Local Fishing Remains Strong Thru June
The warmer temperatures have been melting the snow and filling up the local streams and rivers, although many area reservoirs remain at historic low levels, something Lake County residents have become accustomed to, in recent years.Local 2-year-old Madison Fisher gets ready to cast her line at Turquoise Lake.
But for fishermen (and women!) the opportunities to catch the big one remain strong through June.
One note of information before the Fishing Report:
The Turquoise Lake Boat Ramp officially OPENED YESTERDAY!
However, there still is NO POTABLE WATER available at Turquoise Lake. Therefore campers, fisherman, boaters, hikers, or any outdoor enthusiasts using the Turquoise Lake recreational area should make sure they come with a potable water supply.
And now here’s Tim Hill from Colorado Fly Fishing Guides in downtown Leadville with the local fishing news:
Upper Arkansas River (Between Buena Vista and Leadville) – For this week we expect run off to be in full swing. Clarity is returning to the Upper Arkansas River. It should be noted that there have been accelerated releases from Twin Lakes so flows below the Lake Creek Confluence have been dramatically raised, but the good news that comes with this is that the water being released has also dramatically improved clarity. High water conditions do exist so your focus should be on the edges – just off the bank, and velocity breaks. Also concentrate on side channels and tributaries coming into the main channel. With enhanced flows, pocket water along the rocky banks must be found in order to fish from Granite to Buena Vista. Dry/dropper rigs can be used to cover the shallower perimeter and nymphing can be effective for the deeper pockets and seams. Fly selection should include caddis and attractor patterns on top and stone fly, and caddis pupa and/or emergers underneath the surface.
Don’t forget that the Leadville/Lake County vicinity also offers a great variety of still water as well:
Crystal Lake/Hayden Reservoir/Emerald Lake – These smaller ponds are fun to fish and have recently been stocked. These are great places to target rising or cruising trout and the hatches right now revolve around midge and choronomid patterns. The callibaetis and damsels should be coming off soon!
Turquoise Lake – Good action has been reported at Turquoise at the dam and the inlet with typical baits, kastmasters, and dynamic hd trout lures. Good action also reported on streamers for the fly fisherman. The lake is filling fast and the boat ramp is expected to open on Fri. June 14th at 6 a.m. Make sure to present a clean and dry boat for mandatory inspection for invasive aquatic species. Note:
Due to damage over the winter there is no running water available at Turquoise Lake. Campers should make sure they come with a potable water supply.
Twin Lakes – Fishing action has been reported to be good for rainbows and cutthroat near the dam, the power plant, and the boat ramp. Fishing for mackinaw has been focused more towards the inlet at the upper lake. Dexter point boat ramp is open from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week – please present a clean and dry boat for mandatory inspections for aquatic invasive species.