Through opening week fishing productivity was very dependent on weather. Heavy winds made fishing challenging at times, but that wind will get bug activity moving even quicker. For now, fish will be found foraging close to the lake shore all around the reservoir. Best hours have been from daybreak till about 1PM, or until you get blown off the lake (wind has been brutal)!
The reservoir is fairly low, but clarity is good. Only the North Ramp is open at this point in time due to the reservoir level.Lake Level: Low
Its best to carry 2 rods this time of year, and you can catch just as many fish on foot as you can from a boat or a tube at this point. Most of the fish will be found foraging in groups fairly close to shore. Our guides rig one rod with a static indicator rig, and the other with and intermediate sink head/ line. Your static indicator rig should focus on Chironomids, Egg Patterns, and various Scuds. If you run a secon rod with a short sink tip or intermediate head, it is best to use small leech patterns in a dark red or olive coloration.
Ice is off Antero now, and we are finding some really good fish on foot. The North Shore seems to be the hots spot right now, however you will find cruising fish all over the lake.
The Lake is full and clarity is good.Lake Level: Full
Running 2 rods, one with a static nymph rig, the other with a small olive or black streamer will be your best method. Fish seem to be sporadically cruising all shorelines. You can run your static nymph rigs at around 8-10ft. in length with egg patterns and chironomids and general attractor nymphs. Streamer rigs should be used for cruising fish you can see foraging.