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Report Date: 4/19/2024  

Current Conditions: 


With the warm and windy weather we have had, a ton of ice has come off of the lake. The entire west end now has open water, along with large portions of the south shorleline. For thos of you that are wanting to scratch the stillwater itch, 11 mile is good to go.

Fish will cruise tight to the shorleines and ice shelves in search of food. Try static indicator nymphing at various depths right on the ice lines or at 20-30 feet from shore.


For ice off, we should see some chironomids starting to become active. This will increase in frequency as we head through spring and into early summer.


As noted above, focus on the edges of the ice with a static indicator rig. Sight fishing from shore is also possible as the fish will be pretty tight to the shore in search of food.


Ice off is a great time to fish from the shore. Move around and try any spots that have open water. Fish at various depths until you find the trouts preferred feeding zone.


Short Term-  Today and Saturday we will see some variable weather in the area. This is one of those occasions where higher elevations will be warmer than we are on the front range. While precipitation chances are not all that high, there is a chance for some brief rain storms or snow squalls. A good amount of snow could fall in the high country though. Any precipitation in this immediate area will be short lived, and high temps will still be in the mid 50's. We could also see a fair amount of wind, so be prepared for that. Things will calm down a bit on Sunday, and we will see some slightly above average temps through all of next week.

Long Term-  After this weekend and into next week, it looks like we will largely remain in a typical spring pattern. Some very warm days followed by some precipitation chances. Spring is one of the most difficult times of the year to predict weather, and we will have to take the forecast in shorter periods for the most accuracy. Temps will be in the 50's and 60's with lows still getting at or below freezing. Long range forecasts do indicate some more moisture entering the state around 4/26, and right now looks to favor higher elevations east of the continental divide. As always, we will have to wait and see how that pans out. The south platte basin is currently sitting at 99% of average with less than a week to go until we peak in snowpack. While there is still some time to add to our snowpack, that time is getting thin.

*Seasonal snowpack update*

Denver Water has informed us that snowpack levels look very good for this season. With most reservoirs already full, they do anticipate filling all of their reservoirs this spring. One thing to add is that soil moisture is also very high. This goes hand in hand with our snowpack and can also help predict how good our water season will be. We should see a bit higher and more consistent flows along the south platte river this season. Of course, the flows are all strictly based on water demand so we will have to see how this pans out. Overall, great news for our season ahead.


This is an area we offer guided fly fishing trips. Angler's Covey is home to some of the best and most passionate stillwater experts in the area. If you would like to try your hand at stillwater fly fishing, give us a call! You wont be disappointed.


Our Top Nymphs for Today:

* Egg Patterns. All colors, size 14-16

* Slapshot Scud, Orange, sizes 14-16

* Mini Leech, black, brown, Sizes 14-16

* Titan Tube Midge, red and black, sizes  16-18

* Balanced leech. black, red, sizes 10-14

Elevenmile Reservoir is the heart of South Park fishing. This amazing fishery can challenge anglers mostly because it is so big that it's difficult to locate fish. The reservoir has rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, carp, and northern pike. The average fish caught is around 16 inches. However, because of the size and depth of the reservoir and the abundance of nutrients, Elevenmile can grow very large trout and pike. There are great facilities including a shower at the main office for campers. A daily state parks pass for Elevenmile is 7 dollars.

This is an area we specialize in and are permitted to guide, so give us a shout if you have any questions or if you are interested in allowing one of our Orvis-Endorsed guides showing you how to conquer Elevenmile Reservoir.

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Distance - 62 miles - 1 Hour 20 Mins