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Colorado fishing report for July 23, 2013

by name Newspaper - Published: July 25, 2013

Northeast Colorado

Antero Reservoir - No report.

Eleven Mile State Park (Park County) - Trout fishing is very good right now. The hot spots this week appear to be Coyote Ridge through North Shore to Rocky Flats, Suckers Cove, Lazy Boy and Witchers Cove. Early to late afternoon is showing the best results. Try lures with a meal worm, salmon or green PowerBait. For night fishing, try a nightcrawler floated with a Marshmallow. 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. 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.

Spinney Mountain State Park (Park County) - The trout fishing is good. Fishermen are reporting the most success in the deeper waters. Good catches are being seen in the inlets and closer to the dam. Try using small emergers, chironomids and egg patterns, which seem to be the most productive flies. Rapalas in gold and green seem to be doing well, too. The pike fishing is also good. Try using spoons, stickbaits or tube jigs.

Southeast Colorado

Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent Counties) - Generally slow for all species, however it is 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: "The fishing is outstanding. There are a wide range of fly patterns that are effective at this time, both from an imitative or attractive standpoint, underscoring the importance of fly placement over fly selection. In particular, expect browns to go through a daily tidal movement from edges in low light, down off the shelves in high light, and up into faster, riffly water in the midafternoon when the mayfly nymphs are drifting."

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

Clear Creek Reservoir (Chaffee County) - Here is an update from Jerry Hornbuckle: "Weather and fishing at Clear Creek Reservoir have both improved this past week. PowerBait and casting flies with a bubble have been the best choices from shore this past week, although dry flies have done well, too. Trolling from boats or kayaks also did well, with crappie Jigs beneath a string of reflective spinners produced catch and release numbers of 15 to 20 fish per hour per fishermen."

DeWeese Reservoir (Custer County) - No report.

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

Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County) - 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.

Mt. Elbert Forebay (Lake County) - Fishing has been slow for the most part. Near the inlet of the reservoir, trout were taking garlic-scented PowerBait and worms. Shore fishing at the outlet of the reservoir with either dry flies, jigs or rainbow PowerBait was very productive.

Nee Gronda Reservoir (Kiowa County) - No report.

Rampart Reservoir (El Paso County) - No report.

Turquoise Reservoir (Lake County) - Fishing success continues to wane from spring time peaks, but plenty of fish are still 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 is fair. Boat anglers employing bait at the lower lake fared better than anglers trolling with lures. Baits such as worms and PowerBait were very productive from a boat. Lake trout fishing was slow last week. Shore fishing near the power plant remains the most productive spot. At Whistler Point fishing access, shore anglers caught several rainbow trout on either PowerBait or Tasmanian Devil fishing lures. Landing a fish from shore at the upper lake remains a herculean task.

Metro Denver

Aurora Reservoir (City of Aurora) - Trout fishing is fair to good at this time from the dam using PowerBait casted out deep using a slip rig. Boaters have been doing fair to good trolling with various spoons and crawlers. From shore, try PowerBait using a slip rig and fishing deeper water. Walleye action is fair to good trolling with bottom bouncers and trolling near the weed lines with swim baits. Most are undersize but we have been seeing some keepers caught. Shore fishing for walleye is fair using leeches off a slip float fished shallow and swim baits. Try small jigs tipped with a worm for perch in the Marina Cove. Slow on all other species.

Arvada Reservoir (City of Arvada) - Fishing has been fair with a lot of the regulars getting their limit but not so for some. The bass catches have still been strong along with quite a few catfish coming out.

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 on the challenging side of late. The main gravel pond has been hit hard in the last few weeks. Many reports of trout and largemouth bass have been caught from shore. Smallmouth bass have been commonly found along the rip rap shoreline of the dam. Daytime catfish have been reported around the Roxborough cove from shoreline.

Cherry Creek State Park (South of I-225, East of I-25 in Arapahoe County) - At Mountain Loop, rainbow, bluegill, walleye and even a channel cat has been caught using worms. East shades, bluegill and walleye are being caught with worms and leeches. Tower Loop is reporting rainbows using worms and nightcrawlers.

Quincy Reservoir (City of Aurora) - Trout fishing is fair in the morning and evening using spoons and flies. Bass fishing is fair to good using top water lures. No other reports at this time.

Stocking Report

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

Southeast Region

Balman Reservoir, Custer County; 16 miles south of Cotopaxi

Brush Hollow Reservoir, Fremont County; northwest of Penrose

Chalk Creek Lake, Chaffee County; 10 miles southwest of Nathrop

Daigre Reservoir, La Veta

Fooses Lake, Lower, Chaffee County; 11 miles west of Poncha Springs

San Isabel Lake, San Isabel

Skaguay Reservoir, Teller County; 7 miles southeast of Victor

Twin Lakes (Both), Lake County; southwest of Leadville

Wahatoya Reservoir, La Veta

Wrights Lake, Chaffee County; 8 miles southwest of Nathrop

Metro Denver

Arvada Reservoir, Arvada

Bear Creek Reservoir, Lakewood

COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE

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