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November 25, 2014

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir

Water temp is 41 and there is no ice. 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 is rated as slow to fair.  Best areas have been from the dam and coves using power bait and crawlers.  Boaters have been reporting success ranging from slow to fair trolling with spoons, rapalas and crawlers for trout.  Walleye action is reported as slow to fair from boats trolling bottom bouncers with crawlers, jointed shad raps and jigs. A handful of reports of walleye being caught from the west end of the dam using swim baits and jigs. Restricted to electric motors only. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park hours for November hours of operation 6:30 a.m. -6:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Reservoir will close to boating December 1st! This includes ALL watercraft.

Quincy Reservoir

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. WILL REOPEN MARCH 1ST 2015 FOR MORE INFORMATION 303-326-8430. 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 at this time.

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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Boyd Lake

Reported by Type of Fish: Grade, Lures Reported Used, Location Reported.

Bass, Largemouth: POOR, Plastic Lures, Marina, Pumphouse & North Cove;

Bass, Smallmouth: POOR, Lures, Marina, Pumphouse, North Cove;

Bass, White: FAIR, Lures, Worms , Lakewide;

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: POOR, 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 40° with a depth of approximately 45  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 Regulations for further clarification and information.

Eleven Mile

TROUT (Fair):  Large fish hitting crawlers & Power Bait (chartreuse and pink working the best). Wooly Buggars, Tube Jigs and Tasmanian devils (pink and black) are still doing well.  Nice trout are still being seen at Lazy Boy, Rocking Chair & Witchers Cove in the early morning.  North Shore and Stoll are also seeing fish. KOKANEE (Very Slow): Few being reported.  Change color and size often if you are having no luck.  A few being seen around Cross Creek and Suckers Cove. NORTHERN PIKE (Fair): Rock drop offs are seeing bigger fish (North Shore) .  The West end near Stoll Mountain is seeing lots of smaller fish.  try large spoons, stick baits, and the Rapala F-18's and the J-13's. Switch up colors often to get the most action. DREAM STREAM (Fair):  Low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to find intermittent hatches of midges with the occasional riser in the slower pools and tailouts. Recommended flies include #18-20 Mercury Blood Midges, #18 Egg patterns, #18-20 Buckskins,  #18-22 Flashback Mercury Pheasant Tails,  #20 Flashback Barr Emerger (BWO), and #20 JujuBaetis.  Target the slower runs and deeper pools. You'll find the best between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Other effective patterns include #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #24 Medallion MIdges, #20-22 Chironoflash, 20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Minute Midge,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #18 orange Span Juan Worm, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22-24 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #20-22 Matt's Midge, #22 Cannon's Suspender Midge, #20-22 Griffith Gnats, and #20-24 Parachute Adams  (Courtesy of Pat Dorsey's Stream Report)

Attention Ice Fishermen:  Ice is beginning to form, please remember ice is inherently dangerous, especially at this time when ice thicknesses may vary considerably within relatively short walking distances.  Remember that if you venture out onto the ice it is advisable to drill test holes as you go, wear a PFD, carry at least 75 feet of rope and go out with a second person. Eleven Mile typically gets its first safe ice around mid to late December depending on the year.  It is usually late December to early January before the entire lake has safe, fishable ice.  Open water and good fishing can be had across all of 11 mile, but it won't be long before we see safe ice!  Stay tuned for the latest reports!

Jackson Lake

Lake level is winter fill level. Surface water temperature is approximately 33 degrees. Fishing has been fair for all species.  No report of any fishing. There is a thin layer of ice on the lake.  There is open water near the Marina and extending across the lake towards the dam.  Ponds are frozen.

Spinney Reservoir

The lake is beginning to form ice along the west end and in the coves on the south side.  The lake is less than five percent covered with ice at this time.  Most of the ice is in the Northwest corner of the lake.  Ice is forming in both Buffalo Cove and the Homestake Canal inlet. Fishing has been fair in day, good at sundown.  The weedy beds have been good for larger fish. Early AM and after 4 PM are the best times. Streamers (black, olive, and white) and nymphs. Tube jigs and Tasmanian devils also working well. DREAM STREAM (FAIR):  Low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to find intermittent hatches of midges with the occasional riser in the slower pools and tailouts. Recommended flies include #18-20 Mercury Blood Midges, #18 Egg patterns, #18-20 Buckskins,  #18-22 Flashback Mercury Pheasant Tails,  #20 Flashback Barr Emerger (BWO), and #20 JujuBaetis.  Target the slower runs and deeper pools. You'll find the best between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Other effective patterns include #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #24 Medallion MIdges, #20-22 Chironoflash, 20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Minute Midge,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #18 orange Span Juan Worm, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22-24 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #20-22 Matt's Midge, #22 Cannon's Suspender Midge, #20-22 Griffith Gnats, and #20-24 Parachute Adams  (Courtesy of Pat Dorsey's Stream Report) RIVER ABOVE SPINNEY (FAIR): Wooly Buggers, Damsels, and Trout Trap Jigs are working well in the mornings and evenings, with the typical mid-day slow down.  (Courtesy of Chaparral Gen. Store)​​​​

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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado​

Arkansas River

The Thanksgiving week will be a bit tumultuous for the fishery and the fishing, as discharge from Twin Lakes is ramped up to 800 cfs on 11/25 and then stepped back down to 400 cfs over the next several days. Flows should be stable but elevated over the holiday weekend with a likely reduction early the following week. After this brief hydro-engineering experiment, expect winter Wellsville flows of 550-650 cfs through the winter months as Fry-Ark water is moved downstream to Pueblo Reservoir.

Big Horn Sheep Canyon

Recent winter fishing in upper Bighorn Sheep Canyon has been very productive, with rainbows and many browns still hard on the feed. Midges, caddis larvae, and small baetis nymphs have all been productive, especially when trailed behind a nymph like a gold or dark stonefly. Areas with good sun exposure will have the most active fish and the best days will be those following warm nights. Good midday conditions (10-4), active fish, and solitude – the Arkansas River is enjoying the early winter thus far.

Trinidad

The lake is at 515 surface acres and the water temperature is in the low 40's.  The trout fishing has been good on power bait and dough bait from shore.  Boaters can expect to catch trout using trolling methods and walleye and perch using jigging techniques. We are starting to see some ice forming on the west end of the reservoir.

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 ​Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado​​

Delaney Butte/Lake John

The ice was recently checked for thickness and strength. Using safety equipment the individual walked out on all three Delaneys and Lake John, which are totally covered with ice. The ice at each boat ramp was tested by plunging a spud into the ice ahead, then chopping a hole to check thickness.  Ice averaged about 2 inches thick, depending on which body of water, and seemed to retain a consistent thickness.  The surface on all lakes was erratic — smooth, clear, cracked, cloudy, bumpy, crusty. The lack of snow lets you see the different planes, but makes it hard from a distance to tell what's actually good ice and what could be treacherous.  If we get new snow, these surfaces will all look the same and you may be literally walking on thin ice.  The lakes did not freeze all at once, or at the same time.  Using caution and common sense is a total necessity.

James M Robb

Island Acres, Fruita and Corn Lake were all stocked with catchables this the fall. 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. Water temperature at Connected Lakes is approximately 47 degrees, at Corn Lake, 40 degrees.

Sylvan Lake

The lake iced over Nov. 14. Ice is five inches thick at boat ramp and dam. The lake was stocked Nov. 21 and fishing is good. Best luck is usually a jig with meal or wax worms. Unsafe conditions can always exist so please USE CAUTION!

Vega

Shore fishing is excellent at this time.  All three boat ramps are now closed for the season.  The lake is still accessible by small hand launched water craft only. Currently there is about an inch of snow on the ground and no ice forming on the lake except for the inlet.  The gravel pit and south road are closed until May, 2015. The Visitor Center sells fishing licenses and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday - Monday. 

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​Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado​​

Antero Reservoir

It seems a little too early for safe ice to be here, but we are ahead of schedule and Antero Reservoir has 3-4.5" of hard ice across most of the lake.  As always, use EXTREME caution and pay attention to the conditions around you as they can change quickly, especially during the early ice season.  The south side of the lake seems to have a little bit thicker ice than the north side.  Fishing is excellent for 14-17" trout with some bigger ones showing up!  The fish don't seem to be picky right now and just about any small ice jig or spoon in any color will get their attention.  

Blue Mesa

As of right now we are still fishing lots of open water! The coldest water I have seen in in the inlets and ranges from 36-50 degrees.  The trout fishing is red hot right now!

​Staunton

The main Davis Ponds construction has concluded and we will begin the process of filling the ponds.  Elk Falls Pond is iced over.  Please use caution as ice conditions may vary.

 

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