Colorado fishing report for week of Aug. 27, 2017

Information is provided by Colorado Parks & Wildlife employees and local fishing enthusiasts. Fishing conditions can change from the time this report is produced.

Denver Area

Aurora Reservoir

The fishing is rated as fair to good and the water level is low. The perch and walleye fishing is still the most productive for anglers fishing in 20 to 30 feet of water with tube jigs and crawlers. Some anglers are catching trout in the 12 to 15 inch range on PowerBait. Fly anglers are having luck using streamers, damsel fly nymphs, and dry flies in the evening.

Chatfield Reservoir

The surface temperature is 64 degrees and the water level is around 3 feet down. The water clarity is around 6 feet down. Both fly and spinner anglers are having luck catching bass and trout. The fly anglers are having luck using streamers and worm patterns under an indicator. Spinner anglers are having luck using spoons and Kastmasters. The morning fishing has been the most productive and anglers in a boat are catching the most fish.

Cherry Creek Reservoir

The surface temperature is 72 degrees. Anglers are still reporting seeing shad in the water, which has made the fishing difficult due to the amount of food available to the fish. There are still plenty of weeds floating around the reservoir, so anglers should avoid these patches and keep their lures free of weeds. Some anglers are catching walleye in areas with less bait fish using jigs and spoons. The reservoir is less busy now that school has started back up, so boat angling opportunities are improving by the day.

Quincy Reservoir

Anglers are reporting fair to good fishing this week. The bass are becoming more active and anglers are having luck throughout the reservoir. Soft plastics like worms and chatter baits are working well as well as top water lures for those avoiding the weeds. The perch are actively biting on jigs with grub tails. Some anglers are catching fish on plastic crayfish patterns as well.

Northeast Colorado

Dream Stream

The fishing has been great as of recently. Look for the excellent fishing to continue for weeks to come. Anglers should prepare for hatches of midges, caddis, yellow sallies, blue winged olives, and tricos. Flows have returned to their normal historic levels now that things have dried out a bit. Look for excellent fishing with dries and nymphs for weeks to come. Effective patterns include No. 14 San Juan Worms, No. 14 Scuds, No. 10 Pine Squirrel Leech, No. 18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, No. 18 Buckskins, caddis larva, No. 18 Barr’s Emerger (PMD) and No. 16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis. Anglers can expect to see excellent hatches of pale morning duns, caddis, and tricos. The slower pools, back channels, and tail outs are providing some good surface activity.

Eleven Mile Reservoir

The trout fishing is currently good and the fish are beefing up on crayfish. Many fish being caught are a variety of sizes. The best patterns and lures include tube and marabou jigs, wooly buggers, and crayfish patterns. Bait anglers continue to do well on PowerBait and a night crawler and marshmallow combo. The kokanee salmon fishing has been slow to fair and the action is sporadic. The bite has been early, then late in the day. The best chances to catch fish are still near the North Shore to Duck Island, although a few big fish are still being caught off of Rocking Chair, Lazy Boy, and Rodgers Mountain. The fish are sill hugging the bottom in whatever depth you are in. Every now and then you might get surprised to find them up high in the teens. Green, pink, and orange are currently the best colors. Dodgers and pop gear are still helping. Mack’s Wedding Rings and Kokanee Killers are a good choice and of course we catch everything in this lake on a Kastmaster. The northern pike fishing is rated as fair to good and the action continues to improve. Spinner baits, Husky Jerks, X-Raps, and large spoons all have seen some good action. Work the weed lines on the West end or the drop offs around the rocks at North Shore or Rocky Flats. Timing is not very predictable. North Shore in the shallows has seen decent action late morning early afternoon.

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