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Father's Day Fishing

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 6/22/2021 7:10:17 PM     Points: 77    
Had a great time out in the hot weather with my dad and brother on Father's Day. The Colorado River is still flowing with runoff, although it is certainly subsiding a lot per day. Water clarity is getting back to normal as well.
Dynamic Lures HD Trout were catching all the fish this day.

We had a lot of fun out despite losing a bunch of fish, strange day where all three of us probably lost more then we landed but again, still good to be out with family fishing.

Video link below and pics as always. Lots of dinks in this one, did the river just get stocked?

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 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Jun. 23, 6:55:00 AM     Points: 1106    
Rivers are starting to look really good.
You got me curious to look at the CPW stocking report. They're pretty good about keeping it up to date, at least for trout.

Looks like they dumped some in the Arkansas (SE) recently, but I didn't see anything on your river.

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 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Jun. 23, 9:18:58 AM     Points: 299    
i just wish water temps werent super dangerous in our rivers right now or else id be out..ive heard of friends seeing dozens of dead trout on the CO from temps

63-70 degrees above glenwood [log in for link] above 63 can be fatal to trout

just wondering, did you take temp where you were fishing? is it staying cool further west...? i need some river time but dont want to fish a tailwater..
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jun. 23, 11:41:33 AM     Points: 89    
I don't think the temps are high yet--with that runoff still happening. Riiiiight?
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Jun. 23, 12:03:43 PM     Points: 299    
greg, not sure if youre being sarcastic but i mean you can always check, like the link i sent, water temps have been over 63 deg on multiple sections of the colorado river for some time now (and hitting/exceeding 70 commonly)...we are well past peak runoff on all rivers across the state

its extremely low and its been very hot, just trying to share a word of caution bc ive heard of large fish kills on upper C and only a matter of time (read now) until it starts happening mid/lower C
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jun. 23, 12:11:10 PM     Points: 89    
The pic on the far right looks like the river is still discolored and running high. My bad if we are seeing late August temps already.......... Let the guys have fun anyway........
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Jun. 23, 12:18:39 PM     Points: 299    
just because water is off color doesnt mean its not at a lethal temp for catching trout

im saying this because there are currently big fish kills going on on the CO and have been for literally weeks.....warm water species are fine

just trying to give a word of caution to anglers to check water temps and know that youre doing damage to trout when fishing when its over 63 deg

there are plenty of lakes and warm water species to fish for that wont be nearly as affected as trout in these hot water rivers

trying to protect fish and spread information is i said....big fish kills already friend saw 20 dead trout while floating the colorado last week because of temps...and the water is only getting hotter

theres a difference between *let the boys have fun* and protecting a resource by being an informed angler...theres a reason the state does voluntary and non voluntary fishing closures every year now

was just asking if COFF was aware of temps/what they were where he was fishing, because sure id love to go fish the CO right now, but im holding back as to not kill off fish during this drought we are experiencing (especially on the CO)...and i am unaware where there are fishable temps on the CO right now

im not trying to be rude...i just dont think many anglers are informed on how dangerous midday temps are on these rivers for fish this year
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jun. 23, 12:40:22 PM     Points: 77    

Thanks for the link Barnacles! It was just odd to catch such tiny fish that day when we've never caught fish even close to that small before. Probably just coincidence lol.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: Jun. 23, 12:45:17 PM     Points: 422    
Could be if water temps are that high that a lot of the bigger fish have run up the Roaring Fork where temps are usually a little lower. Just guessing that might be the case???
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jun. 23, 12:47:27 PM     Points: 77    

Hey 3way! I can only tell from feel since I don't have a water thermometer. I think the reason that i've never invested in one is because when the runoff is reaching the end I typically stop fishing rivers anyway until Fall and retreat to high elevation fishing. The water felt pretty dam cold still. I had a moment where I fell into the river and filled my waders and it wasn't anywhere near comfortable even with it being a warm day. The section of rivers in my area are still flowing very fast and aren't low at all (although the rivers have been dropping of course per day). I certainly understand your concern and only can go off of what I feel and it didn't feel like temps for LMB to spawn in, so to speak. My father fishes EVERY day and hasn't seen a single dead fish on shore in my area and I can say the same from my recent outings. The rivers are also flooded with fly fisherman and guided trips, if that is a testament to anything? Again, I can certainly understand and appreciate your concern toward the fish and temps. Let me know what you think

PS Thanks for sharing that link
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jun. 23, 12:49:38 PM     Points: 77    

Thanks for commenting SirGreg!! I can only go off of feel and it seemed adequate. Typically I don't have to worry about this as I'm in the high elevations by now normally. Father's day is typically the mark of the end of river fishing for me at low elevation till Fall anyway.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jun. 23, 12:50:04 PM     Points: 77    

That's a fair and probably accurate assumption.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jun. 23, 1:01:18 PM     Points: 89    
Team Cough,, You guys just keep doing what you're doing. Fry em up on the bank or release them. You are doing it the right way. BTW, be really careful because feline AIDS is up this year................ Kidding. Later....
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jun. 23, 1:28:42 PM     Points: 64427    
I want to see the video where you got all wet!
You could do an end of the year bloopers video or something!

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