Fishing Report for the Arkansas River

 

 

Arkansas River Fishing Report

 

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November 27th, 2020

 

Arkansas River (Lower Freestone Basin)

 

General Overview

We hope you all had a fantastic and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. Saturday (tomorrow) has a forecasted high of 60...now that's something to take advantage of this time of year! The weather looks a bit cooler next week (more typical for November), that being said there are still plenty of 50 degree days and overnight lows aren't bad...so, Bighorn Canyon and Cañon City will continue to offer anglers some nice options.

The "Winter Flow Management Program" began around the first of the month, which introduced just under 100cfs of release out of Twin Lakes into the river. This will continue through February in order to make room for incoming snowmelt in the Spring. Overall conditions are excellent, it really still looks alot like Fall out there, no ice issues anywhere, exceptional clarity and continued bug activity in the Pseudo Baetis and Midge categories.

 

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Stream Conditions

Wellsville Flowrate: 374 CFS 

Cañon City Flowrate: 380 CFS 

Clarity: Gin Clear

 

The *Winter Flow Management Program has begun which introduces a pretty good release out of Twin Lakes via Lake Creek into the river. This program is in place to move water downstream and open up capacity in our upstream reservoirs for snowmelt next Spring. We probably won't see much more than 400cfs at the Wellsville gauge this winter, with a dry winter forecast and not much carryover from last season...but more water in the system does keep water temps more consistent and typically allows for less shelf ice formation.

 

Arkansas Tailwater Fly Fishing Guide

 

Suggested Methods

With this very temperate weather, its still acting like Fall Fishing on the Freestone! Fish continue to be very opportunistic during low-light time periods on Streamers and Dry/Dropper rigs. The bug menu consists of continued strong Pseudo Baetis (Fall BWOs), Tricos, Leeches, and the full lifecycle of the Midge. Immature Stoneflies and Caddis Larva are always part of the program, especially as attractor flies in nymphing rigs. As the Brown Trout population enters post-spawn look for them to be in deeper tailouts for much of the day, moving into riffles to feed on any emerging insect life. In short, however, be prepared to cover the entire water column depending on weather and conditions. 

 

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 (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

 

Interactive Arkansas River Map

 

 

 

Arkansas River (Upper Freestone Basin)

 

General Overview

*Note: Please CLICK HERE for Chaffee County’s current restrictions and guidance for recreation.

Although things are a quite a bit cooler on the Upper Basin, this Holiday week will present a handful of strong days to get out there and have fun. Its a small bug game from Salida upstream, so bring your A game!

 

Stream Conditions

Granite Flowrate: 191 CFS

Salida Flowrate: 338 CFS

Clarity: Clear 


 

Suggested Methods

  The bug menu consists of continued strong Pseudo Baetis (Fall BWOs), Tricos, Leeches, and the full lifecycle of the Midge. Immature Stoneflies and Caddis Larva are always part of the program, especially as attractor flies in nymphing rigs. As the Brown Trout population enters post-spawn look for them to be in deeper tailouts for much of the day, moving into riffles to feed on any emerging insect life. In short, however, be prepared to cover the entire water column depending on weather and conditions. 

 

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 (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

 



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