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Elkhead Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 11-Jul-18
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Conditions : Elkhead Reservoir - As of 7/9/2018 fishing at Elkhead is fair with lots of pike and smallmouth caught during the CPW tournaments. Anglers were reporting success on various lures for both species. Keep in mind at the NORTH EAST ACCESS Pre inspection is required for all non-exempt hand launched vessels. You are required to have a seal and receipt to launch. Exempt vessels are: Kayaks, Canoes, Rafts, Belly Boats, Windsurfers (paddle boards), Sailboards, foldable plastic boats, float tubes and inner tubes.

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Fishing Elkhead Reservoir: Non-native warm-water species found in the reservoir include largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern  pike, channel catfish, bluegill, green sunfish, black crappie and western white sucker. Although not a warm-water species, some trout do live in the lake. Native species include round tail chub, speckled dace, flannel mouth sucker and blue head sucker.

Directions:  From Craig: Travel east on U.S. Highway 40 approximately 5 miles to the Elkhead turnoff. From Hayden: Travel north from Hayden on Routt county Road 76 to Routt County Road 78.

Boating:   Personal watercraft, water-skiing, canoeing and windsurfing. Boating prohibited if it creates a white-water wake north of buoy line or within 100 yards of the boat ramp.

Water Acres: 400, Elevation: 6,365 feet

  • Yellow pike
  • largemouth bass
  • smallmouth bass
  • channel catfish
  • bluegill

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