Fishing Report for the Arkansas River

 

 

Arkansas River Fishing Report

 

 

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Festival

 

 

February 20th, 2019

Lower River (Canon City through Salida)

 

General Overview

Its been alot like winter here this week, with high temperatures only in the 30's. Good news on the horizon, however, with highs in the 40's and 50's for the rest of the week. Next week looks abnormally warm for late February, so from this weekend on, we should have some nice options in Canon City and Upper Bighorn Canyon.

Water temps have been fluctuating with cooler weather, which will affect the fishing dramatically. Its best to focus on warm days that are preceded by a warm overnight low. In addition focus your efforts between the hours of 11AM and 3PM. 

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Stream Conditions

Wellsville Flowrate: 282 CFS

Canon City Flowrate: 352 CFS 

Clarity: Clear (On Warm Days some Shelf Ice Melt will stain the water from Texas Creek Downstream)

The VFMP (Voluntary Flow Management Program) is in effect now with around 80cfs of release out of Twin Lakes. We will continue to see some augmented release due to the current snowpack levels (over 100%) in order to make room for incoming snow melt in Late May. 

 

Suggested Methods

We're moving out of winter into Late Spring on the Arkansas River Basin. While there will be some cold, less opportune days to be on the river...remember, that the Lower Basin is in the Banana Belt of Colorado and receives much warmer weather than much of the state. Watch the weather and look for days in the 40's and 50's with overnight lows around 30 degrees...those will be the days when you can expect fair productivity. On the bug scene, much of what we focus on is in the Midge lifecycle along with our standard staples of Stoneflies, Caddis Larva and BWO nymphs. Focus your efforts on the substrate in deeper tail-outs. 

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Upper River (Salida through Leadville) 

 

General Overview

Its been rather cold on the Upper Basin for the last 2-3 weeks, alot like winter. However, it looks like things will come around a bit later this week and the longterm forecast looks very positive. Still, your best options will be in Upper Bighorn Canyon or Canon City until we get into March. 

 

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: ICE

Granite Flowrate: ICE

Salida Flowrate: 245 CFS

Clarity: Clear

The VFMP (Voluntary Flow Management Program) is finished for the year and flows are now at close to native on the Arkansas Freestone. Clarity is perfect, while flows are lower than average and closer to our early Springtime levels.

Suggested Methods

We're moving out of winter into Late Spring on the Arkansas River Basin. The Upper River can be a tough go of it for much of the Winter Season, but we'll start to see some warming trends. On the bug scene, much of what we focus on is in the Midge lifecycle along with our standard staples of Stoneflies, Caddis Larva and BWO nymphs. Focus your efforts on the substrate in deeper tail-outs. 

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