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Denver Post and Offers Ice Fishing Advice

The Denver Post and Fish announced Nov. 12 that ice fishing is indeed on its way. David Coulson of said our recent cold snap will quickly cool waters and slow the fishing for many warm-water species, especially black bass. Coulson adds, "There has been news of smaller waters higher than 10,000 feet icing over. With each passing week, high-country options for ice fishing will increase. Until then, consider fishing Horsetooth, Chatfield, Carter, Boyd and Aurora reservoirs, where the trout action has been fair to good on lures and bait. Plus, they are also producing an occasional walleye. Small ponds had been producing fair numbers of yellow perch and bluegill, but this cold snap will probably force them deep. For eager icers, remember it's usually at least two weeks from first ice to safe ice. Be safe and don't press your luck."

CPW Tests Silver Bullet Boat Chute, Flows on Arkansas Temporarily Increased

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) plan to temporarily ramp up flows on the Arkansas River to test the reconstruction of the Silver Bullet Boat Chute. The Bureau of Reclamation will begin to increase flows on Nov. 24. Flows will be increased by 200 cfs, twice a day on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25, as measured at the Wellsville Gauge, until flows reach 1,200 cfs on Nov. 26. Beginning the morning of Nov. 27, flows will be decreased by 200 cfs, twice a day, until they return to winter flow levels of approximately 500 cfs. Concerns with the Silver Bullet Boat Chute were discovered this past summer when a strong hydraulic at the bottom of the third drop was created during high water levels. The boat chute was temporarily closed to commercial boating until flows receded. CPW is utilizing emergency funding to reconstruct the boat chute this fall. By temporarily ramping up flows crews can test whether or not the reconstruction was successful. CPW and the AHRA staff appreciate the public's patience and understanding as they strive to improve the performance of the Silver Bullet Boat Chute.

CPW Issues Reminders for Fall Boating

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Boating Safety Program reminds boaters to take precautions to protect themselves from heightened dangers of sudden, unexpected cold water immersion while on late season boating outings, especially on small boats. "As the days grow short this autumn and water temperatures take a dip, hunters, anglers, paddlers and all boaters must be aware of the risks of cold water," said CPW Boat Safety Coordinator Kris Wahlers. "Hunters, paddlers and any boater on the water can take precautions and prevent being suddenly thrown overboard, swamped or stranded in cold water." Sudden immersion in cold water can cause gasping and inhalation of water and hypothermia, resulting in unconsciousness or swimming failure as muscles become numb. Wearing a life jacket will keep your head above water and support your body should your swimming ability fail or you become unconscious. For more information, visit the boating safety pages.​

Boat Inspection Update

Boat InspectionBoaters! Please remember to get your green seals before launching this spring, and always remember to have them applied upon leaving your favorite reservoirs.  Green seals and valid receipts together tell us where your boat has been, and make the entrance inspection easier and faster the next time you launch. View a list of open waters and inspection hours.

As with last year, boats with ballast tanks, inboards and inboard/outboard engines will need to get a green seal and receipt when exiting a reservoir or the boat will be decontaminated when entering a new water body, so be sure to ask for that seal and receipts every time!

2014 Update: Valid Seals and Receipts will be accepted this year in both Wyoming (brown seals) and New Mexico (yellow seals), and our inspectors here in Colorado will accept a valid receipt and seal from WY and NM this year.

No water, no mud, no plants, no mussels in between each and every use!​

San Luis Valley Reservoir Closed for Repairs

SOUTH FORK, Colo. – The reservoir at the Beaver Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area has been drained to accommodate dam repairs and the area is now closed. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials expect that the reservoir will be open again and fish will be restocked early in 2015.

While Beaver Creek is closed, anglers can find plenty of good fishing at other reservoirs in the San Luis Valley, including: Million, Smith, Mountain Home, Road Canyon, Rio Grande, Big Meadows, and Alberta Park reservoirs, Tucker Ponds and Brown Lakes. Public fishing access on the Rio Grande is also available at the Coller, Del Norte and Creede state wildlife areas. To locate the above waters, use the Colorado Fishing Atlas.

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Releasing a Fish Safely

In order to maintain the quality of all fisheries, we rely on anglers to follow bag limits and to limit hooking mortality. There are several steps anglers can take when releasing a fish that helps ensure the fish survives being caught and therefore limiting their impact on the fishery. To learn the best way to release a fish, please watch the video below.


Fishing Atlas

Fishing AtlasThe Fishing Atlas provides a host of information, including driving directions, stocking details, and locations of the nearest license retailer. To view the Colorado Fishing Atlas, click here, and the atlas will open in a separate window. Once the atlas is open, you can zoom in or out, or click on the location to display detailed information. Feel free to play around with the options on the far left of the atlas for other types of information and displays. Any questions or feedback are greatly appreciated. Contact us at Thanks, from the fishing report crew.​