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Fishing Report from CDOW

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Northwest Region Blue River (below Green Mountain Reservoir) – Flows below Green Mountain Reservoir are 486 cfs and dropping. An excellent Green Drake hatch mandates starting off the day with a Green Drake Nymph in the morning, then switching to a #14-16 Drake dry when the hatch begins. Also try Blue Wing Olive patterns in the morning and Caddis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tailwater is subject to periodic security closures. There are three other public accesses on BLM land downriver to the confluence with the Colorado, but they are narrow and anglers are warned to stay off adjoining private property. For current conditions call the Fishin’ Hole in Kremmling at (970) 724-9407. Blue River (Dillon to Green Mtn. Res.) – Flow has dropped to 84 cfs below Dillon Reservoir and there are good hatches of Green Drakes and Pale Morning Duns further downriver. Fishing in the Town of Silverthorne is very good with #14-16 Mysis Shrimp patterns, Drake nymphs in the morning and Drake dries and PMD imitations in the afternoon. Some evening Caddis add to the options. Colorado River (below Parshall) – Flow at Kremmling is 1,200 cfs and fishing is great with Caddis, Pale Morning Duns and a few Yellow Sallies. Use #14-18 Tan Caddis, #16-18 Tan Buckskins, #18-20 PMDs, #14-16 Golden Stones and #16 Yellow Sallies. There are also plenty of Baetis nymphs so go wet if dries fail. At Pumphouse use #10-12 hoppers. Fish the edges of eddies, slack water behind boulders and backwaters close to the banks. For current conditions call the Fishin’ Hole in Kremmling at (970) 724-9407. Colorado River (Glenwood to Rifle) – The river is flowing at 5,170 cfs in Glenwood Springs but dropping and clearing daily. It has just become fishable in the past two weeks as long as you fish slower water along the edges and banks. Caddis are the main hatch right now, especially from 7 p.m. to dark. Many rising fish can be encountered during this period in any slower water. Green Drakes are out in decent but declining numbers at dusk from New Castle up to Glenwood Canyon. Hot flies include Beadhead Prince Nymphs, Red Copper Johns, 20-Inchers, Halfbacks, E/C Caddis, X-Caddis, PMD Parachutes, Rusty Spinners, Green Drake Sparkleduns, Hi Vis Green Drakes, Royal Wulff, H & L Variants, Yellow Humpies and Stimulators. Colorado River (near Granby) – Fishing continues to be good in the upper river below Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Anglers have been scoring with Rapalas, Kastmasters and Blue Foxes fished in the eddies. Caddis hatches are also being observed. Greggs Emergers and chartreuse Copper Johns are catching fish. Kokanee are very much in evidence. A very healthy 17-inch brown was caught last week. Flow below Windy Gap has started to drop, now 380 cfs, and fishing is good downriver. In the immediate Granby area and downstream to the bridge at the west end of Byers Canyon, bait fishing is permitted and two fish may be kept. For current conditions call Budget Tackle in Granby at (970) 887-9344. Crystal River – The river is clear but still running high with a flow of 1,220 cfs in Carbondale — still too high to be fishable. For current conditions call the Taylor Creek Flyshop at 970-927-4374. Elk River – Flows are dropping and clearing, now 875 cfs near Milner. Good fishing is just around the corner. Freeman Reservoir – Fishing for cutthroat trout is fair to good with bait or lures. Most are 10 to 12-inch stockers but there are a few bigger holdovers from prior years and the feeder creek is loaded with native fish. Restrictions: Fishing is prohibited 50 yards on either side of the inlet and a quarter mile upstream until July 31. Fryingpan River – The ‘Pan is clear with an ideal flow of 142 cfs. Dry fly fishing has been nothing short of spectacular with good hatches of Blue Wing Olives from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pale Morning Duns from 2-4 p.m., Caddis from 4 p.m. until dark and Rusty Spinners from 7 p.m. until dark. When fishing dries, a 7x Fluorocarbon leader is mandatory. Nymphing is good before the hatches come off. Green Drakes are being seen in sporadic numbers on the lower river. The best Green Drake fishing should start at the end of July and continue well into August. Hot flies: PMD Sparkleduns, PMD No Hackles, PMD Cripples, CDC Rusty Spinners, E/C Caddis, P-Tails, Poxyback PMD/BWO, 20-Inchers, Electric Caddis, Graphic Caddis, Tim’s Mysis and Sands’ Mysis. Granby Reservoir – Lake is now more than 80 percent full. The Sunset, Stillwater and Arapaho boat ramps are all usable. A 34-inch laker weighing more than 20 pounds was caught and released recently. Worms remain the bait of choice with spinners and trolling rigs coming in second. Hot weather has sent the fish deeper and vertical jigging with tube jigs, big Mini Mites and other lures tipped with shiners or sucker meat can be very effective from boats. The bag and possession limit for lake trout is two and only one can be over 20 inches. For current conditions call Budget Tackle in Granby at (970)887-9344. Grand Lake – Trolling Kastmasters or jigging tubes with shiners and suckers is still the most effective method of catching lake trout here. Early birds do best fishing the dropoffs before sunrise. Brown trout frequent the mouth of the channel on the north side and the eastern ledge structure. Fly fishing is best early morning and late evening when fish are hitting the surface. For current conditions or to report first hand fishing success, call Budget Tackle in Granby at (970) 887-9344. Green Mountain Reservoir – Fishing has slowed as the water warms, sending trout deeper. Some rainbows are still being caught from shore on nightcrawlers and kokanee salmon on Arnies, Needlefish and Pop Geer. The south end of the lake is most productive, but action is slow. Green River – Flows in Colorado are controlled by discharges from the Flaming Gorge Dam, and the river is clear. Trout fishing remains very good with Woolly Buggers, beadhead nymphs, stonefly nymphs, and midge imitations. Mosquitoes, hoppers and other terrestrials are also on the diet. A cicada hatch provides very good fishing on the Utah side of the border closer to the dam. Fishing usually tapers off later this month as the water warms, then picks up again in the fall as brown trout begin their spawn. Harvey Gap Reservoir – Water temperature is 67 degrees and the reservoir is slightly below full pool. Boaters are still catching rainbow trout on a variety of lures including sinking Rapalas and Mepps Roostertails. Shorecasters do best with worms and Glitter Power Bait resting on the bottom in 15-30 feet of water. Crappie bite well on bright-colored jigs tipped with a bit of worm and catfish at night along the north shore on stinkbaits and chicken livers. Perch are sluggish right now, but some are being caught off of the peninsulas. Minimum size limit for bass is 15 inches. Bag and possession limit for catfish is 2 fish. There is a single-lane concrete boat ramp located at the east entrance to the park but boat motors are restricted to 20-horsepower or less. Highline Lake – Water temperature is fluctuating around the mid-70s. Crappie are biting well on crappie jigs along the dam and the occasional bass can be caught on crankbaits at the north end of the lake. Fishing for catfish is slow. Lake Avery – Trout fishing remains excellent. The lake has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbows but also harbors many larger holdovers from prior years. Many anglers have been catching trout of 15, 16 and 17 inches on worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. Float-tubers do particularly well with Beadhead Prince Nymphs. Boaters do best trolling spoons and spinners. Weed growth may hamper shore fishing later in summer. For current conditions, call Wyatt’s Sporting Goods in Meeker at (970) 878-4428. Mack Mesa Lake – Water temperature is in the high 70s and trout fishing has slowed though a few continue to be caught. Shorecasters do best with worms; boaters with slow-trolled spinners. Boating is restricted to electric motors or hand-propelled craft. Muddy Creek – Flow is 22 cfs below Wolford Reservoir and the tailwater is fishing well. The public water further downstream also is producing big rainbows. Stripped Woolly Buggers and Panther Martin spinners are the most effective lures. For current conditions call the Fishin’ Hole in Kremmling at (970) 724-9407. Pearl Lake – Deep nymphing works best here. Cast a Black Woolly Bugger or weighted Pistol Pete, allow it to sink to the bottom, then slowly retrieve. Lake is full. For camping at the park, reservations are strongly recommended. Restrictions: flies and lures only, with a bag and possession limit of two fish over 18 inches. Rifle Gap Reservoir – Water temperature is 67 degrees and lake is 18 feet below full pool. Several walleyes of 6-10 pounds have been caught in recent weeks, mostly on worm harnesses or crankbaits fished near the dam. Trout fishing remains excellent using a variety of methods. Boaters do well trolling Rapalas and Roostertails, shorecasters with worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait fished on the bottom in 15-30 feet of water. Pike fishing has been very good. The bag and possession limit for walleyes is three fish, only one longer than 18 inches. Rio Blanco Lake – Anglers are catching mainly crappie and bluegill, with an occasional largemouth bass hitting their minnows and crappie jigs. Many bass have been below the 15-inch size limit but some run up to 4 pounds. Pike fishing has been slow but should improve as summer progresses because northerns removed from the Yampa River are being planted here. For current conditions, call Wyatt’s Sporting Goods in Meeker at (970) 878-4428. Roaring Fork River – Flows are 102 cfs in Aspen, 1,490 cfs in Basalt, and 2,600 cfs in Glenwood Springs. Water is clear and fishing very well from Aspen all the way downriver to Glenwood Springs. Green Drakes are out in heavy numbers from Carbondale to Glenwood and other hatches include Caddis in the evenings, Pale Morning Duns from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Rusty Spinners at dusk. Nymphing is super consistent using Green Drake nymphs, Princes, Copper Johns, Caddis Pupa, San Juan Worms and Halfbacks. For dries, use Drakes, PMDs, and Caddis. For current conditions call the Taylor Creek Flyshop at 970-927-4374. Shadow Mountain Reservoir – Mealworms, waxworms and night crawlers along with Power Bait work best on trout here. Boaters are catching fish on trolled spoons and spinners. Fishing from float tubes with either light spinning or fly tackle is very productive. For current conditions call Budget Tackle in Granby at(970) 887-9344.Interactive Map Stagecoach Reservoir – The reservoir if full and spilling. Some bigger pike are starting to get caught now that runoff is slowing and the water temperature rising. No algae blooms have appeared yet. Hit the coves with Dardevles, Black Furies and Broken-back Rapalas, casting around structure and underbrush that hides the big ones. The tailwater below the dam is always good for trout but restricted to flies and lures only and catch-and-release. County Road 18 to the dam and tailwater is open to vehicular traffic.More info | Interactive Map Steamboat Lake – Fish are few and far between but make up in size what they lack in numbers. Bait fishermen have been catching them in sandy areas on worms or yellow, green and orange Power Bait. Lure casters do best with silver spoons and flyfishers with Caddis, mosquitoes, Royal Coachmen and Woolly Buggers. Trappers Lake – Trout fishing has improved with anglers catching a nice mix of brook trout and cutthroats ranging from 12 to 16 inches. Flyfishers do best with Blue Wing Olives, Caddis and Woolly Buggers; spincasters with gold or red and yellow Panther Martins. Anglers are allowed to keep all the brook trout they can catch to improve the cutthroat fishery. Restrictions: flies and lures only with a two-fish limit on cutts under 11 inches. Larger ones must be released. Boats with motors are not allowed and there are no rowboat rentals as the Trappers Lake Lodge has closed. For current conditions, call Wyatt’s Sporting Goods in Meeker at (970) 878-4428. Vega Reservoir – Inlet creeks are still running strong and pushing in a lot of natural food and high levels of water. The dam is expected to keep spilling over through July 15. Fishing remains fair with most trout caught ranging from 15-19 inches and hefty. Top lures: Apex, Teasers, Flatfish and Mr. Twisters in daytime, gold Super Dupers at night. Flycasters do best with olive Woolly Buggers and other nymphs fished about a foot below the surface. Best baits are rainbow and orange Power Bait, marshmallows, salmon eggs and worms. For camping reservations, call 1-800-678-2267 or go online at http://www.parks@state.co.us White River – River is dropping and clearing with flows of 1,060 cfs at Buford and 770 cfs at Meeker. Flyfishers are enjoying great action on rainbows at the Sleepy Cat and Bel-Aire public waters while lure casters are catching big browns on Panther Martin spinners in Meeker City Park. In the daytime use black or olive Woolly Buggers Beadhead Prince Nymphs and red-bodied Copper Johns, or an Orange Stimulator with one of the aforementioned nymphs as a dropper. From 4 p.m. to dusk switch to dries: Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams and black or brown stonefly patterns, sizes 12-14. For current conditions, call Wyatt’s Sporting Goods in Meeker at (970) 878-4428. Williams Fork Reservoir – The lake is full and spilling over. Pike fishing has slowed during their spawn but lake trout are hitting well on sucker meat at 30-40 foot depths. Best fishing spots are the inlet and off the rocks toward the dam. Trolling a J-13 Rapala in rainbow or silver and black colors is most effective. Smaller Rapalas and Super Vibrax spinners also catch brown trout in the 3 to 5-pound range. These fish tend to hang around the inlet and north of the east boat ramp. For current conditions call the Fishin’ Hole in Kremmling at (970) 724-9407.More info | Interactive Map Williams Fork River – Flow is down to 15 cfs and clear with good hatches of Blue Wing Olives, midges and small olive Caddis. Hoppers and black ants add to the options. Use #18 Elkhair Caddis, BWOs, Blue Duns, Zebra Midges, Serendipity nymphs and Joe’s Hoppers. For current conditions call the Fishin’ Hole in Kremmling at (970) 724-9407. Willow Creek Reservoir – Fishing continues to be good and access to fishing areas is easy. This is a “no wake” lake loaded with rainbows, browns and kokanee salmon. Orange or chartreuse Power Bait work best for shorecasters while silver, pink and orange lures catch kokanee. Mealworms, waxworms and night crawlers are the best baits. Trollers do best on salmon with Arnies or Needlefish. For current conditions call Budget Tackle in Granby at (970) 887-9344. Wolford Reservoir – Water has cleared and fishing is very good. Kokanee are hitting near the dam on Wedding Rings and green Arnies. Rainbows, browns and cutbows are being caught on Panther Martins, Kastmasters, Blue Fox spinners and Woolly Buggers. Best action is around the inlet. For current conditions call the Fishin’ Hole in Kremmling at (970) 724-9407. Yampa River (Hayden through Craig) – River is dropping and clearing, with flows of 1,610 cfs at Hayden and 1,220 cfs at Craig. Still high and off-color for good fishing, but some anglers have started catching smallmouth bass, mostly on Panther Martin spinners, and pike can be found in the backwater sloughs. There is also good pike fishing to be had in the small lakes and ponds between Hayden and Craig, which have been stocked with northerns removed from the river to save native and endangered fish species. A 43-inch pike weighing 19-1/2 pounds was caught in one of the ponds last week. Yampa River (Stagecoach through Steamboat) – Flow has dropped to 259 cfs and the water is crystal clear. Fishing conditions are ideal with overlapping hatches of Yellow Sallies, Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, midges and Green Drakes all the way from the tailwater below Stagecoach Reservoir through the town of Steamboat Springs. When Drakes are hatching use #12 Colorado Green Drakes, Lawson’s Green Drakes, Spot Light Emergers and Cripples. For Caddis use #16 olive or tan Elk Hair patterns. Other dries: #14-16 PMD Emergers, Parachutes, Sparkle Duns, #16 Pablo’s PMD Cripple, Chuck’s Trude and yellow Stimulators. Several river sections are restricted to flies and lures only and/or catch-and-release.Vail Colorado


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