Are there trout in the Denver South Platte ?


Ronnie’s 24in Rainbow – 11/5/2015

 Denver, it’s my city and “A River Runs Through It” **

     Recent fishing (October and November 2015) in the Denver South Platte. This is a rainbow trout that I caught recently near Evans Ave and released healthy and strong for another day. The fish measured 24 inches and fought me very hard. It is a personal best
for DSP rainbows.
     Fisherman travel from all over the country to fish in Deckers Colorado, Green River Utah, and the famous Madison River in Montana, and yet we have this wonderful and vibrant fishery right here in our own backyard.

Lets promote it..!

     I’m also catching a lot of walleyes this year. Usually I catch 1 or 2 a year at 10-12 inches long.This year I am landing many over 16 inches, the biggest so far is 21 inches. Some people think that they washed out of Chatfield with the prolonged runoff this spring and summer. The smallmouth bass are strong and plentiful as usual, and the carp are still breaking my rods. No channel cats yet this year.
     The Denver Trout Unlimited, 10th Annual Carp Slam will be next September. The Carp Slam is DTU’s annual fund raiser. We raise and contribute about $25,000 dollars every year to studies, causes, and issues that effect fishing, wildlife and water quality in the Denver South Platte. The DTU Carp Slam is the biggest and longest surviving carp on a fly rod and fly tournaments in the country. Help support DTU, as all of the money goes back into making the DSP and riparian area a better place to go and enjoy yourself.
     If anyone wants to fish the DSP with me, let me know. I’ll take you to the best spots and I have equipment for you to use. All anglers have a place that they call their home water. I’m proud to call the Denver South Platte, “my home water”.
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Tight lines everyone, Ronnie Crawford,
Vice President, Overland Park Neighborhood Association
DTU Board member.
** “A River Runs Through It”, a movie starring Brad Pitt, fly fishing the Madison River.

Here are a couple rainbow that my nephew, Shawn Coulter, Carp Slam 2015 Slamateur, caught recently (October 2015) in the Denver South Platte in some of my favorite spots.

Carson Phase 2 has feeding trout.

One of many noses picking off a nice healthy hatch of bwos.

Phase 2 from Carson Nature Center downstream toward Reynolds Landing Park

What was a barren construction zone in January 2015 is evolving into a very nice urban fishery in November 2015. The high flows near 3,000 CFS in June-July took some of the topsoil out of areas slated for riparian replanting but all the structure seemed intact and the improved narrowed channels seem to have been retained. Willows planted along the banks in areas have new leaves.

The nicest surprise was the trout feeding along some stretches. More water would definitely help this fishery but the low flow design has obviously worked. Chatfield is putting less than 1 cfs into the Denver South Platte at the moment (11/7/2015.)

Carp Slammers Score


CARP SLAM IX- 2015 – Carp with a fly on the Denver South Platte   …more details

9/12/2015: More inches of Carp than ever. Many, many bass, and quite a few walleye.

1st Galvin/Putzier 100.75″
2nd Mueller/Wilson 58.5″
3rd Muchow/Heale 56.5″
Largest Carp- Cody Muchow 32″
Largest Exotic- Barry Reynolds 20” Walleye

Slamateur Fund Raising:

1st Place: Scott Demoss $2,306  2nd Place: Frank Wilson – $1,650 !!!  Over $1,000 Shawn Coulter and Joe Marr  …. Slamateurs raised over $13,228.