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Fishing Information

Clear Creek

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN Fishing Report
Rating
3/5
Flow
248 cfs
Wind
13 mph
Temperature
68 °F
High/Low
70/39
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated May 25, 2020 - 11:50am

Current River Flow Updates

Latest Update 5/25/20 -- Flows at Golden are at 381 CFS as of 5-25. These flows are better for a rafting trip, if you are fishing lower on the creek you will need to find calm pockets along the banks with a dry dropper rig. Go with a foam hopper and a bright or flashy nymph to get the attention of any fish holding in those areas. Don't be shy on sizes, tiny flies won't get the job done. Water clarity is going to be more of a factor than flow. If you have some clarity it still fishes well, if its muddy you might want to consider fishing elsewhere.



River Information

Clear Creek has fishable water from Golden all the way to Loveland Ski Resort. Up high above Georgetown there is a good mix of species including some nice cutthroats. Fishing around Golden and the lower canyon is a great option for those who do not have much time to get out and fish and are looking to stay near Denver. In the lower stretches below Idaho Springs it is a mixed bag of Rainbows, Brook Trout, and Brown Trout. Average fish length here is somewhere in the 6-10" range with 14"+ being a large fish for the river. These fish are not too pressured and will willingly eat bushy dries throughout the warm months.

Seasonal Conditions

Clear Creek, for the most part, is fishable year round. Runoff definitely hits this river hard, making it an extremely popular place for whitewater rafting. If you plan to fish Clear Creek from late Spring through mid-Summer, plan on seeing countless whitewater rafts throughout the day. Additionally, due to the fact that it parallels I-70, silence will not be a companion of yours throughout the day. The good news is the fish are there and getting a handful (or several handfuls) in your net throughout the day is typically a very doable task.

Additional River Information

Clear Creek at Golden

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 248 cfs
  • Wind 13 mph
  • Temp 68 °F
  • High/Low 70/39

Clear Creek near Downieville

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 135 cfs
  • Wind 19 mph
  • Temp 48 °F
  • High/Low 51/31

River access

Clear Creek offers anglers and abundance of public access. The stretch of river along I-70 is certainly the most popular. Here is a list of a few fish filled and easy to find places:

Junction of I-70 and Hwy 6. (Park across from the Restaurant.) Public access is allowed up to Hidden Valley at Exit 243. Additinal parking is also available on south side of I-70 at Exit 243.

Clear Creek Canyon – Junction of Hwy 6 and Hwy 119. Park along Hwy 6 and fish upstream. Approximately 3 miles of public access exist here.

Bakerville Loveland Trail – Take exit 221 off of I-70. Public fishing access is availble headed west for 5 miles from Exit 221 to the Loveland Ski Area at exit 216.

Courtney Riley Cooper Park – Take Exit 241 from I-70 into Idaho Springs. This park is located across from the Safeway and Visitor Center. Grills, picnic tables, restrooms and a wheel chari accessible fishing pier are available here.

Clear Creek Ranger District Office – Take Exit 240 from I-70 in Idaho Springs. Head south on Hwy 103 approximately one block to the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Office. Public parking is available here and you are able fish up or down stream.

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