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Tips for Eleven Mile Reservoir
This location is notorious for big trout and northern pike. Try to hit Eleven Mile Reservoir during the month of June if you plan on fly fishing. Water temperatures are in the 50s and 60s. You will find northern pike in the shallower waters usually hiding around sub surface structures or in abundant vegetation. Throw out a black bunny or deer hair popper if it is dry fly action you seek. Vary the speed in which you retrieve. Once July and August arrive water temperatures reach the 70s. Pike retreat to deeper cooler water. However, it is still possible to catch them feeding in the shallows early morning and late evening. If you find yourself watching a trout follow your fly give a pull into their peripheral. This may intice a hit.
You will also find rainbows, browns, snake river cutthroats, and kokanee salmon - particularly in Witchers Cove located in the SE corner of Eleven Mile Reservoir. A quality damselfly hatch occurs in July - best to fish the south portion of the reservoir as the vegetation is most bountiful there. If this location does not blow your hair back check out Spinney Mountain Reservoir right down the road.
Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout
8 trout - 2 fish 16 inches or greater
10 Northern Pike - 1 fish 32 inches or greater
All fishing is prohibited in the restricted area around the dam found on the east side of the reservoir. The area is marked off by a clousure buoy line. Catch and release within 100 feet of the mouth of the inlet. Fishing from any dock or island is prohibited. Fishing is permitted everywhere else.
EMR offers more than just outstanding fishing opportunities. Here you will find 100s of campsite sites along with five miles of hiking and biking trails awaiting exploration. You will also see people partaking in sailing, windsurfing and winter ice boating. This Gold Metal water is home for pike, trout, and stocked salmon. Bring out your bow and light up some carp. Bowfishing is phenomenal at this reservoir. Parking for the day is six dollars. Camping fee is fourteen a day; eighteen dollars if you would like an electrical hook up.
Colorado Springs Fly Shop
5767 N. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Woodland Park Fly Shop
301 E Hwy 24
Woodland Park, CO 80863