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River: South Platte - Downtown Denver

Where To Look And Cast

Post By: MaxVerstappen33      Posted: 2/26/2020 2:37:54 AM     Points: 1833    
I live literally 3 blocks away from the Platte River and so naturally I have tried to hit it a multitude of times and a bunch of places and have foul hooked exactly one carp. I was wondering if anybody could point me towards where the river gets a little deep or give me some pointers on how to read a river.

I have heard that Confluence Park is a good spot but I would just like to hear any tips really and they are all definitely appreciated! Thank you for reading my post and good luck this season everybody!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 26, 3:16:05 AM     Points: 7090    
Confluence park may be empty now,but come warmer weather its a zoo . . . .
a lost hook there will turn up in a kids foot.
EDIT: If you go to Confluence park in the heat of summer you will find hundreds of people wadeing,swimming,ect.
The C.C. side has little to no fish in it as its a trickle to 8 in deep flow and not a real good fish support system . . .the S. Platte side has more oppertunitys back up stream all the way to Chatfield,there are fish to be caught all the way downstream from Chatty to Nebraska.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Feb. 26, 10:00:22 AM     Points: 6130    
Downstream of Confluence there are quite a few chutes and holes that hold fish. You'll find carp, suckers, trout, bass, walleye, and catfish (abundance is more or less in that order). Don't feel bad about fishing that area, a kid is far more likely to step on a needle or get sick from E coli than ever find a lost fishing hook. I do not recommend wet-wading.

There's plenty of good water between Chatfield and Confluence as well. Focus on areas with chutes, bridges, or where the river meanders around a little bit.

Fish with flies or lures. Powerbait or worms are not effective.

Reading the water is an acquired skill, made best by going with people who know what they're doing and getting out there yourself. Good luck!
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Feb. 27, 7:34:36 AM     Points: 1866    
Theres a bike trail all along the river. Try riding it to find better water fish around the bridges. Look for channels, ledges and drops. Carp can be a blast on a fly rod and are plentiful. They are especially fun when they are double digits and plus 30”. Zebra midges San Juan’s are typically the main fair. 16 -18 hooks #12 San Juan. Red and wine.
 Reply by: Nmnm      Posted: Feb. 28, 5:05:27 PM     Points: 0    
Platte is a hard river. If you send me your email I can offer up some starting points biased on hitting it hard for 14+...