Report :: 11/25/13
Fall is in full swing and winter is approaching fast, the number of warm days left could be very few. There are still some great opportunities for stillwater fishing before the ice settles in. Late fall is when big lake fish put on the feed-bag and try to pack on the pounds before the ice comes. The Laramie Plains lakes and the Delaney Buttes will be under ice before we know it so now is the time to get out and chuck some streamers for big fish.
For the Buttes, as usual, look for good sized fish in North and South Delaney. East is the numbers game with a few larger fish mixed in. Chironomids have, for the most part, tapered off and damsels have become less active. Large fish have started to move shallow with the cooling temperatures, and can be found with craw patterns, smaller streamers, and scuds. We have been having good success with an intermediate sink line and a streamer rig as well as a floating line with a short nymph rig including leeches, callibaetis nymphs and scuds. Don't forget the Terrestrial fishing to crusing trout. Try throwing an Ant or Beetle to bank cruisers.
As for the lakes outside of Laramie, the cooler air temperatures have brought water temps down and started moving fish. The water is clear in most of the lakes, so look for cruising fish in the shallows in the morning, evening, or any time the light is low. Small streamers and crayfish patterns have been effective and fish best with a little surface chop on the lake. Look for the windblown shores and points to locate better numbers of fish. Gellat and Meeboer both winterkilled, but were re-stocked with catchable rainbows in the spring, which have grown into solid 15-18 inch fish. Alsop seems to be on the rebound as well this year.
Honholz #2 and #3 are reported to be fishing well and they are usually on the same track as the Delaneys so streamers and chironomids are a good choice.
The Red Feather lakes are fishing well, but edge ice has entered the equation and unless some warmer weather and wind set in, these lakes will surely be under ice in the near future. If you do head out, West and Dowdy lake have been producing the best numbers, but we all know the largest fish reside in Parvin. It has already given up some great fish to determined anglers. A sinking line with streamers is the ticket as of late.
In the Fort Collins area, the warmwater fishing has slowed down for the most part. With many of our local ponds experiencing high water and closures, Horsetooth has been a hotspot lately for smallmouth bass, trout, and walleye. Carping can be good, but bring some patience, as they have become more spread out with the falling temps and rising water. The evenings are revealing the best numbers of mudding and tailing fish. Swing past the shop and we'll show you some of our favorite carp patterns.
Streamers are usually the go-to bugs for early season stillwaters, but can work well throughout the summer and fall. Now that the water has started a cooling trend, fish small streamers and crawfish patterns with confidence.
We at St. Peter's spend lots of time fishing stillwaters in the area whether it is for trout or other warm water species like Smallmouth or Wiper.
Here are a few of the lakes that we fish normally; Delany Buttes, Red Feather Lakes (Parvin, Dowdy, and West), Douglas, Horsetooth, Lonetree, and many many more. For the latest conditions and hatches, stop by the shop or give us a ring.