Fishing Report For the Arkansas Tailwater


Arkansas Tailwater Pueblo Fishing Report

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May 19th, 2022


Arkansas River Tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir (Pueblo Tailwater)


General Overview

*Flows are bumping now with a bit higher water on the Upper Arkansas, however clarity remains great and our guides are reporting strong fishing in general. Fish have been on the feed big time with the flow bump, but fish are more spread out...and you need to be very cautious wading! Focus on the outside 1/3rds of the river, as the fish will be in those zones as well. Fish have been very active feeders with the warmer conditions and are relatively spread out, so make sure you cover water. We have seen more activity on Blue Winged Olives throughout the lifecycle and we're taking fish on Caddis sub-surface, so that is a welcomed change...but your staples will continue to be in the Midge and Trico categories. 


**Remember, if you're tired of the crowds...the Arkansas Freestone (Canon City through Salida section in particular) is back online and fishing very well in March. Stonefly molt activity is heavy, and some very good days can be had. Don't be afraid to mix it up! CLICK HERE for the Arkansas Freestone Fishing Report.


It looks like they're trying to fill the lake as much as possible prior to water calls starting, so look for flows to maintain at a bit lower level than average for the time least for the short term. Bug activity certainly will be focused on the full lifecycle of the Midge, BWO and Trico for the majority of the Early Spring season, so be sure you're prepared with those bugs in small sizes...and you'll do well.With lower winter-like flows, look for fish to hold tight to be sure you're using the appropriate weight on your nymph rigs to ensure you're in the strike zone and maximizing your drifts.

Please call us at (888) 994-6743 ext 2, or visit our Guide Trips online to inquire about availability if you're interested in booking a soon for prime Spring dates, they're disappearing rapidly. 



Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 1420 cfs (plus ~20cfs out of the Hatchery)

Clarity:  Tinted to Clear



Suggested Methods

As we move through Spring we continue to encounter smaller bugs but also are able to throw some larger attractor nymphs into the mix, and hatch activity can really ramp up. Best success will be had focusing on Trico, Midge and Fall BWO lifecycle activity. Nymphing will still be your staple throughout the day but be prepared with small hatch matching dries and emergers as event he bigger fish have been found focused on the surface and sub-surface film if enough bugs are present.


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Arkansas Tailwater Fly Fishing Guide