Rivers remain high and roily across much of the Rockies. The Colorado River from Kremmling downstream to Glenwood Springs is typical of many moving waters. Despite muddy conditions, anglers are managing a few nice fish. Spinners or streamers have worked near shore. Dark colors are best. Fly fishers are managing a few trout when drifting large black stonefly patterns.
Tailwater fisheries remain the best bet for clear water. However, on weekends the fishing pressure can often have you wondering if the angler population isn’t larger than the fish numbers. Still, the fish do have to eat. Midges have met with some degree of success. Look for some decent action with dry flies, small and dark, early, late, or during periods of cloudy weather. The Blue River below Dillon remains popular. For a few less anglers give the South Platte in Eleven Mile Canyon a try, especially mid-week.
Dillon Reservoir is filling. Anglers are doing well around the marina areas with powerbait and worms. The inlet areas are also a solid option. Look for decent surface action during low-light periods.
Downstream, Wolford Reservoir is muddy with enough debris to give boaters a headache. It should probably be avoided for a couple weeks. Monarch Lake had been producing good numbers of fish up to 16 inches in size. Turquoise Lake has been producing well with inline spinners, such as rooster tails.
Jefferson Lake in the South Park area is still mostly iced, but those willing to make the hike in have been experiencing good lake trout action from the shore. Some good exercise and good action, not all bad.
Another reservoir worth considering is Ruedi. While it is filling, the water level is still some 20 feet down. Water is slightly stained. Rainbow action is decent with spoons and spinners. Consider tying streamers also, especially when trolling slowly. No kokanee action at this time.
While the fishing hasn’t been fast, Williams Fork pike are patrolling the shallows and offer a great opportunity for some sight fishing for anglers.
There are plenty of great opportunities right now. The key is to be flexible and not get locked into one method or spot. If you’re not catching, either change tactics or move on.
David Coulson is the state editor for FishExplorer.com He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org