring sampling revealed fair numbers of channel catfish and wipers available to anglers.

Nee Noshe Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Nee Noshe is very low. Currently, no boat launching facility exists at Nee Noshe.

Fall inventory sampling by DOW aquatic staff revealed no fish present. Water quality is very poor. If no

fresh water is added, Nee Noshe could go dry in the near future.

North Lake -­‐-­‐ Fishing has been good for rainbows and splake. Success reported on Elk-­‐Hair Caddis, black

or green Pistol Petes, Krocodiles and Kastmasters near the inlet. North Lake is restricted to artificial flies

and lures, so be sure and check the 2011 fishing regulation brochure or DOW web site for definitions.

Boating by electric, wind or hand-­‐ propelled craft only. Be bear aware in western Las Animas County

Pueblo Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The water temp is 67 degrees. The level is down a little from last month's high-­‐water

mark but remains high. The upper end has not yet been discolored by runoff. Fishing for crappie, wipers

and smallmouth bass around the submerged brush of the west end has been very good. Leeches have

been especially productive bait, but fish also are taking an assortment of shad imitations. Trolling for

walleyes with crawler harnesses near the dam also has been quite good, though most are below the

minimum (18-­‐inch) legal size.

Queens Reservoirs -­‐-­‐ Upper and Lower Queens reservoirs are dry.

Skaguay Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing is poor to fair for stocker and carryover rainbow trout and a few cutthroats

and browns. Most are being taken along the west side on PowerBait or worms. A few northern pike also

are showing up in the bag. The water level is normal (full). West Beaver Creek below the dam has been

poor to fair for small browns on assorted dry fly patterns. The flow in the creek is low and with a 60-­‐

degree water temperature, moss is starting to cover most surfaces.

South Platte River (btwn Spinney and Eleven Mile) -­‐-­‐ Trout action is fair to good. Various fly patterns

working: Woolly Buggers, scuds, RS2's, Barr's Emergers, streamers and Flashbacks. The South Platte

between Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile reservoirs is catch-­‐and-­‐release fishing only with artificial

flies and lures only.

South Platte River, Deckers area -­‐-­‐ Recent flows from Cheesman Dam have been about 100 cfs and the

water remains ultra clear, keeping the Platte as possibly the most fishable river in the state. Though no

major hatches have been occurring, a mixed bag of aquatic insects is available to the trout. Some blue-­‐

wing-­‐olive mayflies still are around, and some pale-­‐morning duns have been observed. While some

caddis activity has been occurring, the hatches have not been as heavy as in recent years. Even so,

caddis patterns and attractor dries can take some fish. Hoppers and other terrestrial insects are

beginning to appear. The Platte is living up to its reputation as a tough river, demanding a careful

approach and skillful presentation.

South Platte River, Elevenmile Canyon -­‐-­‐ Flows in the Canyon are consistently around 100 cfs. Blue

winged olives are still hatching and the same small dry flies -­‐ 20-­‐22 Parachute Adams or Sparkle Duns

are still working. The BWO's are coming off earlier now so it's best to be there by 8:00 AM to catch the

hatch. Small (size 20) nymphs like Stan's Black Shucking Midge, Pheasant Tails, Barr's BWO Emergers and

WD 40's are working. Also working are egg patterns and small tan streamers. Please remember that

Elevenmile Canyon regulations are flies and lures, catch-­‐and-­‐release only, upstream of Springer Gulch

Bridge. Below that point you can keep 4 fish a day and use bait. There are plenty of fish in the standard

regulation water.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The north ramp is open; the south ramp is now open. Fishing good with

Halfbacks, egg patterns, Zebras, San Juan worms, Rapalas and tube jigs. Pike action is spiking, with

trophies being produced every week. Good fishing on the Dream Stream below the dam using San Juan

worms, scuds, midges, Woolly Buggers and caddis pupae. No report on the river above the reservoir.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir fishing is with artificial flies and lures only. Bag limit for all species of trout

is one fish 20 inches or larger. No limit on northern pike. Spinney is open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2

hour after sunset, with no boating or fishing past half-­‐an-­‐hour after sunset. Boat inspections are

required for all trailered vessels before entering the state park.

Thurston Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Thurston Reservoir currently has good water levels. Fishing has been fair for

largemouth bass; slow for all other species.

Trinidad Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Trinidad Lake is at approximately 610 surface acres, with the surface temperature

about 58 degrees. Fishing remains great, with lots of great fish still being caught. Several wildfires are

burning in the area of Trinidad, but the state park currently is not affected by any of them. The park

remains open. Boat inspections for ANS are under way and someone is at the boat ramp entrance every

day to inspect boats. Boaters beware of floating debris and unmarked hazards as the water level

continues to lower. Anglers are reminded to check the regulations for bass and walleye. The walleye size

restriction has been removed. Boaters also are advised to wear their PFDs. All facilities on the park are

open. For further information call the visitors center at 719-­‐846-­‐6951.

Turks Pond -­‐-­‐ Turks Pond is open to anglers. Water levels have improved significantly due to over-­‐winter

filling. Fishing is good for stocked rainbow trout and fair for catfish and crappie.

Turquoise Lake -­‐-­‐ The lake is ice-­‐free and the road around the lake is snow-­‐free. Campgrounds are open,

as is the Matchless boat ramp. Lots of fish are being caught, with bag limits being a mixture of

mackinaw, rainbows and cutthroats. Bait fishermen claim worms are best, with shiny lures favored by

the more-­‐active fishermen. The reservoir is still very low but filling fast. The lake is stocked on a regular

basis during the summer with catchable-­‐size rainbows and cutthroat trout. The south and east

shorelines usually offer good fishing for mackinaw. The limit for mackinaw is two out of the total four-­‐

fish limit, with no size restriction.

Twin Lakes -­‐-­‐ Both lakes have risen but still have very low water levels. Fishing has improved over most

of the lower lake. As usual, the catching is still best for catchable-­‐sized rainbows, and some bigger, on

worms and hardware below the power plant to the last parking area east of the Big Mac access area.

Boat inspections are conducted at the Dexter Point ramp from 6 a.m. to dark, seven days a week during

the summer season. The mackinaw population continues to improve.

Two Buttes Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Two Buttes Reservoir currently is dry. When the lake refills, fish stocking will

resume. Anglers can still fish the Black Hole pond below the dam for trout (seasonal), bass, bluegill and


Wrights Lake -­‐-­‐ Wrights Lake, six miles west of Nathrop, is flies-­‐and-­‐lures only. Fishing has been very

consistent from May through the early part of June. Most anglers use flies with a fly rod or fly-­‐and-­‐

bubble setup. Lure fishing has been slower. The extreme west shore is private, so avoid that end of the



Beaver Creek Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The water level is 20 feet below the high-­‐water mark. It will be maintained at

or below that level for the entire summer. Currently, the water level is right at the bottom of the boat

ramp. Anglers are advised to be cautious on the steep-­‐sided slopes. Anglers have reported fair to good

fishing for kokanee and brown trout up to 14 inches.

Big Meadows Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Anglers have reported fair to good fishing from boats and from the shore.

Fish are ranging in size from 10 to 15 inches.

Blue Mesa Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The lake is coming up fast, about 2 feet per day. Iola Basin is very muddy with

lots of debris. Salmon fishing remains good with limits being caught daily in Cebolla and Sapinero basins

from the surface down to 50 feet. Browns, lake trout and rainbows are being caught all over the lake

trolling typical salmon gear or Rapala-­‐type lures from 10 to 60 feet.

Crawford Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing from boats and the shore has been fairly good. Fishermen have been

catching some large pike, as well as perch, crappie, trout and catfish.

East River -­‐-­‐ With flows at Almont around 2,300 cfs and rising, the runoff is under way.

Groundhog Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing for trout running 15-­‐20 inches has been good in recent days. Fish have

been taking PowerBait, Nitro Dough and night crawlers, and starting to hit lures such as Thomas

Buoyants, Dardevles and small Flatfish.

Gunnison River (through the canyon) -­‐-­‐ On June 6, the Bureau of Reclamation peaked the river at 7,330

cfs. On June 7 and 8 they started bringing the river down incrementally to June 13, where it will stabilize

at 3,100 cfs. Reports coming off the river at the Gunnison River Pleasure Park are that fishing has been

good even though visibility is two feet with brown/green water at Chukar Trail. Gunnison River

Expeditions launched trips on the 13th and 14th, and will be coming off in a few days with a new report.

The fish will be moving back into grass and willows and into feeding lanes in a day or so. The stonefly

patterns have been working well, along with some Gunnison Omelet stonefly patterns, streamers,

caddis and mayfly emergers. Gunnison River Expeditions: 970-­‐874-­‐8184. Gunnison River Pleasure Park:


Gunnison River (Upper from Almont to Blue Mesa) -­‐-­‐ Recent flows have been around 3,850 cfs. The

runoff is under way. Fishing is difficult to impossible.

Jackson Gulch Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Fishing has been good to very good for 10-­‐12 inch rainbow trout (limit 4) and

4-­‐6 inch yellow perch (no limit). Trollers are having success with in-­‐line spinners and 1/4-­‐ounce jigs.

Shore anglers are catching trout on PowerBait, salmon eggs and night crawlers. Fly fishing should be

good on calm evenings. Trout are especially active in the flowing water near the inlet. Yellow perch love

those worms. Be sure to bring plenty of bait as there is no place to buy it nearby. Rainbow trout will be

stocked monthly through the summer. Jackson Gulch requires an ANS inspection before launching

boats. Regular inspection hours at the lake are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A daily pass is required for day use

of the park. For more information: or call 970-­‐533-­‐7065.

McPhee Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The water level has been coming up quickly, the lake is about full and a little

murky. The temperature is about 55 degrees. Fishing for rainbow trout and a few browns in the 12-­‐ to

18-­‐inch range has been very good. Nitro Dough, Yum PowerBait and night crawlers have been working

best. Fishing for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth has been improving. Most have been

taken on silver-­‐and-­‐black or chartreuse tube jigs. Crank baits and spinner baits also have taken some

bass. At least seven walleyes recently were caught on silver tube jigs. The key seems to be a color that

matches kokanee salmon. The thermocline is at 20 feet. Most fish are located above that.

Mountain Home Reservoir -­‐-­‐ This lake recently was stocked with more than 3,000 catchable-­‐sized

rainbow trout. Fishing for rainbows reportedly is fair, with reports of fish up to 16 inches in length.

Navajo Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The water temp is 63 degrees. Crappie fishing is still fair with minnows and John

Deere-­‐green grubs. Bass fishing is very good by the rocky points on crank baits and plastics. Pike fishing

is fair using broke-­‐back Rapalas. Catfish fishing is good on shrimp and dough baits. For the latest updates

on fishing call the marina at (970) 883-­‐2628.

Ridgway Fishing Ponds -­‐-­‐ The Pa-­‐Co-­‐Chu-­‐Puk ponds of Ridgway State Park are excellent for children

because they are the only water below the dam not restricted to artificial flies and lures or catch-­‐and-­‐

release fishing. A limit of four trout per person may be kept there, by children and licensed adults, 16

years and older. The ponds are stocked monthly throughout the summer. Fishing continues to be good.

Try worms, grasshoppers and red salmon eggs. Fly fishermen might try a black Woolly Bugger or gold-­‐

ribbed Hare's Ear, size 14.

Ridgway Reservoir -­‐-­‐ No recent reports.

Rio Grande River -­‐-­‐ Recent water flows at Wagon Wheel Gap have been around 2,400 cubic feet per

second. The salmon flies should begin to emerge over the next week or two. When the flows go down in

a few weeks and the water clears up, fishing should improve. Anglers have reported some success by

floating the river and on the Coller State Wildlife Area.

Road Canyon Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Anglers reported good fishing throughout the winter. Spring fishing has been

good, with a number of individuals catching their limits in a few hours. Fish have ranged in size from 12-­‐

14 inches. The reservoir will be stocked throughout the months of June and July.

San Luis Lake -­‐-­‐ Due to low snowpack the reservoir will not be filled this season. The boat ramp has been

closed to motorboats for the season and only hand-­‐launched boats are permitted.

Sanchez Reservoir -­‐-­‐ Due to low water levels, the concrete boat ramp currently is closed and will likely

remain that way for the remainder of the year. However, boats are allowed to launch from the shore,

but there is some risk of getting stuck. Mandatory boat inspections are still in place and all boats must

be inspected prior to launching. The inspection station will be open from approximately 30 minutes

before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Please make sure your boat is clean, drained and dry. Due to

the discovery of rusty crayfish, an invasive species, all crayfish must either be returned to the water alive

or killed by removing the head from the body or thorax before they can be removed from the reservoir.

Anglers have reported fair to good fishing for northern pike and walleye.

Smith Reservoir (San Luis Valley) -­‐-­‐ Fishing has been fair to good for rainbow trout. The reservoir was

recently stocked with more than 2,500 rainbow trout.

Spring Creek Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The reservoir is free of ice and the road is open. Expect springtime fishing


Taylor Reservoir -­‐-­‐ The ice is gone and the lake is open to boats. The water level is low but the snowpack

is deep and inlet creeks are running high. Large mackinaw have been plentiful in 10-­‐20 feet of water. Jigs

tipped with sucker meat, jointed Rapalas and Flatfish have been effective. Smaller lakers are being taken

from the shore on standard trout baits and lures. Fishing for rainbow and brown trout also has been

good, and some 10-­‐pound northern pike recently were brought in. Boat inspections are conducted 5:30

a.m. to dark. Cottonwood Pass is open.

Taylor River -­‐-­‐ Releases from Taylor Dam have come down to a still-­‐high 402 cfs, but with feeder creeks

running high, the volume at Almont is up to 1,130 cfs. Fishing the Taylor at these flows is not


Tucker Ponds -­‐-­‐ The ponds will be stocked the first week of June and stocking will continue through July.


The table below identifies where catchable trout were recently stocked at the time of this report. Links

to past weeks' reports (as pdf files) will be listed below the table for reference.

Body of Water Location

Northeast Region

Bear Creek Reservoir Lakewood

Carter Reservoir SW of Loveland

Eaglewatch Lake Littleton

Evergreen Reservoir Evergreen

Flatiron Reservoir SW of Loveland

Northwest Region

Beaver Lake E of Marble

Christine Lake Basalt

Cowdrey Lake N of Walden

Island Lake Marble

McKee Lake Marble

Rifle Gap Reservoir N of Rifle

Ruedi Reservoir E of Basalt

Slack & Weiss Reservoir S of Walden

Southeast Region

Crystal Creek Reservoir Pikes Peak

Daigre Reservoir NE of La Veta

De Weese Reservoir NE of Westcliffe

Lake Dorothey SE of Trinidad

Monument Reservoir W of Trinidad

North Lake W of Trinidad

Trinidad Reservoir W of Trinidad

Wahatoya Reservoir E of La Veta

Southwest Region

Andrews Lake N of Durango

Applebaugh Pond SE of Placerville

Beaver Creek Reservoir S of South Fork

Big Meadows Reservoir SW of South Fork

Big Molas Lake N of Durango

Buckeye Reservoir NW of Paradox

Columbine Ponds Uncompahgre Plateau

Deer Creek Lakes E of Lake City

Juniata Reservoir SE of Whitewater

Lake San Cristobal S of Lake City

Le Platt Lake Bayfield

Lower Brown Lakes W of Creede

Pothole Lakes #1 and #2 Taylor Park

Spring Creek Pond W of Creede

Wetherill Pond S of Saguache

Past Stocking Reports

o June 7, 2011

o May 31, 2011

o May 24, 2011

o May 18, 2011

o May 10, 2011

o May 3, 2011

o April 26, 2011

o April 18, 2011

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