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Colorado fishing report for July 16, 2013

By: The Gazette
July 20, 2013 Updated: July 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

Southeast Colorado

Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent Counties) - Generally slow for all species, but fair for channel catfish and bullheads by trotline, occasionally other species are being caught as well on trotlines.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area/Arkansas River (Lake, Chaffee and Fremont Counties) - Here's an update from Greg at ArkAnglers: "Brown trout are up on the edges early and late, descending off the first shelf line through the middle of the day. Look for rainbows suspended along the deep green seam lines, particularly in the afternoons when the emerging pale morning dun mayfly nymphs are drifting on the current."

Brush Hollow Reservoir (Fremont County) - Some anglers have been catching some largemouth bass along the shallow weed beds.

Clear Creek Reservoir (Chaffee County) - Here is an update from Jerry Hornbuckle: "This past week saw a marked increase in the number of people fishing at the reservoir, both from shore and from boats, and somewhat larger numbers of fish caught. However, fewer of the large rainbow trout brooders were landed. From shore, trout tended to prefer PowerBait and worms, although casting a fly with a bubble produced good numbers for some fishermen. From boats, the best results were from trolling just off the south shore, across the lake from the boat ramp parking lot. Worms trolled beneath cowbells consistently worked well all over the lake."

DeWeese Reservoir (Custer County) - No update.

John Martin Reservoir State Park (Bent County) - No update.

Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County) - The wipers and largemouth bass continue to be the safest bet on the lake, with many reports of good fish being caught all along the north shore of the lake. Anglers also are starting to pick up some large trout out of the lake in the mornings and evenings when the weather is cooler as well.

Lathrop State Park, Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake (Huerfano County) - The warmer weather put a major halt to the trout bite, and sent them to much deeper water, but they can still be caught mostly on Horseshoe in about 20 feet of water. The major bite lately has been catfish at night using chicken livers. No reports of northern pike, muskie or bass lately.

Mt. Elbert Forebay (Lake County) - Fishing is fair. Under overcast conditions in the late afternoon, anglers experienced more trout activity on bait. Bait anglers caught rainbow trout and cutthroat trout on either rainbow power bait or worms at the southern part of the reservoir. The sizes of the landed rainbow trout and cutthroat trout ranged from 8 to 14 inches. During the morning, boat anglers landed several 15-inch lake trout near the inlet of the reservoir.

Nee Gronda Reservoir (Kiowa County) - Fishing has been slow.

Rampart Reservoir (El Paso County) - No update.

Turquoise Reservoir (Lake County) - Fishing success continues to wane, but plenty of fish still are being caught along the north shore at the inlet. Boats are having success with smaller mackinaw.

Trinidad Lake State Park (Las Animas County) - Anglers are catching rainbow trout on PowerBait. Night fishing has been good for catfish on chicken livers. We are getting reports on walleye and perch using jigs and nightcrawlers.

Twin Lakes Reservoir (Lake County) - Fishing conditions are fair. Between dusk and dawn, mackinaw are cruising the shorelines seeking forage near the channel linking the upper and lower lakes. During the day, the lake trout migrate to depths of 60 to 90 feet. Midday boat anglers targeting mackinaw may want to explore fishing deep water with a jig coupled with sucker meat or to troll the bottom of the lake with a downrigger. Successful boat anglers caught several rainbow trout by trolling either a bronze Colorado lure or a red and white spinner at the lower lake. The upper lake was less productive when compared with the trout catch of the lower lake. Near the power plant, shore anglers caught several rainbow trout on a mosquito (a type of dry fly). At Whistler Point fishing access, shore anglers caught a handful of rainbow trout on rainbow power bait and gold colored spinners.

Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir (City of Aurora) - Trout fishing is slow to fair from shore. Boaters have been doing well trolling with various spoons and crawlers. From shore, try PowerBait using a slip rig and fishing deeper water. Walleye action is good trolling with bottom bouncers and trolling near the weed lines with swim baits. Shore fishing for walleye is fair to good using leeches off a slip float fished shallow and swim baits. Some reports of bluegill being caught in Senac Cove using worms. Try small jigs tipped with a worm for perch in the Marina Cove.

Arvada Reservoir (City of Arvada) - There has been good fishing for the past couple of weeks. The rainbow catches have been good with several in the 19-inch range. A lot of 5- to 6-pound catfish also have been caught. The baits of choice seem to be PowerBait for rainbows, worms for catfish and plastic worms for the bass.

Barr Lake State Park (Adams County) - Trout and largemouth bass are being caught from shore with worms. Trolling the buoy line or along the dam works well for walleye.

Chatfield State Park (South of Littleton in Douglas and Jefferson Counties) - Fishing has been steady. Smallmouth bass have been the most popular fish of late. Most are being caught from boats along the dam. Jigs have worked best producing keeper sizes, but some reports have shown crankbaits landing fish. Few largemouth bass have been reported, but these reports have come from the gravel ponds. Walleye have been productive with boaters reporting good populations around the road beds and the centerline. Trout have been steady. Shore fishermen have had good luck on the west side around Eagle Cove. Worms have been the best choice, but blade lures have been working well.

Cherry Creek State Park (South of I-225, East of I-25 in Arapahoe County) - Boaters are having a great time pulling in the walleyes. As many as 20, 40, 60 per boat are being reported, using leeches, worms and night crawlers on jigs and bottom bouncers. At the West Shades and Mountain Loop, rainbow, bluegill, walleye and even a channel cat have been caught using worms. East shades, bluegill and walleye are being caught with worms. Tower Loop is reporting rainbows using worms and nightcrawlers.

Quincy Reservoir (City of Aurora) - Trout fishing is fair to good in the morning and evening using spoons and flies. Bass fishing is good using top water. Smallmouth reports using jigs and swim baits off the dam.

Northeast Colorado

Antero Reservoir - No update.

Eleven Mile State Park (Park County) - Trout fishing is very good right now. The hot spots appear to be Coyote Ridge through North Shore to Rocky Flats, Suckers Cove and Witchers Cove. Early to late afternoon is showing the best results. Try lures with a meal worm, spoons, Kastmasters or orange PowerBait with sprinkles. For night fishing, try a nightcrawler floated with a marshmallow. The worm should be suspended in the water and not lying on the bottom. The salmon fishing is fair. They are running 30 to 40 feet down. The best location is in the channel from the islands to the closure line. Try late morning to early afternoon. Try spoons tipped with meal worms, Swedish Pimples, jigs or Kastmasters. Red and pink are the hot colors. The pike fishing is fair. Action is being found at North Shore, Rocky Flats, Stoll Mountain, Cross Creek and Witchers Cove. Try spoons or tube jigs. Dream Stream is good. Large fish are being caught with midges and Barr's emergers.

Spinney Mountain State Park (Park County) - No update.

Stocking Report

The following waters recently were stocked with catchable (approximately 10-inch) trout:

Southeast Region

Buena Vista Kids Pond, Buena Vista

Clear Creek Reservoir, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Hayden Meadows Reservoir, southwest of Leadville

North Fork Reservoir, Chaffee County; 17 miles northwest of Poncha Springs

Rampart Reservoir, El Paso County; 11 miles east of Woodland Park

Turquoise Lake, Leadville

Metro Denver

Aurora Reservoir, Aurora

Cherry Creek Reservoir, Cherry Creek State Park

Pine Valley Ranch Lake, Pine

Northeast Region

South Platte R. South Fork #1, Park County; below Antero Reservoir

Northwest Region

Columbia Reservoir, Park County; north of Alma

Dillon Reservoir, Dillon

Tarryall Reservoir, Park County; 20 miles southeast of Jefferson


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