Colorado weekly fishing report
By Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Jul 10, 2017
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Northeast Colorado

Big Thompson River

The river is currently flowing around 130 cfs near Estes Park. The water flows are continuing to fall and the fishing has been
great. The water is clear now and dry fly fishing is improving by the day. Use small dry flies in sizes 18-24. Scuds, midge, and leeches are always a good option when nymphing. If fishing below the dam, use longer and lighter leaders with 6x tippet. The dry-dropper method is working great on the upper and lower river sections.

Cache La Poudre River

The river is flowing at about 130 cfs through town. The flows are getting lower and clearer everyday and anglers are noticing that the fish are starting to spread out from the banks. The dry fly fishing has been excellent lately for anglers using the dry-dropper setup. Stoneflies, caddis, and attractor patterns are the best flies to use. If the fishing is slow, try moving to a new area since the fish may still be stacked up in some places.

Clear Creek

The creek is currently flowing at around 450 cfs and dropping every day. These flows are still high, so be careful wading in
the creek. The water clarity is currently pretty good. The fish are still being pushed to the edges and can be found near the
bank. Dry-dropper rigs are the best option for covering multiple water columns. Large ant, beetle, and caddis patterns are
the best dry flies to use. Copper johnís and hares ears are the best nymphs to use. If you are not catching fish, try adding
more split shot to your line and raising your indicator to get deeper down.

Jackson Lake

The current water temperature is around 79 degrees and the lake is almost full. The lake is now open to boating. Anglers
are having luck catching catfish, walleye, and wiper throughout the lake in the early mornings and late evenings.

North Sterling

The lake is about 77 degrees and visibility is around 3 feet. The wiper are coming out at the South Ramp and Balance
Rock. The walleye and crappie are coming out at the South Ramp, Balance Rock, Rookery and Darby Points, and Goose
Island. The catfish are coming out at the West Trailhead, the Inlet, and off the South Ramp mostly at night.

Southeast Colorado

John Martin Reservoir

The reservoir is currently around 75 degrees with about 4 feet of visibility. The reservoir is rising and almost full, but anglers are reporting a green tint to the water. Anglers are catching their fair share of white bass on crank baits and soft baits. The fish are averaging small in size, but anglers are catching bigger fish in the deeper depths of the reservoir.

Lake Pueblo

The current surface temperature is around 71 degrees. The fishing has been good lately. Look for walleye in slightly deeper
water now that temperatures have gone up. Lindy rigs, grubs, and live bait are producing walleye. The bass fishing has
been consistent for anglers using soft plastics, spinner baits, and crank baits. Fishing early and late in the day will produce
better results. We have not received many reports on the trout fishing right now.

North Gateway Reservoir

Fishing has been slow in the recent days. Anglers are catching bass, saugeye, bluegill, and trout, but the numbers remain

Ramah Reservoir

The fishing is rated as fair to good, even with the low water. The east and southeast side of the reservoir are the best locations to fish. Anglers are catching bass, bluegill, and bullheads. The bass and bluegill are biting brown wooly buggers and the bullheads are biting cut bait.

Trinidad Lake

Fishing from south shore has been good. Fish that are being caught around the lake have been with worms and PowerBait.
Reilly canyon, where the river comes in has slowed and no catfish are being reported. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake in flooded vegetation. Boaters have been catching mostly trout and walleye. Perch are also starting to be caught from the shore and boats. Jigs tipped with worms have been the most effective.

Northwest Colorado

Big Creek Lakes

Anglers are reporting good to fair fishing from both shore and a boat. Anglers are catching lake trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, and tiger muskie. Some mackinaw are being caught as well. Most of the fish have come from boat anglers who are trolling the deeper sections of the lake. The trail to the upper lake is still currently closed.

Colorado River

The river is currently flowing at about 1,600 cfs and dropping by the day. The river has about 2 to 3 feet of visibility. Large
nymphs are the best option including stoneflies, prince nymphs, and yellow sallies. The dry fly fishing has been spotty, but
it becomes excellent during the right conditions. Parachute Adamís and elk hair caddis are the best dry flies.

Elkhead Reservoir

Anglers are reporting good fishing for bluegill in the 10 inch range and crappie in the 12 inch range throughout the
reservoir. The pan fish are biting one inch orange and yellow twister tails. The fish seems to be about 15 feet below the
water surface. The bass and pike fishing is slow since most of the fish are being taken out of the reservoir. The pike are
biting Rapalas.

Rifle Gap

Fishing has been great from boats, but slower from shore. Over the last couple of weeks the perch fishing has picked up.
The larger perch are being caught near the island on the east end of the lake and near Rainbow Point.

State Forest State Park

North Michigan Reservoir is fishing well. Anglers are catching plenty of rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. Dry flies such as
an elk hair caddis or mayfly are working great. PowerBait and salmon eggs are also producing some fish. Fishing at Ranger
Lakes has been slow lately. There have been few reports from anglers catching fish. Lake Agnes is fishing very well for
anglers using flies and jigs.

Steamboat Lake

The water temperature is currently around 72 degrees. The water clarity is reducing and is at about 3 feet in depth due to
run off and increased weed growth. The fishing is still slow for a majority of anglers. Some fish are rising to the surface and
top water flies and lures are producing some fish. The construction on the dam may be causing some disruption to the

Southwest Colorado

Dolores River above McPhee Reservoir

The river is currently flowing at about 320 cfs in Dolores. The river is dropping quickly and the fishing conditions are close
to prime. Anglers are having success using stoneflies and caddis. A hopper-dropper setup will produce a lot of fish if fishing in the right locations. Rubber legs, copper johns, prince nymphs, and hareís ears are the best flies to use under a large dry fly.

Gunnison River

The river is flowing around 1,400 cfs near Gunnison. Fishing is rated as good to great at the upper river and the Black Canyon section. Look for midges, baetis, caddis, golden stones, and yellow sallies to hatch throughout the day. Anglers are having the most luck nymphing during the day and using dry flies in the afternoon and evening when the hatches are the biggest.

Taylor River

The river is currently flowing at about 400 cfs below Taylor Park Reservoir which is still a little high for comfortable wading conditions. The fishing has been good for anglers using midge and bwo patterns. Mysis shrimp nymphs are always working if you are close to the dam. If the fish are not biting, try taking off your indicator and present delicate casts to the fish, for they can become spooky once they see your fishing line.

Conditions Report Ė Statewide

Rivers and Creeks

Flows are rising as we approach full-on spring runoff. Some rivers and creeks are still manageable, but a majority of the rivers are becoming swollen with water, eliminating most wading opportunities. Look for the fish to be near the banks where the high flows are more reasonable. This is the time of year to use large flies and lures such as stoneflies, worms, streamers, and spinners. If you are not having luck at your local river, try heading up in elevation to the headwaters of creeks and rivers where flows are ideal and sometimes only fishable this time of year. Anglers are also having success fishing tailwaters below dams, where flows stay more consistent compared to lower river areas.