One of the best kept secrets of fishing in Colorado is the tailwater of the Arkansas River as it leaves Pueblo Res.
I guess it's really not a secret anymore...over the years, more and more people have discovered this little treasure and flock to it in the winter.
Most people avoid it in the spring and summer due to the higher water, and the increased chances that you might be shot, robbed, or bit by a dog.
(I'm only slighty exaggerating.
I usually don't fish it in the summer months but this year with the low snow pack, the water is unusually low creating perfect conditions for the bugs and the fish!
You mostly catch these stocker size 8-12 inchers...
And a good day is when you catch a few of these guys pushing 16...
But now that the flows are up and pushing bugs around, your chances of catching these guys that are pushing 20 inches isn't bad!
You can see in some of the pictures where graffitti was covered with murals on the walls, and in some places, it's pretty bad...but Pueblo is trying to step it up and turn the river into a world class fishery.
Despite all the abuse this river gets, (trash, people taking fish home, inconsistent water flows) this river still succeeds in growing some big and beautiful fish!
There is even a stretch of river that has been designated catch and release!
So if you get the chance, check it out...
Just don't be surprised to see a hypodermic needle in the sand, next to a used condom floating in the water as you try to run away from the pitbull trying to bite you in the butt! (Again...I'm exaggerating...slightly...