Report : 05/28/2016
Things still remain frozen in the hills, there is a lot of snow still on the ground above 9000ft so roads and trails are difficult. Have patience!!
With warm weather in the forecast, expect the stillwater fishing to heat up across the board in the next couple of weeks. Horsetooth has been producing some nice trout, smallmouth, and walleye. The local ponds are producing bass, panfish, and carp. The Delaney Buttes and plains lakes are also fishing fairly well. With summer quickly approaching, we are seeing water temperatures start to warm up. This is great for our stillwater fishing whether you're targeting bass, carp, sunfish or trout.
The North Park lakes are open and some nice fish are being caught. This is a great time to target trophy trout in the North Park area. Fishing the Delaney Buttes in the Spring can be excellent, as fish tend to stick around in more shallow water and the lakes' aquatic insects come to life. Typically the fishing will get better and better as we enter summer. Some reports of good night fishing have come in as well. Be sure to have some boatmen and beetle patterns along with chironomids and streamers.
High Alpine- Things still remain frozen in the hills, there is a lot of snow still on the ground above 9000ft so roads and trails are difficult. Have patience!!
The Laramie Plains lakes have also started to come alive, and are producing some nice fish. Stripping buggers/leeches and fishing scuds and chironomids have been the most effective techniques as of late.
Dries: Beetles #12-16, Ants #14-16, Hi-Vis Midge #18, Griffith's Gnat #16-18, Para-Adams #16-20, Purple Haze #16-20
Nymphs: Juju Chrironomids #12-16, Chironocones #14-16, Frostbite Chironomids #14-16, Chrystal Chironomids #12-14, Leeches #10, Scuds #14-18, Rickard's Stillwater Nymph #14
Streamers: Rickard's Seal Bugger #10, Pig Pen #6, Thinmint #8-10, Krystal Bugger #4-6, Sparkle Minnow #4-6, SlumpBuster #4, Platte River Special #4, Orange Blossom Special #4, Rubber Bugger #4, Burgin Bugger #4, Beldar Bugger #4, Trick or Treat #4, Ritt's Fighting Craw #4, Creek Crawler #4
Warmwater options are getting better and better as well. Panfish are already happy to eat small poppers and dries, smallmouth and largemouth are being caught using bugger/leech imitations. Carp have been getting shallow around town as well, and are starting to get happy, but the water is still cold, so they haven't been extremely active yet. We have a Free Warmwater Fishing Presentation coming up Wednesday, June 1 from 5-6pm at the South Shop. Space is limited, just call or stop by to sign up.
Bass: Slump Buster #4, Meat Whistle #2, BH Bugger #10, ThinMint #8-10, Seal Bugger #10, Hoover Mover #4, Creek Crawler #4, Hada's Near 'Nuff Crayfish #4, Clouser Minnow #4, Micro-Poppers #8, Covert Mission #4
Carp: Carp Crack #6, Hoover Mover #4, Swimming Nymph #6, Back Stabber #4, Dirty Monkey #4, Hare's Ear #14, Carpalicious #6, Belly Crawl #6
Panfish: Micro-Popper #8, Adams #12-16, Dink Popper #6, Prince Nymph #16, Copper John #14-16, Buggers #8-10
As always, call or stop by for more information.