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Arkansas River - Below Pueblo Reservoir - Colorado

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 18-26 Zebra Midge
February Midges Afternoon 18-26 Zebra Midge
March Blue-Winged Olives Late Afternoon 18-22 BWO Sparkle Dun
Midges Afternoon 18-26 Zebra Midge
April Blue-Winged Olives Late Afternoon 18-22 BWO Sparkle Dun
Midges Afternoon 18-26 Zebra Midge
May Caddis All Day 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
June Stoneflies All Day 10-14 Golden Stonefly
July Stoneflies All Day 10-14 Golden Stonefly
Caddis Morning/Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
August Terrestrials All Day 12-16 Ant, Beetle, and Hopper patterns
Caddis Morning/Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
September Terrestrials All Day 12-16 Ant, Beetle, and Hopper patterns
October Blue-Winged Olives Late Afternoon 18-22 BWO Sparkle Dun
November Midges Afternoon 18-26 Zebra Midge
December Midges Afternoon 18-26 Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Arkansas River below Pueblo Reservoir is known for its large population of brown trout and holds some of the best spots for fly fishing.
  • City Park: This is an urban park with a section of the river running through it. Ample fish and easy access make it a popular choice.
  • Pueblo Tailwater: This section of the river is designated Gold Medal Water by the state, indicating a high density of large trout.
  • River Watch Resort: Aside from being a great fishing spot, it also offers accommodation for overnight trips.
  • Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area: This area offers miles of river with many great spots to cast your line.
Each location presents unique opportunities for anglers. Remember to always check local fishing regulations and respect the environment.

Best Access Points

The Arkansas River below the Pueblo Reservoir offers a numerous access points for fly fishing lovers. Here are some of the best locations:
  • Pueblo Reservoir Tailwater: This site, downstream from the Pueblo dam, accommodates angler access and provides ample space for fly casting. It is one of the most popular sections, known for its large rainbow and brown trout.
  • Riverwalk: Located in downtown Pueblo, it offers multiple public access points along a well-maintained path.
  • Runyon/Fountain Lakes Wildlife Area: This location presents great opportunities for trout fishing. It’s about 3 miles downstream of Pueblo.
  • Canon City Riverwalk: Provides excellent fly fishing opportunities. The riverwalk trailhead can be located at Sell Ave or Ash Street in Canon City.
Remember, amenities at these sites can vary – some have paved trails or restrooms, while others are more primitive. Always check current regulations before you fish.

Local Fish

  • Arkansas River Rainbow Trout: Known for their beautiful rainbow-like colors, these fish are native to the Arkansas River music and offer exciting battles for anglers.
  • Brown Trout: One of the most common fish species in the Arkansas River, brown trout are often very sizeable and present a great challenge to fly fishermen.
  • Mountain Whitefish: Though not as famous as trout, Mountain Whitefish are still a popular target due to their numbers in the river and resilience to changing conditions.
  • Greenback Cutthroat Trout: As the state fish of Colorado, this rare and unique species is often the prized catch of many fly fishers in the Arkansas River.
  • Brook Trout: Brook Trout in the Arkansas River are known for their vibrant colors and patterns, making them a favorite among many fly fishermen.
  • Golden Trout: Recognized for their brilliant golden color, catching one of these rare species is often considered a trophy in the fly fishing world.
  • Bluegill: While smaller than most trout, Bluegill are known for their fight and are a popular species for beginners to practice their fly fishing skills.
  • Yellow Perch: Though not native to the area, Yellow Perch are often found in the Arkansas River and offer an exciting catch for fly fishermen with their strong fights and delicious taste.

About The River

The Arkansas River below Pueblo Reservoir is steeped in rich history and filled with amazing tales. It’s one of the most important water sources in the western United States.

Established in the 1700s, during early Spanish explorations, the river acquired its name from the French interpretation of a Sioux term, meaning “land of downriver people”. It soon became a prominent exploration and trade route.

  • In the 19th century, the river served as a vital route for early settlers during the ‘Gold Rush Era’.
  • The Pueblo Reservoir, built in the 1970s as a part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas project, is a testament to mankind’s ingenious ways to harness nature’s abundance.

This historic river delivers more than just water, serving as a haven for all sorts of wildlife, attracting innumerable species of fish and birds – a true paradise for nature lovers.

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