Fishing Report for the Arkansas River

 

Arkansas River Fishing Report

 

 

 

 

May 24th, 2024

 

Arkansas River (Lower Freestone Basin)

 

General Overview

The Flyshop is OPEN all Memorial Weekend for your fishing needs...alot of great options right now, swing by and we'll point you in the right direction!

Well folks, we're about a week into runoff...but, the clarity is holding very strong in Bighorn Canyon and even better from Salida upstream! We've got fishability from stem to stern today and flows are right around 1200 cfs in Bighorn. With very warm weather for the foreseeable future, its unlikely that these surprisingly strong conditions will hold beyond this long Memorial Weekend until clearing edges show up post-runoff...so get out and take advantage while it lasts. If temperatures remain hot and the majority of the snowpack comes down in the next 3 weeks or so...we'll likely see some great edge clarity the 3rd or 4th week of June in Bighorn Canyon. That clearing edges time period, or "fishing in a barrel" window can be some truly magical fishing. Get ready for a phenomenal Summer season on the Ark!

*Remember that we have a bunch of awesome options in our neck of the woods when runoff does arrives on the main stem Arkansas...particularly phenomenal small water options, along with stillwater, and tailwater venues. Check out our latest video above to explore and learn more about the myriad of other options in our area. We're guiding every day...give us a shout for the best options (888) 994-6743

 

Availability is getting tight for guide trips during Summer Primetime! Call us today to get a trip on the books if that is something you're considering! 719-371-4530
 

 

Questions? Call us (719) 371-4530 or CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Stream Conditions

Wellsville Flowrate: 1200 CFS

Cañon City Flowrate: 1290 CFS 

Clarity- 2' or more...flows are stable for the moment and suprisingly fishable on the edges

 

Suggested Methods

Fish can certainly be caught even in high offcolor water. Check out our "big water" video report below for in-depth details. The basic concept is that fish certainly push to areas of least resistance as water rises and during runoff conditions. Showing fish larger/ darker contrasting flies or streamers will be the best method. Think rubberleg stones, squirmy worms, blowtorches, crane fly larva, etc. Fish will be opportunistic and are certainly still feeding. Wade the edges safely and get after it!

 

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (719) 371-4530 to talk to us directly...

 

   

 

 

 

Arkansas River (Upper Freestone Basin)

 

General Overview

A brief reprieve from the hot weather has stabilized flows on the Upper Basin and we've got 2-3ft of visibility in Salida and the river is clear above Buena Vista...likely offering up some good edge fishing options for this long weekend! We will likely see runoff resume with warmer weather in the forecast, but for now...get out and enjoy with dry/ dropper or nymphing on the edges! If temperatures remain hot and the majority of the snowpack comes down in the next 3 weeks or so...we'll likely see some great edge clarity the 3rd or 4th week of June. That clearing edges time period, or "fishing in a barrel" window can be some truly magical fishing. Get ready for a phenomenal Summer season on the Ark!

*Remember that we have a bunch of awesome options in our neck of the woods when runoff does arrives on the main stem Arkansas...particularly phenomenal small water options, along with stillwater, and tailwater venues. Check out our latest report above to explore learn more about the myriad of other options in our area. We're guiding every day...give us a shout for the best options (888) 994-6743

 

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: 131 CFS

Below Granite Flowrate: 1010 CFS

Salida Flowrate: 1030 CFS

 

Clarity- 3ft of Viz from Buena Vista upstream, 2ft or more through Salida

 

 

 

Suggested Methods

Fish can certainly be caught even in higher stained/ offcolor water. Check out our "late Spring & Big Water" video report above for in-depth details. The basic concept is that fish certainly push to areas of least resistance as water rises and during runoff conditions. Showing fish larger/ darker contrasting flies or streamers will be the best method. Think rubberleg stones, squirmy worms, blowtorches, crane fly larva, etc. Fish will be opportunistic and are certainly still feeding. Wade the edges safely and get after it!

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (719) 269-3474 to talk to us directly...

 

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