Arkansas River Headwaters
The upper river is in excellent shape, and is very easy to wade. The fish will still come up and eat smaller flies on the surface, but nymphing some of the deeper runs and pools are beginning to prove more effective. The best hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. At the middle section near Salida, flows have dropped 150 cfs due to the decreased release from Twin Lakes, leaving fantastic wade fishing conditions in the middle basin. This should be an excellent week for anyone looking to fish the river, as strong midge activity gets fish moving in the morning, and late season blue winged olives continue to hatch sporadically in the afternoons. Flows are higher than we usually see this time of year, which makes for great late season float fishing conditions and concentrates fish more towards the banks.
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Fishing from south shore has been decent. The current surface temperature remains near 40 degrees. Anglers are catching fish throughout the lake with worms and PowerBait in rainbow and peach colors. Boat anglers have been catching mostly trout and walleye. Trolling less than 2 mph with a worm harness has worked around 20 feet of water.
Trinidad Lake State Park
The current water temperature is around 53 degrees and the water clarity is about 4 feet in depth. Anglers are reporting seeing a lot of shad and the bigger fish are actively feeding on them. The west end of the lake is fishing the best. Boat anglers are having the most success using jigs and spoons in the morning hours. Anglers are reporting that the waterfowl hunters are causing some crowding on the water.
Lake Pueblo State Park