Information provided by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
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•Animas River - The river is running clear, and fishing is good. Cast near holes along the bank for brown trout. Rainbows prefer faster water. Anglers should be ready to try a variety of flies - caddis, nymphs and stimulators. Frequent afternoon storms turn the water off color, so try wooly buggers when the water is cloudy.
•Blue Mesa Reservoir - Salmon fishing remains sporadic, with a few fish being caught near the dam and in Cebolla Basin. Lake trout are moving deeper, and fishing is getting tougher. Look for catchable fish at 100 to 120 feet. Brown-trout fishing remains fair along the shorelines or by trolling Rapalas from 20 to 35 feet in all areas of the lake. Mandatory zebra mussel checks are in place. The only boat ramps available are Elk Creek, Stevens Creek and Lake Fork. They will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. only.
•Conejos River - Flows on the Conejos are 900 cfs on the lower river and 327 cfs below Platoro. Fishing conditions are improving, and the water is clear on most days. The salmon fly hatch has started. Angling techniques include nymphing and dry-droppers (e.g. attractor patterns in combination with a stonefly or other nymph), spinner fishing and bait. The Conejos has two sections of special fishing regulation waters. The first is from the upper boundary of Aspen Glade campground to Menkhaven Resort: artificial flies only and a daily bag and possession limit of two trout 16 inches or longer. The second is from the confluence of the South Fork to the lower bridge at Platoro: artificial flies and lures only, with a daily bag and possession limit of two trout 16 inches or longer.
•Crawford Reservoir - Crappie have been ranging from 7 to 11 inches depending on the school. Anglers have been limiting out on the crappie. There have been several reports of pike and bass.
•Dolores River (lower) - Fishing in the Dolores River below the dam is showing some promise. DOW fish surveys have captured a number of nice-sized brown and rainbow trout near the dam. The section is stocked, but few fish reproduce naturally because of the low water level and water temperature. To monitor the flows, log on to the Dolores Water Conservancy District Web site at doloreswater.com/
•Dolores River (upper) - Fish the river high in the drainage above and below Rico where public access is available and the fish habitat is good. Small dry flies and nymphs will work well. Much of the lower part of the river is private. Because the lower section of the river has been channeled over the years, habitat is poor, and the river holds few fish.
•East River - Warmer weather has brought a surge of late snowmelt into the river. Tuesday morning's flow at Almont was 1,260 cfs. Look for the river to drop and clear sooner than last year with summer hatches beginning shortly.
•Echo Canyon Reservoir - Fishing for trout has been good for anglers using worms and light-colored lures. With weather becoming warmer, fishing for panfish is picking up.
•Gunnison River (below Crystal Dam) - Flows are expected to stay at this level. Clarity is back to "Gunnison Green." Excellent fishing reported.
•Gunnison River (through the canyon) - The flow in the Gunnison Gorge is 1,150 cfs. Fishing is excellent. Autumn splendors and all streamers plus caddis and mayflies are hot. Hoppers in Orange and Yellow have been hot also. Everything seems to be working right now. Try fishing with no dropper tight to the bank. Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies still are being used along with Chernobyl Ants, Caddis and emergers. Water clarity is now very good. The North Fork is now low enough to wade.
•Gunnison River (upper from Almont to Blue Mesa) - The river level is dropping, and visibility is increasing. Tuesday morning's flow was 2,140 cfs, and the water was a little discolored. Caddis hatches have been evident in the afternoon. Hatches of drakes and PMDs should be coming soon but are not yet looking to the surface. Stonefly nymphs have been effective in the mornings, and streamers can be productive. Wading still is difficult in much of the river. Float anglers have been doing OK with both fly and spinning tackle.
•Jackson Gulch Reservoir - Fishing is good to excellent for rainbow trout 10-12 inches with a few 16- to 20-inch fish being caught. Surface activity picks up in evenings and under cloud cover. Inline spinners and various colors of Power Bait have been the favorites along the north and west shores and at the inlet. Fishing for small yellow perch is good with worms along the dam and in the quarry on the west side. 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
•Los Pinos River - The river above Vallecito Reservoir is accessible only on foot and requires a hike of more than a mile from the trailhead. Anglers who hike farther will see more rewards. Below the reservoir, the river runs through private property.
•McPhee Reservoir - Fishing for trout has been very good. Anglers also have been enjoying good activity for smallmouth bass, crappie and 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. 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.
•Navajo Reservoir - Water temperature is 74 degrees with lots of boaters on the lake. Bass and pike fishing is fair on buzzbaits early morning and late afternoon. Catfish fishing is slow on cutbait. Trout fishing is picking up on the Piedra and in the San Juan arm.
•Piedra River - The Piedra is running clear, and hatches are plentiful. The river, however, receives a lot of pressure. Anglers who are willing to hike a couple of miles off the road will be rewarded. Be prepared to try a variety of wet- and dry-fly patterns.
•Platoro Reservoir - Fishing has been good for rainbow trout and fair for kokanee salmon. Anglers have been catching trout on Power Bait and worms. Fishing pressure has been moderate. The water level is high, and the boat ramp is usable. Boaters use caution while boating. Several floating hazards, such as logs, are in the
•Ridgway Fishing Ponds - The Pa-Co-Chu-Puk ponds of Ridgway State Park are excellent for children because they are the only water below the dam not restricted to artificial flies and lures or catch-and-release fishing. A limit of four trout per person may be kept there by children and licensed adults, 16 years and older. The ponds were stocked in the last two weeks, and the fishing is excellent. Many of the larger, holdover rainbow trout from last season also are being caught.
•Ridgway Reservoir - The lake is still full. The water temperature is in the lower 60s, and the fishing is good to excellent. Some 35,000 catchable-sized trout have been stocked over the past few months. An 11-pound brown trout was caught in mid-May on a Kastmaster. Several Browns, 3-6 pounds, have been caught the last two weeks on night crawlers. Boaters have reported good catches of rainbows. Bank anglers have been doing well using night crawlers, red salmon eggs and silver or gold Kastmasters.
•Rio Grande River - The river is clear and dropping. Monday's flow was 479 cfs at Del Norte. Willow fly hatch is over. Green and gray drake mayflies and caddisflies are hatching in the morning and afternoon. Fishing is good using green drake dry fly patterns, parachute adams and elk hair caddis.
•Road Canyon Reservoir - Fishing is reported as good for quality-sized rainbow and brook trout of 10-18 inches. Spinning lures, streamers, dry flies and bait have proven effective.
•San Juan high country lakes, streams - The high country lakes and streams are open, and fishing is good. Use small spinners, dry flies and nymphs. Fishing the high lakes requires a stealthy approach and presentation. Fish spots with rocky drop-offs. In the streams, don't be afraid to get your feet wet.
•San Juan River - The San Juan is running clear, although afternoon showers will cause the water to discolor. Caddis emergers, dry flies and nymphs are safe bets.
•Taylor River - Tuesday morning's flows were 773 cfs at Almont and 496 cfs below Taylor Dam, both down from last week. The lower river is clear, but wading can be a challenge. Fast-water fishing has been good with stonefly nymphs, streamers and other large patterns. The tailwater below Taylor Dam also is more difficult to fish at a still-high flow.
•Uncompahgre River in Ridgway Park - Fishing on the river at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk has been good. Flows are down to 600 cfs after flows in excess of 1,150 cfs earlier in the month. Normal is 250-300 cfs. Habitat for fish and bugs is enhanced with the additional debris in the water, and bug production has gone way up. As the water temperature approaches 55 degrees, the trout become more active and feed more heavily.
•Vallecito Reservoir - The reservoir is full so the fish have plenty of room to spread out. Anglers have reported success for rainbow trout averaging 15 inches. Smallmouth bass also have become active along the shore. A mercury advisory has been issued for consumption of northern pike from the lake.
•Williams Creek Reservoir - Fishing is best in the early morning and at dusk. The best fishing is at the inlet and near the dam. Use worms, power bait and small spinners in the reservoir. Small flies and nymphs are best for the creek below the lake.