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March 31, 2015
Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
Open to boating and the water temperature is 43 degrees. Trout fishing from shore has started to pick up and is rated as fair to good. Most reports are of trout being caught using power bait. There are some reports of good fly fishing using an olive leach pattern. Also, there is very few reports of walleye being caught so far. No reports yet on other species being caught. Restricted to electric motors only and all watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. For more information call 303-326-8425. March hours of operation are 6:30am to 8:00pm, and April hours are 6:00am to 8:30pm.
Open to boating. Water temp is 45 degrees. Water level is low at this time and shoreline conditions are muddy. Fishing is rated as fair to good at this time for bass! Some reports of bass being caught using jigs, soft plastics, jerk baits and crank baits fished slowly. Some reports of perch being caught using jigs. 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. New for this year the fee system is now per vehicle and the West access gate is closed. Access will only permitted through the East access gate. March hours of operation are 6:30 am-8:00pm. And April hours of operation are 6:00am-8:30pm. For more information call 303-326-8424
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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
The current water temperature is estimated to be approximately 50° with a depth at approximately 45.5 feet. The largemouth bass fishing has been fair, using buzz and crank baits at the Marina, Pumphouse & North Cove. The smallmouth bass fishing has been fair, using the same things like buzz and crank baits , fishing at the Marina, Pumphouse, and North Cove. In regards to the white bass it has been fair, using spoons and worms at the Marina, Pumphouse, and North Cove. Blue gill fishing has been poor, people have been using worms and spinning lures. The carp fishing has been fair lake wide. The catfish have been poor with people only catching on chicken liver lake wide. Crappie and perch have been poor with no reports of anyone catching them. The walleye fishing has been poor with success only seen by using worms on the bottom. And lastly the trout fishing has been excellent with people catching 16-18 inch trout using lures and worms throughout the lake.
Eleven Mile Reservoir
The trout bite seems to be back on, there have been more good days than bad this past week. Concentrate efforts in extremely shallow water (about 2 feet) from Stoll Mountain to Corral Cove looking for sandy bottoms that are holding spawning fish and there are plenty. Howbert Point has also been good. Trout are hitting many different baits and it seems to change throughout the day. Yes, you can still pound a spoon in two feet. In fact, you need to pound the bottom, laying your offering directly on the bottom and they will suck it up. Black marabou jig in 1/8 size has caught some nice ones. Trophy fish are waiting for you. Try Cross Creek to Lazy Boy on the south side or Loop E of North Shore for the best chance of success using worms, eggs, jigs and kastmasters. Kokanee salmon are slow, they have been caught here and there, but it sure is a lot of work for little benefit. You can get lucky and hit a spot that works, but that is the exception, not the rule. Attention Ice Fishermen: There is approximately 14 inches of ice at Eleven Mile. Please remember that ice is inherently dangerous, especially at this time when it is just beginning to form. Ice thicknesses may vary considerably within relatively short walking distances. If venturing out onto the ice it is advisable to drill test holes as you go out, wear a PFD, carry at least 75 feet of rope and go out with a second person. The trout fishing at the Dream Streamhas been good. The nice big fish are being caught with copper johns, hares ears, egg patterns and scuds. The best fishing is in early morning or later afternoon hours with a mid-day slow down.
Lake level is full. Surface water temperature is approximately 53 degrees. Fishing is fair for all species.
Water levels are good and the lake is full. The inlet is on at this time, so fish are most likely moving towards this area. Fish are starting to move to their spring habitats. Wiper and walleye may be found near shallower areas such as near the inlet canal. Trout like to congregate near the dam along with some white and black crappie. Catfish may be found along windblown shoreline on the east side of the reservoir in warmer shallower areas or in the inlet canal.
The fish have been reported moving upstream. Spinney Mountain State Park is closed for the winter. The park will remain closed until the ice comes off the reservoir sometime in the next few weeks. See you then.
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Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
Fishing conditions in the canyon are currently average for the winter. The stream is running fairly low. Water levels will be rising soon with the spring runoff. Small browns have been caught with caddis, eggs and worm patterns. Terrestrials are also working well. Colorado fishing licenses are required and are available for purchase at the park visitor's center.
James M. Robb Colorado River
Corn Lake was stocked with rainbow trout in February and March, Fruita was stocked with rainbow trout in early March, and Island Acres was stocked in late March. Island Acres, Fruita and Corn Lake were all stocked with brooders in mid-November. 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.
The water conditions have been clear but cold, the better conditions are to be found upstream. The food sources that are present are midges, baetis nymphs, winter stones, and caddis larva. The overall rating for this section of the river is a 3 out of 10. It's fishing for sure, but not nearly as well as the middle and upper river. Warm days can yield much better fishing than the 3 out of 10 rating. In general, head on up higher along the river to find the best fishing (or fish the Fork/Collie).
Lower Roaring Fork (Carbondale to Glenwood)
The water flow is at 704 cfs in Glenwood Springs. The water conditions appear to be clear with lower water conditions. Best float fishing (and hatches) has been from Westbank-Two Rivers; it's skinny but doable. Easiest floating stretch has been Bonedale-WB. The fishing at this section of the river is a 7 out of 10! The food sources present are midges, baetis, stoneflies, caddis larva, sculpins-juvy trout. It is perfect conditions with great clarity. Recent cold weather has made the morning bite slow, but afternoons and evenings have been pretty outrageous!
Middle River Fryingpan
The water conditions have been clear and perfect. The food sources present are midges, baetis nymphs, and sculpins. The overall rating is a 7.5 out of 10 due to increased hatch activity, lack of crowds, and less picky fish. On bitter cold days (below 25'f) you'll still be best off to fish the first two miles below the dam. This is the current sweet-spot along the river. Expect more opportunities at rising fish, increased streamer activity and much less in the way of fishing pressure.
Middle Roaring Fork (Basalt Downstream to Carbondale)
The flow is at 422 cfs in Basalt. The water conditions have been clear and ideal. Ideally, the best fishing days always follow the warmest overnight temps. Ice and slush can be present on bitter cold days when temps fall into the low teens and below. The overall rating is a 8 out of 10. Believe that! The food sources present are midges, stoneflies, baetis, and caddis larva. Sick of fishing tail waters for lethargic fish? This is one of the few freestone rivers in the Rockies that fishes right on through the winter! Truth be told, this is the best/most consistent winter fishing on the entire Roaring Fork due in large part to the warm waters of the Fryingpan spilling into the river below Basalt.
There is 12-15 inches of ice with a layer of slush forming in the afternoon. No word from anyone fishing Pearl lately.
Ice fishing has been very good. We always suggest that you drill your own test hole to determine thickness of the ice. Ice conditions may have deteriorated across many regions of the state due to the unusually warm temperatures we have been experiencing. It is hard to predict spot conditions with any accuracy because they can change so quickly. Ice may be unsafe for human activities, so please proceed with caution. All lakes in Jackson County are not safe due to the warm temperatures. Even though there appears to be adequate thickness the top of the ice is unstable.
Ice is still about 12-15 inches with slush forming on the top in the afternoon. No open water yet. The ski trails are still usable but grooming is done for the season. Fishing has been slow, but they are still catching some.
The water flow is sitting at 189 cfs. The water clarity is super clear. Ideal flows! The overall rating is a 7 out of 10 but gaining in strength daily. Hatches are consisting of primarily midges with lighter numbers of small baetis. Best dry fly activity has been midday, anywhere from 11:00am - 3pm; warmth and overcast offer the best conditions, otherwise seek out the shade. The streamer bite has been fairly decent (weather dependent) and obviously the nymph fishing is solid all day long.
Upper Roaring Fork (Aspen Downstream to Basalt)
The flow is at 148 cfs below Maroon Creek (Woody Creek Canyon). The water clarity is clear and low with variable ice/slush conditions. Overall the rating for this section of the river is a 7 out of 10, if it weren't for colder conditions and shorter periods of sun, we could rate it as high as an 8! If you're tough enough to brave the elements, one can find superb fishing up here. However, it's time to be on the upper Roaring Fork! Rainbows have the feed bag on and the browns are now post-spawn and back to eating insects. Fishing pressure is low up here despite the good afternoon and evening fishing.
Anglers are reporting catching rainbows and cutthroats in the 14-16 inch range from shore. There are still large sheets of floating ice and the lake remains closed to boating. The south road and the gravel pit area are closed as well.
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Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
Use extreme caution if you do venture out and remember that mid-day temps and wind can drastically change the condition of the ice you walked out on first thing in the morning! Blue Mesa is still closed to boating, but should be open in the next 5-10 days! This is exciting because ice off can be one of the best fishing times of the year! Brown trout, rainbow trout, and lake trout will all be cruising shallow in search of calories that they lost over the winter.
The water temperature is around 50 degrees varying daily. The fishing is slow to fair using swim baits for northern pike, as for bass fishing, jerk baits and jigs have been the bait of choice for anglers. No other reports at this time.
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