Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
The recent rains and beginning stages of runoff have increased flows on the streams throughout the state. 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. This means anglers must use a bit larger and flashier presentations when fishing these conditions. Fish diets in the early spring are made up primarily of midges and an assortment of small blue-winged olive nymphs and are occasionally supplemented by larger mayflies, annelids, trout eggs, stoneflies, and even caddis larva. Spring fishing typically consists of a lot of nymph fishing since the trout are not overly active due to the cold water temperatures, so try using stonefly nymphs and imitation midges. Remember that the hatches are becoming more frequent in the spring, so keep an eye for surface activity and do not hesitate to switch to a dry fly presentation, especially during the warmest parts of the day. We are approaching some of the best dry fly hatches of the year and anglers should be excited for the prospect of surface feeding. It is also important to be mindful of your split shot usage. With the fish being concentrated in the slower moving water during the run-off it is important to make sure those flies drift directly in their path. Be sure not to use too much split shot though because the last thing you'll want to do is to have to retrieve a snag in those cold waters.
Colorado Fishing Atlas
Conditions Report - Northeast Colorado
Eleven Mile State Park
As of 5/24/2018 the trout fishing continues to be very good with various lures both from shore and boats. Anglers are reporting many catches in the 3 to 6 pound range. Anglers are also reporting some success with Kokanee Salmon fishing deeper, pink has been a color mentioned as catching salmon lately.. There have also been a few pike reported in the shallower sections of the reservoir. The pike fishing is expected to get better later into the year.
Eleven Mile State Park
This 2,967 acre reservoir is located approximately 32 miles east of Greeley and 10 miles north of Wiggins. As of 5/21/2018 lake level is full. Surface water temperature is approximately 60 degrees. We are open to boating. Fishing has been fair to good for crappie, wiper and walleye. The carp have been very active throughout the reservoir. For up-to-date fishing conditions contact the park directly at 970-645-2551.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspection hours for the month of May are 6:00 am-10:00 pm daily. As of 5/21/2018 water temperatures are in the low 60's fishing has been good for trout using traditional baits all over the lake. White Bass fishing has started to pick up with quite a few fish being caught. Anglers are starting to report success with crappie fishing as well. Bass fishing is getting better, jerkbaits for Smallmouth and lipless crankbaits or spinnerbaits for Largemouth. Reminder - No fishing from marina slips or docks (next to is okay but can't use them in any way. PLEASE NOTE: Any live fish collected for use as bait may only be used in the same body of water from which they were collected. All live bait/fish from a commercial source and transported by anglers must at all times be accompanied by a receipt for the source. See the Colorado Fishing Regulations for further clarification and information.
As of 5/25/2018 due to recent rain flows have increased to 526 CFS at Golden with visibility beginning to be affected by increasing flows. Fishing has been fair for browns, rainbows, and cutthroats using Stimulators, Griffith's Gnat, Midges, Pheasant Tails, and Prince Nymphs in black or dark colors. As we approach summer dry flies have begun to produce fish, Blue Wing Olive patterns have been the most productive.
As of 5/21/2018, water temperature is about 61 with some warmer temps in the shallow coves. Fishing is Good/Great for Walleye, Crappie and Wiper, with several limits of Crappie being caught and numerous 28-31 inch Wiper coming out. Both shore fishermen and boaters are having good luck.
As of 5/22/2018 the Inlet Bay and South Bay ramps are open to boating 6:00 am- 10:00 pm seven days a week. With water temperatures above 50 degrees fishing for walleyes and smallmouth bass has been getting better, expect to find the smallmouth along rock faces with jerk baits being a good bait. Anglers have reported catching both walleye and smallmouth using the same presentations. Fishing from shore can also be successful from the many rocky points along the reservoir. We have even had some reports of anglers finding success using streamers on a fly rod for smallmouth.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir
As of 5/17/2018, water temperatures are slowly rising and the fishing is continuing to pick up. Reports from anglers are that the pike are becoming very active with many nice fish being caught. Fishing from shore has also been good for fly fishers targeting the large trout this reservoir is known for. Fly fisherman have had success using scud flies and other fisherman have been successful using casting spoons.
Spinney Mountain State Park
Saint Vrain State Park
There are 11 fishable ponds at St. Vrain that are stocked on a regular basis. Bald Eagle Pond is artificial flies and lures only. Bald Eagle Pond and Blue Heron Reservoir are trophy bass fisheries: all bass caught on these 2 ponds must be immediately returned to the water! Only 1 catfish in your standard bag and possession limit can exceed 20 inches on Blue Heron Reservoir. Blue Heron has been producing some good sized Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, and Saugeye on jigs and lures. Trout fishing is very productive in spring and fall depending on stocking. Stocked trout are only 8-10 inches in length and we do not recommend keeping them until they have matured and are of a healthy size: around 12-24 inches. Overfishing these waters results in smaller, less productive populations.
Barr Lake State Park
As of 5/21/2018 water temps continue to rise and the water level remains steady. Walleye have been steady, and the trout are continuing to bite from shore. Wipers are starting to become more active as well. Carp are still congregating in the shallows, making them easy targets! Please remember fishing is not allowed in the canals surrounding the lake.
Bear Creek Reservoir
As of 5/21/2018 water temps continue to rise and the water level remains steady. Fishing for smallmouth bass has been good along the dam. Fishing for trout is good all throughout the lake using PowerBait and nightcrawlers. There have been few reports of saugeye being caught. The saugeye can be caught using a jig with a curly tail grub bounced along the bottom. Reminder, this is a city of Lakewood Park, a state parks pass is not valid at this park.
Bear Creek Reservoir
Conditions Report - Southeast Colorado
May 23rd - Upper River: We're definitely in a transition time the Arkansas. Not yet to full-blown runoff, but definitely experiencing the effects of snowmelt at lower elevations on the river. The river is stained from top to bottom as flows shift, but despite this, we are still seeing quality opportunites on the river. We'll do our best to update this site to reflect those windows of opportunity as we see them. May 23rd - Middle River: The Middle basin has dropped significantly in flows over the weekend with the cooler tempuratures, and reduced releases from Twin Lakes. Although flows are still relatively high, visibility has improved to over 3' along the edges. We expect the conditions to remain good through Memorial Day weekend. The fish have been holding in the pockets and slower water along the edges to escape from the current. Fishing a nymph rig in the mornings and transitioning to a Dry/Dropper set-up in the afternoons should produce good activity. Streamers are also a good option as the brown trout fry emerge from the fall spawn. Take advantage of this slight break from our annual spring run-off before the tempuratures warm back up and continue the high elevation snow melt! May 23rd - Below Salida: Flows have continued to drop with the cooler temperatures, and the visibility on the Arkansas looks great this morning at Stockyard Bridge! Twin Lakes has reduced their outflows today as well, so flows (temporarily) are dropping. We should have excellent conditions throughout this week and through Memorial Day weekend. We've had really good reports the past couple of days from anglers fishing along the edges with attractor dry/droppers or shallow nymph rigs.Although the flows are still high, the pockets and edges provide a break from the current and holding water for the trout. Stonefly nymphs and caddis pupa fished under an attractor dry will move fish along the edges, and the presence of immature brown trout fry in the river make for excellent streamer fishing. Barring any localized rain storms that might put dirty water in to the river, we expect the clarity to raimain good through the next few days with cooler weather being forcasted. It is a great time to get out and enjoy the break from run-off.
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
The lake is at 1010 surface acres with a surface elevation of 6205.79 feet. Shore anglers are catching trout on homemade dough bait and PowerBait (green color) all along south shore and Reilly Canyon. Some trout have also been caught using smaller spoons or in-line spinners. As of 5/23/2018 anglers have started to report some success catching walleye on various presentations including crankbaits. Boating is open for the season. Please be advised that all boats must be inspected prior to launching.
As of 5/20/2018 Things are heating up on the big desert reservoir. Surface temperature is around 55-60 degrees at various locations on the lake. Walleye are all the talk at this time of year. Fishermen are having success using a variety of methods. Jerkbaits and crankbaits will yield success, as well as jigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Bass fishing is nearing a peak with bass being caught on jerkbaits and crankbaits as well as plastics. Both boat ramps are open at this time. Summer hours are in effect, ramps open at 5 AM and close at 11 PM.
As of 5/15/2018 anglers have reported success with smallmouth bass recently. Anglers have reported some success catching catfish using worms. The surface temperature of Horseshoe Lake is about 50 degrees. Visitors have reported less success in Horseshoe, but some smaller trout are being caught. Variations of PowerBait including rainbow and cheese styles have been used to catch fish recently.
John Martin Reservoir
John Martin Reservoir offers many types of warm-water fish. As of 5/22/2018 now that we are in the prime fishing time of the year for this reservoir fishing has been good for crappie, saugeye and wiper. Anglers from all over the country come to John Martin Reservoir mid-summer to fish for bass and wiper. Late-night anglers will find channel catfish and walleye all summer long. Bluegill and drum are found throughout the seasons as well. Fall usually brings another run of crappie and wiper.
John Martin Reservoir State Park
Conditions Report - Northwest Colorado
Delaney Butte Lakes
As of 5/21/2018 The Delaney's have been fishing well with many active fish and anglers reporting success. South Delaney reporting sizable rainbows and North Delaney reporting great action on the browns. Anglers are reporting success on small in-line spinners and flies.
Delaney Butte Lakes SWA
Highline Lake/Mack Mesa Lake
As of 5/24/2018 Highline Lake and Mack Mesa Lake was stocked with rainbow trout very recently so fishing should be good. Highline Lake and Mack Mesa are both open for boating. Please stop at the Visitor Center at the East Entrance or call 970-858-7208 to request an ANS inspection before launching. Anglers may contact Highline State Park for updates on fishing conditions.
Highline Lake/Mack Mesa Lake
Harvey Gap Reservoir
As of 5/13/2018, perch of all sizes along with some pike and trout are reported being caught. Anglers are reporting that worms are working well for the perch and trout with the pike being caught on lures. Special fishing regulations at Harvey Gap Reservoir include a minimum size of 15 inches for largemouth bass and a bag and possession limit of 2 for channel catfish. Standard bag and possession limits apply for all other species. Bag and possession limits for smallmouth bass and northern Pike are unlimited. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN DISTINGUISH TIGER MUSKIE FROM NORTHERN PIKE. ALL TIGER MUSKIE LESS THAN 36 INCHES MUST BE RELEASED ALIVE. For more information regarding tiger muskie, please contact CPW Area Aquatic Biologist Ben Felt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anglers may contact Harvey Gap/Rifle Gap State Park, Phone: 970-625-1607 for updates on fishing conditions.
Harvey Gap Reservoir
Rifle Gap Reservoir
As of 5/2/2018 Pike and trout are being caught throughout the lake. A few bass and walleye are also being caught near the dam. Special fishing regulations at Rifle Gap Reservoir include a bag and possession limit of 1 walleye 18 inches or greater; bag and possession limit for yellow perch is 20.
Rifle Gap Reservoir
As of 5/21/2018, shore fishing is excellent at this time. PowerBait and spinners have been reported as the most successful bait at this time. The Island boat ramp is open. Don't forget to stop at the entrance and have your boat inspected prior to launching. The ANS inspection station is open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 7 days a week.
James M. Robb
As of 5/19/2018 fishing has been good using any kind of bait or flies. All lakes were stocked at the beginning of mid-May. Please ensure the responsible and ethical release of fish. Trash cans are available to dispose of fishing line.
James M. Robb
As of 5/21/2018 fishing is still active here at Lake John for many different sizes of fish. Still hearing about 16-21 inches very regularly. Nightcrawlers, garlic or shrimp PowerBait, Kastmasters, and needlefish with a piece of worm are doing well.
As of 5/22/2018 fishing at Elkhead is increasing with anglers reporting catching bass and pike, things will continue to pick-up as the water clears up. Keep in mind at the NORTH EAST ACCESS Pre inspection is required for all non-exempt hand launched vessels. You are required to have a seal and receipt to launch. Exempt vessels are: Kayaks, Canoes, Rafts, Belly Boats, Windsurfers (paddle boards), Sailboards, foldable plastic boats, float tubes and inner tubes.
Steamboat Lake State Park
As of 5/1/2018 creeks are open and flowing but water temperatures are still cold. The ice has pulled back from the shoreline.
Conditions Report - Metro Denver Area
This 762-acre impoundment is located off of E. Quincy Avenue, two miles east of E-470. As of 5/22/2018 Water temp is 55 degrees. Trout fishing from shore has started to pick up due to recent stocking. Reports of trout being caught using PowerBait and crawlers from the dam and open areas along the shoreline. Walleye action from shore is slow. Some reports from boaters catching walleye using jigs tipped with artificial baits. A few reports of smallmouth bass being caught using jigs. Restricted to electric motors only. For more information call 303-326-8425. Park hours May 5:30am-9:00pm.
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 5/22/2018 walleye fishing is continuing to be good as the fish are starting to be more concentrated in schools on the shallow structures of the lake. Fishing for trout has been productive both from shore or boat using many different techniques. There have also been reports of crappie being caught.
Cherry Creek Reservoir
As of 5/21/2018 bass fishing is good as the fish move up shallow and are actively on beds spawning. Reports from boaters and shore anglers using jigs, jerk baits and crawdad soft plastics fished slowly. Trout fishing is fair to good using spoons and spinners and flies. Fly fishermen have been reporting success in the evening. Park Hours for May 5:30am-9:00pm. Restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Electric motors only and hand launched watercraft only-trailers and vehicles prohibited in the water. For more information call 303-326-8424.
This 1,356 impoundment is located in Chatfield State Park, as of 5/21/2018 water temperature is in the lower 60's and increasing. Walleye fishing has been getting better, swimbaits and crankbaits have been reported to be catching fish, as well as livebait rigs along the bottom. Trout have recently been stocked and are being caught using a variety of baits from shore. Smallmouth Bass have also been active along rocky shores in the lake with fish being caught on various presentations. Jerkbaits and scented plastics have been good producers for smallmouth bass. Please note that due to the Chatfield Reallocation construction fishing access from the west side of the park (Eagle Cove - Kingfisher) is closed. Please access the lake from the east side of the reservoir.
Conditions Report - Southwest Colorado
Blue Mesa Reservoir
This 8,900 acre reservoir is located west of Gunnison. As of 5/22/2018, Trout fishing has been decreasing as the water temperatures warm and the fish transition deeper into the water column. Kokanee Salmon fishing has been good 20 to 50 feet below the surface. The kokanee salmon fishing is expected to be fantastic once again throughout this summer. Lake trout fishing continues getting better and better, some anglers are reporting large fish being caught and released. Trolling seems to be the most productive currently for Kokanee and the few trout being caught. Anglers can check on current conditions and boat ramp inspection schedules by contacting Curecanti National Recreation Area at (970-641-2337).
Blue Mesa Reservoir
As of 5/24/2018 Water temps are in the low 60's. We have had reports of perch, crappie, trout and catfish being caught recently. There was a report of a 10 lb. catfish caught.
Crawford State Park
As of 5/15/2018, The lake is open water and has been stocked with thousands of rainbow trout this spring. Additional stockings will occur through the summer. Mancos is a great place for consistent action from trout and yellow perch. Most of the trout action is from 10-12 inch fish, but there's very good opportunity at an 18-20 inch trout and a few 12 inch-plus perch. Great opportunity for kids to catch fish. Most anglers are finding success with bait (PowerBait, eggs, and crawlers) fishing just off bottom or under a slip bobber. For a chance at the yellow perch and trout, a small jig fished under a bobber on a long leader and tipped with a piece of worm is a good bet. Casting or trolling typical in-line spinners (Panther Martins, Mepps) from boats is another approach at the trout. Hand-launchable boats (non-motorized kayaks, canoes, belly boats, etc) are a great way to fish the lake in this off-season.
Mancos State Park
Navajo State Park
As of 5/15/2018 fishing is getting better every day as the water temperatures continue to rise. Crappie fishing is good early in the morning. Some Smallmouth Bass are being caught along with a few Pike. Jigs work well for the Crappie with John Deere green being a good choice. Tube jigs work well for the Smallmouth Bass and Pike. Another good lure for the pike are in-line spinners in large sizes.
Taylor Park Reservoir
As of 5/22/2018 fishing has been great for pike with many large fish being caught both from shore and boats. The lake has recently been stocked with trout. Trout fishing has been good using green PowerBait eggs from shore. Anglers are starting to report some lake trout being caught on sucker meat throughout the lake. Lake trout have been moving deeper and anglers are having success trolling lures behind a downrigger.
Taylor Park Reservoir