A-4 Lake Fork

By July 21, 2013

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

Beautiful day with minimal wind. Flows were at 17cfs or so and water was clear. Some mayflies and midges but no real hatch and no risers at all. Caught mostly browns with a few bows and one brookie in the morning on a #18 stonefly trailing a SJ worm but it was slow going. Tried various dries and baetis, Copper Johns, other bead heads and annelids without success. Spooked a few but didn't see very many. Rain clouds rolled in around 2:00 so we left a bit early with about 18 between the 3 of us. ~ Larry G -- August 4th, 2016

Fun day on A-4! The weather was perfect, some cloud cover, mild temps and little wind. We started at the lower boundary and worked our way up. There are some great features to fish on the lower half, not a ton of bites but we each got a few 12-13 inch browns. They were taken on a white and green caddis imitation below the surface. Most of the action was on the banks, but as we moved up to the flatter areas the fish were crushing huge stimis with an orange body. We then continued to through the upper portion of the property using the same rigs and having success. We spooked a couple really big fish, but didn't get any luck in the new pools. I love the new features and look forward to when the fish start moving into them. ~ Brad Rettig -- June 22nd, 2016

Add together a beautiful setting, a winding, braided stream and plenty of fish and you're at the Lake Fork. We started in the braids and got nowhere. But the main channel was another matter. Lots of stream improvements provide a water-calming effect along with plunge pools, deep runs and riffles. There is something new and enticing around every bend. Oddly, my guest caught nothing but browns and I caught nothing but bows, even when when we traded rods and fished the same pools. We each ended with double digits and big smiles. Totally worth the drive. ~ Larry G. -- June 18th, 2016

Bright and sunny day. No action in AM. Afternoon and upper property better with fish taken on midges and baetis and occasional bead head flashback. Water has good clarity, flows were at ~20 cfs. Be sure to get gate combo when you make a reservation. ~ Mike Narkewicz -- June 4th, 2016

Flows were good today with a mix of sun and clouds and about 90 minutes of rain in the afternoon. Fish were feeding all day, although there were no hatches and almost all fish were taken subsurface. We fished most of the day with a stimulator/hares ear (#18) with consistent results, about 5:1 on the dropper. Fish were either along the bank or in the riffles at the river bend pools. Egg sucking leech worked well in the quiet channel where the fish were tucked along tight to the bank. Overall, about 30 fish between to two of us. ~ ken cohen -- July 27th, 2015

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