By Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Here is the most recent fishing conditions for southeast Colorado as reported by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


Arkansas River - Leadville to Buena Vista.


Information provided by Braden Baker with Ark Anglers.


As of June 4, "runoff is definitely underway and right on schedule. Tributary flows are starting to leap upward on a daily basis, and the reservoir releases to the north are matching their outflows to incoming snowmelt. The upper Arkansas north of Buena Vista to Hayden Meadows is definitely offering the best conditions today, with anglers reporting good success fishing dry-dropper rigs and streamers right along the banks. Some anglers swear by bright, flashy attractor flies during high water while others prefer black and white patterns for maximum contrast. For the next month, your stillwaters will be the best alternatives while we melt some snow! We anticipate quality float fishing conditions to return by June 20."


Flows: 590 CFS at Hayden Meadows, 1,390 CFS at Granite.


http://www.arkanglers.com


Arkansas River - Buena Vista to Salida


Information provided by Braden Baker with Ark Anglers.


As of May 20, "runoff is definitely underway and right on schedule. Tributary flows are starting to leap upward on a daily basis, and the reservoir releases to the north are matching their outflows in incoming snowmelt. If you have to fish moving water, trying to time your outing to coincide with the downward trend in the diurnal cycle will give you the best chance at any improvement (though marginal) in clarity. You will want to focus on fishing the few soft pockets of slower water along the edges, and your best luck will probably come with flies that contrast the dark water. Some anglers swear by bright, flashy attractor flies during high water while others prefer black and white patterns for maximum contrast. For the next month, your stillwaters will be the best alternatives while we melt some snow! We anticipate quality float fishing conditions to return by June 20."


Flows: 461 CFS at Hayden Meadows, 1,340 CFS at Hecla Junction, 1,540 at Wellsville.


http:/www.arkanglers.com.


John Martin Reservoir


As of May 30, the water temperature at John Martin Reservoir continues to rise while water level drops. One angler reported water temperature measurements at 68 degrees in the main portion of the reservoir and 70 degrees in shallow water. Trolling a combination of minnows and crankbaits was reported to be productive for reeling in crappie and white bass. Currently, the east and west boat ramps are open, however, boat ramps may close if water levels in the reservoir are low. All boats must be inspected prior to launching,


Pueblo Reservoir


As of May 31, water temperature was recorded between 64-65 degrees at Pueblo Reservoir. An angler noted spring runoff has brought in cold and cloudy water into the reservoir. Subsequently, there may be some changes to water level, temperature and clarity associated with the inflow of spring runoff in the coming weeks. Anglers have recently reported having success shore fishing for walleye, bass and wiper. Popular baits to fish Lake Pueblo at this time of year include leeches and night crawlers on a slip bobber or jig.


Lake Trinidad


As of June 4, Trinidad Lake has reported good fishing. Anglers have been hauling in trout using a combination of PowerBait or homemade doughbaits. The bite has been active among bass as well. Jigs and crankbaits were noted by Park staff to be a good option for anglers targeting bass. Walleye activity has been increasing recently. As of right now, the majority of walleye being caught are small and thin, however, it is expected that bigger fish will become more active in the coming weeks. The boat ramp is open and inspections are require before every launch. Hours of inspection are daily from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.


For more information, go to cpw.state.co.us.