Colorado fishing report for Aug. 18-24, 2015

By: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
August 19, 2015 Updated: August 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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photo - With the snowy Sangre de Cristo range as a backdrop, Roger Welles fly-fishes on the Arkansas River just east of Cotopaxi Thursday, March 15. 2012. The temperature in nearby Canon City hit 75 degrees Thursday and Welles said he couldn't pass up the chance to get on the river. He said he lives in Canon City and fishes the Arkansas year-round.  Mark Reis, The Gazette
With the snowy Sangre de Cristo range as a backdrop, Roger Welles fly-fishes on the Arkansas River just east of Cotopaxi Thursday, March 15. 2012. The temperature in nearby Canon City hit 75 degrees Thursday and Welles said he couldn't pass up the chance to get on the river. He said he lives in Canon City and fishes the Arkansas year-round. Mark Reis, The Gazette 

FISHING REPORT

Conditions

Northeast Colorado

Eleven Mile Reservoir - The trout fishing is good. Fish are being caught at Rogers Mountain, Howbert Point, Rocking Chair, Lazy Boy, Witchers Cove and North Shore. Salmon peach PowerBait, yellow PowerBait, garlic PowerBait, spinners, tube jigs, worms and marshmallows, needlefish and Tasmanian Devils all are working. The kokanee salmon fishing is slow, but some have been caught between Deer and Duck islands. The northern pike fishing has been fair and the action has picked up a bit. The west end weed beds are holding decent numbers of fish

Spinney Mountain Reservoir - The fishing at the reservoir is very good. There have been a lot of pike caught on Rapalas, zonkers and Tasmanian Devils. Trout are being caught on callibaetis, midges and hares ears along with Kastmasters, Tasmanian Devils and needlefish. Anglers that are choosing to troll or use belly boaters are still having the best results. The Dream Stream is fishing great right now. PMDs, tricos, rojos and ants seem to be the fly of choice out there.

Southeast Colorado

Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake) - Fishing for channel fish from shore is good using a variety of baits. Fishing for other species is slow.

Arkansas River - We continue to enjoy hatches of pale morning duns, red quills, caddis and midges, with a wide array of active terrestrial insects as well. The result is a brown trout population that will be increasingly enabled (by flow reduction) to take advantage of more available habitat and that is operating in an open-minded and predatory mode. Now is when this species puts on substantial weight for the October spawn and winter months that follow - expect strong feeding behavior whenever food is available.

Clear Creek Reservoir - Fishing has been slow. Most of the catches had by anglers were homogeneous groups of 8- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Either sherbert PowerBait or yellow Berkley's Floating Magnum Eggs typically work well for shore fishermen. Successful fly-fishermen caught trout on green woolly buggers. Kokanee salmon fishing conditions have improved from last week.

Cottonwood Lake - Fishing has slowed down a bit. Velly boats and small boats provide the best opportunity offshore. PowerBait, worms, spinners and flies have all worked. The stream below the lake has been fishing well with flies.

John Martin Reservoir - Fishing on the reservoir is still very slow compared to last year. Anglers are having some luck catching walleye, saugeye and white bass behind the trestle. Anglers on the shore are having some luck using minnows, worms and occasional luck using hard baits. White bass and drum are mostly what is being caught, but not in great numbers. Lake Pueblo - N-1 Cove has been a popular destination for fishermen in search of large catfish. Hotdogs and chicken livers have been the most promising bait for hooking trophy catfish. Bass have been hitting in the North Marina cove. The walleye and wiper have been active in Peck Creek Cove, feeding near the bottom of the lake on worms and shrimp.

Midwestern Farms Ponds - Fishing has been slow during the heat of the day. Anglers are catching some pan fish and a few small catfish early in the day and toward dusk.

Nee Gronda Reservoir - The reservoir has extremely low water levels; no surviving fish suspected at this time due to poor water condition.

North Gateway Park - Fishing continues to be somewhat slow with the summer heat. A lot of fish have found the cooler water at the deeper depths of the pond. Some bass are being caught on hard baits and lures. A few catfish and rainbow trout are also being caught.

Trinidad Lake - The trout fishing has been slow from shore. The trout that are being caught are biting on PowerBait. Perch are being caught from shore using nightcrawlers. Boaters are catching walleye, perch, trout and some small wiper using jigs,.

Turks Pond - Fair numbers of channel catfish are being caught by anglers using chicken livers, Oklahoma stink bait and shrimp. Anglers can catch bullhead on nearly every cast using nightcrawlers, shrimp or small pieces of liver fished right on the bottom.

Two Buttes Reservoir - Fishing for bass in the 3- to 4-pound class continues to be good for anglers using crankbaits, swimbaits and soft plastic worms or jigs in the coves. Bluegill, green sunfish and crappie provide nonstop action for anglers using small jigs fished under a bobber or retrieved very slowing in 2 to 4 feet of water. Trout fishing has slowed tremendously because of the high water temperatures.

Metro Denver

Aurora Reservoir - Trout fishing from shore is slow to fair. Fish will be deeper so cast out 40 to 50 yards. Most anglers are catching trout using PowerBait from a slip rig. Walleye fishing is slow. There have been good fishing days of yellow perch being caught using jigs, worms and small crank baits in the coves.

Quincy Reservoir - Fishing for bass overall is rated as slow to fair. Bass are being caught using soft plastics, jerk baits, crank baits and top water lures. There have been no anglers that have had success catching other species at this time. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures.

Recent stockings

Southeast Colorado - Lower Fooses Lake, Chalk Creek Lake, Wrights Lake

Northeast Colorado - South Platte River #3B, Red Rock Lake

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