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Fishing Information

Clear Creek

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN Fishing Report
Rating
2/5
Flow
162 cfs
Wind
13 mph
Temperature
90 °F
High/Low
92/60
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated June 29, 2020 - 10:27am

Current River Flow Updates

Latest Update 6/29/20 -- Flows at Golden are at 430 CFS as of 6-29. Flows are dropping, the creek is still running fairly strong but the clarity is getting better. Go with a foam hopper and a bright or flashy nymph to get the attention of any fish holding along the banks or calm pockets behind boulders. 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. You might have to walk a lot to find calm pockets with holding fish. If you have some clarity it still fishes well, if its muddy you might want to consider fishing elsewhere. Upper Clear creek is more manageable as far as flows go. Strategy is still the same but you will find more areas that fish can hold in.



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 162 cfs
  • Wind 13 mph
  • Temp 90 °F
  • High/Low 92/60

Clear Creek near Downieville

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 146 cfs
  • Wind 11 mph
  • Temp 71 °F
  • High/Low 74/48

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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