Urban Denver (Section of South Platte River)
Increasingly, Denverites are realizing that the Urban Denver section of the South Platte is their largest fishing stream, and it flows right through the city! For keen fishers, this is becoming the “go to “ destination for after work sport, just 15 minutes from many front doors.
The river is easily accessible and provides excellent fishing. The hole and rapids at South Platte Park, the deep hole below the drop in Overland Pond Park, and the eddy beside the rail trestle in Phil Milstein Park have all proved to be productive areas. Bear Creek Park provides a more secluded area. It is also easy to access your own new spot by following the South Platte Greenway Trail as it meanders for 30 miles alongside the river through the city.
The annual Carp Slam fly fishing tournament has given the Urban Denver a worldwide reputation as an excellent carp fishing destination. Carp from 5 pounds to 40 pounds are some of the most finicky and hard-fighting fish to catch and landing one will be a feather in your cap. Suggested patterns include Barry’s Carp fly, Morlock’s Carp Breakfast, Swimming Carp Nymph, Long Strip Crayfish, and Crazy Dad 8, to name just a few.
Besides finding massive carp, the Urban Denver is also a breeding ground for browns and rainbows, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, walleye and perch. Many anglers have been reporting phenomenal trout fishing recently, including hard fighting browns in excess of 20 inches. Trout tend to seek out the deeper holes and riffles, and throwing streamers into these holes has been effective. Dead drifting a streamer and egg and stripping it at the end of the drift was showing results as well.
All this, just outside Denver’s back door!
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