Summer is close to over; the fishing picks up in September |

Summer is close to over; the fishing picks up in September

This is the final fishing report for 2003, but some of Colorado’s best fishing is yet to come. Campgrounds are closing, the summer crowds are gone and fish become more active feeders as the water cools. Both cold-water and warm-water species will try to put on a few more pounds before their winter dormancy.

Nick Kamzalow of Outdoor Connections in Craig says the best fishing for trout and pike in his corner of the state begins after the first frost. Department of Wildlife Biologist Jim Melby, a warm-water aficionado, said he only starts to get excited about fishing the reservoirs in September. And Kurt Leach of Hunters Cove in Pueblo points out there are no water skiers or jet skis to frighten the fish.

“Fall is the best time,” Melby said. “The walleyes and saugeyes become more active and wipers will be banging the surface well into October, until colder water sends the shad deep.”

Some of the state’s finest trout rivers don’t get covered with ice, and they provide great fall fishing and angling opportunities all winter long. Flows are low and clear on the Arkansas, Blue, Upper Colorado, Fryingpan, Gunnison, Poudre, Roaring Fork, Uncompahgre and White rivers. The White, located in prime elk country in northwestern Colorado, allows hunters to combine exciting fall fishing for big German browns and whitefish with a pursuit of big game.

Ice fishermen will have a host of lakes and reservoirs to choose from. Among the best: Wolford, Blue Mesa, Lake John, Granby, Taylor Park, Elevenmile and the lakes at Delaney Butte.

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