While the recent cold snap allowed for brief clearing of some rivers, most of the lower sections of the Eagle, Colorado, White and Roaring Fork rivers are off-colored, making for difficult fishing conditions. For now, river anglers will do best to concentrate their efforts up high, or with tailwaters.
The Blue River through Silverthorne and the Dream Stream are two of the better bets. Both are fishing from fair to good, but during weekends expect to be joined by half the Denver metro-area anglers. Ok, maybe not quite that many, but pressure will be high. Weekdays are a better option, but expect company even then.
The nice thing about spring, is when the rivers begin to blow out, many of our lakes and reservoirs are open. South Park waters are among them and are seeing plenty of action these days, both from shore anglers and boaters.
Eleven Mile Reservoir has been fishing fair. Anglers using worms and/or powerbait are picking a few nice trout. Trolling isn’t any more effective than shore fishing right now with any number of lures producing an occasional trout. Best action is occurring when there’s a bit of wind. Antero is fishing about the same. Tarryall Reservoir has been doing well for the fly fishers with a variety of patterns. Those tossing large streamers are producing the occasional northern pike.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir is seeing its annual float tube hatch. The water is cold, clear and in the low 40s. Winds have been an issue of late, making kicking around difficult. But for those willing to hang in there, they have been rewarded with decent numbers of fish. Fly fishers tend to favor chironomids, although this is a good time to be fishing streamers, such as woolly buggers. Spoons and spinners have also been effective. Right now expect to find fish close to shore, no need to fish deep. Note that only the North Boat Ramp is open, the south ramp will open once water levels rise a few feet.
Turquoise Lake is still iced, but open water is showing along the shore. Wolford Mountain Reservoir is open, but ramps were closed last week. Call ahead before bringing up a boat. Twin Lake is mostly open, but not to boating at this time. Green Mountain is low and mostly ice free. No more ice fishing.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado editor for www.fishexplorer.com and writes a weekly column for the Summit Daily News.