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  Colorado Fishing Report 7-13-2005


• Arvada Reservoir - Lake level is high, making access difficult for shore casters, and the fishing dock is unusable. Good from boats, using orange Power Bait and night crawlers or trolling spoons and spinners.

• Aurora Reservoir - For trout, try red, rainbow, green, orange or white Power Bait. From boats, 2- to 3-pound trout have been caught on trolled Kastmasters, Needlefish and brightly colored Rapalas. Walleyes are hitting on trolled bottom bouncers and jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches; smallmouth bass on jigs and minnows; largemouths on soft plastics in the coves.

• Bear Creek - Trout fishing is picking up with plenty of bug life, including hoppers.

• Bear Creek Reservoir - Good for stocked trout.

• Centennial Park Lake - Good for trout along the north shore using Power Bait or a Renegade fly and bubble.

• Chatfield Ponds - Largemouth bass are being caught on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and plastic worms.

• Chatfield Reservoir - Smallmouth bass are biting well along the dam. Shore casters are catching many fish on small minnows and Twister tails, some over the 15-inch keeper minimum.

• Cherry Creek Reservoir - Excellent for walleye, catfish and big largemouth bass. Boaters are catching a lot of of 18- to 23-inch walleyes on leeches trolled deep along the old Cherry Creek channel.

• Georgetown Lake - Excellent for trout up to 14 inches on Power Bait (pink and green most effective) and salmon eggs.

• Gross Reservoir - Fair for trout up to 18 inches.

• Main Lake - Fair to good for bass with black or brown tube jigs and plastic worms.

• Quincy Reservoir - Fair for trout using a No. 20 Green Midge pattern with a crystal flash and Woolly Buggers. Fair to good for perch action using jigs in deeper water.

• South Platte River (Waterton Canyon) -Caddis, pale morning duns and a variety of terrestrials provide good dry-fly action. Use No. 18 caddis imitations, blue duns, ant patterns and hoppers.

• Standley Lake - Wipers, walleye and crappie are active near the inlet.

• Washington Park Lakes - Crappie have been biting on small tube jigs tipped with a minnow.


• Barker Reservoir - Good for stocked trout with Power Bait, Nitro Bait, worms and salmon eggs.

• Bellaire Lake - Anglers making nice catches of trout on the northwest side using Nos. 8-10 damsel nymphs and emergers.

• Big Creek Lakes - Good for grayling.

• Big Thompson Ponds - Good for catfish in the back pond on stinkbaits.

• Big Thompson River - Flow is a clear 119 cubic feet per second. Fish are feeding on small stoneflies, midges and caddis.

• Boedecker Reservoir - Catfish up to 5 pounds are being caught on chicken livers.

• Boulder Reservoir - Boaters are landing walleye on brown or chartreuse jigs and bass on white jigs and minnows, mainly on the east side of the reservoir.

• Carter Reservoir - Good for walleye deep-trolling crawler harnesses or jigs tipped with crawlers. Very good for bass, especially near the marina.

• Douglas Reservoir - Anglers report catching wipers on Rat-L-Traps, Rapalas and streamer flies. Good for trout with deep-diving crankbaits.

• Dowdy Lake (Red Feather) - Good for trout.

• Horsetooth Reservoir - Walleyes are biting in the shallows on minnow imitations and jigs baited with night crawlers off the bottom. Bass anglers are catching smallmouths on spinners, worm harnesses, jigs and spoons.

• Jackson Reservoir - Good for catfish, especially from boats in northwest corner.

• Joe Wright Reservoir - Grayling and trout are biting along the south shore.

• Jumbo Reservoir - Fair for stocker trout, especially in the morning before surface temperatures heat up.

• Lake Estes - Good for trout using sonic-type lures such as Panther Martins, Vibrax and Stream-a-Lures.

• Lake John - Anglers using crayfish imitation bass plugs have been hammering big rainbow trout of 3 to 8 pounds.

• Lonetree Reservoir - Good for wipers using top-water plugs.

• Lost Lake (at Chambers) - Good for stocked trout.

• North Delaney Lake - Ants, hoppers, beetles and other terrestrials are effective. Lure casters should use Thomas Buoyants, Cyclones and small Dardevles. Best results are on the west shore off the rock slide.

• North Michigan Lake - Good for anglers casting or trolling black Woolly Buggers, Halfbacks and Hornbergs.

• North Sterling Reservoir - Catfish are the best bet at night or early in the morning.

• Poudre River - Flow is 714 cfs, clear and fishing well with bait where permitted.

• Seymour Reservoir - Very good for stocked trout.

• South Delaney Lake - Anglers have had success with minnow-style streamers, mosquito patterns, ants and hoppers.

• St. Vrain River - Flow is 199 cfs through the canyon and 312 cfs at the mouth. Best results are with bait.

• Union Reservoir (Calkins) - Good for catfish on the north shore and north of the fishing pier. Wipers are being caught deeper trolling small Rapalas, crawler harnesses and white or chartreuse jigs bounced off the bottom.

• West Lake (Red Feather) - Good with small Kastmasters, Thomas Buoyants and Tasmanian Devils on east and south sides.


• Blue River (below Green Mountain Reservoir) - Flow is 486 cfs and dropping. Start with a green drake nymph then switch to Nos. 14-16 drake dry when the hatch begins. Also try BWO patterns in the morning and caddis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Blue River (Dillon to Green Mountain Reservoir) - Flow is 84 cfs with good hatches downriver. In Silverthorne, use Nos. 14-16 mysis shrimp patterns, drake nymphs (morning) and drake dries and PMD imitations (afternoon).

• Colorado River (below Parshall) - Flow at Kremmling is 1,200 cfs and fishing is great with caddis, pale morning duns and a few yellow sallies.

• Colorado River (near Granby) - Fishing is good in the upper river below Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Anglers have been scoring with Rapalas, Kastmasters and Blue Foxes fished in the eddies.

• Freeman Reservoir - Fair to good for cutthroat trout with bait or lures.

• Fryingpan River - Flow is 142 cfs. Dry- fly fishing has been spectacular with good hatches of BWOs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., PMDs from 2 to 4 p.m., caddis from 4 p.m. to dark and rusty spinners from 7 p.m. until dark. When fishing dries, a 7x fluorocarbon leader is mandatory.

• Granby Reservoir - Hot weather has sent the lake trout deeper, and vertical jigging with tube jigs and big Mini Mites can be very effective from boats.

• Grand Lake - Trolling Kastmasters or jigging tubes with shiners and suckers is most effective at catching lake trout.

• Green Mountain Reservoir - Slow, but anglers are taking rainbows from shore on night crawlers, and kokanee salmon on Arnies, Needlefish and Pop Geer.

• Green River - Very good with Woolly Buggers, beadhead nymphs, stonefly nymphs, and midge imitations.

• Harvey Gap Reservoir - Boaters are catching rainbows with sinking Rapalas and Mepps Roostertails. Shore casters do best with worms and Glitter Power Bait resting on the bottom in 15-30 feet of water.

• Highline Lake - Crappie are biting well on crappie jigs along the dam.

• Lake Avery - Excellent for stocked trout.

• Rifle Gap Reservoir - Several walleye of 6 to 10 pounds have been caught recently, mostly on worm harnesses or crankbaits near the dam. Excellent for trout.

• Roaring Fork River - Flows are 102 cfs in Aspen, 1,490 cfs in Basalt and 2,600 cfs in Glenwood Springs. Green drakes are many from Carbondale to Glenwood.

• Stagecoach Reservoir - Larger pike being caught as water temperature rises.

• Williams Fork Reservoir - Lake trout are hitting on sucker meat at 30-40 foot depths. Best spots: inlet and off the rocks.

• Williams Fork River - Flow is 15 cfs, with good hatches of blue wing olives, midges and small olive caddis.

• Willow Creek Reservoir - Good for rainbows, browns and kokanee salmon.

• Wolford Reservoir - Very good. Kokanee are hitting near the dam on Wedding Rings and green Arnies. Rainbows, browns and cutbows are being caught on Panther Martins, Kastmasters, Blue Fox spinners and Woolly Buggers.

• Yampa River (Stagecoach through Steamboat) - Flow is down to 259 cfs. Conditions are ideal with overlapping hatches of yellow sallies, pale morning duns, caddis, midges and green drakes.


• Arkansas River (Buena Vista to Salida) - Flows are 750-800 cfs, with golden stones, yellow sallies and pale morning duns very active.

• Arkansas River (Leadville to Buena Vista) - Flows are below 200 cfs near Leadville, 535 cfs at Granite, 720 cfs below the Clear Creek confluence. Caddis are hatching in large numbers.

• Arkansas River (Salida to Caρon City) - Flows are 700-800 cfs, with golden stones, yellow sallies, pale morning duns, caddis and hoppers providing great dry-fly fishing.

• Bonny Reservoir - Large walleye of 4 to 9 pounds were caught by boaters trolling crankbaits near the dam. White bass and wipers in the area hitting on crankbaits.

• Elevenmile Reservoir - Trollers are catching trout and kokanee salmon on Needlefish, Tasmanian Devils, Rapalas, Kastmasters, Arnies and Super Dupers.

• Hale and Hopper Ponds - Excellent.

• Horseshoe Reservoir -Good for bass, saugers and catfish.

• John Martin Reservoir - Catfish are being caught on shrimp and liver in shallow coves and in the spillway beneath the dam.

• Nee Gronda Reservoir - Saugeyes biting on minnows and trolled or drifted jigs tipped with worms or green double-tailed Mr. Twisters.

• Rampart Reservoir - Good for trout.

• Skaguay Reservoir - Very good for pike, with boaters catching northerns on large spoons, top-water plugs and streamer flies.

• South Platte River (between Spinney and Elevenmile) - Flow is 87 cfs and the dragonfly hatch is under way. Try deeper pools early to mid-morning and evening.

• Spinney Mountain Reservoir - Very good for trout. Fair for pike in the weed beds using large streamer flies, chartreuse tube jigs or silver and black Rapalas.

• Trinidad Reservoir - Good for trout. Walleye are biting jigs or harnessed crawlers, and catfish are hitting worms (daytime) and chicken livers (night).

• Turquoise Lake - Try for lake trout by deep-trolling night crawlers or large Flatfish.

• Twin Lakes - Good fro trout on the south shore and closer to the boat ramp.

• Twin Lakes Forebay - Very good for trout at the west end with salmon eggs or night crawler fished just off the bottom.


• Animas River - Excellent with dry-fly patterns. The caddis hatch is continuing and some mayflies are starting to arrive.

• Beaver Creek Reservoir - Good for rainbow trout using salmon eggs, worms, Power Bait and lures.

• Big Meadows Reservoir - Good for brook and rainbow trout of 10-14 inches.

• Blue Mesa Reservoir - Salmon fishing is improving with limits of kokanee being caught at depths of about 35 feet. Use Arnies, Tasmanian Devils, Needlefish and Kokanee Killers in red or pink.

• East River - Flows down to 740 cfs. Great dry-fly hatches at midday.

• Gunnison River (through the canyon) - Flow is 643 cfs and water is clear from Chukar Trail downstream. Salmonflies are gone, replaced by prolific hatches of golden stones, yellow sallies, mayflies and PMDs.

• Gunnison River (Upper from Almont to Blue Mesa) - The river is flowing at about 1,370 cfs in Gunnison. Spinners and streamers fished from a raft are producing nice trout from under the banks.

• McPhee Reservoir - Kokanee and trout are providing action on deep-trolled spoons, spinners and Pop Geer. Good for bass with buzzbaits or soft plastics at the House Creek and Beaver Creek inlets.

• Piedra River - Excellent with caddis, blue wing olives, hare's ears and hoppers.

• Ridgway Reservoir - Good for rainbow trout in the river just below the foot bridge in Dallas Creek and in Meares Bay.

• San Juan River - Excellent with a variety of flies: caddis, beadheads, prince nymphs, salmonflies and stimulators.

• Taylor Reservoir - Big lake trout biting at varying depths, mostly on trolled Flatfish and Rapalas. Rainbows and browns are biting well on trolled Pop Geer and worms.

• Taylor River - Green drakes are hatching at midday and lasting 1 to 3 hours.

• Williams Creek Reservoir - Excellent in the lake and in the creek below the dam.

Stocking report

The following waters were stocked last week:

• Alta Lake, Lower; Andrews Lake; Animas River No. 2; Camp Hale Pond; Clear Creek Reservoir; Clear Lake; Crystal River No. 1; Crystal River No. 2; Jefferson Lake; Monument Reservoir; Mount Elbert Forebay; Sands Lake; San Isabel Lake; South Platte River No. 6; Trout Lake; Twin Lakes; Yankee Doodle Lake.

Cold-water hot spot

White River

• What's hot: Brown trout, rainbows, whitefish and cutthroats.

• How to catch them: Lure casters have had success using Panther Martin spinners in black and yellow or red and yellow. During the day, nymphing is the way to go. Use black or olive Woolly Buggers, Beadhead Prince Nymphs and red-bodied Copper Johns or a dry/dropper rig featuring an Orange Stimulator ahead of one of the aforementioned nymphs. At 4 p.m., switch to dries: Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams and black or brown stonefly patterns, Nos. 12-14.

• Where to look: The lower river from Meeker roughly to the boundary of the White River National Forest. The river is running a little high at the tail end of runoff, but the water is clear and the trout are hungry.

• More information:

Colorado Division of Wildlife

Warm-water hot spot

Barr Lake

• What's hot: Channel cats, bullheads and blues.

• How to catch them: When catfish are spawning, and they're about to start, they don't always follow the rules. Night fishing is supposed to be best, but some have been caught in the day. Stinkbaits are supposed to be better than fresh baits, but some cats prefer shrimp - the expensive kind - as a welcome change from crayfish and minnows. Blues should be fished for at 10-foot depths.

• Where to look: If Barr Lake isn't convenient, catfish also are hitting elsewhere. Try Turks Pond; Boyd, Highline and Mack Mesa lakes; and the following reservoirs: Adobe Creek, Aurora, Boulder, Chatfield, John Martin, Kenney, Meredith, North Sterling, Prewitt, Pueblo, Upper Queens, Union and Wellington No. 4.

• More information: Colorado Division Of Wildlife

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