Lees Ferry Anglers

River Report

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June 14, 2024

Fishing Report

Upriver Report
5

Walk-in Report
3

Spin Report
5

1 = Go Elsewhere
10 = Get Here Now!

June 14, 2024

Crowd Report

Upriver Crowd
2 Weekday
3 Weekend

Walk-In Crowd
1 Weekday
3 Weekend

1 = Sleep Late & Fish Wherever
10 = Very Crowded, Get Up Early

Up-River Summary

Lees Ferry Fishing Report – June 2024

Report by Kevin Campbell, guiding on Lees Ferry since 1997.

June flows have been observed at 7,600 to 13,400 CFS weekdays, 6,600 to 12,000 weekends.

The river temperature has been 52-55 degrees.

Fly Fishing report

Fishing success steady. The midge hatches are still going strong and the fish look healthy, fat from gorging on midge pupa. The spawn is over for the most part; there are still some scattered fish on redds but not for much longer. This year, it started late and didn’t last as long as in previous years.

Wading is working with mainly midge patterns from sizes 14-20. Dry/ dropper or double midges under an indicator. Scuds, worms, and even buggers used as an attractor with a midge is a good rig too.

As always swinging a bugger or similar streamer on a sink-tip is in play in the tailouts of riffles or from the anchored boat.

Nymphing from the boat is still working both in the mid-depths, 3-6 feet, and deeper 7-10 feet. Midges, scuds, and buggers are the ticket here.

Walk-In Summary

Walk-in Report

Anglers are reporting slow fishing. Midges, red San Juan worms, and olive buggers seem to be the best.

Spin anglers use the typical spinners, Kastmasters and smaller rapalas and jigs in the slower, deeper runs.

Spin Fishing Summary

Upriver Spin Fishing

Maribou jigs, Kastmasters, spinners, and Rapala-type minnows are the old reliable. Bottom bouncing with glo bugs or beads is still working in deeper water. Target deeper water with jigs, KM’s, and flats and rocky banks with Rapalas and spinners. Bottom bouncing with glo bugs or beads is still working as well. We are still encouraging anglers to refrain from targeting the spawning fish as there are relatively few rainbows currently on nests. Let’s give them a chance to replenish the population without being stressed from being caught.

Dam Operations

Last Updated: June 2024

Release volume from Glen Canyon Dam for June 2024 will be 628,000 acre-feet. Hourly releases during June 2024 will fluctuate from a low of approximately 7,255 cubic feet per second (cfs) during the early morning hours to a high of 13,535 cfs during the afternoon and evening hours on all days in June except for the first and last weekend, which will fluctuate with a low of 6,000 cfs during the early morning hours to a high of 12,280 cfs during the afternoon and evening hours. The anticipated monthly release volume for July is 709,000 acre-feet and will be confirmed with a subsequent directive toward the end of June.

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Stayed there in 2014 for 2 days of fly fishing on the Colorado River. Fishing was excellent! Our guide, Dale, was awesome and took good care of us. The staff at the lodge, shop and restaurant were outstanding. Looking forward to going there again.
– Big RTrout | Google Reviews

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