Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Crowded
Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Apr 2, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 52-55 Temp: 48-51
Sky: Clear Flow: 0
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Even with the cold weather we've experienced lately the fishing at Chatfield Reservoir still makes it a top landing spot in the Denver/Metro area.

Current Conditions at Chatfield State Park:

If the weather along the Front Range cooperates-- meaning it's not bone chilling cold and the wind is manageable-- then casting a #16 Parachute Adams along the banks of the lake to rising trout can be extremely rewarding! The bass bite has been much slower here of late due to the cold weather but #12 chartreuse colored Bass Popper patterns are working well when fished on the flats and over submerged vegetation.

Bring some warm clothes, its cold outside! Spring is the time of year to view wildlife! Look for Bald Eagles, Mule Deer, Wild Turkeys and other interesting fauna throughout the South Platte River drainage. Fly fishing reports have been fair to good.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 52-55 degree weather. The water temperature was between 48-51 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Largemouth Bass
Weight: 4 lbs 4 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 9 inches

Current Insect Hatches at Chatfield State Park

None

Recommended Flies for Chatfield State Park

Fly: Bass Popper
Color: Chartruse
Size: 12
Time: 
Bass Popper Bass Popper
Fly: Parachute Adams
Color: Gray
Size: 16
Time: 
Parachute Adams Parachute Adams

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late April

Caddisflies

Insects: American Grannom
Color: Bright Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: Early Morning & Afternoon
Size: 10-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Tan Short Horn Sedge
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow
Dates: Mar 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Western Black Quill
Color: Purplish Black to Grayish Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Jun 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-12
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Stoneflies

Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Skwala Stone
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage.
Size: 6-12
Spinner Fall:
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Winter Black
Color: Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Chatfield State Park

Current: 57 °F Partly cloudy Wind: 15 MPH NNE
Current Condtions

Partly cloudy

Temperature: 57 °F
Humidity: 44%
Wind: 15 mph NNE
Pressure: 14.52 psi
Cloud Cover: 75%
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 68 °F  <br/>Low: 41 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph SE
Sunny
High: 68 °F
Low: 41 °F
Wind: 10 mph SE
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 56 °F  <br/>Low: 34 °F <br/> Wind: 8 mph SW
Sunny
High: 56 °F
Low: 34 °F
Wind: 8 mph SW
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 56 °F  <br/>Low: 41 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph SE
Sunny
High: 56 °F
Low: 41 °F
Wind: 5 mph SE