Overall River Rating:

3/5

South Platte River - Denver (DSP) Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update 4/19/16: The DSP is a pretty big mess right now after this latest snow storm. Things should be clearing to some degree in the coming days/weeks, however it only takes a little rain for it to cloud right back up. Give us a call if you're unsure on river conditions and planning to make a trip here. The carp and smallmouth fishing should be quite good as long as the river has some decent visibility!

River Information

The Denver South Platte (or DSP) flows right through the heart of Denver and offers anglers the ultimate in urban fly fishing. The river is home to a wide variety of warm water fish, however does hold trout in some of the upper sections. Without a doubt, no fish has put the DSP on the map more than the Carp. These ultra spooky fish have become a prime target for many of us here at the shop and have both frustrated and rewarded countless other anglers across this city and beyond. Aside from the Carp, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Suckers, Catfish and Walleye all reside in this waterway. The upper few miles, just downstream of C-470, north to Mineral Blvd, typically runs a little colder and holds the highest density of trout. This stretch is also undergoing stream renovations which should improve the quality of the trout fishery. 



Hatches

Crawfish and Baitfish patterns, streamers. 


Seasonal Conditions

Fishable year round. The warmer months will be most productive for the warm water species here. 


River Access

River access is plentiful throughout the entirety of this stretch of river. Anglers will find countless access spots from C-470 north to 104th St. Feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call for the most up to date report on what stretches are fishing best.