Fishing Report for the Arkansas River

 

 

Arkansas River Fishing Report

 

 

Royal Gorge Anglers Christmas List

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**We hold the oldest permit on the Arkansas Tailwater, which will be our bread and butter from now through February 1. If you'd like to experience what a great fishery the tailwater is in the winter...book a day with one of our expert guides! (888) 994-6743 ext 2

 

December 12th, 2018

Lower River (Canon City through Salida)

 

General Overview

We've had a big warm up here in the Banana Belt. With highs in the 50's and even 60's, ice flows have ceased and we've got water temps in the 40's. It looks like we've got pretty consistent weather through the middle of next week...so there will be some great opportunities to get on the water!

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: 279 CFS

Canon City Flowrate: 318 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 has been very good, while flows are lower than average and closer to our early Springtime levels.

 

Suggested Methods

We've entered the Winter season 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. 

Ready to learn how to approach Winter fishing on the Arkansas? Call us (888) 994-6743 to book a guide...

 

Lower Arkansas River Map (Canon City to Salida)
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Upper River (Salida through Leadville) 

 

General Overview

Its very cold from Salida Upstream and there is a ton of ice in the water. Best to focus your efforts in Bighorn Canyon or Canon City. You may find a day or 2 in the next 10 when there is a break in the ice flow to get a few hours in, but there are more opportune destinations...  

 

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: ICE

Granite Flowrate: ICE

Salida Flowrate: 208 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've entered the Winter season on the Arkansas River Basin. The Upper River can be a tough go of it for much of the Winter Season, but you may find the odd very warm day to get out and wet a line. 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. 

Ready to learn how to approach low-water Fall fishing on the Arkansas? Call us (888) 994-6743 to book a guide...

 

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Upper Arkansas River Map (Salida to Leadville)