Fishing Report

December 14, 2017

Matt Hunsinger, Colorado Fishing Manager

GUNNISON:Autumn is Here!  The Gunnison River flows were helped this week due to a couple of nights of heavy rain. Flows are currently at 525 CFS. The Upper section of the river has become a raft floating section.  Not as many hard boats have been going down as the flows decrease.  The lower river near the lake has been fishing well, with a few fish still happy to eat a dry fly.  The best fishing and floating has been between White Water Park and McCabe’s Landing.  The hopper’s have been dwindling as the mornings are continuing to get cooler.  Throwing a medium hopper to the bank will still productive, but the time to break out the big streamers has come!  Chucking some meat along the banks has been very productive as large fish are coming out to find those last big meals before winter arrives.  A great tactic is swinging 45 degrees downstream and letting the fly swing along cut banks.  Then wait for flash and hold on!  Baetis hatches have been frequent, and fish are looking for them.  Using a generic Baetis nymph, emerger, or dun during the hatches are producing well.  Fun fall fishing is here!!

 

Salmon remain plentiful in the Gunnison and East Rivers.  Look for them in deep pools, runs, or sloughs.  Also expect to find numerous anglers   Look for them in deep pools in large schools.  Throwing a worm or egg pattern can get looks.  Soon enough we will have large Rainbows paired up with the Salmon.  That should get fun!

TAYLOR RIVER: Our stretch of river on the Taylor continues to fish to fish well.  Mid-day fishing has been good with  afternoon and evening bite being more consistent.  The morning bite has been very slow.  I do not recommend fishing anytime before 10am.   Water levels hold fast at 300cfs.  Flows are still quite strong and caution needs to be taken for novice waders.  We have continued to see some hatches between 12 pm and 2 pm.  In this hatch, we have seen Baetis, a few Caddis Flies, a few mixed in May Flies, and spinners. Outside of hatch hours, throwing smaller indicators and dropping down nymphs is still producing great fish.  In the evening, a Rusty Spinner fall continues, and is getting a lot of happy fish to the surface to eat dries.  Throwing a #14 Rusty Spinner should do the trick to rising fish.  Swinging soft hackle flies has been producing some very nice fish.

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Daily Discharge, Cubic Feet Per Second - Stats for August 16, 2017
Min (1943)25th PercentileMedianMeanMost Recent Instantaneous Value75th PercentileMax (1956)
140241293342403428684
Taylor River Below Reservoir

August 09, 2017

High

413

Low

399

August 10, 2017

High

421

Low

396

August 11, 2017

High

414

Low

398

August 12, 2017

High

408

Low

397

August 13, 2017

High

415

Low

398

August 14, 2017

High

416

Low

398

August 15, 2017

High

413

Low

400

August 16, 2017

High

419

Low

396

Information sourced daily from waterdata.usgs.gov

Daily Discharge, Cubic Feet Per Second - Stats for August 15, 2017
Min (1913)25th PercentileMedianMeanMost Recent Instantaneous Value75th PercentileMax (1956)
74304371405559505738
Taylor River at Almont

August 09, 2017

High

625

Low

605

August 10, 2017

High

593

Low

585

August 11, 2017

High

576

Low

563

August 12, 2017

High

574

Low

571

August 13, 2017

High

567

Low

558

August 14, 2017

High

560

Low

551

August 15, 2017

High

554

Low

537

August 16, 2017

High

548

Low

538

Information sourced daily from waterdata.usgs.gov

Daily Discharge, Cubic Feet Per Second - Stats for August 16, 2017
Min (1913)25th PercentileMedianMeanMost Recent Instantaneous Value75th PercentileMax (1916)
22150196216257253650
East River at Almont

August 09, 2017

High

333

Low

310

August 10, 2017

High

360

Low

285

August 11, 2017

High

337

Low

329

August 12, 2017

High

330

Low

300

August 13, 2017

High

289

Low

253

August 14, 2017

High

273

Low

250

August 15, 2017

High

276

Low

260

August 16, 2017

High

257

Low

249

Information sourced daily from waterdata.usgs.gov

Daily Discharge, Cubic Feet Per Second - Stats for August 16, 2017
Min (2002)25th PercentileMedianMeanMost Recent Instantaneous Value75th PercentileMax (1957)
2425476707009347931430
Gunnison River Near Gunnison

August 09, 2017

High

1100

Low

1074

August 10, 2017

High

1085

Low

1020

August 11, 2017

High

1080

Low

1070

August 12, 2017

High

1065

Low

1000

August 13, 2017

High

1007

Low

974

August 14, 2017

High

971

Low

950

August 15, 2017

High

990

Low

950

August 16, 2017

High

934

Low

904

Information sourced daily from waterdata.usgs.gov

Daily Discharge, Cubic Feet Per Second - Stats for August 16, 2017
Min (2002)25th PercentileMedianMeanMost Recent Instantaneous Value75th PercentileMax (1968)
20.7100142153310170470
Tomichi Creek at Gunnison

August 09, 2017

High

443

Low

421

August 10, 2017

High

433

Low

411

August 11, 2017

High

390

Low

362

August 12, 2017

High

352

Low

328

August 13, 2017

High

340

Low

329

August 14, 2017

High

314

Low

308

August 15, 2017

High

307

Low

299

August 16, 2017

High

312

Low

304

Information sourced daily from waterdata.usgs.gov

Daily Discharge, Cubic Feet Per Second - Stats for August 16, 2017
Min (2002)25th PercentileMedianMean75th PercentileMost Recent Instantaneous ValueMax (1999)
6.032741475760167
Ohio Creek Above Mouth

August 09, 2017

High

101

Low

95.2

August 10, 2017

High

90.1

Low

80.9

August 11, 2017

High

80.2

Low

74.8

August 12, 2017

High

79.9

Low

70

August 13, 2017

High

71.9

Low

66

August 14, 2017

High

65.9

Low

63

August 15, 2017

High

70

Low

66

August 16, 2017

High

61

Low

58

Information sourced daily from waterdata.usgs.gov