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Where to Go Arkansas River – Pueblo

Current Reports

Updated 10/25/2021

Check out our Fall fishing forecast here!

The flows have been steady right around 100cfs.  Pueblo reservoir turning over (This is a process where the surface water begins to cool making it more dense. Its sinks down and pushed the bottom water layer to the top) This has caused decreased visibility on the tailwater.

Fishing has been fairly decent and should improve as clarity does. Water temps are finally cooling, although still keep tabs on the water temps on hot days.

Please watch out for spawning redds. While there are not a lot of spawning fish here you will still come across some redds.

There are tons of midges hatching right now. The trio's are still around and we are starting to see the fall BWO's.

RECOMMENDED Patterns

NYMPHS

San Juan worm #12 all colors, Barr's Cranefly Larva #10, Mayer's Mini Leech brown, black, and purple #12-16, Pat's Rubber Legs Black/Brown Olive/Brown Black #10-14, Barr's Graphic Caddis Olive and Tan #14-18, Galloup's Caddis Pupa Tan #14-16, Top secret #20, Miracle midge #20, BH Pheasant Tail's, Blindside midge-black #20, 22, Red Midge Larva #18-20, RS2's all colors #18-22, Stalcup's Baetis Olive and Brown #20-22, Gunkle's Radiation Baetis #18-22, Juan's Slim Shady #20-22, Juan's Splitback BWO #20-22, Darth Baetis #20-22.

DRIES

Parachute Adams #16-20, Iwane-dun #20-22, Neils BWO #20-22, Tails up Trico #22, Mole Fly brown and olive #18-22

STREAMERS

Galloup's Silk Kitty, Galloup's Sex Dungeon, Double Gongas, Galloup's Lazer Legal, Galloup's Barely Legal

The tailwater on the Arkansas river has blossomed into one of the best fisheries in the state, and it's 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 shout if you have any question or if you are interested in allowing one of our Orvis Endorsed Guides show you how best to conquer the 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.