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Fishing Report - Southeast (6/4)
Fishing conditions change on a constant basis, so you may need to check multiple sources for the most up-to-date information. State wildlife officials encourage anglers to explore the numerous private websites that offer fishing condition reports, such as www.fishexplorer.com, www.coloradofisherman.com, www.fishhound.com and www.sportfishcolorado.com. Many fly shops and marinas offer fishing condition reports.
See the state's Stocking Report, which shows were catchable trout were recently stocked.
See seasonal fishing information and learn how to get a fishing license.
Regions: Denver Metro, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest
Adobe Creek Reservoir/Blue Lake (Kiowa and Bent Counties)
Fishing is generally slow for all species, with a few crappie still being caught from boats. Fishing is fair for carp and bull heads from shore. The low water boat ramps are usable. There is an endangered species closure on the island.
Arkansas River (Lake, Chaffee and Fremont Counties)
Here's what ArkAnglers is saying about fishing the Arkansas: "The Arkansas River continues to provide anglers with an outstanding early summer experience. Current flows (6/3) are 175 cfs in Hayden Meadows, 228 cfs at Granite, 450 cfs at Buena Vista, and 510 cfs in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Throughout the river corridor, the river has been clear to slightly tinted and the water temperatures have been in the optimal range for brown trout. While the caddis hatch continues to flourish above Granite, as one follows the river downstream, stoneflies (goldens, yellow sallies, and salmon flies) have become a more significant food source and their emergence is driving fish to strongly consider food from the surface. Morning midge hatches continue to draw fish into fast riffly water and some grey drakes have been adding to the diversity of adult aquatics in the air. With a low current velocity and good water temperatures, fish are feeding throughout the day. Type of water is often as important as fly pattern when measuring catch rates. Determine where fish are holding and focus on that type of water until indications show otherwise."
Brush Hollow Reservoir (Fremont County)
The boat ramp is inaccessible due to low water levels. Shore anglers report some success fishing at night for catfish.
Clear Creek Reservoir (Chaffee County)
High winds continued to keep fishing slower over the past few days. Rainbow stockers dominate although numbers of Kokanee salmon have increased a bit. No catches of tiger muskie yet however, one fisherman reported losing a trout to “something big that took it just a few feet from shore." Rainbow colored PowerBait has been effective from the bank along with Wooly Boogers and Pheasant Tail flies. Lures and worms trolled with “cowbells” have also produced good results from boats. Gold Daredevils, green Rapalas, and the dimpled gold and red Buoyant spoons by Thomas continue to be popular with both trout and fishermen, along with assorted spoons and spinner lures. Quiet times of fishing are interspersed with periods of good catches, with mid morning and early evening seeming to be more productive.
De Weese Reservoir (Custer County)
No report this week
Henry Lake (Crowley County)
Fishing is good for bull heads with a few channel catfish being caught as well. It’s been slow for all other species.
John Martin Reservoir State Park (Bent County)
This has been a really good season for white bass, and the bite continues. They are hitting on crankbaits, and Mr. Twisters, as well as crawlers. The crappie are slowing down, as well as the walleye, and saugeye. Water temperature is around 72 degrees. The stilling basin is still producing several smaller catfish throughout the day, and a few large catfish late at night using chicken liver. Lake Hasty is still producing the trout that were stocked earlier this summer using power bait. The handicap pier at Lake Hasty is closed for maintenance.
Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo County)
Lake Pueblo State Park is pleased to be ranked by BASSMASTER magazine as one of the top 100 bass fishing lakes in the U.S. Come try your hand. The weather at Lake Pueblo has been warm and sunny for the past week. Occasional high winds affect surface waves and fisherman comfort. Wipers have been active in the inlet and in the Arkansas river upstream of the reservoir. Fisherman have had good success with large live bait. In the Arkansas River below the dam, the river levels remain steady. Shore fisherman continue to catch trout regularly.
Martin Lake, Lathrop State Park (Huerfano County)
The lake has been filled to capacity in the past few weeks and fishing is good for trout in the 10” to 13” size class – with occasional 14” to 16” rainbows being taken. Rainbow PowerBait and nightcrawlers seem to be the most popular baits. There have also been some pike in the 40”/20 lb. class taken while trolling this past week. Water temps are in the low 60’s.
Meredith Reservoir (Crowley County)
Fishing is good for bull heads with small numbers of channel catfish, wiper, and crappie being caught as well.
Mt. Elbert Forebay (Lake County)
Trout and mackinaw fishing is reported as fair. Big macs are easy to find at McDonalds but harder to find out on the Forebay - the big lakers are in there, but they'll make you work for it.
Turquoise Reservoir (Lake County)
The crew at Colorado Fly Fishing Guides says Turquoise is still fishing well at the inlet, dam, and Abe Lee. Productive lures include Kastmasters, panther martins, dynamic HD trout lures and Mepps spinners. Powerbait, Gulp, worms and the like are typical baits that will take fish as well. The road, all campgrounds, and other amenities are open. The boat ramp at Turquoise is open and mandatory ANS inspections are in effect - please present a clean, drained and dry boat.
Trinidad Lake State Park (Las Animas County)
Trinidad Lake is approx. 589 surface acres and the surface temp is about 61 degrees. Fishing has been excellent this past week! 14 to 16” trout have been caught along with some nice crappie and bass from shore. The boaters are still running along the north shore cliffs west of Levsa cove and near the “islands” on south shore catching walleyes. ANS boat inspections are taking place so be sure your boat is “CLEANED, DRAINED, and DRIED”. Boaters beware of floating debris and unmarked hazards as the water level continues to slowly fall. Anglers are reminded to check the regulations for bass and walleye and to always wear your PFD!! All camping and bath-house facilities are now open for the season. For more information call the Visitor’s Center at 719-846-6951
Twin Lakes Reservoirs (Lake County)
No report this week.
You can contribute to the weekly fishing report by sending tips or conditions reports to email@example.com. The deadline for the weekly fishing report is Mondays at 5 p.m.