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Fishing Information

South Platte River - Denver

181 cfs
15 mph
91 °F
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated June 29, 2020 - 9:27am

Current River Flow Updates

Latest Update 6/29/2020 --

Flows at Englewood are currently at 248 CFS as of 6-29. Carping opportunities are still abundant throughout town. Warm water temperatures mean happy & healthy feeders. Sight is still the most important part of the carp game on the DSP. Don't expect any blind casting hook ups- these fish will require some effort to locate. The best indication of a feeding fish are tails- carp will root around with their tails up searching for food in the substrate. If you've ever came across a small cloud of disturbed muck in the river, chances are a carp was recently feeding there. Recognizing popular feeding lanes and holding areas are a necessity when targeting them. A few of our favorite carp patterns that have been working well lately are as followed: Zimmerman's backstabber (olive), Near nuff crayfish (orange), and Carpholios (black).

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.

Seasonal Conditions

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

Additional River Information

South Platte River below Chatfield Reservoir

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 181 cfs
  • Wind 15 mph
  • Temp 91 °F
  • High/Low 94/58

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.

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