Re: Colorado in early April
I have been to Colorado twice during early April and both times the Arkansas river was a good area to fish from Salida upstream. The first year I was there there was a lot of run off coming from a creek just downstream of Salida and it was dirty water from there down. The second time we focused our efforts on the Arkansas between Buena Vista and Salida quite a bit of public access in that area and some great brown trout. Another area closer to the springs is Eleven Mile Canyon which is located on the S. Platte river upstream. From the town of Lake George about 45 minutes west of Colorado Springs on highway 24. It is a tailwater section from Eleven Mile Res. And doesn't seem to be affected too much by runoff and it offers some decent fishing. There is also some northern pike in its upper section, the lower portion of the canyon is catch and keep/release area and the upper portion of the canyon is Gold Metal waters and is strictly catch and release.