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Myself and three friends are road tripping to Colorado in mid May this year. Can anyone turn us onto what to expect as far as weather/stream conditions. We have no river in particular picked out. I suppose tailwaters will be our only option. Any have any advice? Thanks a lot!
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By May most of the rivers in and around South Park are very fishable. I particularly like the upper Arkansas at this time of year. Not real big fish, mostly 10-16"but a lot of fish per mile on this water. If you head over to the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork it also can be very rewarding. I've fished the Pan for the last 4 years in May and average normally about 8 fish per hour!! We usually get a couple decent snows in May, 6-10" isn't uncommon, but it doesn't last too long. The South Park Lakes will open up generally between the end of March, (Very early) and the middle of May, (Very late). Runoff is not a problem this time of year.
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Around Memorial Day things start getting really blown out (about when our family takes its spring weekend.. :'( ). Before that, rivers should be good.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) runs an extremely useful site dedicated to current and future weather trends. I would begin by studying carefully the predictions for the area you intend to be staying. Weather can be very hard to predict in our state, and the spring is hard to predict even by Colorado standards.

http://www.weather.gov/

I will say that the Pan would be high on my list. As would be the Taylor, if giant fish and huge crowds sound nice. There are a few good warmwater and two story (warmwater and coldwater fish in one body of water) lakes. I do not know where you are coming from or what your objectives are, but Colorado has a sometimes surprising diversity of species on offer. Blue Mesa is the largest body of water in the state, and has some massive lakers. The population of walleye in CO is fair to good as well. May is not a bad time to target them.
 

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swimbait said:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) runs an extremely useful site dedicated to current and future weather trends. I would begin by studying carefully the predictions for the area you intend to be staying. Weather can be very hard to predict in our state, and the spring is hard to predict even by Colorado standards.

http://www.weather.gov/

I will say that the Pan would be high on my list. As would be the Taylor, if giant fish and huge crowds sound nice. There are a few good warmwater and two story (warmwater and coldwater fish in one body of water) lakes. I do not know where you are coming from or what your objectives are, but Colorado has a sometimes surprising diversity of species on offer. Blue Mesa is the largest body of water in the state, and has had some massive lakers. The population of walleye in CO is fair to good as well. May is not a bad time to target them.
 

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brysonsethyoung said:
Myself and three friends are road tripping to Colorado in mid May this year. Can anyone turn us onto what to expect as far as weather/stream conditions. We have no river in particular picked out. I suppose tailwaters will be our only option. Any have any advice? Thanks a lot!
Bryson
hey man, i fished the arkansas end of last may and it was horrible. the runoff is killer, or at least it was then. this year could be different. i snapped 5 lures off just from the current! i had one fish on on my sixth lure and he also snapped my line. i was using 6lb test. i honestly hate fishing the river that time of the year. but im not a regular river fisherman anyway. i hope you guys have a great time out here but my advice is to fish the lakes.
 

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Around mothers day, the ark caddis hatch is on, but you may contend with some runoff. That time of year, the ark below Pueblo reservoir is nice as is 11-mile canyon.
 

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bryonsethyoung:

Ditto on the Arkansas River.

Also within about an hour West of Denver, the Blue River, north of Dillon Reservoir in Summit County.
 

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11mile canyon-The rainbows will be in full spawn for superb site fishin on the gravel beds- best fishin of the year. Spinney will be open and always produces big fish. Antero is usually good if there are any fish left from the winter ice fishin. May is the best. Wet a line!!

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