Southeast Fishing Conditions Report - June 7

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Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Adobe Creek Reservoir

Fishing is fair to good for smaller 10 - 12 inch walleye and saugeye, but larger fish are being caught. Fishing is also fair for small 6 - 8 inch crappie with a few larger fish also being caught. Fishing is also fair for wiper and white bass of various sizes. A few fish are being caught from shore, but mostly channel catfish.

Arkansas Headwaters

The Arkansas River is in full blown runoff this week, making fishing very difficult and bringing safety into focus. Wading is definitely not advised anywhere along the river corridor and anglers are encouraged to focus their efforts on the many mid to high-elevation lakes in the valley. Places like Crystal, Cottonwood, and O'Haver Lakes are all producing well. High lakes are opening now too, particularly in the southern end of the valley. With continued heat in the forecast, expect river flows to remain high during the next two weeks. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Clear Creek Reservoir

Trout fishing from shore and boat has been fair at Clear Creek Reservoir. Anglers are mostly catching 8 - 12 inch rainbow trout with the occasional 18 - 25 inch rainbow trout being landed. Shore anglers at the boat ramp parking lot area caught several trout on a worm and bobber combination.  Near the northeast corner of the dam, shore anglers reported trout going for PowerBait. Olive-colored woolly buggers remain the most productive fly for fly anglers. The best boat fishing for trout has been between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. Trolling with cowbells coupled with worms at slow speeds has been the best method to land trout. Boat anglers targeting trout also experienced success on golden Acme Little Cleo spoons, pink Tasmanian Devil lures, Thomas Buoyant lures, and Montero Marvels. A few anglers reported landing kokanee salmon from a boat during the morning. A squid tipped with white corn is a common method used to land kokanee salmon at the eastern part of the reservoir. One boat angler almost caught a 50 inch tiger musky on a Thomas Buoyant lure. Three boat anglers each caught a small tiger musky late Sunday afternoon. The reservoir is closed to trailered motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The current boating hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Crystal Lake

The lake continues to offer anglers good fishing from both shore and belly boats. Most anglers are using assorted flies, but some lures are also having good success.

Forebay Reservoir

Fishing is fair with anglers reporting catching mostly rainbow trout and lake trout on assorted baits, lures, and flies.

Hayden Meadows Reservoir

The reservoir continues to provide good fishing for anglers using assorted baits, lures, and flies.

John Martin Reservoir

The reservoir is currently at 212,000 acre feet and the water temperature is around 61 degrees. We have had many reports of anglers catching a lot of white bass and small wiper on the reservoir on a variety of hard baits. There have been a few reports of crappie being caught and the walleye and saugeye are starting to hit well, with some fish nearing 18 - 24 inches in length. Fishing at the spillway is slow due to the large amount of water they are releasing. Lake Hasty is fishing well in the morning and evening, but continues to slow down during the heat of the day. John Martin State Park 

Lake Pueblo 

The surface temperature is currently 62 degrees. Fishing on the lake has been fair to good as of late. Anglers are consistently catching walleye on jerk baits, crank baits, and jigs. Bass fishing is also pretty good right now. Soft plastics and crank baits are consistent producers for those pursuing bass. Trout fishing has been fair for those using bait from shore. There are no current reports on catfish at this time. Wipers have been far and few between. Anticline Pond has been producing a lot of trout. Boaters are reminded that the boat ramps are open and summer hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. are in effect. Lake Pueblo State Park

Midwestern Farms Pond

Fishing has been fair for trout with anglers having the best success in the morning and evenings. Several large brood trout have been caught and the pan fish are getting caught during the warmer part of the day.

Nee Gronde Reservoir

Current water levels are extremely low with poor water conditions. Fishing will not be productive until the water levels rise to support more fish.

Nee Noshee Reservoir

Water levels are high enough for launching boats on the north and south ramps. Anglers are catching plenty of recently stocked fish.

North Gateway Park

Anglers are still having luck catching trout on various baits and lures. Smallmouth bass are also plentiful, with anglers having luck using various crank baits and soft baits. Small crappie and catfish are occasionally being caught, but not in large quantities. Night fishing is allowed with a free permit issued by the City of Lamar.

Queens Reservoir

Increased water levels are allowing boats to be launched from the west boat ramp. The south boat ramp is completely underwater and not accessible at this time. Anglers are catching many recently stocked fish. Boaters are urged to use caution as there is floating debris and unmarked obstacles in the reservoir.

Turquoise Lake

The lake is free of ice but water levels remain low. The Matchless boat ramp is scheduled to open June 10. The fishing from shore is really good for both rainbow trout and lake trout. Anglers are catching fish on assorted baits, lures and flies. 

Twin Lakes

The boat ramp is now open. Fishing from boats has been fair for both rainbow trout and lake trout. Fishing from the shore is starting to pick up, especially near the power plant. Anglers are reporting lake trout being caught from shore with PowerBait and sucker meat.