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Fishing report for May 7, 2013

Staff reports Updated: May 9, 2013 at 8:25 am 0

Southeast Colorado

Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent counties) - Fishing for crappies from a boat is good. Crappies are being caught using minnows and various styles of jigs. There are a few channel catfish that are being caught from the shore. Fishing for catfish will improve as the water warms.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area /Arkansas River (Lake, Chaffee and Fremont counties) - Here's an update from Greg at ArkAnglers: 'In Bighorn Sheep Canyon, both brachycentrus caddis and blue wing olive mayflies are bringing fish to the surface in the afternoon. Mornings are better met with a combination of stonefly nymphs, attractor nymphs and midges. Further upstream, blue wing olives continue to be the mainstay clear through Buena Vista, with midges topping the menu above there. While this sequence of activity has most anglers focused downstream, those who put a higher value on solitude are having excellent afternoons clear up to Granite. '

Brush Hollow Reservoir (Fremont County) - Fishing has been slow but picking up. Trout fishing is good with pink PowerBait, crappie is picking up using white jigs and a few bass are being caught along the east shore.

Clear Creek Reservoir (Chaffee County) - Clear Creek will be open and ice free this week. Cottonwood Lake is partially ice free with fishable areas by the inlet and outlet.

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

Henry Lake (Crowley County) - Low lake levels and a cold winter combined to cause a winter fish kill at Henry Lake. While most of these fish were forage species (carp and shad), some game fish also were found. All species will be restocked in 2013 as lake levels permit. Fishing at Henry has been slow this spring. Anglers have reported some catches of bullheads and a few channel catfish.

Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County) - The river below Pueblo Reservoir has been bumped to 2.8 feet, meaning the water coming out has risen about a foot! That makes the fishing a little tougher on the river but still a worthwhile activity. Elsewhere around the park the fishing is continuing to pick up with the warmer weather. Anglers have been catching bass and walleye on the reservoir more frequently. You still have the options of Anticline pond and the Valco ponds, which are perfect for family fishing.

Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake, Lathrop State Park (Huerfano County) - Both lakes were stocked with catchable trout (about 10 '-12 ') this past week so the fishing has picked up.

Meredith Reservoir (Crowley County) - Fishing for crappies at Meredith is slow. Fishing for catfish is fair to good, with an occasional wiper being caught.

Mount Elbert Forebay (Lake County) - No anglers reported catching fish from shore. However, they did experience a few hits on bait.

Nee Gronda Reservoir (Kiowa County) - Fishing has been slow. Fishing for wiper and catfish is expected to be good again as it was last year.

Trinidad Lake State Park (Las Animas County) - 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. A few boaters reported catching some walleye.

Twin Lakes Reservoirs (Lake County) - Fishing is very lethargic.

Metro Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir (city of Aurora) - Trout fishing is fair to good. From shore, try salmon eggs, PowerBait 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.

Arvada Reservoir (city of Arvada) - Fishing has been very good the past week. Numerous fair size trout have come out. Also, the smallmouth bass have been running with good catches using a variety of small lures and spinners.

Barr Lake State Park (Adams County) - Trout are biting near the boat ramp; perch and walleye by the dam.

Chatfield State Park (South of Littleton in Douglas and Jefferson counties) - The water in the reservoir is warming slightly and fishing for rainbow trout remains steady. Roxborough Cove is a good place to try for trout. Some fishermen are reporting that fishing along the dam and other rocky shoreline areas have produced good results for smallmouth bass recently. Try using artificial grubs. Reports for walleye vary, with most fishermen still reporting that fishing for this species is slow. Those who have reported success are using live bait, including minnows. Nightcrawlers and leeches are usually a good choice as well. In the gravel ponds, many fishermen have reported catching bluegill and other sunfish, as well as perch from the shore.

Cherry Creek State Park (South of I-225, East of I-25 in Arapahoe County) - The walleye are starting to bite with worms and lures. A boater at the center of the lake pulled in 20 walleye and only kept three. His bait of choice was worms. The Tower Loop is a popular spot. Trout are reported at Lake Loop and near Dixon Grove using salmon eggs and worms.

Quincy Reservoir (city of Aurora) - Trout fishing is fair to good using spoons and spinners. Bass fishing is slow, should start to pick up with warmer weather.

Standley Lake (city of Westminster, Jefferson County) - Walleye, wiper and bass are being caught by boaters and shore fishermen. Aquatic bait is not allowed at Standley Lake; this includes salamanders, leeches, crayfish, frogs and minnows.

Walden Pond (Boulder) - Recently stocked with 2,000 catchable trout, about 10 '-12 '.

Stocking Report

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

Metro Denver

Main Lake, Lakewood

Mann-Nyholt Lake South, Adams County, north of Henderson

Sloans Lake, 23rd and Sheridan, Denver

Walden Pond, Boulder

Southeast Region

Fountain Lake, Pueblo County, east of Pueblo

Horseshoe Reservoir, Lathrop State Park, west of Walsenburg

Hugo Ponds, Lincoln County, south of Hugo

Kinney Lake, Lincoln County, south of Hugo

Martin Lake, Lathrop State Park, west of Walsenburg

Monument Lake, El Paso County, west of Monument

Ordway Reservoir, Crowley County, north of Ordway

Pike View Reservoir, Colorado Springs

Runyon Lake, Pueblo

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