Urban Fishing, Small streams
by: Rick Schroeder 3/29/2012
I know not another Urban fishing blog, but lets face it most of us live in an urban environment. When most people think of urban fishing its usually a city park pond or city reservoir. If you look hard enough there are always other options. Many of the cities and towns here in Colorado have multiple small streams and creeks flowing into them or through them. Because of their size they are often over looked and passed by. This is a huge mistake.
Urban small streams fish a lot like their mountain brothers, in that the fish hold to the same cover and deep pockets. However one advantage is they donít spook as easy as the wild trout of the high country small streams because they have been conditioned to the traffic, dog walkers, kids playing in the creek, etc. This allows you to position yourself in good casting lanes and a lot closer to your prey.
Just in Colorado Springs I can think five small creeks that have fish in them. I can also think of several creeks in the Denver area that have both warm and cold water species in them. With the amazing weather we have been having these creeks are already open and are great places to get a couple hours of fishing in after work. They still allow for the small stream challenges and the enjoyment of putting fish to hand.
This past week I hit fountain creek starting at under the highway bridge I caught my first rainbow of the day. Hiking upstream into town was able to catch a few more brown trout, stop in at a local tavern have a burger and a beer, then finish walking the stream to the other side of town while the wife stopped in to check out a few shops.
Get out and enjoy them before runoff!
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jshanko, CO 3/29/2012 1:49:27 PM
Good blog, makes a person think of doing the same in his or her local waters....................Jon
jfred17, CO 3/29/2012 8:56:34 PM
Nice part of fishing in town is there is always a place to stop and grab a beer. NIce area there for sure!
Flyrodn, CO 3/30/2012 9:24:04 AM
Urban fisheries have been high on my fishing list for decades. Over a 1/4 of all state records come from urban settings, and in truth most of my master angler fish are from Urban settings. Downtown Glenwood, Meeker, Durango, Denver, Fort Collins, Steamboat, . . . to name a few all offer solid, if not excellent fishing. Good topic.
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