Fishing Information

Clear Creek

24 cfs
13 mph
26 °F
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated October 31, 2019 - 12:00pm

Current River Flow Updates

Latest Update 10/31/19 -- Flows in Golden just dropped to the 50 cfs mark. Flows up around Idaho Springs are slightly lower, sitting near 39 cfs. Our favorite thing to do on Clear Creek is dry fly fish, and good news, the fish are still looking to feed on the surface during the warmer parts of the day. A small attractor dry such as a size 18 purple parawulff with a size 20 parachute adams or hi-vis griffith gnat has been producing plenty of fish. Make sure you have a good supply of floatant because you will need it. If the dry fly bite slows down on a colder day, fish have consistently been eating Two Bit Hookers, Olive Zebra Midges, RS2's, and small Rainbow Warriors. The key to catching a lot of fish on Clear Creek is to always be moving. Plan on a lot of rock hopping and even driving from spot to spot throughout the day. If the dry fly fishing just isn't producing, an indicator rig with the above mentioned flies will work perfectly. A good starting point is to fish 3 or 4 feet below the indicator, but always be willing to adjust depth. With cooler temps and the fall brown trout spawn, don't hesitate to throw small streamers such as Sculpzillas, Krafts Kreelex, and Wooly Buggers in a variety of colors. Take advantage of fishing clear creek for the next couple of weeks before it freezes for the winter.

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

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  • Flow 24 cfs
  • Wind 13 mph
  • Temp 26 °F
  • High/Low 27/10

Clear Creek near Downieville

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  • Flow 30 cfs
  • Wind 8 mph
  • Temp 13 °F
  • High/Low 20/4

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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