June 27, 2004

Lower than normal snow pack and continued drought conditions may point to another tough summer, but despite popular belief, there are still plenty of fish to catch.

A 7-pound saugeye caught at the Colorado Walleye Association tournament at Trinidad Reservoir in 2004When mountain temperatures warm and resulting snowmelt turns rivers and streams into muddy unfishable torrents, those with the true fishing bug turn their attention to Eastern plains reservoirs and warmwater fish.

Water conditions in both the South Platte and Arkansas River Basins are as low as they’ve been in decades, but Colorado regional fish biologist Jim Ramsay said that they haven’t altered the stocking schedule, which is why fishing will remain high quality despite the water levels. One of the biggest fishing problems is boat access, especially in Southwest Colorado.

Fishing for warmwater species like walleye, saugeye, wiper and bass should be good well into June. However, low amounts of moisture combined with agricultural drawdowns could put a crimp in the late summer and early fall bite.

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