Information provided by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
•Catch of the Week - Do you have a Catch of the Week? Submit your Catch of the Week photos to The Durango Herald. E-mail pictures to [email protected], drop them off at 1275 Main Ave. in downtown Durango or mail them to Outdoors, The Durango Herald, P.O. Drawer A, Durango, CO 81302.
•Animas River - The river is running clear, and fishing is good. Cast near holes along the bank for brown trout; rainbows prefer faster water. Anglers should be ready to try a variety of flies - caddis, nymphs and stimulators. Frequent afternoon storms turn the water off color, so try wooly buggers when the water is cloudy.
•Conejos River - Flows on the Conejos are 900 cfs on the lower river and 327 cfs below Platoro. Fishing conditions are improving, and the water is clear on most days. The salmon fly hatch has started. Angling techniques include nymphing and dry-droppers (e.g. attractor patterns in combination with a stonefly or other nymph), spinner fishing and bait. The Conejos has two sections of special fishing regulation waters. The first is from the upper boundary of Aspen Glade campground to Menkhaven Resort: artificial flies only and a daily bag and possession limit of two trout 16 inches or longer. The second is from the confluence of the South Fork to the lower bridge at Platoro: artificial flies and lures only with a daily bag and possession limit of two trout 16 inches or longer.
•Dolores River (lower) - Fishing in the Dolores River below the dam is showing promise. DOW fish surveys have captured a number of nice-sized brown and rainbow trout near the dam. The section is stocked, but few fish reproduce naturally because of the low water level and water temperature. To monitor the flows, log on to the Dolores Water Conservancy District Web site at www:doloreswater.com/
•Dolores River (upper) - Fish the river high in the drainage, above and below Rico, where public access is available and the fish habitat is good. Small dry flies and nymphs are working well. Much of the lower part of the river is private.
•East River - Tuesday morning's flow at Almont was 1,260 cfs.
•Echo Canyon Reservoir - Fishing for trout has been good for anglers using worms and light-colored lures. With weather becoming warmer, fishing for panfish is picking up. This is a great place to take kids to give them fish-catching experience.
•Gunnison River (below Crystal Dam) - Flows are expected to stay at this current level of 130 cfs. Clarity is back to Gunnison Green. Midge fans jump in, fishing's been good.
•Gunnison River (through the canyon) - The flow in the Gunnison Gorge is 1,130 cfs. Fishing is good, and conditions remain the same as last week. Fishermen in the Gunnison Gorge are using Terrestials, Hoppers, Caddis and Yellow Sallies and all streamers plus Autumn Splendor. Mayflies are hot. Large Hoppers in orange and yellow have been hot this week. Golden Stones are being used along with Chernobyl Ants, Caddis and emergers. Water clarity is very good. The North Fork is now low enough to wade.
•Jackson Gulch Reservoir - Fishing is good to excellent for rainbow trout 10-12 inches with a few fish 16-20 inches being caught. Surface activity picks up in evenings and under cloud cover. Inline spinners and various colors of Power Bait have been the favorites along the north and west shores and at the inlet. Fishing for small yellow perch is good with worms along the dam and in the quarry on the west side. All trailered boats must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species prior to launch. Inspectors are available at the park. For more information, call 533-7065 or visit www.parks.state.co.us.
•La Jara Creek - Fishing on La Jara Creek has been good for brown trout. Some insect hatches have been occurring on the creek, and fly-fishing with dry-dropper combinations has worked well. Fishing also has been good on worms and spinners. Flows are good, and the water is clear.
•Los Pinos River - The river above Vallecito Reservoir is accessible only on foot and requires a hike of more than a mile from the trailhead. Anglers who hike farther will see more rewards. Below the reservoir, the river runs through private property.
•McPhee Reservoir - Fishing for trout has been very good. Anglers also have been enjoying some good activity for smallmouth bass, crappie and some walleyes. Please remember that all smallmouth and largemouth bass 10-15 inches long must be returned to the lake immediately. However, anglers should keep fish that are less than 10 inches. Boat inspections are conducted from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sagehen ramp.
•Navajo Reservoir - Water temperature is 74 degrees. Lots of boaters are enjoying the lake. Bass and pike fishing is fair on buzzbaits early in the morning and late in the day. Catfish fishing is slow on cutbait. Trout fishing is picking up on the Piedra and San Juan arms. The water is very clear.
•Piedra River - The Piedra is running clear, and hatches are plentiful at this time of year. The river, however, receives a lot of pressure. Anglers who are willing to hike a couple of miles off the road will be rewarded. Be prepared to try a variety of wet- and dry-fly
•Platoro Reservoir - Fishing has been good for rainbow trout and fair for Kokanee salmon. Anglers have been catching trout on Power Bait and worms. Fishing pressure has been moderate. The water level is high, and the boat ramp is usable. Boaters use caution while boating. Several floating hazards, such as logs, are in the reservoir.
•Ridgway Reservoir - The lake is going down quickly. The water temperature is in the upper 60s, and the fishing is still good. Some 45,000 catchable-sized trout have been stocked over the past few months. A 12-pound brown trout was caught at the end of July on Power Bait. Boaters are starting to pick up Kokanee on pink needle fish. Bank anglers have been doing well using night crawlers, red salmon eggs and silver or gold Kastmasters.
•Rio Grande River - The river is clear and dropping. Monday's flow was 479 cfs at Del Norte. The willow fly hatch is over. Green and gray drake mayflies and caddisflies are hatching in morning and afternoon. Fishing is good using green drake dry-fly patterns, parachute adams and elk-hair caddis.
•San Juan high country lakes, streams - The high country lakes and streams are open, and fishing is good. Use small spinners, dry flies and nymphs. Fishing the high lakes requires a stealthy approach and presentation. Fish spots with rocky drop-offs. In the streams, don't be afraid to get your feet wet.
•San Juan River - The San Juan is running clear, although afternoon showers will cause the water to discolor. Caddis emergers, dry flies and nymphs are safe bets.
•Taylor Reservoir - Fishing is fabulous right now. The rainbows are everywhere between 15 and 30 feet. Trolling with Cowbells and nightcrawlers is effective. The lake trout are 60 feet or deeper. Trolling with lures tipped with a worm is the best. Shore fishing is tough because the lake is full. Pike are biting in the afternoon when there is a little ripple on the lake.
•Taylor River - Tuesday morning's flows were 773 cfs at Almont and 496 cfs below Taylor Dam, both down from last week. The lower river is clear, but wading can be a challenge. Fast-water fishing has been good, however, with stonefly nymphs, streamers and other large patterns. The tailwater below Taylor Dam also is more difficult to fish at a still-high flow, but trout are tuned in to the Mysis shrimp and other feed coming down from the reservoir.
•Vallecito Reservoir - The reservoir is full, so the fish have plenty of room to spread out. Anglers have reported success for rainbow trout averaging 15 inches. Smallmouth bass also have become active along the shore. Fishing for northern pike traditionally has been productive. A mercury advisory has been issued for consumption of northern pike from the lake.
•Williams Creek Reservoir - Fishing is best in the early morning and at dusk. The best fishing is at the inlet and near the dam. Use worms, power bait and small spinners in the reservoir. Small flies and nymphs are best for the creek below the lake.