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November 15, 2016
Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
The current water temperature is around 53 degrees. Trout fishing has really picked up over the last week and is rated as good. Trout are being caught using PowerBait from the dam and off the points in the marina. Boaters are reporting slow to fair success on trout, trolling with lures and crawlers in deeper water. Walleye reports from boats have been slow to fair. There have been a few reports of walleye being caught from shore using swimbaits. Shore anglers should try fishing the west end of the dam for walleye. Just a reminder: The reservoir will be closed to all boating starting December 1st.
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
The current water flow is at 104 cfs with temperatures in the low 40 degree range. Anglers have had success catching rainbows near Silverthorne using 6x tippet and sticking with the usual patterns like BWO's, midges, and Annelids. Below Green Mountain Reservoir the flow is around 280 cfs, and you can expect the browns to be getting ready for pre-spawn. They are mostly feeding on Stoneflies, BWO's, and midges, but will really go after anything that comes near.
The current water temperature is estimated to be around 50 degrees, with a depth of approximately 43 feet. Anglers have had success catching perch using nightcrawlers and shiners.
Boyd Lake State Park
The flows are low around 93 cfs, and the fishing is technical along the stream. Current hatches include midges, BWO's, and sporadic Tricos. Anglers willing to work a little harder are catching a mixed bag of resident rainbows, cutbows, and browns. There are a few lake run fish in the system, but for the most part the spawn run is winding down. Anglers have found that patterns like San Juan Worms, Pheasant Tails, Barr Emergers, Black Beauty's, and Parachute Adams all in the #20 range have been effective.
Eleven Mile Reservoir
The trout fishing has been fair. Some very large fish are being caught again this week, although the bite itself has been less than stellar. The big ones are being caught either on PowerBait or nightcrawlers. Tube jigs are also doing well with color being the trick. White and white pepper have done well, but pumpkin pepper and even purple or lavender have caught some nice fish. Egg patterns and Woolly Buggers have bent a few fly rods. Bite times can be almost any time if you are in the right place at the right time. There have been no reports of kokanee or northern pike being caught.
Eleven Mile State Park
The current lake temperature is about 55 degrees. Crappier, walleye, catfish, perch, and bluegill have been caught off the south ramp parking lot. Catfish have been caught at the mudflats near the inlet canal. Fish have primarily come out early morning and late afternoon. Most fish are being caught on PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Just a reminder: size and bag limits apply to the outlet.
North Sterling State Park
Spinney Mountain Reservoir
Trout fishing has been good in the last week. Anglers have had success in the mornings using tube jigs, Taz Devils, Rapala's, egg patterns, Copper Johns, and Pheasant Tails.
Spinney Mountain State Park
St. Vrain River
The current water temperature is in the 50 degree range, with water flows around 20 cfs. Anglers have reported very productive fishing, especially using patters such as BWO's, Barr's Emergers, and any midge pattern. Try fishing the deeper runs, riffles, and pockets. If you expect cloud coverage, try out some dry flies.
St. Vrain State Park
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Conditions Report- Southeast Colorado
Arkansas River Headwaters
Upper Basin: Hayden Meadows is running cold and clear, with air temps dropping well below freezing most nights. As a result, the fishing on the upper end of the river is definitely slowing down. Anglers are having better success by moving downstream for warmer water and more active insects and fish. Current temperatures are in the low 40 degree range with water flow around 88 cfs.
Lower Basin: Though the temperatures are slowly cooling, the long, slow glide that has been this fall continues to provide excellent fishing conditions for November. With water temperatures still peaking well into the high 40 degree range in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, post-spawn browns have returned to active-feeding lies and can be found in pocket water most afternoons. In the early mornings and late afternoons, expect them to move towards deeper/slower water. While midges are the primary available food source now, fish will take caddis larvae and golden stonefly nymphs too. The current water flow is around 308 cfs (courtesy of ArkAnglers).
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
The lake is at 739 surface acres with a surface elevation of 6185 feet. The surface temperature has been in the low 50 degree range. Trout have really picked up from the shoreline in the last week. Anglers have been using nightcrawlers, artificial flies, and PowerBait. Trout sizes have been in the 12 to 15 inch range. Boaters are still catching trout. The walleye and perch fishing has stayed consistent. Most boaters are catching fish trolling worm harnesses.
Trinidad Lake State Park
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
The current water flow is around 72 cfs, with temperatures around 42 degrees. The fish have now relocated with the lower water. Temperatures aren't expected to drop until later this week, so take advantage of the entire river before the dam becomes the only reasonable fishing. Fish have been gorging on hatches in the later afternoon around the mid river. Anglers have found success using midges, BWO's, and egg patterns. If you plan on fishing near the dam, use Mysis Shrimp. It is recommended to use lighter tippet, so stick to the 6x Fluoro.
Fishing has picked up over the last couple of weeks. The current water temperature is around 44 degrees. Trout and perch have been caught throughout the lake. Walleye and bass have been caught near the dam. Anglers have had success catching largemouth at around 10 feet using crank baits, spinners, and jigs.
Rifle Gap State Park
Just a reminder, as of 11/01/2016 boating is closed for Steamboat Lake.
Steamboat Lake State Park
Fishing has been fair to good. The current water temperature is in the low 40 degree range. Most anglers are reporting catching rainbows and cutthroats in the 14 to 16 inch range using PowerBait, silver or gold spinners, and nightcrawlers.
Vega State Park
The current water flow is at 43 cfs below the dam and 80 cfs towards the town, with water temperatures in the upper 40 degree range. Anglers have had success in the late mornings and evenings. Recommended patterns include zebra midges, egg patterns, BWO's, San Juan Worms, and Woolly Buggers.
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Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
Blue Mesa Reservoir
The current water temperature is around 53 degrees. While the lake water level is normal for this time of the year, the temperature is well above average. This is causing a slowdown on the brown spawn. There have been more kokanee in the reservoir than usual, and anglers have been having success with pink egg patterns. Fishing for rainbows has been slower than usual.
San Juan River
The current water flow is around 366 cfs, with temperatures in the high 40 degree range. With current conditions, smaller patterns are key. Anglers have found success catching rainbows by sticking with BWO's and midge patterns. Red and orange Annelids have also produced a few bites.
The current water flow is around 103 cfs, with temperatures in the low 50 degree range. Anglers have had the most success from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. fishing along the Taylor River State Wildlife Area, below the dam. Recommended patterns include egg patterns, BWO's, and zebra midges.
Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
With the arrival of November, we will see a shift from fall to winter fishing conditions. The first couple of weeks will continue those fall conditions from last month. Again, we will see low water flows, primarily BWO and midge hatches, and later start times for ideal fishing. As we get further into the month, the water temperatures will drop and anglers will have to switch fishing spots accordingly. Winter fishing will primarily consist of tailwaters, which refer to the waters below dams or any other structure that regulates water flow. The regulated water flow keeps the spots from freezing over and provides warmth for the cold blooded trout. Even with the warmer conditions of these waters, the fish will still behave sluggishly. This means that they will seek out calmer pools and stay deeper to conserve energy. As for diets, fish will still be feeding primarily on BWO's and midges, but also have some eggs, worms, and stoneflies for backup. Remember that the hatches are much smaller in the winter, so keep your flies in the #16 to #20 range. It is also important to be mindful of your split shot usage. With the fish being sluggish, they aren't going to divert too much for food, so making sure those flies drift directly in their path is important. Be sure not to use too much split shot though, because the last thing you'll want to do have to retrieve a snag in those cold waters. As the trout continue to get a later start, anglers should mirror that and look for ideal times to be from 11 am to 4 pm.
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