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Where to Go Arkansas River – Pueblo

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Updated 7/21/2021

For the last week, there have been great wadable flows in Pueblo. Be sure to watch the flows as a big increase can happen without notice. The fishing has been great as well. Be sure to bring slightly bigger rods, as these fish are strong and can really use the water to their advantage.

Flows will be fluctuating for the next several months. If it's anything below 800, walk/wade will be great.  Today the flows are ideal and should be fishing well. If you are wading, work the edges and you will find fish. You can float the tailwater and this is a pretty good time for that. The crowds are non-existent on the tailwater right now.

Baetis, midges, caddis, and stoneflies are on the menu.

 

Effective Patterns

San Juan worm (all colors), cranefly larva, pats rubber legs, graphic caddis, BH PT's, red midge larva, RS2's, Stalcups baetis, Radiation baetis, Slim shady's, Juans splitback BWO, Darth Baetis.

 

The tailwater on the Arkansas river has blossomed into one of the best fisheries in the state, and its a short distance from town. Fish populations are very healthy here and even hold some truly goliath trout. The technical angler will be perfectly at home here. If you go farther into town you will also find many other different species of fish including largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, and even carp.

This area is oftentimes best fished in the shoulder seasons or winter due to high flows in the summer. But don't let bigger flows stop you… We are the only outfitter on the front range that offers both guided walk/wade and float trips here.

This is an area we specialize and are permitted to guide in, so give us a shot if you have any question or if you interested in allowing one of our Orvis Endorsed Guides show you how best to conquer Arkansas River – Pueblo.

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Directions - 50 miles - 50 Minutes

  1. From Anglers Covey: take I-25 south to Pueblo
  2. Get off on the highway 50 exit and go right
  3. Take highway 50 to Pueblo Blvd. and turn left
  4.  Turn right on Thatcher and take Thatcher to Valco Ponds.