Most streams and rivers are high and off-colored leaving tailwater fisheries like the Dream Stream and Blue River below Dillon Reservoir as solid options. While a few rivers, such as the upper Eagle and Gore Creek, are “fishable,” expect difficult wading and slow action. You can improve your chances by fishing larger, dark fly patterns, such as black woolly buggers, leech patterns, black stoneflies and girdle bugs. Also, fish them close to shore when possible as the fish will tend to hold there for protection from the currents.
Most reservoirs are now fully ice free, with a few exceptions such as Turquoise Lake. As a result there’s plenty of good open water to fish right now. Twin Lakes is ice free, but the boat ramps have not yet opened.
Green Mountain Reservoir has yet to fill, but as run-off gets fully underway expect levels to come up rapidly over the next few weeks. Near the inlet water is stained, but clears as you get near the dam. Fishing has been fair. Williams Fork Reservoir might be a better option at this time, look for a decent pike bite in the shallows.
South Park’s Eleven Mile Reservoir has been producing a few trout on dough baits for the shore anglers. While many shore anglers prefer bait, fly fishing is an excellent option and some have been doing good with scuds worked slowly near the surface. They can be very effective in shallow areas with vegetation.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir continues to draw lots of anglers. Many are managing a few fish with crayfish patterns. Midge and egg patterns will produce a few as well. No reports of pike at this time. Nearby Antero Reservoir’s south ramp is now open giving boaters another launch option. While a few fish are coming to the net, most reports indicate the catching has been slow.
Granby Lake is ice free and the Sunset ramp is also open for use. The reservoir is filling and will reportedly fill completely this year. Now is a great time to chase shallow water lake trout before the water temperatures get over 50.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado editor for www.fishexplorer.com.