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February 11, 2015
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.
Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
The reservoir is about 90% ice now and the ice thickness ranges from 0-5". Please use caution as conditions are constantly changing due to the warm weather! We continue to see the reservoir opening up more. The overall ice conditions are poor due to the warm weather! There is currently approximately 150-200 yards of open water along the east end of the dam, east of the Tower and at the fishing pier. Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair. Power bait seems to be working well for some anglers. The thickest ice will be in the back of the coves. The water level is also coming up. A few reports of trout, walleye and some perch being caught using jigs with meal worms and minnows. For more information call 303-326-8425. February hours 6:30am to 6:30pm. Closed to boating for the season. This includes hand launched watercraft such as float tubes, paddle boards, canoes etc.
Closed for the season, for more information call 303-326-8430.
Chatfield State Park
Perch are good from Gravel Ponds. Perch bag limit is 20, any size. Trout are good from entire lake. Trout bag limit is 4, any size. Bass are slow. Bass bag limit is 5, 15 inches long. Walleye are slow. Please remember, Walleye bag limit is 3, 18 inches long, with one of those over 21 inches. Chumming is prohibited, and strictly enforced!
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
This 2200 acre impoundment is located north of US Highway 24 between Antero Junction and the town of Hartsel. Current ice thickness ranges from 4 – 14 inches. Denver Water will drain Antero Reservoir during the summer of 2015 to conduct dam repairs. Due to this, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has increased the bag and possession limit for trout to 8 fish any size, traditional methods of take only. Rainbow trout are averaging 10-20" with an occasional larger fish being seen, with some fish in the four to eight pound range. Brown trout, cutthroat trout, splake and brook trout are also present but expect catch rates to be much lower for these species. For updated fishing reports, please contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region Service Center (303-291-7227) or for ice conditions contact The Jefferson Market (719-836 -2389).
Bear Creek Reservoir
This 205 acre impoundment is located on Morrison Road, just east of C-470 in Lakewood. Fish that can be caught include saugeye over 20" and rainbow trout. Check out the updated fishery survey summary for more information. As of February 2 there is open water and ice thickness is highly variable. Forecast high air temperatures for the upcoming week are for the upper 50's, so ice conditions will only get worse. Use extreme caution. For updated ice conditions, contact Bear Creek Lake Park (303-697-6159).
This 1700 acre reservoir, located in Loveland, also serves a state park. For additional updates contact Boyd Lake State Park (970-669-1739). Fishing for trout has been good. Report have ice thickness at only 1-2" in the marina cover. A few walleye, crappie, and perch have also been caught but the ice season is likely complete.
This 250 acre impoundment is located seven miles east of the top of Cameron Pass on Highway 14 and requires some hiking to get to the lake. Chambers offers opportunities to catch cutthroat, rainbow, kokanee salmon and lake trout through the ice. Expect lake trout 12-20" though much larger fish are present as well. Most anglers do well using tipped tube jigs and finding the right depth to fish in. Chambers ice is just forming in most areas, be cautious and always lookout for thin patches.. The inlet bay at shallower depths is usually best for trout and the deeper locations near steep drops usually produce best for lakers. For more information head to the fishery survey summary.
This 80 acre reservoir is located along Highway 125, seven miles north of Walden. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice. Not much information on ice fishing is available at this time, but Cowdrey is usually a great early ice season choice. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226) or North Park Chamber of Commerce (970-723-4600).
Delaney Butte Lakes
This State Wildlife Area is located 10 miles west of Walden. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice. Please be aware of the special regulations that exist for fishing this property. Although the bite has been fairly decent here on Lake John and over at the Delaneys, this unseasonably warm weather has made ice conditions less than ideal. Expect to find smaller rainbows and browns at East Delaney (65 ac.), rainbows and Snake River cutthroats in the 14-18" range at South Delaney (150 ac.) and larger browns that tend to be a bit more difficult to catch at North Delaney (165 ac). Fish are likely to be at different depths at different times of day so think about moving if fishing is slow. Remember, bait is not allowed at the Delaney Butte Lakes. Please refer to your fishing regulation brochure for special regulations. For additional information check out the fishery survey summary. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226) or North Park Chamber of Commerce (970-723-4600).
This 3400 acre impoundment is located south of US Highway 24 between Wilkerson Pass and the town of Hartsel. Current ice thickness ranges from 17 - 22 inches. Elevenmile Reservoir is know for producing rainbow trout, rainbow x cutthroat hybrid trout, and Snake River cutthroat trout in the 14-20" range with 5-7 pound fish showing up regularly, with the largest fish pushing twelve pounds. A bulk of the large trout caught will be over deep water from the bottom of the ice surface down to 25 feet. Currently, trout in the 17 – 22 inch class are being caught regularly, with a lot of 10-12 fish to be had. Fishing for brown trout will be slower than for rainbows and cutthroats. Kokanee fishing is picking up, with most anglers catching sub limits. Pike fishing for fish up to 20 pounds is decent using waterdogs and dead suckers on a tip up. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Elevenmile State Park (719-748-3401).
This 42 acre impoundment is located just upstream of downtown Evergreen, on State Route 74 (Evergreen Parkway). Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout, brown trout, and an occasional tiger musky. As of February 2 there is open water near the Bear Creek inlet and ice thickness is highly variable. Forecast high air temperatures for the upcoming week are for the low to mid 50's, so ice conditions will only get worse. Use extreme caution.Georgetown Lake This 54 acre impoundment is located on I-70 just north of the town of Georgetown. Fish that can be caught include rainbow trout and brown trout. As of February 2, automobiles have been driving on the northern half, so the ice is safe for fishing. However, there is open water near the bridge, use caution there. At the recent Vets on Ice tournament anglers were catching brown trout off the east shoreline, north of the bridge.
These three lakes are located west of the Laramie River Road (CR 103) 30 miles north of Highway 14. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice. Hohnholz #2, is 37 acres and has rainbow trout and snake river cutthroat trout ranging 12-16". Hohnholz #3 is 40 acres and has snake river cutthroat and brown trout up to 18". Access to the lakes is weather dependent so watch for drifting conditions and ice conditions will be similar to those found on North Park Lakes. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact West Laramie Fly Store (888-745-9565).
This 2,967 acre reservoir is located approximately 32 miles east of Greeley and 10 miles north of Wiggins. As of 2/2/2015 the remaining ice was not safe to fish on. For more information about Jackson Reservoir, please see the fishery survey summary. For up-to-date fishing and ice conditions, visit Jackson Lake State Parks or contact the park directly at 970-645-2551.
This 145 acre impoundment is located northwest of Jefferson. After the first decent snow fall of the season, the road to Jefferson Lake will become impassable for vehicles except snow machines. Depending on snow drifts, many times by mid-winter the road becomes impassable for snow machines. The ice usually recedes from Jefferson Lake the last week of May. This winter anglers can seek to catch rainbow trout in the 12-14" range, mackinaw averaging 12-18" with a few large fish and possibly a few brook trout. The Forest Service has installed a new gate at the pay station which severely limits access to the lake except for snow machines. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Jefferson Market (719-836-2389).
This 1,570 acre reservoir is located 35 miles northeast of Sterling and six miles west of Sedgwick. As of 2/2/2015, the remaining ice was not safe to fish on. For more information about Jumbo Reservoir, please see the fishery survey summary.
This 565 acre impoundment is located 15 miles northwest of Walden. Ice conditions are good with thickness 2-6 inches, but can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice.. Lake John grows fat rainbow trout, snake river cutthroat trout and cuttbows.. A variety of lures and jigs have been effective, especially tipped with a wax worm or other bait. Fish are dispersed throughout the lake so try changing depth if you aren't getting into them. Most fish are probably in the upper 10 feet of water. Bait is allowed at Lake John but no live minnows. Additional information can be found at the fishery survey summary. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226).
Lon Hagler Reservoir
This reservoir covers about 580 acres at full pool and is open year round to fishing. Visit the fishery survey summaries page to learn more about this reservoir. The ice fishing season has likely ended; thickness is roughly 1-2 inches lakewide with sections of open water. Lake was heavily stocked with catchable rainbows in November. Look for an occasional crappie or perch besides the trout. Largemouth and smallmouth bass must exceed 18" in order to harvest, bag and possession for bass is 1.
The fall 2014 gillnet survey yielded exceptional numbers of walleye, saugeye, and black crappie. No trout are stock in Lonetree but ice fishing should be good for other species. Ice is very thin.
Red Feather Lakes
The Red Feather Lakes are northwest of Fort Collins about 20 miles west of Livermore. Parvin, Dowdy and West lakes are located on the east side of town. Bellaire Lake is a bit further south off of CR 162 and there is a short walk into the lake. All of the lakes have iced over and be cautious when venturing out on the ice. Use caution, beware of any open water, and especially stay away from the islands that tend to lose ice first. Bellaire is 10 acres and has rainbow trout Expect trout around 10". Dowdy Lake is 115 acres. Dowdy had a flare-up of anchor worm earlier this summer that causes red sores on the side of fish. This does not affect the meat and these fish are safe to eat when properly cooked. West is 25 acres.. Try small jigs for both browns and rainbows. Parvin is 63 acres. Fishing is typically more challenging but browns and rainbows there are in excellent shape generally ranging 12"-16". Note that Parvin is fly and lure only and has a different bag limit from other lakes in the area. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Fort Collins CPW office (970-472-4300).
This lake is 81 acres and located about 15 miles south of Walden. Try Seymour if you are looking to get away from crowds on other North Park waters. Early season ice can change on a daily basis, please be cautious when on the ice. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Lake John Resort (970-723-3226).
St. Vrain State Park Ponds
Trout have been biting well in Coot and Sandpiper Ponds with several anglers catching a limit of trout in less than an hour. Ice thickness measures 1.2" in each of the ponds. Some ponds have open water but the ice season is likely over. Plenty of trout remain the Coot and Sandpiper to be had from shore. Bald Eagle pond has produced bluegill but no bait can be used on this water and all largemouth and smallmouth must be released. Ice fishing on Pelican Lake is highly discouraged as a new aeration system keeps the pond from freezing solid. For additional information visit the website for this state park.
This 175 acre reservoir is located along Park County Road 77 between Jefferson and Lake George. Current ice thickness ranges from 12-18 inches. Catch rates are up and anglers are catching rainbow trout averaging 12-15" with a few larger fish here and there. Anglers are also catching brown trout, cutthroat trout and northern pike up to 38". We encourage the harvest of all northern pike caught. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact The Jefferson Market (719-836-2389).
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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado
Flows in this segment are in the 300-350 cfs range now and visibility is good though there is some ice in Browns Canyon. Most fish have migrated toward winter water - areas of good holding water adjacent to current. These can be the long, slow, deep pools or smaller shelf holes. Either way, fish will be most active during the warmest part of the warmest days, though any day in the 40s with an overnight low in the 20s ought to be productive. Stonefly/attractor nymphs paired with midge or caddis larvae seem to be the best combination. The Arkansas River has a fair water temperature differential from Buena Vista to Salida, with more active fish to be found between Big Bend and Salida then up in Browns Canyon and above. With the recent cold weather, many fish are now located in winter holding water. As a result, focusing on deeper, slower runs is important. And since fish are congregating in these locations, once fish are located, working an area hard makes more sense than continually moving into new water. Bighorn Sheep Canyon has become very productive whenever the sun is shining on the water. Midges continue to be a strong performer but it seems to me that caddis larvae have become equally important on warm days. Patterns like the buckskin are an excellent imitation of the free-living caddis larvae we are now finding on the drift. Anyone who has been feeling the itch should get out to the river one of those days and see how good it has been for themselves! Key to success at this time of year is targeting those parts of the river that hold a good congregation of fish, and then making sure one is fishing down to their depth. Places with some deep slow water and a mid-speed current going past will provide winter fish with an easy resting place adjacent to a good warm-day chow line. Bighorn Sheep Canyon is rife with such winter water and fish will be actively working the calm side of those seams from 10:00 to 3:00 or so during the warm weather ahead.
This 200 acre lake is located near Penrose off of Highway 115. Any ice on the reservoir should be considered UNSAFE at this time. With the warm weather that is expected more open water should become available. Some rainbow trout are being caught near the inlet. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Clear Creek Reservoir
This 400 acre reservoir is located between Buena Vista and Leadville and is a consistently good ice fishing lake. It is completely frozen over at this time with 16 plusinches of ice. Fishing activity has been concentrated near the boat rampand fishing for rainbow trout has been good using mealworms and power bait. Kokanee catch has been fair using attractors and jigs. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
This 40 acre reservoir is located west of Buena Vista on U.S. Forest Service land. There is 12 plus inches of ice. Fishing for rainbows has been good using typical baits such as mealworms. Use caution near inlet or outlet as moving water undercuts the ice in those areas. The road is passable to the outlet bridge but beyond that the roads are not plowed. There is limited parking during the winter time. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
De Weese Reservoir
Located near Westcliffe. The reservoir has around 12-14 inches of ice. Fishing has been good for trout using jigs tipped with meal worms or night crawlers. Trout have ranged in size from 10-18 inches. A few smallmouth bass have also been caught near the boat ramp. As usual, early morning and late evening have been the best times. For current conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300).
This lake located in Salida and partially iced over at this time with up to 8 inches in places. Expect ice to thin if weather remains warm and be aware that there is some standing water on top of the ice. Conditions on Frantz lake can change quickly. Fishing has been good for 10-12 inch rainbows with flies/lures and a variety of baits. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area office (719-530-5520).
Hayden Meadows Reservoir
This is a small (5 acres) lake located along Highway 24 just south of Leadville. The lake is ice covered with 10 plus inches of ice and is safe to walk on for fishing. Fishing success is unknown, as fisherman traffic is slow at this time. 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. Any ice on the ponds may be thin. Anglers are encouraged to use extreme caution when going out onto the ice. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Area Office (719-227-5200).
This 20 acre lake is located SE of Karval. Any ice on the ponds may be thin. Anglers are encouraged to use extreme caution when going out onto the ice. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).
This small 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). Any ice on the ponds may be thin. Anglers are encouraged to use extreme caution when going out onto the ice. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Colorado Springs Office (719-227-5200).
Also called San Isabel Reservoir, this 30 acre lake is on U.S. Forest Service land off of Highway 165 just west of Rye. Fishing has slowed a little but the afternoons are still fairly productive on small jigs with meal worms or power bait. The ice is quite solid with 12-14" throughout the lake. For updated ice conditions, contact the CPW Pueblo Area Office (719-561-5300).
Located just north of Woodland Park, this 16 acre reservoir is situated on U.S. Forest Service lands. We do not have any reports on the current ice conditions. Fishing has been decent with some trout being caught. 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 ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly with approximately 4-6 inches of poor quality ice. Anglers are encouraged to use extreme caution. Some trout have been reported being caught off the north side of the lake. 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 reservoir has approximately 8" of ice however there are some soft / open areas around the shore which are covered in snow and difficult to see. Use extreme caution when entering and exiting the reservoir. Fishing has been fair for both rainbow trout and kokanee. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).
Mt. Elbert Forebay
This 200 acre reservoir is located just north of Twin Lakes above Highway 82. This is a productive lake that has better than average sized rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anglers also target mackinaw. This reservoir fluctuates considerably and is ice free most of the time, creating open water opportunity in the dead of winter. Ice conditions change daily at this reservoir due to hydropower operations so use extreme caution throughout the winter. Fishing success is unknown at this time. .For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, 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 lake has approximately 6-8" with some open water near the inlet. Fishing has been fair to good at times. Please be reminded that North Lake SWA is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).
This small (14 acre) lake is located southwest of Poncha Springs on U.S. Forest Service lands. The lake is accessible via County Road 200 (Marshall Pass Road). The lake can be accessed with traditional vehicles at this point but snowmobiles may be required soon. Ice is sufficient to fish but u se caution near the middle of the lake where a spring may create open water or thin ice. Fishing has been steady for rainbow trout using meal worms and ice jigs. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Riverside Ponds (Mt. Ouray State Wildlife Area)
These two ponds are located northwest of Salida off County Road 160. Both ponds are iced over but can change quickly with warmer weather. Both require about a ¼ mile hike, as vehicles are restricted to the parking areas. Fishermen have been successful at both ponds using typical baits for trout. The water level is dropping in the lower lake which may cause instable ice – use caution. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Located just east of Victor (near the town of Cripple Creek), this 114 acre reservoir is part of the Skaguay State Wildlife Area. The reservoir is completely covered in ice but the thickness varies from 10-24 inches. Fishing has been good with orange jigs and mealworms. Northern pike are being caught in 2-6 feet of water off the east shore. Anglers should use caution as ice conditions will vary depending on location. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Located just west of Trinidad, this 1000 acre reservoir is part of Trinidad State Park (entry fee required). Currently the lake has approximately 6-8 inches of ice but that can vary depending on your exact location. There are areas of open water both on the south and north shores. With the warm weather we are expecting over the next week conditions may change quickly. Some trout have been reported being caught. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact Trinidad Lake State Park (719-846-6951) or DWM Bob Holder (719-680-1410).
Twin Lakes Reservoir
This 2000 acre reservoir is located southwest of Leadville, Colorado. Ice is 10-18 inches thick. Fishing success for rainbow trout has been fair. Lake trout success is fair. The boat ramp gates are open and vehicles are being driven on the ice. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
This 1600 acre reservoir is located just west of Leadville. Ice is 10-12 inches thick with a slush layer on top so use caution accessing the lake with motor vehicles. Rainbow and lake trout catch has been fair with most anglers fishing near the dam from the south shore. .Snow fall can make access available only by foot or snowmobile from established parking areas, and parking is limited due to others using the area for outdoor activities. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Salida Area Office (719-530-5520).
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
Fishing is excellent around the lake for arctic char, rainbow trout and brown trout on various small jigs. Ice as of 2/9 is 14" and holding. Contact Colorado Angler in Silverthorne at 970-513-8055.
The majority of Elkhead Reservoir continues to have good ice cover; however, as warm weather continues use caution as ice conditions are changing and becoming less stable. Fishing is relatively slow, but some fishermen are having luck catching northern pike and black crappie in certain areas of the reservoir. Please use extreme caution if you are are planning on fishing Elkhead Reservoir and call the Yampa River State Park office at (970) 276-2061 for current conditions.
As of 2/9, ice is averaging 10-12" thick. Conditions are good for snow machines but caution should be used around pressure ridges and near shorelines and islands. Fishing has been consistent to good for all sizes of lake trout. Call Budget Tackle in Granby at (970) 887-9344 for more information and current updates.
Green Mountain Reservoir
Fishing has been reported as good for all sizes of lake trout. Call Master Bait and Tackle in Heeney at 970-724-3677 for current conditions.
Ice cover is approximately 8" thick. Anglers are having luck finding fish around 8-feet in depth. Fishing is relatively slow, but anglers are having luck collecting suckers for other fishing endeavors. Fish that can be caught in the two large western ponds include catchable trout, yellow perch, crappie, and green sunfish. Additionally, anglers may catch illegally introduced bass and are encouraged to remove them from the lake.
Harvey Gap Reservoir
As of February 2nd, most of the entire reservoir is covered with ice up to 5" thick, with the exception of open water in the inlet area and around the shoreline. Ice thickness may vary throughout the reservoir 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 areas throughout the park. Anglers have reported catching yellow perch, bluegill, and tiger muskie, and northern pike. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN IDENTIFY TIGER MUSKIE FROM NORTHERN PIKE. ALL TIGER MUSKIE LESS THAN 36" MUST BE RELEASED ALIVE. For more information regarding tiger muskie, please contact CPW Area Aquatic Biologist Lori Martin at email@example.com. Updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on CPW's website. Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy.325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone: 970-625-1607.
There is still good ice cover on Lake Avery, but fishing has dropped off slightly over the past couple weeks with fewer trout being caught. Fishermen that continue to have some success are fishing with wax worms and earthworms in 10-20' of water out from the South boat launch and also along the dam. As warm weather conditions continue make sure to use caution while fishing as ice conditions can change relatively quickly. Contact the Parks and Wildlife Meeker Office (970-878-6090) for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.
Rifle Gap Reservoir
As of February 2nd, most of the entire reservoir is covered with ice up to 8" thick, with the exception of open water in the east inlet area and around the shoreline. Ice thickness may vary throughout the reservoir 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 areas throughout the park. Fishing success has slowed somewhat, but anglers have reported catching yellow perch, and brown and rainbow trout on ice jigs tipped with wax worms, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on CPW's website. Anglers may also contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, 5775 Hwy.325, Rifle, CO, 81650; Phone: 970-625-1607.
Rio Blanco Lake
Ice conditions at Rio Blanco Lake continue to change with weather, but fishable ice still persists. Fishing continues to be relatively slow, but some crappie, bluegill, and northern pike have been caught along the dam and other areas around the lake. With warmer weather conditions be sure to use caution while fishing as ice conditions can change relatively quickly. Contact the Parks and Wildlife Meeker Office (970-878-6090) for up to date information on ice conditions and safety.
Ice cover has receded in the warm weather and covers approximately ⅓ of the reservoir (east of Feeman Mesa). Folks are using snowmobiles to access the reservoir from Freeman Mesa, but with ice conditions declining, we encourage anglers to USE CAUTION! Fish that can be caught in Ruedi include lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout and brown trout. Additionally, anglers may catch illegally introduced yellow perch and are encouraged to remove them from the lake. Local contact info for water: U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 948, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 303-963-2266.
Shadow Mountain/Grand Lake
There are areas of open water due to steady pumping through the canal since December. Elsewhere the ice remains relatively good. Call Rocky Mountain Outfitters at 970-798-8021 for current conditions.
State Forest State Park
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 cover is good, but variable - so use caution. Kokanee fishing continues to be slow, with mostly small kokanee reported by anglers. Adult silver kokanee continue to be finicky, and right now some old strangling spawners are also being caught by anglers. Fish that can be caught in Sweetwater Lake include rainbow, brook, and brown trout. Kokanee stocked in the past three years have led to an abundant kokanee fishery and produced high quality fishing last ice fishing season. Tackle suggestions: wax or meal worms with colorful small jigs. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and kokanee, and contains wild brook trout and brown trout. Feral kokanee are occasionally caught and stocked kokanee may start be large enough to catch this winter, as well. For up-to-date conditions and local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service- White River National Forest, Phone: 303-945-3255 or Sweetwater Lake Resort at 970-524-7344.
Twelve inches thick with a layer of surface slush. Fishing has been good. Seeing some nice 10-12" Brookies and large Rainbows. Best luck seems to be in mornings with a jig with meal or wax worms. Unsafe conditions can always exist so please USE CAUTION! Biweekly updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on the Sylvan Lake website. Anglers may also contact Sylvan Lake State Park, 10200 Brush Creek Rd., P.O. Box 1475, Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-2021, firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of February 2nd, the entire reservoir is covered with ice, ranging from 12"-14" thick. Ice thickness may vary throughout the reservoir 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 areas throughout the park. Anglers have reported catching 14"-16" rainbow trout on ice jigs tipped with meal worms. Updates on ice conditions and angling success will be provided on CPW's website. Anglers may also contact Vega Reservoir State Park, 15247 North 6/10 Road Unit A, Collbran, CO 81624; Phone: 970-487-3407.
Williams Fork Reservoir
Fishing pressure has been high recently on the weekends due to pleasant weather. Fishing has been fair for rainbows and lake trout. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice.
Ice thickness is reported at 13-15". Motor vehicles are not yet allowed on the ice, but may be for the fishing contest on February 21, depending on conditions at that time. Fishing has been good for rainbows in 12-16 feet of water with standard tipped jigs of various types. Anlgers have also had some good success catching silver kokanee through the ice in the vicinity of the dam using jigging machines and spoons. Call the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce at (970) 724-3472 for information.
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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. Fishing conditions and ice thickness were unknown at the time of this report. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
Blue Mesa Reservoir
This 8,900 acre reservoir is located west of Gunnison. Ice formation has been late this winter, with the east-most Iola basin to Elk Creek Marina finally icing over near the end of December. As of early February, ice conditions are good from the inlet to approximately the Elk Creek Marina with about 15 to 18 inches of ice present. Most of the Cebolla and Sapinero basins have failed to cap over with continued mild weather, although ice has begun to form around the Lake Fork Marina to mack island. Ice fishing has been good to excellent for rainbows and browns, with fishing especially good early and late. Some lake trout are being caught, generally in deeper water. Lake trout ice fishing opportunities should improve if and when safe ice is formed on westward portions of the reservoir. Anglers are encouraged to keep small lake trout to aid in efforts to reduce predation on kokanee salmon and to help re-build their numbers after recent kokanee population declines. Anglers can check on current ice conditions by contacting Curecanti National Recreation Area at (970-641-2337) or by visiting the National Park Service website.
This 374 acre reservoir is located approximately 15 miles west of Creede. An emergency fish salvage began on the reservoir on January 24, 2015 due to imminent fish loss resulting from the drawdown of the reservoir in the spring of 2015 for dam restoration. Anglers can now harvest all the fish they catch and all bag and possession limits for the reservoir are suspended until further notice. For the salvage, anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license, fish can only be taken by hook and line, and no netting or commercial fishing is allowed. Current fishing conditions on the reservoir are unknown but anglers have reported 6-8 inches of slush on top of the ice.
This 390 acre reservoir is a Colorado State Park located 2 miles south of Crawford. Crawford Reservoir has 6-10 inches of ice as of February 1, with weak ice near the edges that makes getting off and on the ice challenging at times. The edges are most stable in the area near the dam. Ice fishing has been good with anglers reporting action for rainbow trout, crappie, largemouth bass and perch at multiple locations around the reservoir. Fishing in 30-50 feet of water with small white or chartreuse jigs tipped with half a meal worm on light line seems to be a good bet for crappie. 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).
Echo Canyon Reservoir
This 118 acre reservoir is a State Wildlife Area located a few miles south of Pagosa Springs on US 84. Ice conditions are decent but anglers should still use caution when venturing out on warm days. Fishing has been fair to good for rainbow trout. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).
Groundhog has about 6-7 inches of ice. Fishing has been good for 12-15 inch rainbow trout. he road to Groundhog is plowed. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).
Island Lake has safe ice over 16 inches thick with slushy conditions on the surface. This 179 acre lake on the Grand Mesa offers good ice fishing opportunity for 10-12 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 Reservoir (Mancos State Park)
There is about 6 inches of ice on the lake near the dam.. Fishing has been fair for 10-12 inch rainbow trout and good for smaller yellow perch.
Anglers are fishing towards the dam. No reports on catch rates. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).
This 400 acre lake is located 20 miles south of Norwood on the Dan Noble State Wildlife Area. There is 8 inches inches of ice at Miramonte Reservoir with one large pressure ridge running off of Barnes Point that anglers should use caution around. . Following the lake reclamation in September of 2013, the lake was restocked with rainbows and browns that have grown well over the last year. The 2014-2015 ice fishing season has seen a return to form for Miramonte with fat, feisty rainbow trout averaging 14 to 15 inches with a few up to 18 inches. Crayfish imitations such as 2" tube jigs are good bets, given the abundance of crayfish in the reservoir. Tipping jigs with half of a meal worm or a wax worm works well. Fishing the shallower coves can prove effective, as these are the areas that trout frequent to feed. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the CPW Montrose office (970-252-6000).
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. Anglers have reported fair action for rainbow trout using jigs tipped with mealworms. Ice thickness was approximately 8-12 inches in late January but anglers should use extreme caution as ice thickness can change rapidly, especially given the recent warm weather. Anglers reported catching northern pike earlier in 2014. This is most likely due to an illicit introduction and anglers are encouraged to keep all northern pike they catch. Northern pike can decimate a trout fishery in just a few years. For updated fishing reports, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
Ice is 3-5 inches thick with slush on top. With the unusually warm weather forcasted this week, and rain last week, anglers should be extremely cautious when venturing out. No recent reports on fishing success. For more information please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855).
No report. However, ice conditions at nearby Summit Reservoir are poor.
Rito Hondo Lake
Access is only by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. Anglers can expect to catch brook trout and occasionally cutthroat and rainbow trout. Anglers are reporting good fishing for large (14-18 inch) brook trout and rainbow trout. Current ice thickness is unknown.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 often needed to access the lake following snowstorms. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout and brook trout from 10 to 18 inches. Fishing has been fair for rainbow trout and brook trout using jigs tipped with meal worms or wax worms, especially early in the morning. Anglers reported approximately 12-14 inches of ice in early February but caution should be used as ice conditions can change rapidly and vary between locations on the reservoir. 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 is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland. Water level is very low and fishing conditions are poor. For updated fishing reports, contact the Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
Summit Reservoir is a 350 surface acre lake located about 8 miles NW of Mancos and 20 miles NE of Cortez. Summit is stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. With warm temperatures and rain last week, the ice conditions at Summit are poor.
Taylor Park Reservoir
This is a 2,000 acre reservoir located northeast of Gunnison. As of early February, the reservoir has about 18-20 inches of good ice. Fishing has been fair to good for lake trout. Rainbow trout and northern pike are also commonly caught. Taylor Reservoir often has slush on top of the ice, especially in late winter, making snowmobiling more difficult and requiring good boots to keep your feet dry. During the winter, car access is limited to Highway 135 / Taylor River road (FR 742) from the town of Gunnison. The Taylor River road is plowed throughout the winter to the Taylor Park Trading Post. The Taylor Park Marina entrance road is no longer maintained through the winter, so it is advised that anglers plan on parking on the Taylor River Road or adjacent to the Taylor Park Trading Post. It is advised that anglers plan to access the reservoir by snowmobile, snowshoes or skis as snow depths often make access difficult. For updated ice conditions, contact the Taylor Park Trading Post at (970) 641-2555 or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Gunnison office (970-641-7060).
This small reservoir (204 acres) is located a few miles east of Cortez. Lake is still ice free. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information.
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. A current fishing report was not available. For updated fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Monte Vista office (719-587-6900).
This 2,700 acre reservoir is located NE of Durango. Ice conditions are relatively good near the dam where the ice is 8-12 inches thick. Fishing has been slow to fair for 12-15 inch rainbow trout. Northern pike are also being captured on occasion. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango office (970-247-0855) for more information.
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