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River: Yampa River - Steamboat to Hayden
Fish: Smallmouth Bass

Yampa River help

Post By: Dabindaniel      Posted: 5/23/2020 11:04:14 AM     Points: 152    
Iím trying to plan a trip to the Yampa River to try to get on some smallmouth as I hear it does pretty well. But Iíve heard a lot about the Cpw and their efforts to kill off the population of smallies and pike. Is it worth a dang to even fish it anymore? If so is there a few spots worth dropping by? I can give my email if you dint want to blast a spot. Thanks in advance!
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: 5/23/2020 1:24:22 PM     Points: 1115    
If you are going to the Yampa try Elkhead Reservoir four miles East of Craig. I have had very good SM fishing there. Be prepared for the pike.
 Reply by: Dabindaniel      Posted: 5/24/2020 7:02:40 AM     Points: 152    
Thanks for the tip. Do ya by chance know the warming cycle for this lake? Iím coming from the front range. Does elk head take a while to heat up?
 Reply by: RPG      Posted: 5/24/2020 11:02:42 AM     Points: 10934    
Here is an Elkhead report submitted yesterday.

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Operation Game Thief
Call to report illegal fishing/hunting:
1-877-265-6648
(1-877-COLO-OGT)
or:
Email CPW