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Fishing Information

South Platte River - Denver

27 cfs
5 mph
37 °F
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated November 29, 2020 - 2:01pm by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update 11/18/2020 --

Fishing will be good through town as we head into colder days. Expect to find some carp through town, and even the occasional trout. Juvenile crawdad patterns in many different weights and colors have been working well for the carp lately. For the bottom feeders we have been using #2 Detroit mop cities, #4 Great Carpholios, & #8 Hipster Dufus'. For suspended fish, a #8 Swimming nymph and other similar nymph patterns have been working great.

Historical River Flow

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 27 cfs
  • Wind 5 mph
  • Temp 37 °F
  • High/Low 28/38

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.