Report :: 05/17/13
Game on in North Park! All the lakes are open and fishing well. 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 are starting to become of importance, but streamers are still the way to go. Large fish have been cruising the shallows and at this point a boat is not really needed. Lake John is now totally open as well. We have been having good success with an intermediate sink line and a streamer, as well as a floating line with a short nymph rig with leeches and chironomids...don't forget the slip indicator!
As for the lakes outside of Laramie, Lake Hattie is completely open and fishing well. The water is clear, so look for cruising fish in the shallows looking to eat small streamers and crayfish patterns. Twin Buttes is reported to be fishing decent and Gelatt and Meeboer are open as well, but we have yet to hear confirmation of a least partial winterkills at both lakes...as soon as we get confirmation, we'll let you know. Alsop seems to be on the rebound as well this year.
We haven't received any news on the conditions at Honholz #2 and #3, however, they are usually on the same track as the Delaneys and should be fishing well. Just be careful on the road into Honholz as it can become VERY muddy and slick with the recent rain and snow.
The Red Feather lakes are open and fishing well. 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 action has been heating up. Great fishing for sunfish, crappie and bass can be had in just about any of the local ponds. Now is the time to find big carp on the flats too...we have been targeting them for the last couple of weeks and the bite is getting silly! Swing past the shop and we'll show you some of our favorite carp patterns.
Now is the time to replenish the fly boxes with all those tasty spring chironomids and streamers!
Try fishing chironomids, buggers, and small baitfish imitations. Streamers are usually the go-to bugs for early season stillwaters. As the water warms a bit, the chironomid bite will turn on.
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.