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October 14, 2014

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir

All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch in the lower parking lot at the entrance of the boat ramp. This includes all hand launched watercraft. Trout fishing has started to pick up some and is rated as fair. Best area is from the dam using power bait. Boaters have been reporting success ranging from slow to fair trolling with spoons, rapalas and crawlers for trout. Walleye action is reported as slow to fair from boats trolling bottom bouncers with crawlers, jointed shad raps and jigs. Some reports of smallmouth bass being caught from the West side of the dam using jigs and swim baits. The fishing is expected to improve in the next few weeks as the water temp continues to drop. All other species are slow or no reports. The fall fishing can sometimes be one the best times of the year! Restricted to electric motors only. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park hours for October 6:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m. Reservoir will close to boating December 1st.


Trout are good from entire lake. Trout bag limit is 4, any size.  Bass are slowing down. 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. Some Perch are being caught from the Gravel Ponds area.

Quincy Res​​ervoir

Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Water level is good but algae blooms are occurring. Only watercraft capable of being launched by hand permitted and electric motors only. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. Trout fishing is slow at this time. Bass fishing is rated as slow to fair using soft plastics. Try fishing 10-13 feet of water just outside of the weed line using plastic crawdads. Some reports of smallmouth being caught from the dam using jigs. No other reports at this time. For more information call 303-326-8424. Park hours for October 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Quincy will close for the season November 1st and will reopen March 1st   2015!

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Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Arvada Reservoir

Fishing has been slow at the reservoir lately but we have recently had stockings of approximately 6000 8 to 14 inch rainbows and 1000 8 inch catfish. Along with the water temperature and water level dropping we expect to see some fine catches coming out. Also, be aware that the last day of fishing at the reservoir for the 2014 season is October 31st.

Eleven Mile

Trout (Good): The past week saw mixed results. Those that know the lake well changed their tactics and still caught fish. Tasmanian Devils on the troll were the most productive. Rapala's are also coming on as they usually do in the Fall. Fly fishermen are doing great on Buggers and many crawfish patterns. Bait choice still seems to be the salmon peach Power Bait. The water temperature is just right. 

KOKANEE (Slow): A very few four year olds have been seen in pre-spawn mode and still biting. The older ones should be moving up river so Sucker Cove and Cross Creek are good areas to visit. Snagging is legal effective October 31st. 

NORTHERN PIKE (Good): Action on the West end in the weeds continues to be fun. It is a timing thing and you need to be there when the bite happens. Daredevel's, Rapala's and large white and green tube jigs have worked well. Take a risk and remove your steel leader you will catch more fish. The bite is aslo sporadic here, but consistent in that it seems to be at least once a day.  (Courtesy of 11 Mile Marina) 

DREAM STREAM (Fair): No significant report.

Golden Gate Canyon

Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers five fishing ponds open year-round to all park visitors. The ponds are Kriley, Slough, Ranch Ponds East and West, and Dude's Fishing Hole. Kriley and Slough Ponds were stocked with rainbow trout on July 31,2014. Forgotten Valley and Dude's Fishing Hole were stocked with brown trout at the beginning of June, 2014. Ranch Ponds were stocked with channel catfish on October 1, 2014. Each angler is allowed four fish per day with eight being the maximum number in possession. No live baits are allowed with the exception of worms. Ice fishing allowed on all ponds. Conditions vary throughout the winter, fish at your own risk.

Horsetooth Reservoir (Larimer County)

Water temperature was 63.3 degrees, and the water level has leveled off. Walleye are starting to bite during evenings on worm harness; try shallow first with shad raps and worm harness down 12-15 feet. Then as deep as 35 feet while harness is down 12-15 feet for suspending fish. Still best fishing evenings and early night, and look deeper if they aren't up! Bass have slowed and bigger fish are starting to show up! Lots of bass found on main lake and dams, and should be found in deeper water 15-28 feet. Very slow presentation on tubes works, as well as shad colored crank baits, and top water baits early morning. Some larger fish were located in coves over the weekend. Trout is fair; try worms just off bottom in Satanka and Inlet Bay, and also worms and shad tubes deeper, and Mepps style spinners. Some rainbows and Cuttbows being taken deep that are in with bass and walleye feeding on shad and smelt. Good luck and may all your fishes come true!

Jackson Lake

Lake level is full. Surface water temperature as of October 10th - 58 degrees. Fishing has been fair for all species. A few trout have been taken with your typical bait, as well as drum and wipers using nightcrawlers​.

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Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado

Arkansas River

An exceptionally warm September/October has prolonged the fall fishing on the Arkansas River, particularly in Bighorn Sheep Canyon where blue wing olive and red quill mayflies, midges and caddis all continue to keep trout on the feed. Cloudy afternoons have generated the best surface feeding on blue wing olive mayflies, while late afternoon/early evening find many browns taking up ambush lies along the structured edge of the river. Given the 14 day forecast from NOAA, the Arkansas River should fish very well through the end of October.

Lake Pueblo

The water temperature on the lake is starting to drop, which has had an impact on fishing.  Fisherman are still having limited success for wiper and catfish using worms on the bottomon the westend at the mouthof Turkey Creek. As for the Arkansas Tailwater below Pueblo Dam fishing is picking up.  The current flow is 301 CFS and the water is approx 66 degrees at the dam. Fisherman can expect the best success when the river is running below 200 CFS.


Boats Ramp Close to boating October 15. The lakes will be closed to all trailered boats, and only open for hand launching. Fishing is coming off a recent slow stretch, but should head up at the temperature drops. Fall Pike fishing is picking up, as a nice stretch of trout fishing on Horseshoe. Stop by the visitor center to let staff know how the fishing is, or to show off an impressive catch!

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Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado​​

Elkhead State Park

The lake is fishing well for crappie, bluegill, crappie, small and large mouth bass and pike although reports have slowed coming in due to boat ramp hours being cut back for the season.

Lower Fryingpan

OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: PMDs 16-18, Baetis 20-24, Caddis 16-18, Midges 20-24, Serratellas 18-20

THE SHORT AND SWEET: Are you the angler that doesn't want to see anyone (or at least just a few others) all day? This is your section. Hatches get rolling down on the lower river before the upper due to warmer temperatures, and we areseeing good numbers of caddis, PMDs and baetis. 

IN DEPTH REVIEW: The fish in the upper miles do trend towards being larger, but they also tend to be much, much more selective. The fish closer to town face far less angler pressure and tend to be opportunistic feeders, meaning you can get away with larger tippet and larger flies, in general. The baetis and PMD hatch has been rock-solid with increasing numbers of caddis.

Lower Roaring Fork - Carbondale to Glenwood

OVERALL RATING: 6.5 out of 10 nymphing with 8 out of 10 streamer and high-low fishing. 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: There are plenty of caddis, BWOs, PMDs, and even a few hoppers moving around these days. 

THE SHORT AND SWEET: Pack up your fishing gear and get your butt out on the river! Like the other sections of water along the Roaring Fork, nymph the fast water with larger flies and the soft water with smaller flies. As the water continues to fall, look for the fish to make the transition from holding along the edges eating big flies (stoneflies, caddis, etc) to holding more midriver and eating smaller flies (BWOs, PMDs). 

THE IN DEPTH REVIEW: We have been floating the lower Roaring Fork daily with much success. Guides are running plenty of beaded baetis nymphs on high/low rigs early and late in the day. Nymphing midriver with small BWO imitations has been best under the bright sun durning midday. Hatches vary right now in accordance with the weather but in general is more caddis oriented during the sunshine, and more baetis oriented during the overcast.

Middle Fryingpan

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Serratellas, PMDs, Midges, BWOs, Caddis, October Caddis. THE SHORT AND SWEET: The middle section of the Fryingpan generally sees far, far less pressure than the upper miles, and this can play to your advantage. The middle river also offers plenty of places to duck out of the ever-present wind.

IN DEPTH REVIEW: Some people skip this section of river in their quest to go hog-hunting in the upper mile, but truth be told, we catch the majority of our big fish and heavier hatches are found in the middle river. Some of the top spots to hit are Seven Castles, Big Hat, and the ever-popular Eagle Pool and Rosie's. Stop by the shop with your map and we can show you these spots along with a few more. This section holds the infamous seratella, a flightless, small mayfly that has been baffling most anglers here for years. When you're getting your ass kicked and seeing fish profusely rising everywhere, but can buy a strike, you've found the serratella hatch. This week we are seeing green drakes, BWOs and PMDs in decent numbers, with a few caddis and craneflies as well. Hatches are typically similar to the upper river, meaning midges early and late with mayflies and sporadic caddis hatching mid-day. Caddis need to be fished skated, bumped, picked up and laid back down to reassure the fish and get them interested in your offering.

Middle Roaring Fork – Basalt Downstream to Carbondale

OVERALL RATING: 7.5 out of 10, and picking up weekly. 


THE SHORT AND SWEET: We are back in business on the Roaring Fork now that the monsoonal rains have generally past through. 

THE IN DEPTH REVIEW: The hatches have been decent during the day with rock solid nymph and high-low fishing. With such a plethora of insects around, we generally dumb it down and fish the larger insects (stones, caddis) in the faster sections of water, and the smaller flies (PMDs and BWOs) in the softer sections of water. In general, look for the fish to be holding mid- river and less and less along the banks. Along with dropping water conditions, the fish are also beginning to focus more and more on the smaller and more prevalent BWOs and caddis. As fall approaches, the hopper starts fishing better also!


Fishing has improved with anglers reporting up to 24" rainbow trout just outside of the coves and at the inlet with powerbait as a top choice for anglers. Shore fishing has been good off Keystone point below the park office.  Boaters are having luck with rapala suspending lures/stick baits, tube jigs, buzz baits and Kastmasters. There is still an abundance of algae near the dam. The responsible harvest of pike at Stagecoach is encouraged. For current flows please visit the USGS website.

Sylvan Lake

Fishing slowed a little for flies & lures with the recent cold weather. Still good with worms & powerbait. Best in early AM and evening. Inlet Creek is closed to fishing September 1-November 30.​

Upper Fryingpan

OVERALL RATING: 9 out of 10. October is a longstanding favorite month of ours. 

THE SHORT AND SWEET: Hatches are consisting of green drakes, PMDs, BWOs, caddis and midges. 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, PMDs, BWOs, Midges, Caddis, Mysis Shrimp. IN DEPTH REVIEW: The Fryingpan has seen a drop in flows over the past week to 195 CFS, which has improved the dry fly fishing quite a bit. We will probably be near a normal winter flow of 120-160 CFS pretty soon. Green drakes and Flavs are starting to sputter out, although our guide staff is still experiencint a heavy hatch here and there. It's all luck of the draw for the drake hatch right now, it pays to move around and try to find them. The drakes have been starting up later and later these days, often between 2pm and 3pm, in the upper mile or two below the dam. As always, if you get into a good green drake hatch, flip and flop that fly on the surface to reassure the fish. An emerger tied just six in inches or so below a dry can be quite effective.

Upper Roaring Fork – Aspen downstream to Basalt

OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10 If you enjoy pocket water fishing and hiking, this upper section of river is right up your alley. Additionally, this section of the river is yielding the best dry fly fishing along the entire river, as well as picture perfect water to streamer fish in (due to the canyon and lack of penetrating sunlight). 

THE SHORT AND SWEET: Summer is over and the fishing and water conditions are much, much improved now. In general, look for the fish to be stacked up in the softer and shaded water eating general attractor patterns. Hatches are consisting of predominately caddis, PMDs, BWOs and midges.


IN DEPTH REVIEW: Look for the best dry fly fishing to take place in the shade along the banks, early and late in the day. Midday, look to nymphing the pocket water and deep pools. It's fall, so don't leave out the streamers either!

Yampa River

Fishing reports are slow coming in but from the Steamboat area to west of Craig at the last report Anglers are still catching browns and a few pike are being taken out of the river.

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​Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado​​


8000 10-14 inch rainbow trout were stocked today. There was also a delivery last week as well. Fisherman have reported catching a few large mouth bass, black crappie and small perch, as well as a recent 38" northern pike. Shore fishing can be a bit muddy around the edges as the lake level continues to drop. You can still hand launch boats that are exempt from inspections, such as rafts, kayaks, belly boats, float tubes and canoes withnon-gas poweredmotors.


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