The fall weather continues to be amazing and the river is still fishing great! We are having very cool nights now, but no snow in the valley and the days are amazingly warm. This warm weather brings out the bugs and gets the fish feeding. The brown trout finishing up their spawning and soon will begin feeding in earnest to put on fat before the winter. Blue wing olives are still coming off in the river and on really nice warm days a few grasshoppers can still be found. The browns can be induced to strike large lures like Kastmasters as they defend their spawning territories.
Twin lakes: The Lake Trout are into their spawning phase and will be more difficult to catch in the first part of November. Large Tube jigs or larger lures like Kastmasters and Rapalas are the best bet right now. The rainbow fishing has been good all around the lake using Orange Power bait, Salmon Eggs and Pistol Petes. Night crawlers have been working really well at the mouth of the powerplant. The south shore of Twin lakes is always a good place to catch rainbows and it is a nice hike for those who like to get out. The boat Ramp is closed at Twin Lakes.
The Mt. Elbert Forebay is a very good lake for fishing. You can catch Rainbow Trout, Snake River Cutthroats and Lake Trout. Pistol Petes tipped with meal worms are working best for the rainbows and the cutthroats. Night Crawlers work well on the west end below a bubble and small flies work very well along the dam. Some large Lake Trout can be caught in the Forebay using large lures like Kastmaster and Rapalas
Clear Creek Reservoir is really good fishing all around the lake. Rainbows are hitting well on silver kastmasters and buoyant lures. The boat ramp is closed to boating for the season. Fishing has been excellent at clear creek and there are some really nice fishing being caught. Night Crawlers and gold/red buoyant lures are working best. Clear Creek continues to be one of the fishing hotspots in the area. The Kokanee are running up the river at Clear Creek and snagging has been great. We have snagging hooks!
Cottonwood Lake is a very good fishing the lake is beautiful, the trees have lost their color but the fishing is still great! The fish are hitting Pistol Petes green and black egg sucking leaches. Salmon eggs and rainbow powerbait are also working well. Night crawlers have been working especially well this week.
Turquoise Lake: Fishing for rainbows using salmon eggs and orange glitter powerbait has been very good. Fish large tube jigs on the bottom and bounce them off the bottom a lot to catch the lake trout. The Lake Trout have started spawning along the south shore in the rocks and will hit larger tube jigs and lures as they defend their territory. Turquoise Lake has been very good this fall and some nice rainbows are being caught in the upper end.
Chalk Lake is a good fishing lake and is a great place to take the kids. Night crawlers, salmon eggs and orange powerbait are all working well. Casting bouyant lures into the fast water also works. Drifting Pistol Petes in the current is very effective.
Wrights lake is open and has been great fishing all fall. Dead Chickens and bead head pheasant tail nymphs are working best at Wrights Lake.