Residents are invited to learn how to target walleye and crappie at Jumbo Reservoir in Julesburg, one of Colorado’s top angling lakes, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
This class will give you some basic techniques and for targeting warm water fish around the country.
Participants will not only learn how to catch fish, but also how to fillet them. Instructors will prepare and offer some fish to eat at the clinic.
Participants should meet in the parking area along the dam on the east side of the lake. All anglers 16 years old and older will need a valid fishing license. Licenses will not be sold at the clinic. Participants should bring plenty of water and snacks. All fishing equipment will be supplied, or feel free to bring your own.
Registration is required. Registration fee is $10 for an individual or $20 for a family. Contact Alex Doehling at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the registration process.
Antero Reservoir: Water temperatures continue to warm. Fishing has remained consistent since the lake opened to boating, with fish becoming more active. Reports include nice browns being caught, as well as a few real quality cutbows.
Barr Lake: Fishing has remained tough for anglers. Anglers have reported limited success catching walleye on jig heads and grubs. A few trout have been caught from anglers trolling crankbaits.
Boyd Lake: Anglers targeting walleye are having the most success trolling the basin of the reservoir in 20 to 25 feet of water. A few nice white bass have been caught while trolling for the walleye. Anglers fishing the north end of the reservoir have had success catching shallow bass, as they prepare for the spawn with warming water temperatures. The main boat ramp and Heron Cover (north) ramp are open for launching. Boat inspectors will be available at the ANS Inspection Station from 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from May through Labor Day.
Deckers and Cheesman Canyon: The last few days of warm weather have the flows (409 cf/s) increased from melting snow. The warmer weather also means that the caddis hatches are becoming more consistent. Anglers have been having some success on caddis dry flies, as well as some success on other mayfly dry patterns. A majority of the success comes from nymphing smaller mayfly patterns or stonefly patterns, such as pheasant tails or prince nymphs.
Eleven Mile Reservoir: Recent reports for trout fishing is that it has been slow overall. A few nice trout have been landed on a variety of lures, however no consistent bites to report. Anglers fishing from shore have had the most success moving around to find the active fish. As with the other South Park area reservoirs, wind can be a factor. Anglers have success fishing the wind-blown side of the lake and points where the warmer water and bait will be pushed due to wind and the larger fish quickly follow.
Jackson Lake: Water temperature at Jackson Lake is 54 degrees. The water has cleared from the recent algae bloom. Fishermen are reporting success along the north shore in shallower areas of the lake. Walleye are doing fair, while wipers are being reported as good. Most wipers are under the 15-inch limit, however, fishermen are reporting catching high numbers of them. Twister tails and jigs are the lures of choice.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir: Pike anglers have been having success targeting larger fish by trolling jerk baits slow and near the new weed growth. Trout fishing has also remained good, with trout becoming more and more active as the water warms. Trout have been caught on a wide variety of lures, but the jerk baits still seem to be the most consistent producers.
Tarryall Reservoir: Anglers have had some success targeting trout from shore. There are many techniques that will catch fish currently. Anglers have had success using PowerBait or artificial salmon eggs about 1 foot off the bottom. Anglers casting lures such as Kastmasters or Tasmanian Devils have also had success landing fish. The pike fishing remains inconsistent with the best producers being jerk baits or swimbaits. The pike have been reported in the shallows as the mid-day sun warms the shallow water much quicker.
Note: Reports supplied by Colorado Parks & Wildlife
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