Colorado statewide fishing report and conditions – June 14, 2019

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Published Saturday, June 15, 2019

Conditions Report - Statewide

Statewide Conditions 

The recent weather patterns have been bittersweet when it comes to conditions on rivers and streams statewide. The cooler weather has slowed runoff a bit giving anglers a few extra days of prime flows to take advantage of. Streams on the Front Range are still flowing at optimal levels providing for exception opportunities for anglers to get out and do some nymphing and even some dry fly fishing. The disadvantage to the recent weather patterns is localized heavy amounts of rain that can quickly increase flows on certain streams and rivers. With that being said there are some streams and rivers throughout the state flowing much higher than average. In those instances the fish have likely pushed out of the main river channel and onto the edges that are flowing slower and with slightly better visibility. This extra moisture will surely get the substrate stirred up which can flush some of the larger insects and worms into the flow and the trout will surely be feeding heavily. The best way to target these edges is either by nymphing something relatively large and flashy that will catch the attention of feeding fish or larger streamers that make the calories expended worth the meal for the fish.
Colorado Fishing Atlas

Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Eleven Mile State Park

As of 6/14/2019, water temperatures are being reported around 54 degrees. Trout fishing is excellent with Rapalas, Tas Devils, and PowerBait. Trolling for trout has been great! Night fishing at Eleven Mile has also increase with the most successful time being around 2 a.m. Kokanee fishing is currently fair but is slowly improving as the water continues to warm. Pike fishing has improved dramatically compared to previous weeks. Water temperatures and right where they need to be for the pike to begin feeding more aggressively. We have received reports that late to mid-afternoon has been the best time to target pike.
Eleven Mile State Park

Deckers and Cheeseman Canyon

As of 6/14/2019, flows have significantly increased from the previous week (low 100's) to right around 528CFS according to the USGS at 09:30. With increasing flow, look for fish to hole up in deeper water and pocket water. Dries have still been productive when paired with a delicate presentation as water clarity is excellent and fish will be spooked easily. Dry-Dropper setups allowing surface and sub-surface waters to be covered should give anglers success. Flows: 528 CFS (6/14/2019) 
Deckers and Cheeseman Canyon

Antero Reservoir

As of 6/14/2019, water temperatures are in the high 40's to low 50's. Increase in water temperatures have fish feeding more aggressively. Anglers are submitting reports of success fishing deeper sections of the reservoir with a variety of baits and lures such as Rattling Rapalas, PowerBait, and blade baits.
Antero Reservoir 

Jackson Lake

As of 6/5/2019, Surface water temperature is approximately 65 ??degrees. The water has cleared from the recent algae bloom. Fishermen are reporting success along the north shore in shallower areas of the lake. Walleye are doing fair; while Wipers are being reported as good. Most Wipers are under the 15" limit however, fishermen are reporting catching high numbers of them. Twister tails and jigs are the lures of choice.
Jackson Lake State Park

Barr Lake State Park

As of 6/14/2019, water temperatures are in the high 50's and fishing success is beginning to increase. Anglers reported catching more walleye and wiper than in previous weeks. Water clarity is still considered good for this reservoir at 5 to 6 feet. Weeds are starting to grow in the shallower sections of the reservoir, which can make the fishing tough but gives anglers a starting point when trying to find the fish. The fish will use these weed beds for cover and can be a tough, but good area to target when getting started. 
Barr Lake

Tarryall Reservoir

As of 6/14/2019, fishing continues to be excellent for trout. The most productive baits have been PowerBait or artificial salmon eggs. Anglers have reported quick limits of fish being caught. Anglers fishing with lures have had the most success using small blue and silver Kastmasters. 
Tarryall Reservoir

Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado

Arkansas River- Below Pueblo Reservoir

As of 6/14/2019, flows have been on the increase all week long. Fly anglers are having success targeting trout by nymphing San Juan worms, egg patterns, and larger stonefly patterns, but don't forget your dry patterns as hatches should encourage rising fish in the later parts of the day Anglers fishing with spin casting gear are having luck with in-line spinner baits or small jerk baits. Due to the higher flows, fish will be on the search for slow moving water where they can get some relief. With increased flows, water can be deceptively dangerous. Please use caution while fishing during these high flows. Flows: 3860 CFS (6/14/2019) 
Arkansas River at Pueblo Reservoir 

Lake Pueblo

As of 5/30/2019, water temperatures are finally reaching 60 degrees, which has really turned the fishing on. Bass are being caught on a wide variety of presentations such as more aggressive crankbaits or lipless crankbaits. Other anglers targeting bass with more finesse techniques are also having success. Walleye anglers are having the best success using live bait rigs along underwater points in the 15 to 25 foot of water range. Other anglers are also having luck using slip bobbers with leeches, minnows, or nightcrawlers as bait. Be sure to check the 2019 Fishing Brochure for updates on new Pueblo Specific Regulations for 2019. Boat Ramp/Inspection Station hours are currently 5:00am to 11:00pm. 
Lake Pueblo

Arkansas River Buena Vista to Canon City

As of 6/14/2019, water temperatures are hanging in the 40s. Flows are way up compared to last week as a lot of runoff has been entering the waterway. This is causing poor visibility and challenging conditions for anglers to compete with. Due to fast flows, fish will be looking for any slower moving sections of river (banks, pockets etc). Large streamers, large dries with droppers will likely be the most productive route. With fast high water, be extra careful if you find yourself wading. Flows: 4500 CFS (6/14/2019) 
Arkansas River - Near Salida 

Trinidad Lake State Park

As of 6/14/2019, the lake is at 778 surface acres with a surface elevation of 6188.83. Water temperature is sitting in the low 60's. Boaters are having excellent success catching trout. Trolling with worms or spinners seems to be the go to rig. There are reports of walleye being caught in 15 to 20 feet of water. Water clarity is slightly off color due to recent snowmelt and rain. The boat ramp is open, inspection hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm daily. If there is not an inspector at the ramp, please call the ranger cell phone numbers at 719-859-0480 or 719-989-7194 or the visitor center at 719-846-6951 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Trinidad Lake

Adobe Creek Reservoir

As of 6/14/2019, fair number of crappie are being caught from boats as well as small numbers of white bass/wiper and walleye/saugeye.
Adobe Creek Reservoir

John Martin Reservoir

As of 6/14/2019, the lake is about 20 feet low. The recent stretch of consistent weather has the fishing picking up with anglers reporting days of catching over 30 white bass with ease. Reports indicate the number of crappie being caught are steadily increasing from both boat and the shore.
John Martin Reservoir

Horse Creek Reservoir

As of 6/14/2019, walleye/saugeye and white bass/wiper are being caught from boats and shore. 
Horse Creek Reservoir

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir

This 762-acre impoundment is located off E. Quincy Avenue, two miles east of E-470. Open to boating. Electric trolling motors only. As of 6/14/2019, trout fishing is slow to fair from shore. The best area has been off the dam using PowerBait from a slip rig. Boaters are reporting fair to good success on trout trolling with lures and fishing with crawlers off the bottom in 20-25' of water. Walleye action has been slow to fair. A few reports of smallmouth and largemouth bass being caught off the points and in the coves using soft plastics, flies and swim baits. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park hours May 5:30am-9:00pm. Restricted to electric motors only.
Aurora Reservoir

Cherry Creek

This 881-acre impoundment is located in Cherry Creek State Park, in Aurora. There are two entrances to the park, the east entrance off S. Dayton St. and the west entrance off S. Parker Rd. As of 6/14/2019, water temperatures are reaching back low 60's. The reservoir was stocked on 6/3/2019. Anglers targeting trout are reporting success using nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Anglers fishing for walleye are having success jigging blade baits on underwater points throughout the reservoir.
Cherry Creek Reservoir

Chatfield Reservoir

Chatfield Reservoir This 1,356-acre impoundment is located in Chatfield State Park. As of 6/14/2019, water temperatures are in the high 50's to low 60's. The dry and warm start to the week has improved the fishing. Anglers targeting smallmouth are having success on tube jigs and swimbaits along rocky shorelines. Walleye anglers have been reporting a lot of success using live bait rigs along the underwater roadbeds. Jigging with paddletails has also produced some good walleye action and some slightly larger fish. Trout fishing has been fair with most fish being caught on nightcrawlers floated about a foot off bottom. Fish have seemed to be most active in the evening hours. 
Chatfield Reservoir

Quincy Reservoir

As of 6/14/2019, bass fishing is fair to good. There are reports of smallmouth bass being caught off the dam using jigs. Some reports of perch being caught on jigs. Restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Some reports of perch being caught using jigs. Only watercraft capable of being launched by hand permitted. Vehicles and trailers are not permitted in the water. For more information call 303-326-8424. Park Hours May 5:30am-9:00pm.
Quincy Reservoir

Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado

Blue River

As of 6/14/2019, flows have increased to above 500cfs. Although flows are up some anglers have still been able to get into some nice fish. With high water, fish will be looking for any area that offers some slower pockets that offer some current relief. Nymphing is going to be most productive. Do not forget your streamers as anglers have also been having some success on larger flies. Flows: 572 CFS (6/14/2019) 
Blue River - Silverthorne 

Colorado River

As of 6/14/2019, flows continue to increase steadily. Fishing on the Colorado River has been tough but dedicated anglers can have success. The only few reports of success are coming from anglers using spoons, or jerk baits fished in the current. Fly anglers are also having some success nymphing large flashy flies such as flashback pheasant tails or stonefly imitations. Try out a multiple nymph rig to test fish in various depths. Flows: 2390 CFS (6/14/2019) 
Colorado River - Near Kremmling 

Vega Reservoir

As of 6/14/2019, fishing is good with anglers reporting catching some nice rainbows and cutthroats in the 12-16 inch range. The lake is full and spilling. The Island and Early Settlers boat ramps are open at this time. Oak Point Boat ramp will remain closed this summer due to a silting problem at the bottom of the ramp. All boats must be inspected prior to launching. The ANS inspection station and entrance gate open at 7:00am and close at 8:30pm daily. If you have a valid pre-inspection receipt and seal then you may launch prior to 8:00 a.m.  
Vega State Park

Lake Granby

As of 6/14/2019, fishing for lake trout has been successful with sucker tipped jigs. Anglers are also reporting excellent rainbow fishing from shore using a variety of baits and lures. 
Lake Granby

Lake John

As of 6/7/2019, Lake John is starting to fish better and better after the very slow start we've had this season. The water temperature is warming up slowly, it's at about 51 degrees. We do have some pictures to share and the average size is continuing to be nicer this year compared to last year. Still a mix of items working well right now including nightcrawlers, green garlic Powerbait, salmon egg peach Powerbait, wooley buggers, steamers, chironomids, and leech patterns are a few to mention. The chironomid hatch is starting... for those of you that are posting the mosquitoes are bad already... these are not mosquitoes! The mosquitoes are not bad at all yet. The Delaney's are still on fire with South fishing the best out of the three lakes. Their water temperature is warmer than Lake John which is helping the activity at those lake. 
Lake John

Steamboat Lake State Park

As of 6/14/19, creeks are continuing to run quickly. The lake is ice-free and fishing has been great so far! Please use caution when fishing near moving water. Flows this time of year can be dangerous. 
Steamboat Lake State Park

Grand Lake

As of 6/14/2019, fishing for brown trout reported to be fair to good early and late in the day. There are reports of rainbow trout being caught with worms and spoons in and around the inlets. Jigging is still probably one of the best techniques for targeting lakers in these deep mountain reservoirs. A jig tipped with sucker meat, meal, or wax worms should entice a bite from the lake trout right now.
Grand Lake

James M. Robb

As of 6/14/2019, trout fishing is good on all lakes using a variety of baits, flies and lures. Please ensure the responsible and ethical release of fish and properly dispose of fishing line.
James M. Robb Colorado River

Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado

Blue Mesa Reservoir 

As of 6/14/2019, the water level has started to stabilize as outflows through the dam have increased. There is still a large amount of floating debris present in the reservoir so anglers are encouraged to use caution when navigating on a boat. The reservoir is open for boating, boat inspection hours are 6:00am to 8:00pm 7 days a week, launching will be available at the Elk Creek Boat Ramp as well as the Lake Fork Boat Ramp. Reports are coming in from anglers stating that trolling has been excellent. Fishing for trout has still been good casting jigs and jerk baits along shore, if you are not having success look a bit deeper as the fish are staying slightly deeper with rising water levels. Trolling for kokanee salmon has been getting better each day. For more information, contact Curecanti National Recreation Area at 970-641-2337.
Blue Mesa Reservoir 

Crawford State Park

As of 6/4/2019, we have had many anglers, both shore fishing and fishing from boats. They have reported catching pike and largemouth bass, as well as perch and crappie. Remember that there is a lake specific limit on the bass. They must be 18 inches or larger to keep, and you can only keep ONE. Statewide limits pertain to all other species.
Crawford Reservoir

Taylor River - Below Taylor Park Reservoir

As of 6/14/2019, flows out of Taylor Park Reservoir are increasing and the water is gaining size daily. Reports have been coming in from anglers using emergers, mysis shrimp and baetis nymphs with success. With the increased flow, fish are moving to deeper waters and some in pocket water. Do not be afraid to try stonefly nymphs and midges in these sections. Flows: 619 CFS (6/14/2019) 
Taylor River

Gunnison River - near Gunnison

As of 6/14/2019, flows have increased dramatically over the past two weeks. Snowmelt and increased precipitation is causing the river to gain size every day. Anglers are still having the most success using nymphs in the slower deeper pools. Other anglers have had some limited success fishing the small pockets of slack water behind larger rocks. Worms, stonefly, and mayfly nymphs as well as caddis larva have been working on trout. Look for flows to increase as the Gunnison Basin has well above average snowpack. Flows: 5000 CFS (6/14/2019) 
Gunnison River

Taylor Park Reservoir

As of 6/7/2019, the lake is open to boating with ANS Inspectors present 8:00am to 6:00pm daily. Fishing has been slow to start the season. Anglers have been reporting occasional success jigging deep water for Lake Trout. Water levels are still low but with a lot of snowpack on the surrounding peaks water levels are expected to rise quickly!
Taylor Park Reservoir

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