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Lake: Shadow Mountain Reservoir
River: Colorado River - Below Shadow Mountain

Spillway Advice

Post By: efisher127      Posted: 6/18/2018 1:01:14 PM     Points: 0    
Hello everyone, I'll be heading out to the spillway fly fishing this weekend. Does anyone know what to use and what species of fish live there? I've heard kokanee salmon, lake trout, and (maybe) splake get washed out of the dam and can be caught in the river. Is this true this time of year (June)? If not, what species are there? Just rainbows and browns? Thanks for any help!
 Reply by: jman      Posted: 6/18/2018 2:46:38 PM     Points: 2248
We have caught a lot of salmon. Fish deep rigs with mysis shrimp.
 Reply by: efisher127      Posted: 6/18/2018 3:51:10 PM     Points: 0
Thanks for the response! I'll really enjoy trying to catch salmon!

I thought of another question, though: should I stand next to the fence on the ledge over the river, walk down to the rocky area right next to the river, or walk down stream a bit? I am trying to add some species to my fly fishing species list, so I'd really like to catch kokanees and lakers fly fishing if possible.

Also, are there any other locations where lakers or splake can be caught fly fishing this time of year? Preferably in the Granby-Grand Lake area.

Thanks so much!
 Reply by: jman      Posted: 6/19/2018 8:10:30 AM     Points: 2248
Stand and fish on the rocks below. Down river can be very good at times. I highly doubt you will get a laker in the spillway you will have a better chance in the pump canal. I catch a lot of them right at the lake when the water is pumping.
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 6/19/2018 8:58:04 AM     Points: 411
Lakers can be had on the fly nearly anywhere there are lake trout. Either fish chironomids or streamers.
 Reply by: efisher127      Posted: 6/19/2018 10:44:09 AM     Points: 0
Thanks everyone!

By any chance is there a way I could know if the pump canal is running before I get there? Thanks!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 6/19/2018 2:06:31 PM     Points: 48654
We just came from there, looked like its running.
 Reply by: JustinCredible26      Posted: 6/22/2018 6:10:56 AM     Points: 88
While I am not a fly fisherman, I fish the spillway every year with consistent success. I have caught several lakers, but they are always near the concrete of the spillway. There are good sized rainbows, very nice browns, some splake, suckers and the occasional kok. Over the years I have seen less and less salmon and more browns. As you move down from the spillway, there is a large rock that sits right in the middle of the river, fish around that to start, if you have no success there, go just around that first bend and you should do just fine.
 Reply by: Little D      Posted: 6/22/2018 1:03:38 PM     Points: 554
San juan worms, annelids, zebra midges, egg patterns, leech patterns, and wooly buggers have all caught fish for me. Dont forget to bring some dry flies too!
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