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July 15, 2014

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Arvada Reservoir

We have had two recent stockings of over 5000 rainbows in the 10 to 12 inch sizes.  Fishing has been fair with some limits coming out while others are reporting poor success.  Water levels have remained steady and the temperature has not risen too high because the outside temp has not been that hot.  The smallmouth bass are still running with good catches being reported.  Most favorable baits are jigs and different types of power baits.  Garlic seems to be attracting the trout.  Give it a try.  Also, a moose has been spotted drinking at the lake so be on the lookout.

Aurora Reservoir

Open to boating. Water temp 68 degrees. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch in the lower parking lot at the entrance of the boat ramp. This includes all hand launched watercraft. Trout fishing has been slow to fair. Most fish being caught in the late morning to mid day. Try fishing deeper now that the water has warmed up! From the dam try using power bait from a slip rig casted out 40-50 yards! Boaters have been reporting success ranging from fair to good trolling with spoons, rapalas and crawlers for trout. Walleye action is reported as fair to good from boats trolling bottom bouncers with crawlers, jointed shad raps and jigs. Most walleye are under the 18" size limit. Some reports of yellow perch being caught in the marina cove using worms and jigs. All other species are slow or no reports. Restricted to electric motors only. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park hours for JULY 5:00AM-9:30PM. Please note the Reservoir will be closed to the public Sunday July 20th!

Cherry Creek State Park

Hot Spots for the week have been Tower Loop with multiple Walleye reported, caught using worms. Rainbow Trout have been pulled up with salmon eggs. The Dam Trail has been a great spot for Catfish, also caught using salmon eggs. Water temperature has been steady at about 76. As always, a Park's Pass is required. $9/daily and $73/annually. Join us this Saturday, July 19th as Cherry Creek State Park celebrates our reservoir at Lake Appreciation Day! From 8-11:30am we will have a variety of volunteer projects to sign up for, to help maintain the beauty of the Park. At 11:30am lunch will be provided! Then the rest of the afternoon will be spent participating in a children's fishing clinic, pontoon rides, educational booths, and a raffle for some awesome prizes! Registration is required... please call (303) 766. 6566 Bring the whole family! Event is free, but daily Park entry is required. $9/daily and $73/annually.

Quincy Reservoir

Water temp 75 degrees and the level is high. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Only watercraft capable of being launched by hand permitted and electric motors only. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. Trout fishing is slow to fair using flies and spoons. Fly casters tend to do better in the evening. Bass fishing has started to slow down and is rated as slow to fair using swim baits, top water lures, spinner baits and soft plastics. No other reports at this time. For more information call 303-326-8424. Park hours for JULY 5:00AM-9:30PM.

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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Boyd Lake

Reported by Type of Fish: Grade, Lures Reported Used, Location Reported. Bass, Largemouth: GOOD, Plastic Lures, Marina, Pumphouse & North Cove; Bass, Smallmouth: FAIR, Lures, Marina, Pumphouse, North Cove;Bass, White: GOOD, Lures, Worms , Marina Inlet & Heinricy Inlet;Blue Gill: POOR, Report, Lake Wide;Carp: POOR, Report, Lake Wide;Catfish: POOR, Report, Lake Wide; Crappie: FAIR, Worms & Lures, Lake Wide; Trout: GOOD, Worms, Lures, Powerbait, Lake Wide

Walleye: GOOD, Bottom Bouncers, lures, Shallow Waters Off the Points & Trolling;Yellow Perch: POOR, No report, Lake Wide; The current water temperature is estimated to be approximately 70° with a depth of approximately 54 feet. Estimate approximately 1600+ Surface Acres. PLEASE NOTE: Any Live fish collected for use as bait may only be used in the same body of water from which they were collected. All live baitfish from a commercial source and transported by anglers must at all times be accompanied by a receipt for the source. See the Colorado Fishing Regulation for further clarification and information.

Eldorado Canyon

Fishing conditions in the canyon are currently poor. Reconstruction of the creek bed and picnic area is underway and the creek from the vehicle bridge adjacent to the picnic area to the west boundary of the park is closed to fishing. Fishing is still allowed from the vehicle bridge to the East park boundary however the disturbance of the creek due to the construction has resulteed in poor conditions. The reconstruction is expected to continue through the summer.

Eleven Mile State Park

Trout (Excellent):  Trolling, casting, fly fishing and sitting on the shore all have seen excellent action.  Rainbows, Cuttbows, and Browns ranging from 13 to 23 inches are common.  The bite is spread throughout the day with afternoon seeing big fish when you least expect it.  Rainbow Needlefish, Tasmanian Devils, and Power Baits are working well. KOKANEE (Slow):  People are still catching a salmon here and there.  Most are big ones and most are coming out of the North Shore area out from the marina.  A number of things are working like a sling blade or dodger with a Dick Nite, Needlefish or Hoochie attched with about a three foot leader.  Fish are running 15 to 40 feet deep. NORTHERN PIKE (Fair):  Action continues to improve but you will work for those big ones.  Work shallow water using large Rapala's or big spoons and big tube jigs.  Mid morning from 8:30AM to 11:00AM seems to be the best. DREAM STREAM (Fair): Red Nyphms and Cooperhead Midges have been the most succussful flies on the stream this week. (Courtesy of 11 Mile Marina)

Horsetooth Reservoir (Larimer County)

Water temperature was 69-72 degrees, and the level has leveled out at 100% full. Walleye fair, try West shoreline, 18 feet deep, hitting grubs and tube jigs, and worm harness and shad raps in shad colors. Still best fishing evenings and early night. Bass good to excellent; mostly smaller fish up close to bank. Lots of bass found in the coves and should be close to bank under trees or between trees and bank. Very slow presentation on tubes works, as well as craw colored crank baits, and senko type worms, too! Look for males guarding fry in beds in coves where water is warming, try top water baits early morning, senkos under trees. Trout is fair; try worms under a bobber in Satanka and Inlet Bay, and also crawfish crank baits. 

Jackson Lake

Lake level is full. Surface water temperature as of July 12th was at 80 degrees. Fishing has been slow to fair for species.   A few trout have been taken with your typical bait and wipers using nightcrawlers.

Spinney Mountain State Park

DREAM STREAM:  Red Nymphs and Copperhead Midges have been the most successful flies on the stream.

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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado

Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lakes)

Fishing is generally slow for all species. There are small numbers of channel catfish, bull heads, and carp being caught. The low water boat ramps are usable.

Arkansas River (Fremont County)

Moist monsoon air and the water management regime of the upper basin reservoirs are keeping flows elevated on the Arkansas River. However, clarity has been mostly good and water levels continue their mid-summer decline following runoff. Pale morning duns, yellow sallies, and evening caddis continue to be the primary hatches through Browns and Bighorn Sheep Canyons. On the upper river, green drakes and residual Mother's Day caddis can be added to the mix. The persistant strong flow means most fish will be seeking velocity shelters, either tight to the edges or tight to the bottom below slower lanes of current.

Clear Creek Reservoir (Lake County)

Shore fishing at the boat ramp parking lot area remains slow.  On the other hand, shore fishing at the upper part of the reservoir has been fair. A few trout were caught on pink or orange PowerBait at the boat ramp parking area.  Either silver or gold Kastmasters (1/8 oz or 1/4 oz) normally works well at the boat ramp parking lot area.  Fishing the bottom with green PowerBait at the first parking area located above the boat ramp parking area was effective.  Shore fishing from the upper part of the lake has been the most productive between dawn and 9:30 a.m.  The trout went for either orange or rainbow PowerBait at the upper part of the reservoir.  Most of the shore anglers catches comprised of 8 to 13 inch rainbow trout and cutbows. Fishing from a boat has been fair.  Boater anglers that failed to land a fish were generally fishing midday.  Trolling at the southern part of the reservoir with worms coupled with troll blades has been the most consistent method to land trout. The best kokanee salmon fishing has been between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  The kokanee salmon went for Squids and Dodgers. The reservoir is closed to trailer and motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Boating hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Midday water surface temperatures were in the low 60's F°.


Due to going dry last year, the fish population is being rebuilt. No fish are being caught.

Horse Creek Reservoir (Timber Lake)

Dry, no fishing

Lake Pueblo

With the holiday weekend come and gone here at Lake Pueblo, the fishing finally seems to be coming to good levels.  The lake is fishing well as usual and a variety of methods are bringing in the catch. South Fishing and any area out west is producing many bass, walleye and trout.  Anticline Ponds and Valco Ponds are also a good place to try, as fishing for pan fish and trout have been productive.  The Arkansas River is finally coming down, and we are starting to see the first fisherman trying their luck with varying degrees of success.  Another few weeks and the river should become even more productive. As always please continue to follow the rules and regulations regarding method of take, size limits and bait use while on the river. If you have any questions please stop in at our visitor center or ask a ranger on the park. Tight lines everyone!


Due to going dry last year, the fish population is being rebuilt No fish are being caught.

Trinidad Lake State Park

The lake is at 507 surface acres and the water temperature is 65 degrees. Trout are still being caught from shore on powerbait, mainly in the early mornings and later evenings. Boaters also reported catching trout trolling. Walleye fishing has been good. Walleye have been biting from boat on bright green jigs. Catfish have been biting on chicken liver and night crawlers.

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Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado​​

Elkhead Reservoir

The lake is clear and fishing has picked up considerably; Anglers are reporting catching small mouth bass, pike and full limits of crappie.  The temperature has come up as well.

Highline Lake

Fishing is slow for trout at Mack Mesa and Highline Lake - it's just too hot!  Crappie have been biting on Highline, and catfish are being caught at Mack Mesa and Highline both.  The inlet at the east ramp or near the spillway on the west side of Highline can be good for catfish.  Bass should be biting at both north and south ends of Highline - try mornings and evenings. Information for trollers - ANS inspections and decontaminations are available Monday through Friday on the WEST side only, 7 am to 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday inspections and decontaminations are available on the WEST side 6 am to 8 pm, and on the EAST side 8 am to 4 pm. See the Conditions page for information about Boat Capacity procedures.  

All required watercraft, trailered or not, must be inspected for ANS before launching, unless a seal is attached, and a receipt is in hand. Do Not launch without an inspection or without leaving a seal and receipt in the box provided at the ramp. Pick up your 2014 fishing license, night crawlers and Power Bait at the Visitor Center on your way to the water! Get out and go fishing at Highline or Mack Mesa Lake - it's a great way to spend some time with family and friends.  Or just enjoy the peace and quiet of fishing alone, away from the everyday hustle and bustle.  No matter the excuse for getting outside, fishing is a great way to spend the day!

James M. Robb Colorado River

Island Acres, Corn Lake and the Fruita Section were all stocked with rainbow trout in the spring. Fishing has slowed down a bit due to the warmer weather. If you want to try your luck try using worms early in the morning or in the evening. Popular fishing spots are the north east side of Red Rocks Lake at Fruita, the south west side of Corn Lake and anywhere on Old Orchard or Roan's Pothole at Island Acres.

Lower Fryingpan

OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10.THE SHORT AND SWEET: Are you the angler that doesn't want to see anyone (or at least just a few others) all day? This is your section. Hatches get rolling down on the lower river before the upper due to warmer temperatures, and we are already seeing good numbers of caddis, PMDs and baetis. Green Drakes are starting to show up on our radar, although numbers are still on the light side.

Lower Roaring Fork (Carbondale to Glenwood)

OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10 with evening lightning rounds easily ranking at a 9.5 out of 10! Conditions are ideal but are still amazingly improving daily as the water continues to drop and the fish become more concentrated. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: GREEN DRAKE ALERT!!! And don't forget about the piles of caddis hatching in the evening, the PMDs hatching midday and the random lingering stoneflies. THE SHORT AND SWEET: Pack up your fishing gear and get your butt out on the river! The green drake hatch starts and moves quickly upriver, thus if you want in on the action, do so NOW! Book your favorite float or wade guide as soon as possible as we're heavily booked this late in the game. Like the other sections of water along the Roaring Fork, nymph the fast water with larger flies and the soft water with smaller flies. As the water continues to fall, look for the fish to make the transition from holding along the edges eating big flies (stoneflies, drakes etc), to holding more midriver and eating smaller flies (PMDs, caddis etc).

Middle River Fryingpan

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 THE SHORT AND SWEET: The middle section of the Fryingpan sees far, far less pressure than the upper miles, and this can play to your advantage. The middle river also offers plenty of places to duck out of the ever-present wind. Temperatures warm with the drop in elevation, so the lower and middle river typically see earlier and later hatches in the year as well.

Middle Roaring Fork – Basalt Downstream to Carbondale

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 in general but again, the evening "lightning-round" or "power-hour" is an easy 9 out of 10. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, Stoneflies, Caddis, Worms, PMDs THE SHORT AND SWEET: The leading edge of the green drake hatch is Basalt! Party on! We are back in business on the Roaring Fork. The water is still high and just a tad swift, but visibility is perfect and the levels are dropping daily. All of the fish are still on the edges and side channels, and where you find one, you'll find many right now.


Fishing from the shoreline, especially around the inlet, and in the coves, has slowed a little with the warmer water. From the shore power bait, night crawlers, and power eggs are working well. Boaters are having luck with rapala suspending lures/stick baits, tube jigs, buzz baits and Kastmasters. The responsible harvest of pike at Stagecoach is encouraged. The Tailwater Area is open but there may still be some construction in progress. Please remember that if the Tailwater parking lot is full, the river is full. Anglers are encouraged to come back another time. For current flows p lease visit the USGS website.

Upper Fryingpan

WATER CLARITY: Clear with ideal flows. The water flows decreased to 255cfs on the July 8th. What's this mean? Improved dry fly fishing conditions! OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10THE SHORT AND SWEET: The Fryingpan River is renowned world-wide for quite a few reasons, the first that come to mind are the prolific and year-round dry fly hatches as well as fish measured in pounds instead of inches. People jokingly refer to Basalt as a small drinking town with a big fishing problem, and we can certainly vouch for that. Hatches currently on the Fryingpan consist of PMDs, BWOs, and midges in the upper reaches, and down low you can add in stoneflies and caddis too.

Upper Roaring Fork (Aspen downstream to Basalt)

OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 though some local anglers would argue that it's rating at least an 8 out of 10. If you know the river well and enjoy pocket water fishing, this upper section of river is right up your alley. THE SHORT AND SWEET: Bye, bye runoff. It's summer time and the fishing and water conditions are much, much improved now. In general, look for the fish to be stacked up in the softer water eating general attractor patterns. Hatches are consisting of predominately caddis, BWOs and midges. Stoneflies, PMD and green drake nymphs are also fishing well. And of course, don't count out the San Juan Worm either. Look for the fishing to go from 0-100 in no time flat! Right now it feels like the calm before the storm, where the locals and fish-bums are taking advantage of the conditions before the crowds of summer roll in in the coming weeks. Fish the softer pockets and seams and you'll get em!

Vega State Park

Fishing is very good in most areas of the lake. All boats are required to have an inspection prior to l aunching.  Anyone failing to receive an inspection will be given a citation.  The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and we do sell fishing licenses . We have extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m.

Yampa River

The river flows are reaching more seasonable levels and it is clear.  Fishing has picked up; anglers are reporting that browns are fishing very well and there are quite a few pike being taken out of the river.

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​Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado​​

Blue Mesa

The lake has remained stable at 19 feet below full pool for two weeks now. This has improved the fishing all across the lake. Kokanee salmon fishing gets better and better as the summer goes on. Limits are being caught now in Sapinero and Cebolla basins trolling from 15-50 feet of water. Standard lure choices included orange, pink and purple in spinners and squids trolled behind dodgers in silver or matching color patterns and tipped with white corn. Trout fishing remains good all across the lake trolling salmon gear, Rapalas or fishing the bottom with worms and power bait. Perch have also starting showing up shallow in almost all of the bays and inlets around the lake. Look for weeds submerged in 5-30 feet of water and use small grubs tipped with worms.


The reservoir is at 96% capacity and stable. Our most recent stocking of the reservoir, with 1,100 catchable rainbow trout, occurred on June 17th.  Shore fisherman and boaters are reporting very good fishing for stocker-sized fish (8"-14") and a few larger fish (18"-22".)  The catch is mostly rainbows, with a few browns and smallmouth bass. Shore fishermen are doing well along Dallas Creek day use area and Mears Bay shorelines.  Shore fisherman should try gold Kastmasters, Power Bait, Pink Garlic Marshmallow Bait, or worms off the bottom. Boat fishermen are having luck with jigs and black/silver sinking Rapalas near the dam and around the opening to Mears Bay.

Fishing in the Uncompahgre River at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is excellent. The river flows are currently up to around 480 CFS. Fly fisherman are doing well on bead-headed nymphs, wooly buggers, copper johns, pheasant tails, and small midges. Spin fisherman are doing well with gold Mepps and yellow/black Panther Martins. Please remember that the Uncompahgre River in Pa-Cu-Chu-Puk is restricted to flies and lures only, and all fish caught must be returned to the river immediately. The ponds at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk have a population of rainbows and some brown trout. Fishing in the ponds has been very good. There have been several larger fish (18"-20") caught. Fishermen have been doing well with worms and Marshmallow Bait on top in the mornings and evenings, and various colors of Power Bait off the bottom in the afternoon.


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