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November 11, 2014
Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
TROUT (Fair-Good): The fly anglers dropping nymph's and bait drifters knocked them dead with hot and heavy action this week. Shore anglers are seeing good action from Corral Cove to Rocky Flats and Sucker Cove to Lazy Boy. Pink Power bait got hot for those hugging the shore at night. Wooly Buggers have been kind to shore fly anglers. Good, slow at times but the big trout typically found at this time of year are being found in numbers. Power Bait, worms, wooly buggers, AP Emergers, scuds, crawfish patterns, Kastmaster & tube jigs are all producing well. KOKANEE (Very Slow): Try Cross Creek or Suckers Cove. A few in the river, but they can't be kept. A few being caught by trollers going deep with downriggers. NORTHERN PIKE (Good): Now its time to walk the rocks. Work Sucker Cove or North Shore and pitch that Husky Jerk. Work it hard move around and catch a big one. Still good, but tougher to catch than last week. Try Tazs & Rapalas. Switch up your colors often to get the most action. DREAM STREAM (Fair): There are a few spawn-run browns entering the river now. They are holding in deeper holes. Mostly smaller fish, but a few surprisingly large trout among them. Work hard & cover lots of water. Try black leeches, lg. chironomids, San Juan worms & egg patterns for big browns. Best bet flies are #18-20 Mercury Blood Midges, #18 Egg patterns, # 18-20 Buckskins, #18-22 Flashback Mercury Pheasant Tails, #20 Flashback Barr Emerger (BWO), & #20 Juju Baetis. (Courtesy of Pat Dorsey's Stream Report, 11 Mile Marina,11 Mile General Store, Chaparral General Store).
SPINNEY RESERVOIR (Fair in day/Good at Sundown): Keep into the weedy areas for some trophy size catches. Zebra midges, Callibaetis, Damsels & Scuds are working well. Early A.M. & after 4PM. DREAM STREAM (GOOD): There are a few spawn-run browns entering the river now. They are holding in deeper holes. Mostly smaller fish, but a few surprisingly large trout among them. Work hard & cover lots of water. Try black leeches, lg. chironomids, San Juan worms & egg patterns for big browns. Best bet flies are #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. 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 & Pat Dorsey's Stream Report)
Lake level is winter fill level. Surface water temperature as of November 7th - 53 degrees. Fishing has been fair for all species. A few trout have been taken with your typical bait, as well as drum, walleye and wipers using nightcrawlers.
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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado
The Arkansas River continues to fish well from Buena Vista to Salida, though the slowly cooling weather, shorter days, and lower angle of the sun are making the afternoon the more productive time to fish. We are still seeing some blue wing olive mayfly activity, particularly below Browns Canyon, though midges now make up the majority of the trout diet. With the brown trout spawn in full swing, streamers are also a good option.
With the cold weather moving in, water temperatures will be declining on the Arkansas River and trout will continue to migrate into the slower, deeper runs and pools we know as "winter water". Congregated in these locations, fish will subsist primarily on midge larvae/pupae and free-living caddis larvae, though they will certainly take golden stonefly nymphs and attractor patterns as well. Anglers should focus on the areas that hold the most fish and make sure they are presenting their flies at sufficient depth. As the water temperature declines, fish are less likely to move far for a fly. Also, fishing from 10:00 to 3:00 will coincide with the warmest water temperatures and most direct solar radiation, resulting in greater aquatic insect activity and more vigorously feeding fish.
Big Horn Sheep Canyon
While individual days may not have set temperature records, the sequence of weather over the last 60 days has to have been one of the very warmest falls on record. And while a cooling trend will flow through the valley over the next few days, look for another warm and beautiful weekend ahead. With a slowly declining flow of 491 cfs at Wellsville this morning, both float and wade fishing remain good approaches in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Blue wing olive mayfly activity continues, as do the seasonally important midge hatches, and streamers remain effective as well. With the shorter days and lower angle of the sun, focusing one's fishing between 10-4 will be the most productive. Water temperature and direct solar radiation become critical factors for active fish at this time of year.
Fishing on the reservoir overall has been slow. Boggs creek is producing limited numbers of small mouth bass using crank baits. It remains difficult to catch keeper size bass. Schools of small shad have been seen schooling near the surface near the marinas and are sure to draw in game fish. Flows below the river below the dam are falling and running in the neighborhood of 235 CFS at the dam. These lower flows are making the river easier to wade than the summer months. Rainbows are being caught but very few larger than 20 inches.
Boats Ramp Closed to boating October 15. The lakes are closed to all trailered boats, and now only open for hand launching. Fishing has leveled off a bit, very few fishermen out along the shoreline. Northern Pike are going to be a decent catch off west beach, and the Martin Inlet. Chasing the carp around South Horseshoe provides a fun catch, the trout bite has slowed down quite a bit. Stop by the visitor center to let staff know how the fishing is, or to show off an impressive catch!
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
Highline & Mack Mesa Lakes
Both Highline Lake and Mack Mesa Lake were stocked with 2,400 trout recently. They are 8 - 10 inchers, just right for pan-frying? We have had no information from fishermen, so fishing is slowing down. If you do catch a fish and would like your photo posted on our Big Fish Board, just stop by the Visitor Center or track down a Ranger, and we'll take your photo and post it! Stop by the Visitor Center and take a look at what others have caught. We have a huge variety of Power Bait in the Visitor Center, but we are out of nightcrawlers for the winter. You can also pick up your 2014 fishing license on your way to the lakes. Just stop by the Visitor Center! 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, even if you don't catch a thing! Highline Lake is now closed to boating for the season.
OVERALL RATING: 7out of 10. THE SHORT AND SWEET: As summer winds down and fall settles in, the lower Fryingpan still fishes well. Plenty of spawning fish in the lower miles, be sure to give 'em a break! IN DEPTH REVIEW: The lower river continues to shine through fall here in the Roaring Fork Valley. With relatively warmer temperatures than you will find up below the dam, it stays buggier, longer. Caddis are certainly the main entree, and you have a chance of seeing rising fish on BWOs and midges, too. We haven't experienced a hard freeze here yet, so small hoppers, ants, beetles and the like will put a few fish in your net, too. (Courtesy of Taylor Creek Fly Shop)
Lower Roaring Fork (Carbondale to Glenwood)
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 nymphing with 7 out of 10 streamer and high-low fishing. Perfect conditions and darn nice weather has improved the fishing scene here in and around Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. We are floating and wading the lower river with plenty of success as of late. The middle and upper Fork are a little stronger, but don't overlook the lower section, which truly is our bread and butter. The float from Carbondale to Westbank fishes all year, and is the "easiest" section of the river to row. (Courtesy of Taylor Creek Fly Shop)
Middle River Fryingpan
OVERALL RATING: 9 out of 10. The middle section of the Fryingpan is our favorite stretch as of late, due to excellent mid-day hatches and a lack of vegetation compared to the upper miles. Late afternoon dry fly hatches are still quite consistent. Some people (most people) skip the entire river except for the top mile, on their quest for a lunker trout. Here's a little hint: Big fish are found throughout the river, from top to bottom. The middle river, at this point, has better caddis hatches than the upper, too. WInd is always a factor on the Fryingpan, and there are plenty of places to duck out of it in the middle section. (Courtesy of Taylor Creek Fly Shop)
Middle Roaring Fork (Basalt to Carbondale)
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10. We love the way the Roaring Fork is fishing here in Basalt! Raft floats (the river is too skinny now for dories in the middle section) are cleaning up out there, primarily with streamers and nymphs. Whether you are wade fishing or going for a float, the middle section of the Roaring Fork River is very solid right now. This section lends itself to better boat fishing, as public wading access is harder to come by than the upper and lower river. Wade spots to check out are the Tree Nursery, the Upper and Lower Bypasses, Catherine's, Gianetti (upstream of Carbondale boat ramp) and the confluence with the Crystal River. (Courtesy of Taylor Creek Fly Shop)
Lake is ice free. Fishing has been fair, power baits have been most consistent. Try flies or lures with a flash of color. Try West Brush Creek below the dam. Inlet Creek is closed to fishing September 1-November 30.
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10. Hatches consist primarily of midges, baetis, and a few caddis. Best dry fly activity has been later in the afternoon. The streamer bite has been fairly decent, despite the low flows. The reservoir is currently "turning over," which adds a greenish tint to the river for the next few weeks. The Fryingpan is a true pleasure to fish in the fall, and November offers up fine hatches, light crowds, and big fish. As mentioned above, the lake is in the process of flipping over, which adds a vegetal tint to the upper few miles of river. This isn't a deal breaker, and the fish certainly don't seem to mind at all. Considering the amount of vegetaion in the river for the next few weeks, you'll be doing your fair share of "moss tossing." Nymphing is the name of the game until later in the afternoon, but you should always be prepared for anything! The biggest bugs you will encounter in the upper reaches of the Fryingpan are caddis, which we are seeing in a creamy near-white color in size 18, and some larger black specimens closer to size 16. The caddis are starting to sputter out, but as of now are still a big factor. (Courtesy of Taylor Creek Fly Shop)
Upper Roaring Fork (Aspen downstream to Basalt)
OVERALL RATING: 9 out of 10. It's time to be on the upper Roaring Fork, folks! Rainbows have the feed bag on, browns are in full spawn mode on the upper river. Streamers, nymphs, it's all on the menu except for dry fly fishing. Be aware of spawning fish and let them be. Look for some amazing fishing opportunities in the upper Roaring Fork Valley in the coming weeks. From Basalt all the way up to (and past) Aspen, the fishing is terrific. Above Aspen, brook trout and smaller browns await you. This is the one area of the upper Fork that still has a little dry fly fishing on the menu. Don't overthink it, your favorite attractor dries and small beaded droppers should get the job done. (Courtesy of Taylor Creek Fly Shop)
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 no snow on the ground and no ice forming on the lake. The Visitor Center sells fishing licenses and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday - Monday.
Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
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