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March 15, 2016
Conditions for the week of March 15, 2016. Information is provided by CPW employees and local fishing enthusiasts. Keep in mind that fishing conditions change on a constant basis. A lot can change in a week from the time this fishing conditions report is produced.
Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
Open to boating March 15. Trout fishing from shore is rated as slow to fair. Some nice rainbows in the 1-3 pound range have been caught from the dam, using power bait. Most trout are being caught in shallow water. Also there are a few reports of walleye being caught from the dam, using jigs in the evenings. Boat access is restricted to electric motors only. For more information call 303-326-8425. March park hours are 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Open to boating. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Electric motors only and only watercraft capable of being hand launched are permitted. Boat trailers not permitted in the water. Bass fishing is slow to fair using jigs, soft plastics, jerk baits and lipless crankbaits. There are a few reports of trout being caught on jigs and spinners. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. Other special use rules apply. For more information call 303-326-8424. March park hours are 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
The lake is ice free. Fishing is allowed from shore on the north side of the lake. No fishing is allowed in the wildlife refuge or from the Barr Lake dam. Fishing has begun to pick up. Trout have been caught from shore on the left side of the boat ramp area using power bait and night crawlers. With water temperatures around 43 degrees, be sure to fish deep and slow. Start looking for pre-spawn walleye in deeper waters with easy access to shallow, clean water and rocky bottoms. Walleye should be feeding aggressively right up until they start laying eggs. This is a perfect time to be fishing for walleye.
Bear Creek Reservoir
The reservoir is free of ice. For more information, contact Bear Creek Lake Park (303-697-6159).
The reservoir is free of ice.
Eleven Mile Reservoir
This 3,400 acre reservoir is located south of Hwy 24 between Wilkerson Pass and the town of Hartsel. Ice thickness ranges from 11 to 14 inches with shoreline areas starting to open up during the day. Pre-spawn rainbows, cuttbows, and Snake River cutthroats are starting to orientate to the shallow water. Fishing for brown trout is slower than fishing for rainbows and cuttbows. Northern pike fishing is fair using dead suckers or waterdogs for bait. Kokanee fishing is poor. Call Eleven Mile State Park at 719-748-3401 for updated conditions before travel.
The reservoir is closed to ice fishing.
Ice conditions are very unsafe and the reservoir is closed to ice fishing.
Lake level is almost full; the inlet is running. Surface water temperature is approximately 48 degrees. Fishing has picked up. Fishing had been fair to good for wipers, walleye, crappie, and trout. Check out Jackson Lake Fish Survey and Management Data.
This 145-acre impoundment is located northwest of Jefferson. Access to this water can be tricky. Usually, by mid-winter, the road becomes impassable unless traveling by snow machine. Anglers can catch rainbow trout in the 12 to 14 inch range, mackinaw averaging 12 to 18 inches with a few large fish, and possibly a few brook trout. The U.S. Forest Service has installed a new gate at the pay station. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Jefferson Market (719-836-2389).
The reservoir is OPEN to boating. The lake is about 45°F. It has been a windy week, but fishermen have been successful in and around Marina Bay pulling out limits of black crappie. A few small walleye also came out near Darby Arm. New regulations are in place for fishing in 2016, including a new 10 inch minimum length on crappie. The 2016 Fishing brochures are available at the Visitor Center. Check out the current fish survey summary.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir
The park has closed for the season. The reservoir is completely covered with ice at this time. The reservoir will reopen after ice-off. We look forward to seeing you then.
This 175 acre impoundment is located along Park County Hwy 77 between the town of Jefferson and Lake George. Ice thickness is 11 to 14 inches with open water area near shore. Fishing for both trout and pike has been decent. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact The Jefferson Market (719-836-2389).
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Conditions Report- Southeast Colorado
The Arkansas River is in the midst of its transition from winter to spring. The winter movement of water from Twin and Turquoise reservoirs to Pueblo has been completed, barring significantly above average snowfall this spring. As a result, flows in Bighorn Sheep Canyon are holding at about 300 cfs. The lower current velocity associated with this flow allows fish to make better use of feeding opportunities and to disperse throughout the river corridor, reducing competition among fish and creating more productive water for anglers. The low flows also warm quickly on sunny days, increasing both bug and fish activity. From Stone Bridge down to Parkdale, the Arkansas River is definitely a worthwhile destination from now until runoff (mid to late May). No blue wing olive mayfly activity has been reported. However, it would be common to see that begin in the next ten days. That emergence has a profound effect on the fishery, inducing fish to spread out from winter water and disperse into pocket water throughout the river corridor. While we await this transformative event, the nymph fishing has continued to improve, with many anglers beginning to switch to dry-dropper rigs as well. For nymphing, we still like a golden stonefly trailed by caddis larva, olive mayfly nymph, or midge larva. On the dry-dropper side of the equation, fish a big buoyant dry trailing a golden stonefly nymph, a two-bit hooker, pheasant tail, or small mayfly nymph. For those fishing from a boat, stripping streamers off the banks is starting to produce well too. (Courtesy of ArkAnglers)
This 200-acre lake is located northwest of the Town of Penrose off of Highway 115. The reservoir is completely ice free at the time and is expected to stay that way for the rest of the season barring an extended cold spell. The boat ramp is accessible and boats are free to launch. In general, fishing has been somewhat slow but should improve as water temperatures begin to rise. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Clear Creek Reservoir
Located north of Buena Vista, Clear Creek has about 12 inches or more of ice covering the whole reservoir. On warmer days the ice is thinning around the shore, so use caution when getting on or off of the ice. Fishing has been slow. Trout fishing is good with meal worms, jigs, and powerbait. Fishing is better near the boat ramp. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Located west of Buena Vista, Cottonwood has 12"+ of ice and fishing for trout is good. Fishermen are reporting catching on meal worms, earth worms, powerbait, and jigs. Warmer days are causing melting/softening of the ice around the shore so use caution in those areas. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Located south of Leadville, Crystal Lakes is restricted to artificial flies and lures only, and trout fishing is good at this time. Ice is about 12-15" thick. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Ofice (719-530-5520).
De Weese Reservoir
The reservoir is located north of Westcliffe and has a lot of open water at the edges and in the inlet area at this time. Ice fishing is considered unsafe at this time. For current conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300).
Frantz Lake SWA
Located just outside Salida, Frantz Lake is open water and fishable from the shore. Fishing is good for trout at this time, fishermen are catching on a variety of baits including, meal worms, powerbait, and earth worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Located just south of Leadville, Hayden Meadows is fishing well at this time with 12 to 15 inches of ice. Trout are being caught with typical baits, powerbait, grubs, meal worms, etc. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Hugo SWA Ponds
Hugo State Wildlife Area is located 14 miles south of the town of Hugo on CR109, then 2¼ miles east on CR2G. The ponds are completely ice free at the time. Most of the ponds will be stocked with catchable trout by the end of March. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Area Office (719-227-5200).
The reservoir is completely ice free. The reservoir was stocked with trout in late February. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).
This lake is located south of Hugo (go 11 miles south of Hugo on CR109 then 1 mile east on CR2J and take CR33 to the north). The lake is completely ice free. Kinney was stocked with trout towards the end of February. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).
Spring fishing conditions at Lake Pueblo have been hit and miss on the shore. The west end of the lake has thawed so that is now an option. The fly fishermen have stated that fishing the river has been good. Come early with this nice weather because the river has been busy. Anticline Ponds and Valco Ponds are also a good place to try, as fishing for panfish and trout have been 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 at the park. Tight lines everyone!
Lathrop State Park (Horseshoe and Martin Lake)
Boat ramps are now open. The lakes are open to fishing. Early season is a great time to chase big pike. Trout are being caught on Horseshoe and Martin, but the numbers are a bit low. Martin has been stocked with catchable trout. Stop by the Visitor Center to show off any catch.
Located just north of Woodland Park, this 16-acre reservoir is situated on U.S. Forest Service lands. A $6 per vehicle day use fee is charged by the US Forest Service. The reservoir has a very thin layer of ice covering the water. Any ice should be considered unsafe at this time. Anglers are encouraged to contact the USFS at 636-1602 for current conditions as well as hours of operation. Anglers may also contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200) for current conditions.
Monument Lake (El Paso County)
This 40-acre lake is located just west of the town of Monument. The lake is currently breaking up with some areas of open water. Any ice should be considered unsafe at this time. For updated conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200) for current conditions.
Monument Reservoir (Las Animas County)
This 40-acre lake is located at the Monument Lake Resort about 30 miles west of Trinidad. The ice on the reservoir is starting to break up and there is some open water currently. At the time of this report, the ice is unsafe fishing. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Pueblo Office (719-561-5300) or DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).
Mount Elbert Forebay Reservoir
Located southwest of Leadville, Mount Elbert Forebay can freeze over during the winter but will not stay frozen due to continuous water movement through the reservoir. Ice fishing is not recommended on Mount Elbert Forebay during the winter months, but there are opportunities for shore fishing during some winter months, where trout fishing is usually good with meal worms, powerbait, grubs, lures, and earth worms. For updated fishing conditions and ice reports, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
North Lake SWA
This 100-acre lake is located just east of Monument Reservoir (west of Trinidad). The ice on the lake is starting to break up and there are areas of open water. The lake is unsafe at this time for ice fishing. Please be reminded that North Lake SWA is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Remember to always use caution when walking on ice and use appropriate safety equipment. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300) or DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).
Located south of Salida. Ohaver is iced over with 12 inches or more of ice. Slush is forming in some areas and warm days make the ice conditions variable so use caution on the ice. There is a spring near the center of the lake that keeps the ice weak in that area so use caution near the center. Fishing has been good, trout are being caught on most types of bait. Vehicles will need four-wheel drive to reach the lake. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Riverside Ponds (Mount Ouray SWA)
The ponds are located just a few miles from Salida. Both the lower and upper ponds at Riverside are open water with shore fishing available. However, no fishermen have been checked to know how well the fishing is going. There is about a quarter-mile walk from the parking areas to the ponds. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
San Isabel Lake
This lake is located on highway 160 west of Rye on the San Isabel National Forest. The lake has open water by the dam and north side of the lake. The rest of the ice is starting to break up and will most likely be gone in two weeks. Please use extreme caution if you venture out onto the ice. The ice should be considered unsafe at this time. For current conditions, please call the Pueblo Area Office at 719-561-5300.
Skaguay has about 14 to 18 inches of ice covering the reservoir with open water by the spillway and a few areas along the shore, use caution when near any of the open water. Fishing has been slow, mostly smaller trout being caught with jigs. The road to Skaguay is passable with a four-wheel drive vehicle. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Located just west of Trinidad, this 1,000 acre reservoir is part of Trinidad State Park (entry fee required.) The lake is completely ice free and is at 849 surface acres with a surface elevation of 6194.07. The surface temperature is in the low 40's. Boaters are catching walleye and trout using trolling and jigging techniques. We have also received a few reports of perch and bass occasionally being caught. The shorelines have been active with people catching trout using various powerbaits and some lures. Boaters are reminded that boats must be inspected prior to launch. Please call the Visitor Center or DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410) for current ice conditions as they can change overnight 719-846-6951. ANS inspections are required - vessels with a pre-inspection seal may use the drop box at the ramp. For inspection hours, please call the visitor center at 719-846-6951.
Located west of Leadville, Turquoise is iced over with more than 16 inches. There is thinning ice around the shore, please use caution when getting on or off the reservoir. Fishing is fair with mostly average-sized trout being caught. Fishermen are using jigs, lures, power bait, and meal worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Located southwest of Leadville, Twin Lakes is iced over with 12 to 15 inches of ice. Ice is thinning near the shore so use caution in that area. Fishing is good at this time with jigs with sucker meat, grubs, power bait, and meal worms. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
The lake is frozen over with reports of up to 24 inches of ice in places and anglers are reporting catching good sized pike, but fishing for crappie and bass remains slow. There is no limit on northern pike on the reservoir and all anglers are encouraged to harvest any pike caught to limit predation on largemouth bass and rainbow trout in the reservoir. Caution should be exercised as ice conditions can change, may not be consistent over the entire reservoir, and will deteriorate quickly during the late season. Please contact the Elkhead/Yampa River State Park headquarters at 970-276-2061 for the latest conditions and additional information about the parks.
Harvey Gap Reservoir
Ice fishing is over for the season as the ice is inaccessible. The boat ramp will open April 1. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN IDENTIFY TIGER MUSKIE FROM NORTHERN PIKE. ALL TIGER MUSKIE LESS THAN 36 INCHES MUST BE RELEASED ALIVE. For more information regarding tiger muskie, please contact CPW Area Aquatic Biologist Lori Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy. 325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone: 970-625-1607 for weekly updates on conditions and angling success.
Highline Lake/Mack Mesa Lake
Ice fishing is over for the season, and boating season has begun. The boat ramps at Highline Lake are open. Fishing licenses are available at the Visitor Center, including a license for the remaining 2015 season or a 2016 fishing license valid beginning April 1, 2016! Contact the Visitor Center at 970-858-7208 for more purchase information. CPW gift certificates are available at the Visitor Center too, which may be redeemed at some CPW offices toward the purchase of a license or pass. If you catch a fish and would like your photo with your catch posted on our Big Fish Board, stop by the Visitor Center and we'll take your photo and post it! Stop by and see what others have caught!
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All lakes have open water along some shorelines. Fishing from the shore should be good using worms and power bait.
Ice is approximately 12 inches thick over most of the reservoir. Fishing is mostly slow but the rainbow trout being caught are reported to be larger quality fish. Fishing for crappie remains slow, but anglers are encouraged to harvest their limit of this illegally introduced species. Caution should be exercised as ice conditions can change, may not be consistent over the entire reservoir, and will deteriorate quickly during the late season. Please contact the CPW Meeker office at 970-878-6090 for the latest conditions and information about accessing the State Wildlife Area.
Ice is holding steady at between 18-22 inches. There is no slush on the lake with the recent snow storms moving through. The bite was slow, most fish were on the bottom around 80-70 feet; but there were some fish suspended at around 40 feet. Most of the fish marked on my sonar came to check out my bait, but eventually swam away. Bites were soft when they did hit.
North Michigan Reservoir (State Forest State Park)
Last weekend we measured the ice on the west side of the North Michigan Reservoir nearest the dam and found the ice was 20 inches thick. Nearly every day we have people ice fishing the North Michigan, lately with rather moderate success. Most bites have been rainbows averaging 10 inches in length. One fisherman reported a great day of fishing using mainly a small tube jig occasionally tipping it with a meal worm. Please remember we do not monitor the ice on a weekly basis so we highly encourage visitors to take the necessary precautions before continuing onto any ice throughout the park.
Rifle Gap Reservoir
Ice thickness is approximately 8"-10" at the west end, but varies as the reservoir is filling and spilling. The shoreline is receding and the east end is open. Please keep in mind that ice thickness varies depending on the location. Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes. Ice rescue stations are located in several locations throughout the park. Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy 325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone: 970-625-1607 for weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success.
Rio Blanco Lake
With recent high temperatures ice conditions on Rio Blanco Lake are unsafe for ice fishing. Please contact the CPW Meeker office at 970-878-6090 for the latest conditions and information about accessing the State Wildlife Area.
Ice thickness is approximately two feet, but the edges of the ice are soft making it easier to fall through. Anglers are fishing early and leaving before the edges start to melt. Anglers are catching rainbow and cutthroat trout in the 14 to 16 inch range in 15 to 20 feet of water, off the bottom. Common setups for trout include terminal tackle such as ice jig and spoons tipped with wax worms, meal worms, salmon eggs, or nightcrawlers. Please keep in mind that ice thickness varies depending on the location. Always take precautions, such as wearing a life jacket and a long rope tied to a shoreline anchor, and drilling test holes. Ice rescue stations are located in several locations throughout the park. Anglers may also contact Vega Reservoir State Park, 15247 North 6/10 Road Unit A, Collbran, CO 81624; Phone: 970-487-3407 for weekly updates on ice conditions and angling success. The entrance station is closed; please use self serve or come to the Visitor Center for passes. The Visitor Center's winter hours are as follows: Friday to Tuesday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday to Thursday CLOSED.
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Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
Big Meadows Reservoir
This 114 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area southwest of South Fork. From Highway 160, access along Forest Road 410 (two miles) is only by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. Because of its access restrictions and remote location, Big Meadows offers a good opportunity for anglers to enjoy a day of fishing away from the crowds while enjoying breathtaking views of nearby peaks in the Weminuche Wilderness. Ice fishing was good to excellent through much of January and February for 10 to 14 inch rainbow trout and brook trout with the occasional large (16 to 20 inch) cutthroat trout also being caught. Ice thickness and fishing conditions are unknown but recent warm temperatures have likely resulted in decreases in ice thickness and stability. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
This 374-acre reservoir is located approximately 15 miles west of Creede. The reservoir was closed to public access for much of the 2015 fishing season during dam repair operations. The dam repairs are now complete and the reservoir is scheduled to be restocked in 2016. Ice fishing conditions are expected to be poor as water levels remain low and many fish were flushed out of the reservoir during the lowering of the reservoir in 2015. Ice thickness is unknown but recent warm temperatures have likely resulted in decreases in ice thickness and stability. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
This 390-acre reservoir is a Colorado State Park located 2 miles south of Crawford. CThe ice at Crawford has become weak thanks to the recent warm weather and wind, and is likely unsafe for the rest of the season. Any anglers attempting to ice fish Crawford should USE CAUTION. Ice fishing was good with anglers reporting action for rainbow trout, crappie, largemouth bass and perch at multiple locations around the reservoir. There are still a few tagged northern pike in Crawford Reservoir from population monitoring work done in the spring of 2014. Please report any tagged fish to the state park office or call (970) 252-6017. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Crawford State Park (970-921-5721) or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office (970-252-6000).
Island Lake has safe ice over 20 inches thick with slushy conditions on the surface. This lake and the other nearby Grand Mesa lakes should keep good ice for the next month. This 179 acre lake on the Grand Mesa offers good ice fishing opportunity for 10 to 12 inch rainbow trout, a few wild cutthroat trout, brook trout, and splake. Most splake are less than 14 inches, but there are splake over 10 pounds available. For larger splake, use tube jigs or bucktail jigs to imitate suckers. For fast action on smaller splake, rainbow trout, and brook trout, smaller jigs tipped with shrimp, mealworms or wax worms are highly effective. This lake is popular with anglers with snowmobiles. Check with the USFS for road and ice conditions (970-874-6600) or contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Montrose office (970-252-6000). Fishing has been good for splake and rainbow trout.
Jackson Gulch Reservoir (Mancos State Park)
The lake is in that spring transition that's tough on fishing: the ice has become very milky and rotten with the recent warm weather, but is substantial enough that it'll be a while before significant open water exists. There just isn't much for safe, quality fishing opportunity right now until the ice gets ripped off. Over the next couple weeks, patches of open water will show up along the shorelines. Throw small in-line spinners or jigs tipped with 'crawler at that open water for consistent action from the trout. Suspend the small jigs under slip bobbers to slow down the presentation...essentially you're presenting the same kinds of baits used for ice fishing, but under bobber. You'll find some perch with this technique too. Power bait under a bobber or fished just off bottom will work for the trout also. If you're hunting larger fish: perch-imitation crankbaits, swimbaits, or jigs fished during this ice-out period are good ways to target the big browns. A park pass is required on vehicles in the park. Daily park passes are available at the self-serve pay station at the park entrance. For fishing rules/regulations and information, please visit the Fishing page.
Mountain Home Reservoir
This is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland. The water level in this reservoir is variable and may be low during the winter. It is accessible by vehicle to the boat ramp. In February, fishing was moderate to good for 12-15 inch rainbow trout using jigs tipped with meal worms. Although current ice thickness is unknown, it is likely that the ice remaining on the reservoir is unsafe due to recent warm weather. Northern Pike are present in the reservoir, likely due to an illicit introduction. Anglers are encouraged to keep all northern pike they catch because they can decimate a trout fishery in just a few years. For updated fishing reports, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
Rito Hondo Lake
Access is only by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. Anglers can expect to catch brook trout and occasionally cutthroat and rainbow trout. Ice thickness and fishing conditions are unknown but recent warm temperatures have likely resulted in decreases in ice thickness and stability. Caution should be used as ice conditions can change rapidly and vary between locations on the lake. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
Road Canyon Reservoir
This 140-acre lake is a State Wildlife Area located near Creede. The lake is typically easily accessible by vehicle but four-wheel drive vehicles are sometimes needed to access the lake following snowstorms. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout and brook trout from 10 to 18 inches. In January and February, fishing was good for rainbow trout and brook trout using jigs tipped with meal worms or wax worms, especially early in the morning. Fishing slowed as the ice fishing season progressed which is typical as this reservoir is known for being most productive early in the ice fishing season. Ice thickness and fishing conditions are unknown but recent warm temperatures have likely resulted in decreases in ice thickness and stability. Extreme caution should be used around the solar water circulators because the ice is much thinner near these units. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
This large reservoir is a State Wildlife Area located 6.5 miles south of San Luis. It is accessible by vehicle to the boat ramp. Over the past several years, the reservoir has been well below capacity due to drought and dam maintenance operations. The reservoir was drawn down to a very low level for much of 2014 and 2015 to allow for dam maintenance operations which included removal of the outlet tower. Although current ice thickness is unknown, it is likely that the ice remaining on the reservoir is unsafe due to recent warm weather. Ice fishing was extremely slow this year. This is a result of loss of fish due to the extremely low water levels in 2014 and 2015. A 2015 fishery survey and discussions with local anglers indicate that walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, common carp, white sucker, and channel catfish are still present in the reservoir following the dam repair operations. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will work to rebuild the fishery beginning in 2016 as water levels continue to rise. A Fish Consumption Advisory issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends that anglers not consume any northern pike from Sanchez Reservoir. Walleye over 15 inches in length should only be consumed for a maximum of 1 meal per month for the general population; children under 6 years old, pregnant women, nursing women, and women who plan on being pregnant are advised to not consume any walleye over 15 inches.
This is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland. This ice fishing season provided above average conditions as anglers reported catching a fair to good number of stocker-sized rainbow trout throughout the season. Although current ice thickness is unknown, it is likely that the ice remaining on the reservoir is unsafe due to recent warm weather. For updated fishing reports, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
Trujillo Meadows Reservoir
This 69-acre lake is a State Wildlife Area located 40 miles west of Antonito. Access is by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. Anglers can expect to catch brown trout and rainbow trout. Ice thickness and fishing conditions are unknown but recent warm temperatures have likely resulted in decreases in ice thickness and stability. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
Fishing has been slow lately, but a few fishermen have been out recently. Colorado and New Mexico fishing licenses are available at the Visitor Center. The new fishing year begins April 1 for both states. Colorado licenses for 2016-2017 go on sale March 16, and New Mexico licenses will be sold starting April 1. Social security numbers are required for purchase. Remember to bring sunscreen, insect repellent and clothes appropriate for changes in the weather.
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