DOW Apr. 22 Fishing Report
For winter-weary fishermen across much of Colorado, the waiting goes on. While the ice is gone from many lakes and reservoirs, and many others are showing signs of the spring thaw, ice-out on many key waters still is days or weeks away.
Early in the week, ice fishing still was possible on the North Park reservoirs, the lakes around Granby, the major South Park impoundments and the lakes around Leadville, though some slivers of open water were appearing around the edges of some. Blue Mesa Reservoir still had some ice, but ice fishing was not recommended. Rampart Reservoir along the Front Range had thick ice, and popular higher-elevation waters such as Sylvan Lake and O’Haver, Barker and Georgetown reservoirs had at least some remaining ice cover.
High-mountain lakes in the Flattops Wilderness and other regions still had lots of ice, and access roads and trails still were blocked by snow.
Even so, winter inevitably is loosening its grip. Evergreen Lake and many other Front Range lakes are newly ice-free, and some already have been stocked with trout.
On the lowlands, though the ice is long-gone from warm-water lakes, water temperatures remain in the mid to upper 40s, still too cold for truly good fishing for walleyes, bass, catfish, crappie and wipers. Some have been showing some signs of life, however. Pueblo Reservoir’s water temperature is in the mid-50s, and crappie and smallmouth bass are becoming active. On others, such as the reservoirs near Fort Collins, recently stocked trout remain the primary attraction, though with warming weather the warm-water fishing could take off in another week or two.
Stream fishermen, meanwhile, are seeing signs of the spring runoff on most free-flowing rivers. Evens so, upper reaches of the White, Eagle and Roaring Fork, among others, remain fishably clear. While the sections of river below a dam generally remain fishable, flows have been increased on many, including the Blue below Dillon Dam and the Arkansas below Pueblo.
With conditions changing almost daily, calling ahead before making a trip becomes especially important.