Fishing Report For the Arkansas Tailwater


Arkansas Tailwater Pueblo Fishing Report 


November 22nd, 2017


Arkansas Tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir


General Overview

 We have now moved into the Winter Flow Program on the tailwater, so we should see flows in the sub-100cfs range for the foreseeable future. Winter Flow Program brings us into prime time on this fishery. Clarity has been improving every day, and it seems that the lake has finished turning over. In addition, work on the coffer dam at the hydro project has been completed, so we shouldn't have any further compromised clarity from that project. With the turnaround in clarity we've seen some really productive days in the last week and that should only continue!

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Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 89 CFS

Clarity: 24-36" 

 Things are really turning around on the clarity front, and it seems that the lake is done turning over. In addition, the hydro power plant project has finished up at least until next Spring, so no off color water contribution from that area...


Suggested Methods

 Flows are now in the Winter Flow Management program window, and you will find that fish have tucked in closer to structure. However, during hatches fish will slide up into feeding lanes and riffles. We've seen a fair amount of hatch activity, but nymphing will be your standby method. Our guides have done well focusing on Caddis, Baetis, and Midge lifecycle along with a handful of trusty attractor nymphs (pig sticker, egg pattern, psycho prince, hares ear). We have seen some strong BWO and Midge surface activity as well, so make sure you're prepared with dries. 


Arkansas Tailwater Fly Fishing Guide