Arkansas River, Lake Fork A-4

Description: Approximately 3/4 mile of the Lake Fork of the Arkansas River, plus another 3/4 mile on Rock and Willow Creeks. This tailwater of Turquoise Lake averages 25 feet in width and offers one of the most spectacular vistas of all our tracts. Good population of Browns to 18 inches and a few cutthroats over 18 inches. Rock and Willow Creeks are much smaller and offer heavy willow cover and some beaver pond-type water.

Location: This property is located 4 miles SW of Leadville, less than two hours from Denver.

Capacity: Limited to 2 anglers.

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes:

Adult 1/2 Day
Adult Aftn.
Youth 1/2 Day
Youth Aftn.

Property Log Book Comments

Low 20's, overcast, howling wind and blowing snow made this a perfect day to fish this beautiful property. I caught 3 browns in about 90 minutes of fishing ranging from 10" - 15." This was my first time fishing here so I wasted considerable time looking for deeper pockets between the riffle sections. All were caught on different color #20 midge larva imitations (grey, white and red) fished deep behind larger beadhead nymphs. Two were caught in the final deep bend before the downstream bridge and the largest came from a pocket close to the bridge. ~ Matt Leavy -- February 28th, 2014

The weather report said 45F for a high, but it hit 55F. At 10,000 feet of elevation that is a pretty nice autumn day. The wind howled at times, but it was not constant. The sun was out and clouds came over occasionally. The mountains were covered in snow, and they looked absolutely beautiful. The water level was good. There were not a lot of holes that held fish, but there were enough. I saw approximately 12-15 pairs of spawning fish. There were also spawning redds visible in many spots without fish on them. So, how was the fishing? It was fantastic. I caught fish on princes; black midge pupae; and black buggers - LOTS of fish on black buggers. I missed many strikes as well. It was obvious in three of the first fours casts that they were digging streamers. The results were: hard strike; snapped-off (switched to 2X); no strike; then fish on.....again, again, and again. The fishing was amazing. This property has left me scratching my head in the past after pounding the water and coming-up with 5 fish in 7 hours. It has also yielded a couple of days like today. The largest one I caught was 17.25" measured. It was a beautiful male. I did not make a single cast into the beaver ponds or slow flowing areas the beavers have created. It is a phenomenal brown trout fishery. It just depends on whether or not they want to play nice or not. ~ Mike -- October 13th, 2013

Day started out pretty nice, broken clouds and sun. About 2 got cold and rain. About 10 fish--all browns 12 to 15 inches. Several on dropper (Flashback Pheasant Tail) below hopper. Lots of moss so dropper pretty short. Several on black/green bugger ~ billj -- September 18th, 2013

The weather was unsettled with sun alternating with clouds and sporadic rains. The water has little cover in terms of rocks for fish to hide behind, but lots of weed beds. Rarely were fish seen rising in the middle. Most often rises were seen along the undercut banks. Hoppers were seen flying about, as well as a few Yellow Sally stones, a few small mayflies, and a few small caddis, but there never really were any concentrated hatches. Most of the day I fished a dry-dropper rig and the fish (all browns) never took the dropper. Fish were taken on Charlie Boy Hoppers, orange Stimulators, and small Parachute Adams. Five fish came to the net that day with the largest being about 15 inches. Toughest part of the day was chasing the cows away from my truck. Apparently they associate vehicles with handouts, so if you have a remote alarm on your key fob it could come in handy to chase them off. ~ George Franklin -- August 28th, 2013

Started at the downstream boundary of the property about 10am. Caught approximately 8 fish in the first hour and a half and about 15 over the course of the day. While I frequently saw fish feeding on the surface everyone one of my fish were caught using a bead head flashback pheasant tail nymph. I tried a variety of dry flies that never received any interest including yellow sallies, PMD's, rio grande trude, etc.. Most of the fish were browns and ranged in size from 10 inches to 18 inches. Great day! ~ Ed -- July 15th, 2013

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