This section of South Platte flows right through the city of Denver and is quickly 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. Warning: hipster invasive.
Report Date: Feb 5th, 2019
These last few days of warm weather have brought some life to the South Platte through Denver and Littleton. Water flows are low but even with the clear water we are finding a lot of fish on bigger flies. If you are looking to target trout then i would stick to an indicator rig with a leech in the lead and something smaller and flashy off the back like a Psycho Prince or a rainbow warrior. You don’t have to punish yourself and go real small. We are finding fish eating a rainbow warrior in an 18 and the psycho in a 16 so that should be a nice break from your standard winter fare of 22’s. As with most fisheries this time of year you don’t need to get out there super early. Late morning to early afternoon is going to be your warmest window and the time you’ll find the fish most active.
Fishing and flows are holding strong on the South Platte through town with the river sitting at 110 cfs. Days are still getting hot quick so your early mornings and late afternoon are still your bets windows for trout fishing. We have been finding a lot of fish willing to eat a steamer either stripped along the banks or swung through the deeper pools. If you’re dead set on throwing the bobber rig a big ol pink worm with some sort of flashy baetis style dropper will help get your rod bent. As per usual the carp and bass game is a little stronger in those warmer hours of the day. A bugger or swung leech should entice the bass. The carp have been grubbing on nearly anything, you just have to bring your river ninja skills to sneak up on them. Come by the shop if you wanna talk carp. I hear that’s the shop managers favorite subject.
With these last few cloudy days we have had on the Front Range, the carp fishing has been tough but before the rain moved in it was stellar down along Santa Fe. Most of the carp are spawning and we are finding a lot of fish with their tails up on the flats. Wait for a clear day to go chase the river donkeys so make spotting fish easier and make sure you have some crayfish patterns in your box. The trout fishing has been holding strong as well. Iv been finding most of my fish below Chatfield between the E-470m Bridge and the Mineral Road bridge but sometimes you’ll get surprised and find some big trout closer to Mile High Stadium and Elitches. Do some exploring on our Urban fishery. You won’t be let down.
Fishing through town has been stellar as of late but if you’re looking for trout get there early. The Carson Nature center stretches are fishing well with smaller streamers and there are plenty of fish looking for a meal before the water gets too hot. Towards the early afternoon the trout hunker down and can still be caught on a deep nymph rig in the pools but I’ve been switching gears and going after carp and bass in the hotter hours of the day. You’ll find a pile of carp on the flats but look for fish that are nose down actively feeding as we are still seeing some fish spawning. The bass are spread out but when you see a pod of them throw a streamer through there and look for one to chase it down.
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