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Colorado fishing report for May 30, 2013

By: name the gazette
May 30, 2013 Updated: May 30, 2013 at 6:45 am

Southeast Colorado

Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent Counties) ?- Fishing for crappies is fair to good. Crappies are being caught on live minnows and a variety of jigs. Fishing for catfish has started to improve. There are several nice channel catfish that have been caught from the shore, using a variety of baits.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area /Arkansas River (Lake, Chaffee and Fremont Counties) - Here's an update from Greg at ArkAnglers: "With a cooling trend in the works, the edges will probably clear this week and those fishermen focusing on the shoreline will find trout concentrated there in avoidance of the high current velocity and in position to take best advantage of migrating golden and yellow sally stonefly nymphs."

Brush Hollow Reservoir (Fremont County) - Fishing has been slow, but it is picking up. According to angler chatter on, most baits are producing, but it's just a matter of tracking down the fish!

Clear Creek Reservoir (Chaffee County) - Fishing has been good from boats and shore. Shore fishermen using various bait including worms and power bait. Cottonwood Lake is open and fishing is fair to good. Most fishermen are bait fishing as the insects have not really come out yet. Most common bait is PowerBait.

DeWeese Reservoir (Custer County) - Boat fishing has been most productive trolling lures. Shore fishing has also been good using PowerBait.

Henry Lake (Crowley County) - Fishing for catfish is fair.

John Martin Reservoir State Park (Bent County) - Fishing is starting to pick up on the reservoir and below the dam. Lake Hasty has provided some quick catches with stocked trout. The stilling basin and the Arkansas River below the dam have produced large catfish, saugeye and striper. The reservoir has produced a few crappies using bright jigs along the rocky coves on the north and south shores near the dam. White bass and wiper are being caught by the dozens out of the reservoir with white twister tail grubs. Drum bluegill, carp and walleye also have been caught in the reservoir, but with little frequency.

Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County) - Wipers, smallmouth and walleye are being taken all over the reservoir, with the cooler times of mornings and evenings being the most productive.

Lathrop State Park, Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake (Huerfano County) - The trout are biting and provide a fairly easy catch if you take a boat out. Most people are using pink or yellow PowerBaits, with a few crawlers as well. The muskie have started to bite, and we have seen quite a few pulled in this last week. The pike bite has slowed a bit, but it should pick up as the weather warms up. A few catfish are being caught in the late night or early morning hours along the north side of Horseshoe using chicken liver.

Meredith Reservoir (Crowley County) - Fishing for catfish is fair to good with a few wipers being caught. Fishing for crappies is slow.

Mt. Elbert Forebay (Lake County) - Fishing conditions have been fair. Shore anglers utilizing baits such as PowerBait and worms experienced success catching rainbow trout. Pistol Petes also yielded a high catch rate of rainbow trout. The distribution of rainbow trout activity across the reservoir was described as being ubiquitous. A majority of the landed rainbow trout ranged between 10 to 15 inches. Shore anglers reported catching a few lake trout on the south side of the reservoir by employing suckers.

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

Turquoise Reservoir (Lake County) - Turquoise is ice-free and the fishing is good on all baits and hardware.

Trinidad Lake State Park (Las Animas County) - Anglers still are catching rainbows on various colored PowerBaits and homemade dough baits. The walleye, bass and perch seemed to be hit and miss over the holiday weekend.

Twin Lakes Reservoir (Lake County) - Lake trout fishing from a boat has been fair at the lower part of Twin Lakes. Boat anglers reported catching lake trout on soft baits and suckers. On the other hand, fishing conditions from the shore have been poor.

Northeast Colorado

Antero Reservoir (Park County) - No report this week.

Eleven Mile State Park (Park County) - The trout fishing is very good right now with rainbows, cutthroats, cuttbows and an occasional brown, with many more than 5 pounds being reported. Look to Suckers Cove, Rocky Flats and North Shore as hot spots. The bite is sporadic. Flies and tube jigs are being taken by the big ones. Bait anglers are seeing lots of 16- to 18-inch fish. The pike fishing is fair, and there are monsters on the prowl in shallow water around North Shore, Rocky Flats, Stoll Mountain and Witchers Cove. Dream Stream is good; large fish being caught with midges, Barr's Emergers, San Juan worms and egg patterns. Spinney Mountain State Park (Park County) - No report this week.

Denver Metro

Aurora Reservoir (City of Aurora) - Trout fishing is slow to fair at this time. From shore, try PowerBait and spoons. From boats, try trolling slowly with spoons and Rapalas. Fly casters are reporting slow to fair success. There have been some reports of walleye being caught using jigs and trolling with bottom bouncers. Some success from shore on walleye using slip floats and crawlers fished shallow also has been reported. Arvada Reservoir (City of Arvada) - Not much activity this week. There were some nice catches, but for the most part fishing was slow. PowerBait seems to be working best.

Barr Lake State Park (Adams County) - No reports this week.

Chatfield State Park (South of Littleton in Douglas and Jefferson Counties) - Many fishermen continue to report catching rainbow trout of all sizes from the shoreline all around the reservoir. Roxborough Cove has been active on the west side of the park. Massey Draw and the shorelines north and south of the swim beach have been active on the east side of the park. All kinds of bait are being used including live bait, PowerBait and various artificial lures. Fishing from a boat, visitors are reporting catching smallmouth in the rocky areas near the dam and in warmer, shallow water. Walleye reports are spotty, but some fishermen are catching walleye at night. The gravel ponds are a popular place to fish for bluegill and perch.

Cherry Creek State Park (South of I-225, East of I-25 in Arapahoe County) - The carp are starting to jump. If you wish to catch one, try some fly-fishing techniques. Walleye are being caught with worms and bottom bouncers. The West Shades are starting to produce some walleye. The water gets a little deeper there and you can fish from shore. Try using lipless crank baits. At Dixon Grove, Tower Loop and on the dam, trout are being reported. There has been a lot of success with canned corn for rainbow.

Quincy Reservoir (City of Aurora) - Trout fishing is fair to good using spoons and flies. Bass fishing is good using soft plastics, buzz baits and jigs.

Standley Lake (City of Westminster, Jefferson County) - Walleye, wiper, and bass are being actively caught by boaters and shore fishermen.

Stocking Report

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


Beckwith Reservoir, Colorado City

Catamount Reservoir, North Teller County; 18 miles south of Woodland Park

Catamount Reservoir, South Teller County; 18 miles south of Woodland Park

Crystal Creek Reservoir, El Paso County; 15 miles south of Woodland Park

Monument Reservoir, Las Animas County; 30 miles west of Trinidad

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