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Gazette Premium Content Colorado fishing report: May 5, 2013

Staff reports Published: May 2, 2013

STOCKING REPORT

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

Metro Denver

Rocky Mountain Lake, I-70 and Federal

Smith Lake, S Downing and Exposition

Northeast Region

Berthoud City Pond, Larimer County, City of Berthoud

Dowdy Lake, Larimer County, S Lone Pine

Mead Pond #2, Weld County, W of CR5 on CR35

North Lake Park Pond, Larimer County, Town of Loveland

Riverside Park Lake, Weld County, City of Evans

Northwest Region

Accord Pond, Routt County, Brinker Cr

Big Pond, Routt County, Brinker Cr

Casey Pond, Routt County, SE of Steamboat Springs

Corn Lake, James M. Robb Colorado River State Park

Fletcher City Pond, Steamboat Springs

Highline Lake, Highline Lake State Park

Nofstger Reservoir, Routt County, SE of Hayden

Parachute Pond, Parachute

Rifle Gap Reservoir, Rifle Gap State Park

Roan's Pothole, James M. Robb Colorado River State Park

Southeast Region

De Weese Reservoir, Custer County, N of Westcliffe

Hudson Town Pond, Las Animas County, NE of Branson

Southwest Region

Wetherill Pond, Saguache County, Russell Lakes SWA

CONDITIONS REPORT

Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir (City of Aurora)

Open to boating. Water temp 43 degrees. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch in the lower parking lot near the boat ramp. The handicapped accessible fishing dock is not available at this time due to the construction of the new fishing dock. Trout fishing is fair to good at this time. From shore try salmon eggs, power bait and spoons. From boats, try trolling slowly with spoons and rapalas. Fly casters are doing very well using olive leech patterns. Some reports of Walleye being caught using jigs and trolling with bottom bouncers. Slow on all other species. Restricted to electric motors only. For more information call 303-690-1286. Park hours for April are 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Arvada Reservoir (City of Arvada)

We had some nice catches in the 15 to 17 inch range this week. Also, some folks were coming out of the reservoir with their limit. The water temperature is perfect and the water level is still low but rising daily. CPW stocked more than 100 3-to-5-pound brooders last week, so come and get 'em. Don't forget that Colorado fishing rules and regulations apply at the reservoir which includes a license, bag limit and possession limit.

Barr Lake State Park (Adams County)

Trout are biting near the boat ramp; perch and walleye over by the dam. Water temp is 53 degrees and the water level is still coming up every day. A state parks pass is required ($7 Daily Pass or $70 Annual Pass) in addition to your valid fishing license - 2013's now available at the Barr Lake Nature Center.

Chatfield State Park (South of Littleton in Douglas and Jefferson Counties)

Trout are hitting at Chatfield. Anglers reporting good catch rates on 12 ' fish, a few 15-17 ' and a couple in the 20 ' range. Fishermen are still reporting that the area around Massey Draw is active for trout. Many varieties of bait are being used including PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and jerkbaits. Fisherman have also reported catching several smallmouth bass near Roxborough cove on live bait. Most were under 15 inches. Some large walleye have been caught, but walleye fishing in general seems to be slow. Try using night crawlers in a harness or leaches.

Cherry Creek State Park (South of I-225, East of I-25 in Arapahoe County)

The trout are biting at the Marina and Dixon Grove. Night crawlers and salmon eggs are the bait of choice. Walleye are being caught on jigs, pulling cranks and bait rigging. The Tower Loop is a popular spot, but always stay at least 60-feet away from the front of the tower structure. As of April 1, the West Ramp will be open Friday, Saturday and Sundays only from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The East Ramp will be open daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Starting May 1, ramps will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. No launching is permitted outside those hours without previous inspection,

Quincy Reservoir (City of Aurora)

Water temp 45 degrees. Restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Only watercraft capable of being launched by hand permitted. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. Trout fishing is fair to good using spoons and spinners. Bass fishing is slow, should start to pick up with warmer weather. No other reports at this time. For more information call 303-693-5463. Park hours for April are 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Standley Lake (City of Westminster, Jefferson County)

Standley Lake will be open on May 1, 2013 for day boating and permit holders. The current lake temperature is approximately 48 degrees. Standley Lake was recently stocked with over 10,000 catchable (approximately 10 ') trout. Walleye are being caught from the shore. Fishing times are 6:30 a.m. to sunset and will be strictly enforced. Aquatic bait is not allowed at Standley Lake; this includes salamanders, leeches, crayfish, frogs and minnows. Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) regulations are in effect. Call for more details. A $7 fee is charged for all drive-in traffic. Drive-in access is available from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. For more information, contact the Standley Lake Nature Center at (303) 425-1097.

Northeast Colorado

Antero Reservoir (Park County) - Reservoir NOT being drained by Denver Water

It was announced this past week that Denver Water is not planning to drain Antero Reservoir this year as anticipated. The bag and possession limits at Antero are again in effect. Antero will remain open for fishing this summer.

Boyd Lake State Park (North of Loveland, Larimer County)

Trout fishing has been good at Boyd with anglers finding success lakewide on minnows, wax worms and jigs. Largemouth bass fishing is fair lakewide on minnows and Cast Masters. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits. Bluegill, carp, catfish, crappie and yellow perch fishing is slow but should pick up as water temps rise. Walleye anglers are doing well with minnows lakewide. The current water temperature is estimated to be in mid 40's with a depth of 31.25 feet. Estimate approximately 1,000 Surface Acres. PLEASE NOTE: Any Live fish collected for use as bait may only be used in the same body of water from which they were collected. All live baitfish from a commercial source and transported by anglers must at all times be accompanied by a receipt for the source. See the Colorado Fishing Brochure for further clarification and information.

Carter Lake (Larimer County)

Trout fishing has been good through the winter. Both North and South sides of the reservoir have seen great fishing days. Fishing from the east side of the reservoir has been fair. Boat ramps are open but weather dependent. Remember that inspections for invasive mussels are required before entering the water, so please check times for inspections.

Eldorado Canyon State Park (South Boulder Creek, Boulder County)

South Boulder Creek is mostly clear now and the flow is increasing. You must possess a valid Colorado fishing license if you are age sixteen or older. Fishing licenses are available at the Visitors Center.

Eleven Mile State Park (Park County)

TROUT: (VERY GOOD) Lots of big fish caught this past week. Rainbows, cutthroats, cuttbows and an occasional brown trout are being caught with many over 5 pounds. Look to Suckers Cove, Rocky Flats and North Shore as hot spots. The bite is sporadic. You can see one in the early AM, then it turns off and picks up again later in the day with sundown being lots of fun. As the water warms the bite can be different times of the day. Flies and tube jigs are being taken by the big ones. Bait anglers are seeing lots of 16 - 18 ' fish. SALMON: (NO REPORT) PIKE: (FAIR) There are monsters on the prowl in shallow water around North Shore, Rocky Flats, Stoll Mountain and Witchers Cove. Try Spoons, waterdogs, and sucker meat. Patience required, but big ones are being caught.. Dream Stream: (Good) Large fish are being caught with Midges, Barr's Emergers, San Juan worms, and egg patterns.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park Ponds (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties)

Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers five fishing ponds open year-round to all park visitors. The ponds are Kriley, Slough, Ranch Ponds East and West, and Dude's Fishing Hole. Each angler is allowed four fish per day with eight being the maximum number in possession. The Park does not determine the thickness of the ice on our ponds during winter. Ice fishing is at your own risk. No live baits are allowed with the exception of worms. Please call the Visitor Center for directions at 303-582-3707.

Horsetooth Reservoir, Lory State Park (Larimer County)

Lory State Park has reopened. Lory State Park offers access to Horsetooth reservoir's Quarry, Orchard, North and South Eltuck, Soldier and Santanka Coves for fishing. No fishing reports yet.

Jackson Lake State Park (Morgan County)

The reservoir is full. Surface water temperature is approximately 43 degrees as of the morning of Saturday, April 27. There was a nice 18-lb wiper taken weekend of April 13. Fishing has picked up with the warmer temperatures. On Saturday, there were several people out and having great success catching wipers and walleye. There were approximately 4,500 catchable trout about 10-inches long stocked on April 12.

Jumbo Reservoir (Logan and Sedgwick Counties)

The water level is full and the current water temperature is between 40 and 45 degrees. A few walleye and catfish are being caught. It is slow for all other types of fish. Jumbo requires an annual fishing or hunting license, or an annual State Wildlife Area permit to enter per person ages 19-64. The minimum size for walleye is 15 inches.

North Sterling State Park (Logan County)

Walleye are still being caught in early morning hours. Several fish stockings have already occurred and more to come this spring. Several truck loads of trout as well as one stocking of walleye have already taken place.

Prewitt Reservoir (Washington County)

The water level is full, and the inlet is running at about 50 cfs. A few wipers and walleye are being caught from boats. The boat dock will be in early May. Prewitt requires an annual fishing or hunting license, or an annual State Wildlife Area permit to enter per person ages 19-64. The minimum size for walleye and wipers is 15 inches.

Spinney Mountain State Park (Park County)

Spinney opened to fishing and hand-carried boats on Monday of this past week (4/26), much to the delight of anglers that believe that the fishing at Spinney is often the best during the first few weeks after ice-off. Low water has the boat ramps off limits for the time being.

St. Vrain State Park ponds (Weld County)

If you're looking for rainbow trout, Sandpiper & Mallard Ponds are the place to be. Fish are being pulled in at an average ~12 '. Common baits include red salmon eggs, worms (earth & meal), and even minnows (be sure to keep your purchase receipt with you for any live bait). Other methods that have been successful are small, bright colored, rooster tails and Panther Martin-type lures. Redtail Pond is producing good numbers of black crappie and bluegill on flies and bobber-worm set-ups. Average size for panfish being caught is ~4 ' (although larger fish exist). Lucky tip: Redtail Pond was stocked with brooder-size rainbow trout (~18 ') within the last month. Bass anglers: the spawn is on! There are bass in almost all the ponds here at St. Vrain and they are starting to get more active...the water temperatures climbing and the fish are becoming more aggressive. Coot and Bald Eagle Ponds are both great options for bass. Please note that Bald Eagle Pond has the following restrictions: 1)Fish with flies and lures only; 2) All bass must be returned to the water immediately.

Southeast Colorado

Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent Counties)

Fishing is good for crappies from a boat, using a variety of baits. The low water boat ramp is usable. There is currently a fire ban at Blue Lake.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area /Arkansas River (Lake, Chaffee and Fremont Counties)

Here's an update from Greg at ArkAnglers: ' The fishing on the Arkansas River this week is very much a function of elevation with caddis actively hatching in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, blue wing olive mayflies dominating the fishing from Salida to Buena Vista, and midges/stonefly nymphs the primary food supply on the upper end. The river remains at a very low flow, making the river highly accessible to wade anglers if a bit challenging for the floating contingent. Double nymph rigs trailing midge or mayfly emergers have been the rule, with dry fly fishing coming into play whenever conditions are supportive of a hatch. We anticipate good water quality for the first three weeks of May. '

Brush Hollow Reservoir (Fremont County)

The water level is currently low but the boat ramp is still usable. Fishing has been relatively slow with a few rainbow trout being caught. A few small bass and crappie have also been reported. Water temperatures are around 55 degrees.

Clear Creek Reservoir (Chaffee County)

Ice is unstable and should not be considered safe for ice fishing. There is open shoreline on the far west end of the lake that is ready for fishing at this time, but it will be close to the end of April before the majority of the lake is ice free. Boat inspections begin May 2, 2013. From May 2 through May 20, the boat ramp will be open Thursday through Monday from 7 a.m. ? 5 p.m. From May 23 through Sept. 2, the boat ramp will be open Thursday through Monday from 6 a.m. ? 8 p.m. From Sept. 5 through Sept. 30, the boat ramp will be open Thursday through Monday from 7 a.m. ? 5 p.m. The boat ramp will close for the season on Oct. 1, 2013. All ramps will be closed when inspections are not in place during the week and at night. Overnight beaching of boats is prohibited.

DeWeese Reservoir (Custer County)

Deweese Lake is open and free of ice. Boat fishing has been most productive trolling lures. Shore fishing has also been good using PowerBait.

Henry Lake (Crowley County)

Fishing is slow at Henry. The boat ramp is usable at Lake Henry.

John Martin Reservoir State Park (Bent County)

Fishing is fair for trout on the big lake. Walleye and Saugeye are starting to bite. The reservoir has produced a few crappie off the west boat ramp using bright jigs. Action continues to be hot for stocked trout on Lake Hasty. Try bright colored jigs, lures, and spinners.

Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County)

Let it snow! With the recent snowstorm that went through Lake Pueblo the water temps on the reservoir continue to stay in the high 30's to lower 40's range. Not that anyone is complaining about some much needed moisture, but this means the fishing will continue to be slow on the big lake. Some bass and walleye are being caught despite the conditions, and it's never a bad time to be fishing! Elsewhere on the park is not seeing the same effects from the storm and fishing is booming. Anticline Pond in the Rock Canyon area is regularly stocked and a great place to bring the kids to get them on some nice Rainbow Trout. The Valco Ponds are also fishing well, bringing in some nice catfish as well as some hard fighting panfish and bass. The real hot spot right now is the Arkansas River, where Rainbow and Brown trout in the 20 ' class are not uncommon. Fishing pressure is strong during the weekends, so if you can make it out during the week you may have the water to yourself. Please continue to follow the rules and regulations regarding method of take and bait use while on the river and lake. If you have any questions please stop in at our visitor center or stop and ask a ranger on the park. Tight lines everyone!

Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake, Lathrop State Park (Huerfano County)

It is still mostly trout that are being caught along shore. Most people are having luck with pink or corn-colored PowerBait. Not much success off crawlers this week. Boats on the water aren't reporting much luck in deeper water. A few night fishermen have been having luck with catfish along Horseshoe, on the north side. Good luck, and stop by the visitor center to let staff know how the fish are biting.

Meredith Reservoir (Crowley County)

Fishing is fair for crappies at Meredith. Fishing is fair to good for wipers and catfish. The boat ramp is usable at Meredith.

Nee Gronda Reservoir (Kiowa County)

There has not been a lot of fishing activity yet this year at Nee Gronda and fishing has been slow. Fishing for Wiper and Catfish is expected to be good again as it was last year. Water levels continue to drop making boat access 'hand launch only '.

Turquoise Reservoir (Lake County)

The reservoir still has some ice but it is thinning. Anglers are having success with wax worms, power bait, and salmon eggs. There is a steep hike down to the lake due to the low water levels. Boat inspections began May 25th (pending water levels and weather) from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week at the Matchless Boat Ramp. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, hours will be reduced from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The ramp will close for the season on approximately Sept. 30. The Tabor boat ramp will again be closed to trailered watercraft all season, and both ramps will be closed at night.

Trinidad Lake State Park (Las Animas County)

Trinidad Lake is approximately 486 surface acres and the surface temp is in the upper 40's. Anglers are catching 12-16 ' rainbows on various colored PowerBait and homemade dough baits. Perch and smallmouth bass were starting to hit on nightcrawlers over the weekend. The boat ramp opened in March. Boaters beware of floating debris and unmarked hazards. Anglers are reminded to check the regulations for bass and walleye.

Twin Lakes Reservoirs (Lake County)

Fishing is fair, with power bait, meal worms, and jigs tipped with sucker meat all working well for anglers. There is some open water near the dam. Boat inspections begin May 18 (pending water levels and weather) at the Dexter Boat Ramp from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week from through Labor Day. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, hours will be reduced from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Starting Oct. 1, the hours will be reduced to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ramp will close for the season on Oct. 21. Red Rooster will again be physically closed to trailered watercraft all season, and both ramps will be closed at night.

Northwest Colorado

Colorado River at Glenwood Springs (Garfield County)

Here's the latest from the Taylor Creek Fly Shop: 'Flow- 1215 cfs in Glenwood Springs. Rating: 8 out of 10. Tons of snow and cooler temperatures have prolonged our Spring here in the Roaring Fork Valley, and we are happy to get all the precipitation we can get. The BWO hatches on the Colorado have been approaching biblical numbers, we haven't seen baetis hatch this heavily for years, if ever. Similar to the Roaring Fork, small and dark baetis nymphs are the ticket behind a stonefly, egg, or Prince. Caddis are still only sporadic, but a few more warm days will result in some 'complex hatch ' fishing for us. The streamer bite has been very good, black and olive flies are the way to go, even better fished in tandem. As usual in the month of April, keep an eye on flows before venturing to the Collie, as we have had a few muddy days between the clear ones due to heavy snow and rain. Floats are always the optimal way to approach this mighty river, best fishing has been from 2 Rivers down. Wading spots to check out are No Name, Dino boat ramp, and the Newcastle bridge. Don't forget spawning closures along Grizzly and Canyon creeks! Call for real-time info, 970-927-4374. '

Delaney Buttes, Cowdrey and Lake John (Jackson County)

No report this week.

Elkhead Reservoir State Park (Moffat County)

Fishing is a little slow, but with the warmer days ahead it should pick up nicely. The runoff has started but is minimal so the lake has not completely muddied yet. With the cloudy water and colder temperatures fish baits close to shore and alone structure. Some of the shallow coves are producing pike; haven't really heard of any bass or crappie yet. The lake is open to fishing and hand-launched boats. The main boat ramp will open Memorial Day weekend (May 25).

Fryingpan River (Eagle County)

Here's a report from Taylor Creek Fly Shop: 'Flow- 43 cfs. Rating- 8 out of 10. We have been getting plenty of snow in and around Basalt this week, and we are happy to announce the Roaring Fork Valley is at 100% snow pack now! There have been issues here and there with snowmelt turning the lower Pan muddy, but as of today it has cleared back up. Baetis hatches are getting stronger daily, yet midges are primarily what the trout are eating. Fishing a baetis in tandem with a midge dry can be a good way to go. Nymph rigs should comprise of eggs, pheasant tails, black RS2s, mysis (near the dam) and Biot Baetis Emergers. The streamer bite is still quite good, especially on darker, cloudy days. Olive Slumpbusters are the ticket! Dry fly leaders still need to be long and tapered to 7x, nymphs do best on 5 and 6x. San Juan Worms are worth trying as well, with the sporadic flow raises due to snowmelt. '

Harvey Gap State Park (Garfield County)

Catchable trout stocked last week and it shows. Trout fishing has picked up at Harvey. Pike fishing is also going well near shore.

Highline Lake State Park and Mack Mesa Reservoir (Mesa County)

Fishing has been spotty at both Mack Mesa and Highline Lakes but Highline was stocked with 3,600 12 ' trout this week! Boats must use the East (Visitor Center) park entrance for timely ANS inspections.

James M. Robb Colorado River State Park (Mesa County)

Corn Lake was stocked with catchable trout this past week. Add that to the 125 very large brooder trout stocked on April 11 and it's a great time to head out to Corn Lake and enjoy the warm weather. Island Acres was recently stocked with rainbow trout and fishermen have been having luck on rapalas. The bass are biting at Connected Lakes. Roan's Pothole at Island Acres was also stocked this week.

Lake Granby (Grand County)

No report yet.

Pearl Lake State Park (Routt County)

No report this week. If you hit Pearl this week, check in with the park staff and let them know how the fishing is going.

Rifle Gap State Park (Garfield County)

Rifle Gap was stocked this past week with catchable trout. Pike action is still good as the spawn winds down. Remember that regulations require that all bass must be returned to the water immediately between May 1 and June 15.

Roaring Fork River (Garfield County)

Latest info from Taylor Creek Fly Shop: 'Flow- 78 cfs below Maroon Creek, 188 cfs in Emma, and 417 cfs in Glenwood Springs. Rating- 6 out of 10 above Basalt, 8 out of 10 below Basalt. 100% snowpack here in the Roaring Fork Valley - and the snow still flies! We have been having the occasional 'setback ' cold and snowy day, which can make the fish a little temperamental, but the fishing really has been good if you hit it right. The flows can get high and muddy below the Crystal confluence this time of year, but at this point we are cleared back up. The streamer bite on floats has been outstanding, double streamer rigs do best. Cast these big flies close to the bank as possible, 4 or 5 strips or twitches usually suffices, then pick it up and throw it again. Fish are crushing Slumpbusters and Sculpzillas in white, black and olive. BWOs are still hatching in HEAVY numbers, which has made the dry fly fishing and nymphing superb as well. Nymph rigs should consist of stonefly nymphs, eggs, Princes, and especially small, black baetis nymphs like the dark Sands STD. Dry fly fishing is superb, I personally watched one trout rise every 7 or 8 seconds to baetis for over an hour this week in Veltus Park down in Glenwood! Please keep clear of 3 and 4 mile to protect spawning fish! '

Stagecoach State Park (Routt County)

Anglers casting from shore have been landing plenty of 18-22 inch trout. Pike activity will pick up soon. Much of the shore line is exposed for fishing and ice-off is just around the corner. Tailwaters fishing has been great with many 18 inch plus sized trout being caught. Pearl or orange scuds, zebra midges, and RS2's have been doing the trick for tailwaters anglers. Small sections of shoreline have been roped off to help prevent erosion. CR 18 from the park entrance to the tailwaters opened to vehicle traffic April 1.

Steamboat Lake State Park (Routt County)

No update this week.

Sylvan Lake State Park (Eagle County)

Anglers have been catching Rainbows from a small area of open water at the inlet. Staff is estimating ice off will be in two to three weeks.

Vega State Park (Mesa County)

The ice is melting rapidly and there is ample open water for fishing from shore. The boat ramps remain closed. Hand launching of small boats, kayaks and canoes is allowed, however, if you have any type of motor on these watercraft as well as a trailer, a mandatory inspection is required before launching. Please keep in mind that there is still shifting ice on the reservoir. Use caution while fishing in small watercraft. The fish are spawning and anglers are catching nice rainbows in the 12 - 16 inch range. The gravel pit area is open to the main cul-de-sac; however, please keep in mind that access to the lake will still be limited in this area due to low water levels.

Yampa River State Park (Routt County)

Fishing is slow but still good. Water temps remain cold with visibility about 2.5 feet. Runoff is just starting so fishing in the morning will help with water clarity. We are seeing both trout and pike in the Hayden/Craig areas. Fish light color streamers slow off the bank. Slow retrieve on Rapalas or any minnow imitation should turn fish. There are some big spawning fish out there, be easy if you are releasing fish back.

Southwest Colorado

Blue Mesa Reservoir (Gunnison County)

Andy Cochran at Gunnison Sports Outfitters says 'Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramps will extend operating hours on May 1 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Iola boat ramp will open May 24 and from then on all ramps will begin summer hours of 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Trout fishing remains excellent along rocky shorelines using bait near the bottom or marabou jigs tipped with meal worms. Kokanee salmon fishing is fair with fish being found in Cebolla and Sapinero basins in depths of 10-20 feet. Lake trout are being caught trolling and jigging all across the lake from depths of 15-50 ft. '

Crawford State Park (Delta County)

Bring your stringer! Crappie have been biting, and people are taking home their limit of 20. The big pike are still biting. Several reports of pike over 30 inches are being reported. Shiners and sucker meat seem to be the ticket. Catfish are still biting, too! Come and enjoy a day of great fishing!

Gunnison Gorge, Gunnison River (Gunnison - Delta County)

Gunnison River Expeditions provided this update: 'The Gunnison Gorge is running around 304 cfs. River is clear and fishing well. The North Fork is too high to cross at this time. We have pontoon boats available to row across and float back to the Gunnison River Pleasure Park. Jet boat is still running up to Smith Fork. Flies that are working are stone fly nymphs, small midges, and streamers. Fishing is picking up with this warmer weather and the back side of the full moon. '

Jackson Gulch Reservoir, Mancos State Park (Montezuma County)

Jackson Gulch reservoir is ice-free. The lake is still very low so it is a bit of a hike to the shoreline and muddy along the edge. In spite of the low lake level fishing has been good for 10-12 ' rainbow trout and 6-7 ' yellow perch with an occasional large brown trout. The inlet is flowing at about 10 cfs and this is a favorite area for the trout to hang out in the spring. Trout enjoy various powerbaits (especially rainbow and garlic), and worms. Perch love nightcrawler, mealworm, or waxworm. Perch are small, averaging about 6-7 ', but anglers should keep them if they'll eat them. There is no limit on the number of perch you can possess and they make great fish tacos! This also helps to work towards thinning the perch population in the lake. The daily limit for trout is 4. A park pass is required when utilizing the park. Daily park passes are available at the self-serve pay post at the park entrance. If you are interested in an annual pass please call our Dolores office: 970-882-2213. Remember, April 1 is the beginning of the 2013 fishing license year. Fishing licenses are on sale at the Mancos entrance station during the summer months. During the off-season licenses can be purchased at our Dolores office. For fishing rules/regulations and information please click on the 'Fishing ' link on our website.

Navajo State Park (Archuleta County)

The crappie have started biting in LaJara Canyon. We also heard of one 2 1/2-pound bass caught Saturday, with lots of additional bites from others. Water temperature is currently approximately 52 degrees. 2013-14 Colorado and New Mexico fishing licenses are available at the Visitor Center at this time. Please remember to bring sunscreen, insect repellent and clothes appropriate for changes in the weather.

Road Canyon Reservoir (Mineral County)

Fishing is great at Road Canyon Reservoir! Good numbers of rainbow trout, brook trout and cutthroat trout were caught this last weekend using the typical trout baits (PowerBait, Panther Martins, etc.). Several large fish (16-18 ') are also being caught, with the best fishing being reported between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Taylor Reservoir (Gunnison County)

The Taylor Park Marina folks are thawing out from the long winter. Dee Dee checked in and said they're hoping to get things opened up soon. We'll keep you posted here.

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