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 Colorado Fishing Report

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August 23, 2016

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir​

The current water temperature is around 72 degrees. Water clarity is around 5 feet. The water is becoming a little green due to the high heat and algae blooms. Fishing is rated as fair for bass and walleye. Anglers are catching plenty of walleye on the shelves and ledges using jigs and bait. The perch fishing has been good recently. 

Quincy Reservoir
The current water temperature is around 76 degrees. The bass fishing is starting to slow down, but anglers are catching some fish on crawfish lures. The crappie and perch fishing is getting better every day. The moss and weeds are getting thick, creating some issues for anglers. 

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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Boyd Lake
The current water temperature is around 75 degrees. The bass and trout fishing has been rated as fair to good. The sunfish and crappie fishing has also been good recently. Anglers are catching walleye on bottom bouncers and worms near the south end of the lake. Boyd Lake State Park​

Eleven Mile Reservoir
The current water temperature is around 66 degrees. Fishing has been rated as poor to fair. Both boat and shore anglers are having minimal success. The reservoir is seeing a lot of new algae and weeds which is causing the poor fishing conditions. Eleven Mile State Park

North Sterling

The current water temperature is around 82 degrees. The warm days of summer have slowed the fishing down, but anglers who put in time and effort are catching fish throughout the day. Boat anglers are having the best success. Jigging and bait are working well for the walleye. Early and late in the day are the best times to fish. North Sterling State Park

Saint Vrain

Fishing has been rated as fair to good recently for bass and pan fish. The water in many of the ponds is muddy and the water clarity is around 18 inches. Most of the ponds are full besides Blue Heron. The perch and crappie bite has been good recently. There has been a lot of surface activity and anglers using top water lures and flies are getting the most bites. Saint Vrain State Park

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​Conditions Report- Southeast Colorado

Arkansas Headwaters

The river is in excellent condition with great fishing now available on the Milk Run, Browns Canyon, and the Big Bend. Most of our guides have been focused on dry fly fishing, though dry-dropper, streamer, and nymph rigs will all work well too. With the diverse and plentiful hatches underway, fish are feeding throughout the day and can be brought to the surface most of the time. Bright, full-sun afternoons may require a little depth if fish move out and down off the first shelf. Good lead flies are foam and natural pmx patterns, stimulators, foam hoppers, stones, and ants. Trail small stimulators, caddis, or pmd’s for double dry. Drop red quill or pmd nymphs if the sun is too bright. (Courtesy of ArkAnglers) Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Clear Creek Reservoir

Trout angling has been slow from both shore and boat at Clear Creek Reservoir. Early morning fishing remains the best time to land a trout from shore. Successful shore anglers caught a few trout on worms at the southeast part of the reservoir. The southern part of the reservoir can be accessed by a trail located near the pond off of Highway 24.  A few boat anglers reported landing rainbow trout in the 19 to 23-inch range. Trolling worms with flashers at the southern part of the reservoir has been the most productive method to catch trout. Trolling for trout has been more effective 50 to70 feet away from the shoreline in deeper water. The kokanee salmon fishing remains very slow. The best time to fish for kokanee salmon has been at dawn. The tiger muskie fishing has been very slow. A majority of the tiger muskie followed a lure up to a boat without striking at the lure. The reservoir is closed to trailered motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The current boating hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

John Martin Reservoir

The current water temperature is around 76 degrees. Water clarity is poor with about 20 inches of visibility. A majority of the fish are being caught in the deeper water around 25 to 30 feet down. The wiper bite is hot right now. Anglers who are keeping their bait near the bottom of the reservoir are having the most success. Gulp minnows and PowerBait are currently the most effective. ​John Martin State Park

Lake Pueblo

The current water temperature is around 77 degrees. The water level has been slowly decreasing, creating tough fishing conditions. Fishing is rated as poor to fair. The pan fish are still biting well, but anglers going after bass and trout are having difficulties when using their usual techniques. Lake Pueblo State Park

Lathrop Lake

Anglers are having luck pulling in stocked trout on both lakes. Martin is providing a great northern pike bite, which will continue into the fall. Stocked trout are being caught on PowerBait and crawlers. No reports of muskie or walleye have come in lately. Lathrop State Park

North Gateway Park​​

Fishing has been slow as of recently. Most of the anglers are catching small bluegill and small catfish on various lures.

Trinidad Lake

The surface temperature is currently around 74 degrees. Juvenile smallmouth and perch are being caught from areas of cover using night crawlers. We are also seeing a few trout being caught on PowerBait from shore.  Early mornings and later evenings continue to be the most productive time to fish. Catfish are still hit or miss throughout the lake for anglers fishing at night using worms and liver. Fishing from shore has slowed down. Boaters are still catching trout, walleye, and perch using jigs tipped with a night crawler or artificial minnow.  Some boaters are catching fish trolling worm harnesses. Trinidad Lake State Park

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​​​Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado​​​

Elkhead Reservoir

Anglers have been catching a lot of northern pike recently. Most of the pike being caught are from 15 to 25 inches in length. Some pike over 30 inches in length are being caught. Boat anglers trolling with various lures at various depths are having the best luck. Anglers fishing from shore are having the best luck on the east side using crank baits. Elkhead State Park​

Vega Reservoir

Fishing is starting to pick up. Anglers are reporting catching some nice rainbow trout and cutthroat trout in the 16 to 17- inch range using green PowerBait and night crawlers. After today, Early Settlers boat ramp will close leaving only the Island boat ramp open for launching through the end of October. All boats that do not have a seal must be inspected prior to launching. Vega State Park​

Yampa River

The river is currently flowing at 90 cfs in Steamboat Springs. The water level is very low in town and the best fishing is below the Stagecoach Reservoir dam. The dry fly fishing has been excellent with fish taking blue-winged olive emergers, parachutes, and elk hair caddis. The nymph fishing has been decent using various patterns, but grey sow bugs are working really well within a few miles below the dam. The mornings and evenings are the best time to fish, but double dry fly rigs are very productive during the warmest hours of the day. Do not skip over the fast flowing riffles, as most of the fish are being caught in less than two feet of water throughout the day.

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​Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado​​

Ridgway Reservoir

The trout and bass fishing has been great lately. Some large bass are being caught on the west side of the reservoir. Large brown trout are being caught throughout the reservoir from boaters and shore anglers. The kokanee salmon are beginning to transition into their spawning areas. Expect them to start moving up the river within the next couple of weeks. Ridgway State Park

Navajo Reservoir

The smallmouth bass fishing is very good. Anglers are catching fish throughout the reservoir, but a majority of the fish are bass being caught with grubs and worms over rock beds. Navajo State Park​

Conditions Report - Statewide

Rivers and Creeks

Water conditions and insect hatches will now remain consistent until autumn. Fishing repo​rts for specific rivers and creeks throughout the summer have a tendency to provide an influx of repetitive information. Use the following information as a general guide for fishing Colorado's rivers and creeks in the month of August.

The month of August in Colorado means lower water flows and crystal clear water. The calm and clear water will cause the fish to become spookier, so being stealthy and presenting delicate casts becomes more important this time of year. Anglers will need to start focusing on using lighter leaders and tippet to ensure the fish do not see their fishing line. This is when using fluorocarbon fishing line becomes more important than monofilament. The warmer water temperatures will cause additional stress on the fish, so catch and release anglers should reel in and release their fish as quickly as possible to avoid over exhaustion. Although your fishing line should be small, your flies and lures can still be big. The primary hatches throughout the month will consist of large caddis, attractors, and terrestrials. If the fish are not biting grasshopper patterns, be sure to try other terrestrial patterns such as ants, crickets, spiders, and beetles. The best times to fish in August are from sunrise to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sunset. When the day becomes hot and the bites slow down, try nymph fishing the deep holes and fast eddies. The most productive nymphs this time of year consist of prince nymphs, hare's ear, pheasant tails, and copper johns. Dry flies and nymphs from a size 8 to 18 will produce the most strikes in August. If you are fishing a freestone river or creek, larger flies can be used. If you are fishing the tailwater below a dam, smaller flies should be used. Common techniques include a single or double dry fly rig, as well as a single or double nymph rig. Special techniques include a dry dropper rig or a triple nymph rig. If the nymph fishing is slow, try adding another split shot to your line. Often, the difference between an angler and a good angler is one split shot.

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