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River: South Platte - Waterton Canyon

Waterton Canyon???

Post By: SDangler      Posted: 4/21/2017 3:45:41 PM     Points: 843    
I'm looking for some information on fishable highs and lows (in cfm's) for Waterton Canyon. Also, any info on conditions around the reconstructed diversion dam. Any intel is appreciated.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 4/21/2017 4:57:30 PM     Points: 6813    
"dwr.state.co.us/surfacewater/default.aspx"
Division one . . . .PLASTRCO.
If you work your way around in this site,you will be able to see past water flow/daily flow/monthly flow/yr. flow.
A wealth of info . . . .I use it to track other water flows that interest me.
 Reply by: SDangler      Posted: 4/24/2017 11:57:55 AM     Points: 843    
Any specifics on how many CFM's = fishable high or low???
 Reply by: richw88      Posted: 4/24/2017 12:42:32 PM     Points: 15    
It's not so much the flow in there as it is the recent change in flow. River tends to murk up after any abrupt rise or drop.
Also depends if you're fly, lure or bait fishing. Dries will work on the lowest flows, bait on intermediate, and lures a little higher.

Just go down and try it and take notes.
 Reply by: Stalls      Posted: 4/24/2017 2:24:27 PM     Points: 281    
Fished the first 4 miles on Easter with spinning gear, almost seemed devoid of fish at the current time. Worked just about every eddy, plunge pool and hiding place I could find. Im sure they are there somewhere but I never saw a bit of action. I dont wanna discourage as its a beautiful hike but I would recommend the deckers portion of the south platte if you have the time.
 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: 4/26/2017 7:46:50 AM     Points: 51    
Dangler, if I recall my notes, anything under 200 like it is now is pretty good especially if you ride a bike up higher and you have waders. it's been a couple years, but if you go up 4-5 miles at least and work a dry/dropper with a fly rod you can do well in the summer and fall but I don't know about spring. however, the dry/dropper approach has been working on streams everywhere for me this spring already so I would think it would work up there. that canyon just doesn't get the sun other places get so leave a bit later and find a stretch in the sun would be my other suggestions.