Southeast Fishing Conditions Report - July 19

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Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Adobe Creek Reservoir

Fishing is slow for all species. The lake is still at a higher volume. Night fishing is the best time to fish due to warm daytime temperatures.

Arkansas Headwaters

The Arkansas River is in perfect summer shape. Current flows are around 700 cfs in Bighorn Sheep and Browns Canyon, 500 cfs in the Granite Gorge, and 200 cfs in Hayden Meadows. At these flows, the river is very approachable on foot, but also retains plenty of water for float fishing. Current hatches include some remaining golden stoneflies, yellow sally stoneflies, pale morning dun and trico mayflies, caddis, midges, etc. Of course, there are plenty of hoppers, beetles and ants adding to the equation. Most anglers are fishing big attractor dries, trailing either a caddis dry or a bead head nymph. Streamers are also working well. During high sun situations, dropping the nymph a little deeper and fishing out off the first shelf line can be more productive as fish move into darker water for the cooler water and security. Evenings and mornings have been exceptionally good, with many brown trout out on the very edges in ambush mode. These conditions should persist for the next four weeks, with the only exception being impacts from possible thunderstorms. Runoff from such events is usually only an issue in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Moving upstream almost always results in clear water and good conditions. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Clear Creek Reservoir

The current water temperature is around 65 degrees. The trout fishing at Clear Creek Reservoir has been slow from boat and shore. A majority of anglers reported landing 8 to 12 inch rainbow trout. A few anglers caught 18 to 23 inch rainbow trout at the eastern part of the reservoir. The best shore fishing for trout has been in the morning. Shore anglers caught a few trout on PowerBait off the bottom. Trolling with artificial pink worms with flashers and minnow Rapalas has been productive for boat anglers. The kokanee salmon fishing has been very slow. Evening has been the best time to fish for tiger muskie. Most of the tiger muskie follows were on rainbow Rapalas and spoons at the eastern part of the reservoir. The reservoir is closed to trailer motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The current boating hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 


Anglers are having luck pulling in stocked trout on both lakes. Martin is providing great northern pike fishing for anglers using spinners. The trout are being caught on PowerBait and night crawlers. There have been no reports of any muskie or walleye being caught lately. Stop by the visitor center to show off your catch, and get in the book. Lathrop State Park

Midwestern Farms Pond

The fishing has been slow for trout with most anglers doing the best earlier and later in the day. A few pan fish have been caught during the warmer part of the day. Anglers are not catching many catfish yet.

North Gateway Park

The fishing has slowed considerably. Anglers are catching some fish, but not in any great numbers. The bluegill are getting caught the most consistently. The bass, trout, crappie, and catfish are not biting very well.

Queens State Wildlife Area

A few anglers have been trying primarily upper and lower queens.  They have caught a few catfish and some carp. Increased water levels allow for launching of boats from the west ramp, but the south ramp is completely under water and not accessible at this time. Boaters are urged to use caution as there is floating debris and unmarked obstacles.

Trinidad Lake

The lake is at 873 surface acres with a surface water temperature around 70 degrees. Shoreline anglers are catching trout on PowerBait and they are catching catfish on night crawlers. Small wiper are being caught in Reilly Canyon on worms. Boaters are still catching walleye and perch using jigs tipped with a night crawler or artificial minnow. Trinidad Lake State Park