Local Memorial Day Weekend Fishing Report
Here’s the local Fishing Report brought to you by Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides, located in downtown Leadville. Thanks, Tim!
Be sure to stop in his shop and see the wide selection of flys and get some good fishing advice, or better yet, let Tim take you out himself!
Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista) – A spike in flows has corresponded with the spike in air temperatures, and as a result clarity has been affected. For more favorable flows, and improved clarity, stay above the Lake Creek confluence and fish in the afternoons when the cooler, less turbid water from the higher elevations is moving through. With heavier flows, heavier leaders and tippets should be considered while nymphing to reach the deeper water, and fly selection should stay centered around stone flies, caddis & may fly larvae, and blue wing or midge emergers. Surface activity in the upper reaches of the river may include BWO, midge, and caddis.
Turquoise Lake – Campgrounds and road is open. There is open water from the inlet to the islands. The lower, main part of the lake is still iced, however the edges are starting to open up and thawing should accelerate with consistent warm temperatures. Turquoise is extremely low, rendering the opening date for the boat ramps still to be determined.
Twin Lakes – Twin is completely thawed and the Dexter Point boat ramp is open for mandatory inspections seven days a week from 6a.m. – 8p.m. Make sure to present a clean and dry boat for inspection. Action for mackinaw has slowed, but moderate success has been reported for rainbows and cutthroats using kastmasters or powerbait at the dam, boat ramp or the power plant.
Forebay Reservoir – Very good action for rainbows has been reported on the southern end of the lake using worms, eggs, Kastmasters, and Panther Martins. Fly fisherman have also reported excellent streamer action on the Forebay.
Halfmoon Creek –Nice flows and good clarity currently is making Halfmoon Creek a nice option. Dry /dropper rigs fished along the banks and in the riffles will be productive. Watch for BWO, midge and caddis.
East Fork of the Arkansas – The flows have come up, but clarity remains good on the East Fork of the Ark, just north of Leadville. Dry / dropper rigs with caddis and may fly patterns will yield nice results.