{"upriver":"5","walkin":"3","spin":"5","updateDate":"Tuesday, July 29, 2014","upcrowdday":"1","upcrowdend":"2","walkcrowdday":"1","walkcrowdend":"2","upriversum":"

Our biggest news of the of the year was the mine spill from the Gold King mine in Colorado which occurred when An EPA crew attempting to open a collapsed mine entrance triggered a gush of 3 million gallons of polluted wastewater from the Gold King Mine north of Durango, Colo., on Aug. 5. The spill caused a spike in lead, copper and other pollutants in the Animas River, which drains toward the San Juan and Lake Powell. The water that eventually flowed into Lake Powell showed no significant increase in heavy metals or pollution. The consensus is that all or most of the pollutants settled out before they reached Lake Powell. There are currently 4,096,252,245,845 gallons of water in Lake Powell<\/em> which would further dilute any pollution that were to reach the lake. This was most certainly a local disaster for Colorado but by the time that the spill reached Lake Powell it had no significant impact on the lake or the Colorado River.<\/p>\n

Fall water has arrived and it is not our normal low water. In an effort to balance Lake Powell and Lake Mead the waterflows are higher than normal and this trend will likely continue through this next year. Current flows are fluctuating between approximately 9,000 cfs in the nighttime and 15,000 cfs in the daytime. These particular flows are not real conducive to the trout moving into riffles to feed on midges which explains why scuds and worms have been producing more fish recently than midges. October flows will be lower with daily fluctuations between approximately 7,000 cfs and 13,000 cfs. Always remember that flows on the weekends and holidays will be lower than weekdays.<\/p>\n

Our best fishing success has been using a long leader nymph rig with a scud and San Juan Worm or even a double worm rig. Most all the fish are hanging in the deeper water so be sure to target the seams with long extended dead drifts. Drifting has been OK, especially when the water rises later in the day.<\/p>\n

There has been an ongoing aquatic food base study that has taken place over the past couple of years. The purpose of this study is multifaceted and is studying the relationship of flows on food production, taking inventories of and monitoring populations of aquatic insects and invertebrates that live in the river and other very important aspects of the aquatic food base. I believe that this is by far the most important study that has ever been conducted on this river. Previously, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent studying sediment while ignoring the aquatic food base and resource. Common sense dictates that fish, birds and animals do not live off of dirt or sand. The aquatic food base and habitat are the foundation for all that lives in the Colorado River. One of the long term goals of the food base study is to determine how to enhance the populations and production of aquatic insects in the river which will benefit native fish, trout, and migratory bird populations. This is a study and a goal that we can all embrace!<\/p>\n

There is currently an El Nino occurring and there is a 90% chance that it carries over through next spring. Strong El Ninos almost always bring big snow packs to the Rockies which could help to fill both Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Current snowpack in the Lake Powell drainage in only 55% of normal and we desperately need more snow this next winter-spring to bring the lake up.<\/p>\n

Quagga mussels have become established in Lake Powell and we are now seeing some in the river below the dam. Their arrival in the river happened sooner than I expected. So far, there has not been a major infestation and there is some thought by experts that they will not become very well established in the river due to the current. Be aware and remember to dry waders and boots before using them in any other body of water. Also, all private boats should drain all water from the boat and live-wells as soon as you exit the river. We all need to do our part to limit the transport of this and all invasive species.<\/p>\n


When the lower water arrives in October fishing in the walk-in area should improve significantly. We are hearing a few more positive reports on the walk-in area, but it is still very slow compared to normal. The fishing in the deeper water is more productive than the shallows. That is likely changing and if it is anything like upriver, the fish should start moving more into the shallows very soon.<\/p>\n


Spin fishing continues to improve. We\u2019re hearing that the fish are very selective, much more so than normal. So be thinking lighter lines and fluorocarbon leaders to attach your lure.<\/p>\n","waterTemp":55.4,"flowRate":"7490"}