The Arkansas River is quickly dropping and clearing, with the flows having dropped about 40% over the last week. The river is flowing near 2000 cfs in Salida. If you have been waiting for the river to drop to attempt to fish, now is the time to go. The water is still fairly high, but is clear and the trout are hanging tight along the shoreline and looking up. This is big dry fly and streamer season, the time of year we wait for. The fishing will only improve over the next few weeks as the flows decline further.
Arkansas River Headwaters
The upper river is in excellent shape and improving by the day. Hayden Meadows is fishing very well and the river below Twin Lakes is quickly coming into shape. Visibility is very good on the upper river. We are already seeing good caddis and golden/yellow sally stonefly activity mixed with drakes through Hayden Meadows down to Granite. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
The current surface temperature is around 71 degrees. Fishing has been good lately. Look for the 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 during the mornings and evenings will produce better results. We have not received many reports on the trout fishing. The wipers have been far and few between. Lake Pueblo State Park
The current water temperature is around 62 degrees and the reservoir is still low. The water clarity is clear. The trout fishing has been the most consistent for shore and boat anglers. Stripping streamers from the shore and trolling with Tasmanian Devils from a boat have been the most effective. The lake trout fishing is currently slow and we have not received any reports of recent catches.