Late fall-like weather has extended open-water fishing on most area reservoirs, rivers and streams. Though we expect open-water fishing on the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir, we don't expect fall conditions, which we have at this time, on the Eagle and Colorado rivers. Nymphing and streamer fishing are great tactics right now, but anglers should be ready to take advantage of midday/evening hatches of blue-wing olives and midges, especially on cloudy days. Due to the low waters, avoid heavily weighted nymphs (and streamers) at this time.
The inlet areas of Dillon Reservoir have been mostly ice-free and upstream on public sections, anglers are doing fair on browns and an occasional kokanee that have entered the stream. Further downstream at Green Mountain Reservoir, anglers can expect low-water conditions and icing at the inlet area. This is a good time to work large minnow-style lures and spoons around rocky areas of the reservoir. It's a low-percentage game, but this is one of the best times to catch a large lake trout from the shore. One approaching 10 pounds was caught last week.
Further down the road, Wolford Reservoir remains ice-free and fishing has been hit-or-miss. Most anglers have been fishing off the dam in search of kokanee. The run is winding down, as a result catching is sporadic and many of the fish are in poor shape.
For those looking for some early ice fishing, South Park's Tarryall Reservoir is mostly capped, with some open water. Ice thickness varies, with reports of 2-7 inches, depending on location. Antero Reservoir is also about three-quarters capped, with most areas reporting less than 4 inches of ice. Though the good reports of catching make ice fishing tempting, use extreme caution at this time as falling through is a distinct possibility.