Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

As of May 22 the flow above Lake Estes 365 CFS with some early runoff.  Inlet and Golf Course is fishing slower with the high flow.  You can fish the Big T from Estes down 7 mi. to mile marker 72.  Hwy 34 opens for the summer on May 24. The Big Thompson below Estes and is now 465 CFS!  Use Blue Poison Tung followed by Sparkle Wing RS2 or Copper Ribbed RS2 or Grey RS2.

Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is open water & flow at 450 CFS.  Olive Micro Mayfly and tan sow bugs or Chubby with an RS2.    Sylvan Dale Mother Lake is fishing great and lower valley ponds are very productive.

Colorado River:

Several recent trips have produced some really nice rainbows and browns.  Flow at 850 CFS.

Big Thompson below Drake: 

Don't expect the fishing to pick up until Fall. Flow is 640 CFS with silt starting to clear.

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes: 

Mary's Lake is open and fishing ok.  Lake Estes is open near power plant inlet and fishing good with lures, flys, and baits. Lake Estes got a fresh planting of trout on May 14th.


Rocky Mountain National Park:

The highest lakes are iced over.  High lakes have open water at inlets and outlets.  Upper Big T and Glacier Creek are open and starting to fish well on pink worms.

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