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Open Water Season is Here!

4/4/24 Fishing Report


Blue Mesa

We have had the Lake Fork boat ramp open for almost two weeks now. The NPS just put a dock in the water yesterday! Water level is sitting just 32ft down as of Monday, although they are dropping it a bit I have noticed, so probably more like 34ft as of today. This is 129% of average for this time of year. We have a good snow pack and expect a great season with a full lake. Elk Creek boat ramp is beginning to melt out and I anticipate it opening with in the next week or so.   We’ve had some action packed, open water trips out already and are expecting a great start to boating season.



The trout bite has been great catching fish both trolling the main body as well as casting and jigging shorelines. We are catching a good mix of browns and rainbows.


Lake trout

The lake trout are currently very spread out around the lake both in area and depth range, with our water temps holding around 36 degrees. However, there are some nice size fish being caught most days.



I have been finding large groups of Kokanee, they are moving fast and hard to pin point. This is a tough bite right now but should get better as the water temps warm up.


Rivers and streams

The rivers and streams are fishing well. We will have a short window here of some great fishing before runoff hits full swing. Flies as well as small jigs and spinners are producing. Keep in mind many of the river and stream areas are artificial fly and lure only and many have varying limits. We encourage catch and release when fishing outside the large reservoirs.


Ice Fishing

Taylor Reservoir, Lake San Cristobal, Antero Reservoir, Tarryall Reservoir, 11 mile, and Spinney are all still iced up. There are still some ice fishing opportunities but make sure you check conditions for yourself because they change very rapidly this time of year.


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