Runoff is abating and as a result the river fishing is starting to pick up. Nearby Gore Creek is slightly discolored and fishing well with large attractor patterns and a dropper. The Colorado River is still off-colored, so big, dark and ugly patterns are working well, in part due to the stoneflies coming off from the pumphouse (mostly over) and upstream. The Eagle River is a little discolored and fishing well with streamers and minnow style lures. A few caddis have been showing up.
Dillon Reservoir continues to fill quickly. Fishing has been good in the inlet areas, especially the Snake River and Blue River inlets. Below the reservoir the Blue has dropped to nearly 1,000 cfs and the fishing has improved, with mysis shrimp and various midge patterns working.
Jefferson Lake, having been recently stocked, has seen a lot of fishing pressure as of late. Rainbow action has been good on a variety of baits. The water temperatures are still under 50 and the lake trout remain shallow and are hitting a variety of spoon-type lures.
Both Spinney Mountain and Antero reservoirs are doing well on chironomid larvae and callibaetis nymphs.
Of the South Park reservoirs, Eleven Mile has been the slowest.
Tarryall Reservoir is fishing well thanks to recent stockings.
Other close waters that have been stocked are Officers Gulch and Copper Ponds. They’re great places to take the kids. A fly and bubble rig with a size 12 hare’s ear is a great option. Farther down the hill, Sylvan Lake is fishing well with wooly buggers.
Wolford Mountain Reservoir has seen a pickup in the kokanee action. Trolling small, bright spoons is effective for them. Be aware the water is still badly stained.
Rifle Gap Reservoir is a great choice if you’re looking for a bit of warm-water fishing. The yellow perch action has been great with small jigs tipped with a bit of worm.
Williams Fork Reservoir is doing decent for northern pike. Most dedicated anglers are managing several fish a day, with an occasional larger fish. For the trout give crayfish pattern (marabou jigs work) a try.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Explore Summit Weekender.