Colorado statewide fishing report and conditions – June 20, 2020

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Published Saturday, June 20, 2020

Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir

As of 6/7/2020, trout fishing is fair to good using PowerBait from the dam. Trout are now deeper with the water column so try casting out 40-50 yards using a slip rig with PowerBait. There have been a few reports of largemouth bass being caught using soft plastics and smallmouth bass caught off the points on the south side. Walleye fishing is fair to good using jigs tipped with crawlers. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park Hours for June 5:00am-9:30pm. Restricted to electric motors only and portable gas tanks must be removed.
Aurora Reservoir

Chatfield Reservoir

As of 6/17/2020, it was recently reported that water temperatures at Chatfield Reservoir was recorded in the low to mid 60's. One angler reported that the bite was slow for walleye but trout fishing was good. Crankbaits have been getting anglers into trout. Chatfield is open to boating. Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspections will be conducted at North Ramps and South Ramps from 6am -10pm seven days a week. Vessel Decontamination will only be performed during day light hours.
Chatfield Reservoir

Cherry Creek Reservoir

As of 6/16/2020, Cherry Creek Reservoir appears to be fishing well. Water temperatures have been recorded as high as the mid 70's in some areas. Both bait and artificial lures have been reported to be working well for anglers. Recent reports also indicate that walleye have been very active recently. The reservoir is open for boating with two boat ramps and ANS inspections stations open daily from 6am - 10 pm. The West boat ramp will be closed on Wednesdays.
Cherry Creek Reservoir

Quincy Reservoir

As of 6/7/2020, trout fishing at Quincy Reservoir is fair to good on spoons and spinners. Bass fishing has been fair to good using soft plastics. Some reports have indicated an increase of top water action with bass. A few reports of smallmouth bass being caught from the dam using jigs. Perch action is fair to good using jigs. Restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Watercraft restrictions-Only watercraft capable of being launched by hand permitted. Vehicles and trailers are not permitted in the water. Park Hours for June 5:00am-9:30pm. For more information call 303-326-8424.  
Quincy Reservoir

Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado

Eleven Mile Reservoir

As of 6/15/2020, Eleven Mile continues to fish well. There have been reports of anglers having a lot of success trolling and catching large amounts of trout. As typical, the best action is either in the mornings or evenings, however, there are some anglers that have had success fishing throughout the day. Water temperature was recently recorded at 66 degrees. Eleven Mile State Park and the marina have both reported busy conditions with high visitor rates. 
Eleven Mile Reservoir

Boyd Lake

As of 6/16/2020, park staff at Boyd Lake report that fishing for trout and white bass has been excellent. Trout have been caught with a combination of worms and spinners along the shorelines in shallow waters. Anglers have been having success catching white bass on jigs and deep runners at about 20' to 30'. Meanwhile, fishing has also been good for carp, crappie, and walleye. Bowfishers have had success from the shore for Carp. Kastmasters, rapallas have given anglers success catching crappie near the Pumphouse and in the inlet. Reports also indicate that anglers have been catching walleye on a slow death rig/bottom bouncer with a chartreuse spinner and worm harness near the shorelines at about 15' to 25' on the northeast side of the lake.
Boyd Lake

North Sterling Reservoir

As of 6/13/2020, North Sterling State park rangers report that "water temps have been fluctuating between upper the 60's to low 70's and has been trending up. Fishing for walleye and crappie has been good but success has varied from boat to boat. Shore fishermen have had success catching crappie. There have been few reports of success fishing for wiper from shore but not many anglers targeting them. The Reservoir is OPEN to BOATING. The Inlet is ON and the Outlet is ON.
North Sterling Reservoir

Antero Reservoir

As of 6/18/2020, Braden Baker with Ark Anglers writes that "Antero Reservoir is fishing well due to hatches of chironomids. Currently, small chironomids are the ticket. As the weeks progress, the larger sizes will become increasingly effective. Then come the callibaetis and damselflies. Mostly you'll want to rely on subsurface patterns to imitate the juvenile insects, but later in the season there can be times when the large resident fish can be persuaded to come to the surface in search of adult flies."
Antero Reservoir

Horsetooth Reservoir

As of 6/14/2020, it has been noted that Horsetooth Reservoir has had good fishing. Water temperatures were recorded in the mid-60's in the morning and rising to the high 60's by midday. Warm temperatures have encourage boats and other watercrafts onto the water making the reservoir busy.
Horsetooth Reservoir

Jackson Lake

As of 6/16/2020, fishing at Jackson Lake was reported to be slow. Recent ambient temperatures have reached near 100 degrees making fishing throughout the day difficult for both anglers and fish. Fishing is best in cooler parts of the day, mornings and evenings. Water temperature was recently recorded at 71 degrees and water visibility was poor.
Jackson Lake

Rampart Reservoir

As of 6/16/2020, fishing at Rampart Reservoir is good. Anglers noted that there have been a lot of boats and kayaks on the water. The water temperature was recorded at 57 degrees and the water level was low.
Rampart Reservoir

Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado

Arkansas River - Leadville to Buena Vista

Information provided by Braden Baker with Ark Anglers. As of 6/18/2020, Braden writes that "we've got excellent conditions right now on the upper Arkansas. Buena Vista and north offers the best clarity on the whole river right now, with several feet of visibility. The Hayden Meadows area is the most approachable section to wade fish, but if anglers are comfortable rock hopping through BV and the Numbers, good pocket water is starting to open up along the edges. Expect to see some early season yellow sally, golden stonefly and caddis activity. Even if nothing is hatching, you'll likely find opportunistic, competitive fish taking refuge in velocity shelters looking for an easy meal. Think dry-dropper or shallow nymphing with large attractor flies like chernobyl ants, stimulators, Pat's rubberlegs, etc. As the water continues to recede, conditions will get better and better!" Flows: 387 CFS at Hayden Meadows, 942 CFS at Granite (6/18/2020) http://www.arkanglers.com/
Arkansas River - Leadville to Buena Vista

John Martin Reservoir

As of 6/18/2020, fishing has been inconsistent at John Martin Reservoir. Park staff noted that there have been several strong wind storms that have discouraged both fish and anglers. Outside these events, anglers have indicated having some success with crappie, wiper, and even walleye. Ambient temperatures have hit daily highs up to 100 degrees and staff noted that the best fishing is in the cooler hours, morning and evening. Water temperatures have been recorded in the high 60's up to 70 degree. The East and West boat ramps are open, however, boat ramps may close if water levels in the reservoir are low. All boats must be inspected prior to launching.
John Martin Reservoir

Pueblo Reservoir

As of 6/18/2020, there have been many reports that fishing is great at Lake Pueblo. One angler reported they had success pulling in walleye and wipers while fishing close to shore near large drop offs. Fish were caught on worms and leeches. Other anglers reported catching trout, bass and walleye with nightcrawlers by boat.
Pueblo Reservoir

Lake Trinidad

As of 6/8/2020, Trinidad Lake has reported good fishing. The lake is at 726 surface acres with a surface elevation of 6184.22. Surface water temps ranging between 62-65 degrees. Boaters have had great luck trolling for trout and targeting walleye and smallmouth in 10-20'. South Shore fishermen were catching trout with hooks tipped with dough bait and worms. Catching rout at 12-15" are common. Reilly Canyon: Decent sized trout and perch are being caught with jigs/worms. Shallow water with vegetation in water less than 12' deep.
Lake Trinidad

Horseshoe Lake

As of 6/17/2020, the rangers at Lathrop State Park report that at Horseshoe Lake "trout fishing has been slow. Anglers report having the most action on PowerBait and worms. Bass fishing from the dam has been more rewarding than over on Martin. Anglers are still reporting that spoons, kastmasters, and other artificial lures have been the most beneficial for bringing in bass. Warmer waters have led to increased activity from catfish and carp. Fishing for catfish has been reported as being the most active around dawn and dusk."
Horseshoe Lake

Martin Lake

As of 6/17/2020, park staff at Lathrop State Park reported the following conditions for Martin Lake: "Higher temperatures and windy conditions are making for slower trout fishing production, especially later in the afternoon. Anglers are still reporting catching trout on worms and PowerBait. Bass and other sunfish species have begun to become more aggressive as reported by anglers, and are hitting on spoons and other artificial lures. Trolling or fishing with swimbaits has led to more anglers pulling in pike and muskie. Wiper have been most active in the early morning hours prior to sunrise."
Martin Lake

Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado

Vega Reservoir

As of 6/15/2020, the folks at Vega State Park reported that "the lake is open for fishing and you may access it via the Island or Early Settlers boat ramps. Oak Point boat ramp remains closed. The ANS boat inspection station is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fishing is good. PowerBait and worms have been successful in landing some nice rainbow and cutthroat trout in the 14 - 18 inch range."
Vega Reservoir 

Williams Fork Reservoir

As of 6/16/2020, Fishing with Bernie guide Randy states that "water capacity is at 96%. Surface temperature is 54 early in the morning and warming to 62 at days end. Spring runoff has brought some large logs onto the lake, keep an eye out for them. Currently the Lake trout bite is slow to fair. All age groups can be found in 45' to 65' of water. Frequent moves will keep you on fish. Tubes or grubs tipped with sucker meat will produce some lite hits. Northern Pike are in the shallows lake wide. Working the bays with slow moving top water or suspending hard baits may produce some hits. Rainbows are being caught around the campgrounds bottom fishing with bait. Casting small spinners or spoons in moving water at the inlet should produce some rainbow trout early AM and late PM. Kokanee trollers are catching a fish or two a day but are mostly hooking with small Lake trout." https://www.fishingwithbernie.com/weekly-fishing-reports
Williams Fork Reservoir

Grand Lake

As of 6/8/2020, Dan Shannon with Fishing With Bernie Fishing stated that fishing at Grand Lake "has been very good for all species. Brown trout and rainbow trout are being caught all along the shorelines. Small spoons and crankbaits are working well. Lake trout bite has picked up and has been good to excellent depending on the day. Various plastics and jigging spoons tipped with sucker in 30-65' has been producing fish."
Grand Lake

Lake Granby

As of 6/16/2020, Fishing with Bernie guides report that "rainbow trout fishing continues to be good to excellent. The key seems to be running water, worms are definitely the best bait. Lake trout are being caught in 40-80' of water. Tubes, grubs and spoons are all working well."
Lake Granby

Delaney Lakes

As of 6/7/2020, staff at Lake John Resort noted that "the Delaney's are fishing great. The water temperature is warming up slowly, it is at about 62 degrees. East Delaney Lake is producing smaller 12-13" fish but is the most active. South Delaney Lake is producing 16-20" fish being caught on lures and jigs. North Delaney Lake is producing the larger measurements but slower than the other two. Anglers are doing well on North Delaney with jerkbaits pulled slow, deep-diving Rapala's, and fishing under indicators. No mosquitos out yet but it is thick with Chironomids. Most all the fish are feeding subsurface."
Delaney Lakes

Lake John

As of 6/7/2020, the folks at Lake John Resort report "Lake John still has mixed reviews coming in on fishing right now, some anglers doing very well for themselves and others striking out. The water temperature is warming up slowly, it is at about 52 degrees. It continues to appear that shore fisherman are doing much better than boats right now. The fish that are being caught are close to shore and still full of eggs. Successful anglers have been using cheese, garlic, red, pink and green PowerBaits, night crawlers and black leech flies. Boats anglers are having success with tub jigs, rapalas and kastmasters. https://lakejohnresort.com/
Lake John

Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado

Blue Mesa Reservoir

As of 5/25/2020, the folks at Blue Mesa Fishing report that "the fishing on Blue Mesa has been excellent for all species! We are still seeing some good casting opportunities for rainbow and brown trout, excellent trolling for rainbow trout with plenty of salmon action mixed in (they are big!) and some GIANT lake trout! Blue Mesa has been open for 10 days now and the fishing has been equally good all across the lake." Specifically, anglers can find trout by "casting the rocky shorelines, especially early and late in the day. The number of rainbow trout appears to be very good as trolling for them in the top 15? of the water column has been excellent most days and a lot of times they are getting to your presentation faster than the kokanee salmon!" For Kokanee, anglers should focus on the top of the water column, Blue Mesa Fishing reports that "they seem to be holding in the top 30? of the water column most days and so far they are a lot spunkier than they were last year, which is an encouraging sign that the gill lice aren't hitting them so hard they appear lethargic! One thing that we have been impressed with is the size of the kokanee for this time of year; there are some really nice fish showing up!" bluemesafishing.com
Blue Mesa Reservoir

Navajo Lake

As of 5/24/2020, park staff noted that "fishing has been good on the Colorado side of Navajo Lake. Small Mouth Bass & Northern Pike have been biting on crankbait, and Bullheads & Channel Catfish have been caught recently at Windsurf Beach and Arboles Point using night crawlers. Water temperature is approximately 60 degrees." New Mexico's Navajo Lake State Park has reopened as of 6/1/2020. Restrictions may vary on the New Mexico side of the lake, please check the park's website to get the latest information. The boundary to Navajo State Park is at the Colorado-New Mexico state line. 
Navajo Lake

Crawford Reservoir

As of 6/4/2020, fishing has been reported to be good at Crawford Reservoir. Anglers have reported catching notably large northern pike and bass as well as sizable trout. There have also been a few reports of anglers catching channel catfish as well. Iron Creek boat ramp is open with inspectors on duty from 7am to 8pm. Boaters can stay on the lake beyond inspection hours, and can now exit at any time, knowing that NO exit inspection will be done. You will be inspected the next time you come in.
Crawford Reservoir

Ridgway Reservoir

As of 6/18/2020, the park staff at Ridgway State Park reported that the reservoir was stocked on 5/15/2020 with over 9,000 catchable trout. Water temperature was recently recorded to be 55 degrees. The reservoir is near normal capacity but is continuing to rise. Boat Ramp Hours are currently 7-8, 7days/week. No launching will be allowed outside of the hours. All boats must be inspected prior to launch.
Ridgway Reservoir

Gunnison River

As of 6/18/2020, the Gunnison River seems to be past peak spring flows. River flows have been recorded well below the normal for this time of the year. As of 6/18/2020 the discharge was measured at 1070 CFS. These lower flows and increased insect activity makes the fishing good on the Gunnison River and is likely to get better. Like many other streams across the state, the Gunnison has seen an increasing number of stone and caddis flies.
Gunnison River

Conditions Report - Statewide

Statewide

As each week passes, the fishing conditions on rivers across the state have been improving. Many regions are now on their descent from peak flows within the past couple of weeks. Particularly, heading upstream and into high elevation creeks and streams will put anglers into better water conditions. While water levels and clarity are improving, there have also been reports of increased surface insect activity. Guides and fishing enthusiast suggest fly anglers consider a dry fly and dropper set up. Major hatches to be aware of this time of the year include Golden Stonefly, Green Drake, Caddis, and PMD's. Total discharge may be dropping in most rivers, conditions in some rivers and streams will require anglers to continue to seek out slower pockets and fishing along the river edge until lows fall even lower. Nymphs and streamers are typically to be your best bet when fishing the slow pocket waters and edges.
Statewide

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