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Fishing Information

South Platte River - Denver

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN Fishing Report
Rating
3/5
Flow
123 cfs
Wind
12 mph
Temperature
23 °F
Low/High
18/31
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated February 24, 2021 - 11:01pm by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update 2/22/21--

Fishing is still good through town despite the off color water from our most recent storm. Carp are out and about in strong numbers and still happily feeding on standard forage. Dumbbell eye crawdad imitations paired with 12lb fluorocarbon has been our go-to rig lately. Barry's Carp Bitter (Rust, Olive #4), Detroit Mop City (XL Lead #2), and Chickabou Craws (#6) are just a few of many good choices.

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 at Denver

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 123 cfs
  • Wind 12 mph
  • Temp 23 °F
  • High/Low 18/31

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.