Information provided by the Colorado Division of Wildlife:
- Animas River - Flows continue to drop, but the river still is a bit high for comfortable fishing. Tuesday morning's flows were 1,500 cfs at Durango and 719 cfs below Silverton. The water is clearing, and the river is getting close to fishable.
- Beaver Creek Reservoir - The reservoir is high and discolored. Fishing for rainbow and some brown trout has been good. Salmon eggs and Power Bait have been getting the best results.
- Big Meadows Reservoir - Action is reported as good for rainbow trout and fair for brook trout with bait, flies and lures.
- Blue Mesa Reservoir - Heavy runoff is rapidly filling the lake. Salmon fishing is sporadic, with a few fish being caught near the dam. Lake trout are moving deeper, and fishing is getting tougher. Mandatory zebra mussel checks are in place. The only boat ramps available are Elk Creek, Stevens Creek and Lake Fork.
- Dolores River (lower) - Fishing in the Dolores River below the dam again is showing some promise. DOW fish surveys have captured a number of nice-sized brown and rainbow trout near the dam. To monitor the flows,
log on to the Dolores Water Conservancy District Web site at http://www:doloreswater.com/releases.htm.
- Dolores River (upper) - The spring thaw has created high water and roily water. When conditions improve, fish the river high in the drainage, above and below Rico, where public access is available and the fish habitat is good.
- East River - The runoff appears to have peaked. Tuesday morning's flow was 1,000 cfs, down from last week but still a bit high for the best fishing.
- Echo Canyon Reservoir - Fishing for trout has been good for anglers using worms and light-colored lures. With weather becoming warmer, fishing for panfish should be picking up.
- Gunnison River (below Crystal Dam) - Flows in the Black Canyon have risen to 3,390 cfs and are predicted to remain at that level through June. As far as the hatch lower in the Gorge, a few flying adult stones are around, but it's certainly not the big party yet.
- Gunnison River (through the canyon) - The flow in the Gunnison Gorge is now 3,000 cfs. However, fishing has improved this week. Yellow Sallies are hot. Stoneflies are not flying yet, but they are nymphing.
- Haviland Lake - The lake north of Durango has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Fishing with Power Bait, salmon eggs and small spoon-type lures has been fair to good.
- Jackson Gulch Reservoir - The water level of the lake is near capacity. Several stockings of rainbow trout have been received, and fishing has been good to excellent for 10- to 13-inch trout, with a few larger fish being caught. In-line spinners and various colors of Power Bait have been the favorites along the north and west shores and at the inlet. All trailered boats must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species prior to launch. Inspectors are available at the park. Call 533-7065 for more information or visit www.parks.state.co.us for current conditions.
- Los Pinos River - The river above Vallecito Reservoir has been discolored by runoff. Later in the season, fishing in this section of river can be good, but it is accessible only on foot. Below the reservoir, the river runs through private property, and access is limited.
- McPhee Reservoir - Fishing for trout has been very good. Fishermen also have been enjoying good activity for smallmouth bass and, somewhat unusually, for crappie and even some walleyes. Please remember that all smallmouth and largemouth bass
10-15 inches long must be returned to the lake immediately. However, anglers should keep fish that are less than 10 inches. They are tasty, and by taking out the smaller fish, more food is left for the others to grow to trophy size. Boat inspections are conducted from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sagehen ramp.
- Mountain Home Reservoir - The lake recently was stocked with catchable- sized rainbow trout. Fishing for rainbows is reported as fair to good using the typical baits and lures. The boat ramps are accessible.
- Navajo Reservoir - The water temperature is 63 degrees, and the weather has been windy. Fishing has been fair to good. Bancos Canyon has been best for crappie and live bait. The mooring cove and breakwater tires have been fair. Pike fishing has been good around rocks on white or green crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish fishing has been slow on livers, shad and night crawlers. Inlet streams are starting to clear. The marina is open and fully supplied.
- Pastorius Reservoir - The reservoir south of Durango has been stocked with catchable-sized trout. Fishing has been fair to good fishing with the standard array of baits and lures.
- Piedra River - Fishing is difficult because of runoff conditions.
- Ridgway Reservoir - The lake has leveled off and is falling slightly. The water temperature is in the lower 50s, and the fishing is good to excellent. Some 17,000 catchable-sized trout have been stocked over the last few months.
- Rio Grande River - The river is dropping but remains high, with adequate visibility along the shorelines. Tuesday morning's flows were 2,110 cfs near Del Norte and 1,290 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap. Fishing is fair to good for boat and raft anglers using stonefly nymphs, Girdle Bugs and Woolly Buggers.
- San Juan high country lakes, streams - The high country remains snow- and ice-covered.
- San Juan River - Tuesday morning's flow at Pagosa Springs was 798 cfs, as the river continues to drop and clear. The river is becoming fishable, but truly good fishing conditions are a week or so away.
- Summit Reservoir - Population sampling by the Colorado Division of Wildlife has shown the sucker-eradication effort in 2007 was successful. The reservoir now has a good population of 10- to 14-inch rainbow trout and has been fishing fairly well.
- Taylor Reservoir - Fishing has been a bit tough with recent rains, but persistent anglers have been getting into lots of northern pike and some large mackinaw. Sucker meat has worked well for the pike. Jigging night crawlers with a tube skirt off the bottom or trolling with Rapalas or Little Cleos has been producing the lake trout. Shoreline fishing for rainbow trout has been good with night crawlers and salmon eggs. Cottonwood Pass is open. The marina is open for the season.
- Taylor River - Tuesday morning's flows were 1,030 cfs at Almont and 690 cfs below Taylor Dam, both down slightly from last week. The lower river still is very difficult to wade and fish. No significant hatches are occurring.
- Uncompahgre River in Ridgway Park - Fishing on the river at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk has been good. Flows are down to 700 cfs. The last two weeks saw flows in excess of 1,000 cfs. Normal is 250-300 cfs. As the lake spills, the water temperature will increase.
- Vallecito Reservoir - Fishermen have reported fairly good success for rainbow trout averaging 15 inches. Smallmouth bass also have become active along the shore. Fishing for northern pike traditionally has been productive in the spring and early summer. A mercury advisory has been issued for consumption of northern pike from the lake.