Overall River Rating:

3/5

South Platte River - Denver (DSP) Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update 8/21/16: The steady flows on the DSP have made for some great carp fishing the past few weeks. The fish seem to be fairly grabby this season! Check out flats adjacent to deep water, riprap piles, and slow moving pools for feeding fish. Crayfish, leeches, and buggy olive nymph-style carp flies have been the ticket. The by-catch has been pretty steady as well. We have seen some decent smallies,sunfish, and trout caught in between pods of carp on the same bugs.

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. 



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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.