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Spring Run Off is in Full Swing But You Don’t Have to Quit Fishing!


Although many of Colorado’s tailwaters are higher than their normal historic levels, they still remain the best option during spring run off. Joe Morrissette shows off a beautiful brown trout he fooled with a #18 Buckskin on one of Colorado’s popular tailraces during the high-water season.

Here is an up-to-date list of river levels on some of the most popular fishing destinations in Colorado. Flows are above average statewide:

South Platte below Spinney Reservoir, 456 cfs
South Platte below Elevenmile Reservoir 396 cfs
South Platte below Cheesman Reservoir 1160 cfs
Blue below Dillon Reservoir 1300 cfs
Colorado at Parshall 4450 cfs
Colorado near Kremmling 6650
Eagle near Gypsum 3510 cfs
Frying Pan below Ruedi Reservoir 650 cfs
Roaring Fork near Glenwood Springs 4600 cfs
Gunnison near Gunnison 2860
East near Almont 1410 cfs
Taylor below Taylor Park Reservoir 500 cfs
Conejos below Platoro Reservoir 252 cfs
Rio Grand near Creed 1210 cfs
Arkansas below Salida 3080 cfs
Animas near Durango 4220
Delores below McPhee Reservoir 51 cfs
Cache La Poudre River near Fort Collins 3550
Yampa below Stagecoach Reservoir 197 cfs
Yampa at Steamboat 2360 cfs

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