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River: Clear Creek

Fishing in upper clear creek

Post By: tallyn      Posted: 1/31/2017 2:12:14 PM     Points: 0    
Is there any good fishing in Clear creek around Downeyville? I fished there several years ago but never saw any evidence of catchable fish. I want to try it again this summer, but i'm not sure if there are fish there.
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 1/31/2017 2:23:32 PM     Points: 2495    
In no expert...and would definitely be interested in hearing from more knowledgeable folks...but I do know that several of the feeder creeks in that area are famous for bad mine acid drainage. I also know that a lot of good work has been done about this in recent years...but it is a huge task. In general I understand the upper river has been improving...
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 1/31/2017 2:41:51 PM     Points: 3347    
For sure there is fish. most of the creek is frozen over. If there are any open pools you should catch fish. Jigs and small raphalas work well.
Try and use barbless hooks cause fishing are not that big.
Good luck
 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: 1/31/2017 3:38:01 PM     Points: 171    
oh my yes. the whole creek along 70 and along 6 is silly with 7-10 inch browns, which is no big secret I'm revealing. most people don't want to fish there due to proximity to the interstate but anywhere you can find public water will get you plenty of small trout action in late summer and fall...and early spring. once snowmelt hits, i've always found CC much higher than most other streams and for a longer time but when it comes down to a nice wadeable level in august-oct I find myself going up along I 70 for the clear water and even some nice fall colors along the stream. I went there several times last fall using simple foam beetles and ants and making a killing, there is just rarely anything big. If you get on that access road around idaho springs that follows the creek upstream you can catch browns anywhere. the lower part near the springs have those man made riffles and steep skree banks that I don't love but when you go upstream further the stream is natural and quite pretty.
 Reply by: Jimmy Ice      Posted: 1/31/2017 5:08:41 PM     Points: 538    
As someone that fishes clear creek, bear creek, big thompson almost 2 a week in spring, summer and fall, I can tell you that Clear Creek as far as any size to the fish has diminished greatly. Now near Downeyville the fish have gotten a bit better than in the lower Clear Creek, but nothing worthy to talk about. The higher you go in Clear Creek the tougher it is to get into fish in my experiencing but a bit bigger in size, nothing more than a 12 inch fish and that is rare at best.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 1/31/2017 5:23:16 PM     Points: 7290    
You got your work cut out for you . . .better to jump through the tunnel and fish the Blue,below Dillon res.
 Reply by: Jimmy Ice      Posted: 1/31/2017 5:24:15 PM     Points: 538    

That is not even a discussion, I definitely agree. Easier fishing, more rewarding in size.
 Reply by: sailfish      Posted: 1/31/2017 7:02:37 PM     Points: 176    
There are lots in there and some good ones too. This past summer got a couple 14-15" and 1 17 1/2" brown
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 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 1/31/2017 7:27:48 PM     Points: 7290    
I lived on the Breckenridge side of Borryas pass back in the 70s . . .even with all the mining that went on in the area,there are quite a few little nice little places all over Summit cty and area that hold some great fish . . .from there I moved to a job in what is now Stagecoach res . .do you know there is a unfinished ski resort just south of Stagecoach res . . .it was going to be the U.S. olimipic ski training place.When I lived there,the res. was a pasture and there were still ski trails cut in the trees. Oak Creek was the hot spot on Saturday night!Take the road up the vally from Stagecoach and you will connect with red dirt on 131 . .theres some good little lakes back there too.

 Reply by: bron      Posted: 1/31/2017 9:14:16 PM     Points: 36927    
Check out Chicago Creek too.
 Reply by: bardkin      Posted: 1/31/2017 10:34:41 PM     Points: 3907    
here is the most important info you should know about-

Clear creek has fish, and a decent amount of them. Mostly you wont find anything above 8-10 inches but sometimes you will. The further upstream you go the smaller the average size. *mostly*. It fishes like the Poudre- you have to look for deep cuts after a good bend, they always seem to be right between the run and the riffle.

Because it is predominately Browns and Cut-bows, you will have a better time from spring into fall than any other time of year.

This also means that you have to be wary of the Yuppie raft and kiaker clans that migrate all summer long from the casino to the lower tunnel.
The creek is not all that big for a boat and a fisherman to share the river so it can be frustrating.

Also be advised that Black Hawk recently demolished some building(s) and that area might not be a great place for some time. Idaho Springs will yield a longer stretch with less people on it but it is a demanding hike up and down banks to and from your vehicle.

Physically frustrating, yet the reward can sometimes be well worth the effort in my opinion.
 Reply by: Mr MVP      Posted: 3/8/2017 8:34:40 PM     Points: 55    
Roger that on the rafters. I was fishing a nice spot below Central City Parkway last summer when they started coming through. One company used my spot as a place to encourage folks to slip over the side into the water and practice getting back in. All while I was standing there flyrod in hand. Ah well, it's all our water after all and somebody was working when I was only enjoying the day.
 Reply by: Mr MVP      Posted: 3/25/2017 1:09:10 PM     Points: 55    
I have caught fish in Clear Creek all the way up to just below Georgetown Lake dam. Almost all small browns with a what I assumed to be stocker rainbow now and then. A friend from the DOW told me you could find Snake River Cutthroat in that area below Georgetown but he must be a better fisherman than me. Above Idaho Springs the river is channeled a lot with steeper rip-rap banks so a little harder to access and to fish. That stream still sustains a reasonable population of Browns. Anything over 12 inches is a great catch. It does seem to run really high throughout the runoff season. High enough to preclude any wading.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 3/25/2017 6:51:28 PM     Points: 3347    
Fishing in clear creek is good from Loveland ski area all the way to golden. Mostly small fish 5 to 14 inches. If you can find a spot that nobody fished there will be big fish in there. Last season caught 1 cutthroat that was over 20 inches. Have fished the creek all my life and it's fishing the best it ever had and there is rainbows living in the water which means the water is getting cleaner. Please catch and release. The fish are not that big and who wants to eat a fish that lives next to i 70.
Good luck and catch the$!* out of them. Let us know how you do.
Tight lines
Fished it today and posted a report and a couple pics
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 3/25/2017 6:55:23 PM     Points: 3347    
Last season they stocked the green back into hermans gulch. This last ice season on George town I caught a hand full. Those fish should always be put back. The creek has a few different species

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