Colorado statewide fishing report and conditions – July 2, 2021

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Published Friday, July 2, 2021

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir

Park Rangers report as of 7/1/2021, trout fishing from shore is slow. Trout will be deeper so casting out 40-50 yards with PowerBait with a slip rig is recommended. Boaters are having far to good success trolling with crawlers for trout. All other species are slow or no reports. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park hours for June 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
Aurora Reservoir

Chatfield Reservoir

As of 7/1/2021, boaters are reporting increased success trolling for walleye. We have also received reports of successful bass fishing in the southern portion of the reservoir and a handful of catfish have been landed as well using a variety of baits. For more information, contact park staff by calling 303-791-7275.  
Chatfield Reservoir

Cherry Creek Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, park staff reports anglers having increased success catching walleye, crappie, trout and bluegill. Common baits being used are mealworms, wax worms, Gulp worms, and nightcrawlers on Rapala raps, buck-shot flutter spoons, blade baits, and others. No other reports on any other species at this time. For more information please call (303) 690-1166.
Cherry Creek Reservoir

Standley Lake

Please call ahead prior to heading to the reservoir to get up-to-date lake and shoreline fishing conditions. Contact park staff at 303-425-1097. 
Standley Lake

Quincy Reservoir

As of 7/1/2021, bass fishing has been slow for some and good for others. Using jigs and soft plastics in the early morning and evening has worked best. There have been some reports of top water action picking up using frogs. All other species slow or no report. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Only watercraft capable of being launched by hand is permitted. Trailers and vehicles are not permitted in the water. Park hours for June are 5:00 am to 9:30 pm. For more information call 303-326-8424. 
Quincy Reservoir

Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Eleven Mile Reservoir

As of 6/30/2021, The 11 Mile Marina reports "Trout fishing is very good. The hatch is over and the fish are in a biting frenzy. It's hard to keep the small ones off the hook for those trolling. No matter what you drag you should be able to catch. If you don't you are doing something wrong. Lead core line with a 15-foot mono leader is knocking them dead. Shore catching is best early and late at night. Bigger fish caught 35 to 40 feet deep on down riggers in a variety of locations. Stop in for a map and we will show you where. We have seen Cuttbows, Browns and Cutthroats landed this week. Kokanee fishing is fair to good. For those that know the lake and know how to Koke fish and have patience, it can be good. Try North Shore to the buoy line in the channel. Fish are suspended 25 to 40 feet down. Dodger on lead core with Wedding Rings, Dick Nites, Needlefish. Bite times vary. The river stocking has produced some decent natural spawn. There has been no stocking in two years and we are seeing some large groups of very small fish like one-year-olds. Northern pike fishing is good. Action has been decent on smaller and medium-size fish. Try coves around the lake with drop-offs. Overflow channel west of Stoll and east of Howbert to Witchers. Husky Jerks and big sticks in fire tiger, silver black, silver blue. Bite times vary we like 11:00 to 12:00 and 5:00 to 6:00." https://www.11milesports.com/fishing-report
Eleven Mile Reservoir

Boyd Lake

As of 7/2/2021, park staff reports Boyd Lake is at 96% capacity and water temperature is 76 degrees. The lake is OPEN to boating. Anglers continue to report success catching walleye and white bass using a variety of spoons, spinners, jerkbaits, and crank-baits. There is no fishing permitted from marina slips or docks. Please call Boyd Lake State Park at 970-669-1739 to get the most up-to-date ice conditions. 
Boyd Lake

North Sterling Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, park staff reports fishing for walleye and crappie remain good using a variety of lures. Wiper action has recently picked up as well as a few catfish getting landed as well. The reservoir is OPEN to boating. The Inlet is OFF and the Outlet is OFF. Contact the park for the latest ice conditions at 970-522-3657.
North Sterling Reservoir

St. Vrain State Park

As of 7/2/2021, bluegill, sunfish, pumpkin seed, and other smaller fish and panfish will do well on small jigs, flies, and spinning lures; anglers also have luck with small live bait on ponds where it is legal to use bait. Please contact the park for the most up-to-date conditions by calling 303-678-9402. 
St. Vrain State Park

Barr Lake

As of 7/2/2021 park staff reports walleye and wiper action continue to produce for a fun-filled day of fishing. Trout fishing from shore has been poor. For the most current conditions, please contact park staff by calling 303-659-6005.
Barr Lake

Cheesman Canyon

As of 7/2/2021, fishing Cheesman Canyon is fishing very well producing regularly. Right now, be sure to cover as much water as possible, making sure to fish an entire pool before moving on to another or a different riffle. Starting with small insects is producing the best but larger patterns have also attracted hits. Flows: 249 CFS above Cheesman Lake (7/2/2021) 
Cheesman Canyon

Douglas Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, with the recent heat streak we are on, fish are heading to deeper, cooler waters during the heat of the day. Anglers are reporting more success when fishing early mornings or into the evening. 
Douglas Reservoir

Antero Reservoir

As of 7/1/2021, the ANS inspection station is located at the south boat ramp. The hot bite continues at Antero with anglers reporting success both from shore and from boats using a variety of spoons and spinners. 
Antero Reservoir

Dream Stream - South Platte

As of 7/2/2021, flows have decreased again on this section. Fish will be holding in the deeper sections of the river. There has been an increase in surface activity and over the last two weeks it has remained fairly consistent. Anglers have reported success nymphing as well as working dry droppers as it warms up late in the morning/early afternoon. Flows: 292 CFS above Eleven Mile (7/2/2021) 
South Platte

Horsetooth Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, anglers have reported success trout action picking up with the recent cooler temperatures last week. As temperatures look to be heating up again over the next week, anticipate the trout heading back to deeper, cooler waters. 
Horsetooth Reservoir

Spinney Mountain Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, park staff reports trout fishing continues to produce very well. Scuds and leeches have worked well for nymphing and woolly buggers have been the go-to for streamers.  
Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Arvada Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, anglers report fishing is fair to good for smallmouth bass and sunfish. Trout fishing is poor for shore anglers as most trout head to the deeper areas of the reservoir during the heat of the day. The reservoir was recently stocked on 6/15/2021.
Arvada Reservoir

Bear Creek Lake

As of 7/2/2021, anglers have reported success catching walleye with a variety of baits. 
Bear Creek Lake

Evergreen Lake

As of 7/2/2021, anglers have reported success catching stocker rainbow trout. The increase in precipitation and cooler temperatures have helped the trout become much more active and are hitting a variety of lures. CPW also wants to warn anglers of aggressive elk behavior in the area. DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE.  
Evergreen Lake

Lon Hagler Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, we have received reports of anglers catching catfish using a variety of bait. Reports also indicate bass action is picking up and that top feeding has been more consistent. 
Lon Hagler Reservoir

Waterton Canyon

As of 7/2/2021, there are an increasing number of caddis as well as blue-winged olive and midge hatches. Work pools and slow riffles and be ready for aggressively feeding fish. Anglers have also reported success nymphing while others have tried dry droppers. Flows: 65 CFS at Waterton (7/2/2021)
Waterton Canyon

Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado

Arkansas River - Leadville to Buena Vista

As of 6/30/2021, Braden Baker with Ark Anglers writes, "The upper river is clear to slightly stained and fishing very well. The river north of Buena Vista offers the best wade fishing conditions on the river, particularly above the Lake Creek confluence in Hayden Meadows but even the river in Granite is now very approachable. Tributary flows are dropping now and clarity is great on the small streams, leaving them in prime form for summer fishing. Yellow sally stoneflies are hatching and golden stonefly adults are beginning to make themselves knows. Brachycentrus caddis and gray drakes are also on the menu. You'll likely see a lot of grasshoppers up north, too, especially in areas with grassy edges. Guides and DIY anglers are reporting very good dry and dry-dropper fishing this week." Flows: 190 CFS at Hayden Meadows, 505 CFS at Granite (7/2/2021) http://www.arkanglers.com/
Arkansas River - Leadville to Buena Vista

Lake Trinidad

As of 7/2/2021, park staff reports boaters are catching trout on jigs and trolling. There are some walleye being caught in deeper water using jigs. The bass fishing has reportedly picked up over the last couple of weeks. The South shore has produced good size trout regularly using PowerBait, doughballs, and nightcrawlers. Call the park for the most up-to-date conditions at 719-846-6951.  
Lake Trinidad

Arkansas River - Buena Vista to Salida

As of 6/30/2021, Braden Baker with Ark Anglers writes, "A slight bump in flows from the rain has put a little color in the water but it is still fishable. Flows are great for floating but the edges are getting more and more wadeable for wade fisherman. As yellow sally, golden stonefly, and caddis hatches grow stronger and grasshoppers become more available as terrestrial food, dry dropper and shallow nymphing tactics are becoming increasingly productive. Fish are definitely getting more surface-oriented in their feeding. There are lots of pale morning dun nymphs in the system, too. The next few weeks should provide some of the best fishing of the whole summer! Following a low water spring and an underwhelming runoff, fish are healthy and have fared well through the high water." Flows: 1040 CFS at Hecla Junction (7/2/2021) http://www.arkanglers.com/
Arkansas River - Buena Vista to Salida

John Martin Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, both the East and West boat ramps are open. Anglers have noted an increase in bass and wiper action and a few catfish have been landed at night. As a reminder to anglers, underwater spearfishing may be used as a method of fishing in accordance with regulations issued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Underwater spearfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any marina, boat ramp, swim beach, or dam infrastructure.
John Martin Reservoir

Lake Pueblo

As of 7/2/2021, anglers reported success trolling for walleye. Shore anglers have reported poor trout fishing recently but have seen an increase in topwater action from bass.  
Lake Pueblo

Runyon & Fountain Lakes

The lakes were stocked on 5/10/2021, 4/19/2021, 3/19/2021, 2/26/2021, and 1/27/2021. Fishing overall has been fair to good with a variety of artificial lures. 
Runyon/Fountain Lakes SWA

Hugo SWA Ponds

As of 7/2/2021, anglers are reporting good bass action and some catfish being landed as well. Bass were caught with a variety of lures and crawlers. Catfish were caught using a variety of baits. 
Hugo SWA Ponds

Kissel Pond

As of 7/1/2021, anglers have reported fishing for catfish and crappie is good and trout fishing is currently poor.
Kissel Pond

Blue Lake

The lake was recently stocked on 6/15/2021.
Blue Lake

Rosemont Reservoir

The reservoir was recently stocked on 6/18/2021 and 6/21/2021. Recent cooler temperatures and increased precipitation has helped with the trout bite as of late. However, with warmer temperatures looming in the future, be prepared for trout to seek deeper cooler waters. 
Rosemont Reservoir

Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado

Vega Reservoir

Park staff reports as of 7/1/2021, The Island boat ramp is open at this time. Inspection hours are from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily. Fishing has slowed down a bit, however, anglers are reporting catching some nice rainbows in 16 - 20 inch range using silver spinners, PowerBait and worms. Lake levels are below normal. In order to prevent boats from launching during hours that ANS inspections are not available, the park has installed new gates and one-way spike strips. The spike strips will allow boats to exit the lake after hours at the Island boat ramp but will prevent anyone from entering the lake during non-inspection hours. Boaters that plan to exit the lake after inspection hours should park and use the Island boat ramp so that they are not behind locked gates after hours. The south road and the gravel pit area are open for the season.  
Vega Reservoir

Harvey Gap

As of 6/18/2021, the lake is open water and fishing fair to good. Anglers state that northern pike and smallmouth bass fishing is picking up with the warming water temperatures. Trout and perch have also been landed using PowerBait, worms, and a variety of lures. 
Harvey Gap

Rifle Gap

As of 7/2/2021, park staff reports fishing for smallmouth bass and northern pike is good on a variety of lures. 
Rifle Gap

Yampa River

As of 5/25/2021, due to critically low water flows caused by dry conditions and minimal snowpack levels, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has implemented a mandatory fishing closure on a 0.6-mile stretch of the Yampa River between the dam at Stagecoach State Park downstream to the lowermost park boundary. The closure began on May 25 and will continue until further notice. 
Yampa River

Blue River

As of 7/2/2021, anglers have reported success with caddis imitations and flows are allowing for dry flies. Flows: 101 CFS below Green Mountain Reservoir (7/2/2021) 
Blue River

Eagle River

As of 7/2/2021, look for fish holding along the banks in areas protected from the more turbulent water. Caddis, leech, and stonefly presentations have worked for those who are nymphing. Flows: 676 CFS below Gypsum (6/18/2021) 
Eagle River

Green Mountain Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, reports indicate reservoir levels are still low, especially for this time of year. Few to no fishing reports and those received stated very slow and tough fishing. 
Green Mountain Reservoir

Lake John

As of 7/2/2021, Lake John Resort reports indicate fishing has picked up and anglers are landing some large trout! A variety of spinners, spoons, and jigs have been used as well as nightcrawlers. Shore angling and fishing from a boat have both provided some huge trout 5 to 7 pounds! Please be aware of potential fire restrictions. https://lakejohnresort.com/
Lake John

Grand Lake

As of 7/2/2021, Fishing with Bernie Guide, Jake Foos reports, "The inlets have slowed down quite a bit in the past week and the surface temp has spiked by almost 8 degrees. Currently, the surface temp is sitting at about 56-57 degrees. As the 4th of July holiday approaches, the lake will be increasingly busier with boats, canoes, paddle boarders and all kinds of other rentals. The rainbow and brown bite has stayed pretty consistent even with the temperature changes in the past week. Right now it is very important to be fishing as early as possible in the morning to have the best chance at success. Leech Flutter Spoons from Clam Outdoors, Tasmanian Devils seem to be working best especially when casted towards the shore in the shaded areas. The Lake trout bite continued to fish very, very well the past week but it is obvious that there is a change happening in their behavior due to the water starting to warm. A lot of the fish are starting to scatter and head for a little deeper water. Most of the fish that we caught were in 50-80 feet of water near steep drop offs. Tube jigs and other minnow style soft plastics are working best when tipped with a little bit of sucker meat. As the fish start to move deeper (+70 feet), we are finding them holding 3-12 feet off the bottom. Best colors have been white and pearl." https://www.fishingwithbernie.com
Grand Lake

Lake Granby

As of 7/2/2021, Fishing with Bernie Guide, Dan Shannon reports, "Water temp has been consistent peaking at around 65 degrees in the afternoon. Fishing has been fair to good for all species. For rainbow trout and brown trout focus your fishing early or late in the day. Rainbows are biting good around the moving water, small spoons and spinners in pink or blue and silver are working well. Browns are being caught along the rock/mud transition areas in 10-15' of water, deep diving crank baits and small white tubes worked along the bottom will produce bites. Seeing kokanee schools 20-30' deep along night ridge and the entrance to Grand bay. Lake trout bite has been good, with the best bite happening in the morning while the water is calm. Finding most fish in the 50-85' depth range. Dark natural colored plastics tipped with a small piece of sucker worked along the bottom has been most consistent. Stay on the move if you aren't getting bites and find the groups of active fish." https://www.fishingwithbernie.com/
Lake Granby

Williams Fork Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, Fishing with Bernie Guide, Randy H reports, "Ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Water capacity is at 91%, which is 6 feet low. Inflow has dropped to 208 cfs, out flow has increased to 95 cfs. Surface temp is 63, climbing to mid-60's in the afternoon. There's still some debris floating on the lake, keep an eye out for it. Lake Trout are biting well in the AM until the sun gets high in the sky, then the bite drops off, but you can keep on biting fish with frequent moves. Fish of all age groups are being caught in 60 to 80 feet of water on grubs or small tubes tipped with sucker meat. Due to CPW's effort to eradicate Gill Lice in the lake, fishing for Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon is slow. Northern Pike are slow but a few are being caught in the shallow bays mid to late morning." https://www.fishingwithbernie.com/
Williams Fork Reservoir

Mack Mesa Reservoir

After months of hard work, Mack Mesa Reservoir is now refilled and has been restocked with bluegill to start developing a forage base for the largemouth bass and other species to be stocked later this summer. Those warm water species include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish. CPW also plans to stock trout in time for the fall and ice fishing seasons.
Mack Mesa Reservoir

Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado

Jackson Gulch Reservoir

As of 5/7/2021, the staff at Mancos State Park report, "Most of the fishing right now has been happening from the bank with typical baits: rainbow or green PowerBait, worms, and 'crawlers. A double-hook rig with PowerBait on one hook and a worm on the other will open up your odds of both trout and yellow perch. Fishing has been good for 10-12-inch trout and small yellow perch. A few splake (brooke trout/lake trout crosses) have been caught using the same baits or small lures. In-line spinners (Mepps, Panther Martins) are working. Let the spinner sink for a count of five or six, then reel mid-speed (enough to get the blade turning but not too fast). Trout should start surfacing in the still mornings and evenings, making for good action with the fly rod, especially from a float tube or kayak."
Jackson Gulch Reservoir

Blue Mesa Reservoir

As of 7/2/2021, anglers have reported fun topwater action in the early mornings and evenings. Lake trout are still holding in deeper water t. The Blue Mesa Lake Trout tournament continues through July! The Lake Fork and Elk Creek boat ramps are open and have hours 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Blue Mesa Reservoir

James M. Robb Colorado River

As of 7/2/2021, park staff reports, "Fishing has begun to slow due to warmer temperatures. Trout will be deeper. Bluegill and Sunfish will be more productive. Please ensure the responsible and ethical release of fish and properly dispose of fishing line. Remember, the daily limit for trout is four fish per person."  
James M. Robb Colorado River

San Juan River

As of 6/18/2021 Duranglers report, "Solitude on the river in town Pagosa is limited to the first and last hours of the day. Expect lots of tubers. Mayflies, smaller stones, and caddis have been hatching. Dry dropper setups are best. Watch out for rain events to bump flows." Flows: 197 CFS at Pagosa Springs (7/1/2021) https://duranglers.com/
San Juan River

Animas River at Durango

As of 6/29/2021, Duranglers reports, "Fishing is good. Mayflies, yellow sally stones, and caddis have been hatching with the best dry fly fishing in the mornings and evenings. Dry/dropper rigs with an emerger dropper is a solid combo, but if you are not seeing fish, fish the deeper runs with some weight and a caddis pupa." Flows: 727 CFS at Durango (7/1/2021) Duranglers.com 
Animas River

Dolores River - above McPhee Reservoir

As of 6/29/2021 Duranglers reports, "Watch for rain events to bump flows, but the upper Dolores drainage is fishing solid. Dry dropper all day every day. Nymph rigs for the deep holes when fish are not rising." Flows: 205 at Dolores (7/1/2021) https://duranglers.com/
Dolores River

Gunnison River

As of 6/29/2021 Duranglers reports, "Small stoneflies along with Caddis hatches. Stonefly nymphs in the mornings until the fish start popping their snouts up." Flows: 655 CFS below Gunnison Tunnel (7/1/2021) Duranglers.com
Gunnison River

San Miguel River

As of 6/29/2021, Duranglers reports, "Flows are dropping but fishing is good. Dry Droppers are your friend at this time of year, just like everywhere else!" Flows: 265 CFS near Placerville (7/1/2021) 
San Miguel River

Uncompahgre River

As of 6/29/2021, Duranglers reports, "The small bugs will still work, but flows have been bumped so make sure to try some bigger stuff like leeches and SJ worms with the midge and mayfly nymphs. Watch for Caddis in the afternoons!" Flows: 154 CFS below Ridgway Reservoir (7/1/2021) Duranglers.com
Uncompahgre River

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