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Arkansas River Tailwater – Canceled

03/20/2020 - 03/22/2020

Update from Mary: I’m sad to let you know that the Pueblo/ Arkansas River trip this weekend has been cancelled as an official trip. The safety and welfare of all of our members is the first concern of the Board and with these times of uncertainty we felt it is best to cancel this trip. There are many other trips and events planned for this Spring and Summer, each will be reviewed and a determination made closer to the date if they will be held. 

Discription: Let’s get this season started! Join us for the first CWF trip of the 2020 season! We plan on fishing the Arkansas River Tailwater, below Pueblo Reservoir.  Come for a day or the whole weekend. We love this trip in the early season! This is quality water from the dam to the Nature Center with over nine miles of public access water.

Dates: March 20,21,22

POC: Mary Manka, president@colowomenflyfishers.org, 

Skill Level: All. Great access for beginners! Wading mostly. 

Location: Pueblo, CO

Meet Location: Meet-up at picnic area Lake Pueblo State Park (96 to Juniper Rd to Cottonwood Rd.) 38.2710168,-104.7170757

Meet Time: 9:00 a.m, March 21

Map/Directions: See the link to directions—Juniper Road to Cottonwood Road.  The parking lot is parallel to the river. http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/LakePueblo/Documents/Lake-Pueblo-Direction-Map.pdf


  •  We are camping in the Arkansas Campground in the area of sites 71 73 75, 76 78. These campsites are on the south side of the campground, and most appear to be pull through for RV’s. THESE HAVE NOT BEEN RESERVED BY CWF, they are suggestions were to reserve. Reservations must be made on-line. 
  • Fishing is part of Lake Pueblo State Park, and a Colorado State Park Pass (or paid day pass) is required.  A daily pass is $8.00.
  • Maps and information about Lake Pueblo State Park located at: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/LakePueblo/Documents/LakePuebloAreaBrochure.pdf
  • If the area below the dam is crowded, we will decide on a different area (Valco Ponds, the Nature Center, or Dutch Clark downtown).
  • Weather permitting, you can always fish the lake.  (Bring your headlamp and favorite mouse pattern for twilight fishing!)  Inflatable craft and kayaks can be launched from the cove below the campground G.
  • Pueblo is often ten degrees warmer than Denver, and the fish are active all winter long—even on the coldest of days.  The Arkansas River Tailwater where we are fishing is good using Tenkara, Western or Czech nymphing.  “Focus on a heavy attractor (San Juan Worm, Pig Sticker, Crane Fly Larva, etc.) and depending on what you are using (Tenkara, Western or Czech) combine your attractor nymph mentioned above with a bright (orange/red/chartreuse) Midge Larva, Caddis Larva or BWO Nymph.  When fishing key to a hatch, anglers will need to focus on very long leaders and small tippet, especially on the bigger fish.  Of course, emergers in the subsurface film will also be productive during hatches.” (From Royal Gorge Anglers website, via CWF website).  Best time of the day to fish is 10 to 4.
  • Check current conditions at https://www.royalgorgeanglers.com/fishing-reports/arkansas-river-tailwater-report/
  • Valco Ponds: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/LakePueblo/Documents/ValcoPondsMap.pdf Valco Ponds (on the map) contain Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Perch, Saugeye, Walleye, Bluegill and some Green Sunfish.  Float tubes are allowed on Ponds #1, #2, and #3, but are NOT allowed on Pond #4.  Anticline Pond has easy access (good for children and has wheelchair access).  It also contains channel catfish, crappie and bluegill.
  • Dutch Clark Sports Stadium.  In the town of Pueblo you will find the Dutch Clark Sports Stadium.  Park in the stadium parking lot and walk down the paved access road (maintenance road).  According to the guy at the Pueblo Fish Hatchery, this is the place the locals fish.  Easy access.  No crowds, and it is stocked with brown trout.
  • Downtown Pueblo (Arkansas River Trail).  Park off of Abriendo Avenue, four blocks between the avenue to the trail.  He suggested between Highway 96 (4th street) bridge and the Main Street bridge.  Easy access spot with low fishing pressure, stocked with brown trout.
  • Check CPW fishing regulations. From the bridge at Valco Ponds downstream to Pueblo Blvd (except at the Pueblo Nature Center as posted), all fishing is by artificial flies and lures only.  All trout 16 inches in length or greater must be returned to the water immediately upon catch. Please do your own research, based upon where you will be fishing.
  • More Facts about Lake Pueblo State Park: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/LakePueblo/Documents/LakePuebloFactSheet.pdf

Fly Shops, Guided Fly fishing or Floats:

    • The Drift Fly Shop, 943 US 50, 719-543-3900


  • Camping is available at Lake Pueblo State Park.  There are multiple campgrounds scattered around the lake.  Reservations for campgrounds are through www.cpwshop.com.  Reservations for electric hook-ups ($36? Per night).
  • Basic campsites are $22 per night are non-electric with vault restrooms. (Showers are available at the Northshore Marina, and campsites with electricity available at the reservation above: www.cpwshop.com.)  There is a biking trail around the campground and the park.
  • Let’s attempt to camp together at Arkansas Campground (with electricity and showers). The campsite location for the bonfire will be announced on cwftalk.
  • If you are not interested in camping but want to stay overnight, Pueblo has multiple hotels in the area that are listed on-line for under $100. 
  • The campsite location for the bonfire (if one is held) will be announced here or on cwftalk.



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Trips Director


Pueblo Lake State Park Tailwater
Cottonwood Rd
Pueblo, CO 81005 United States
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Attendance: 7