Dillon Tank, a 3,000 acre storage reservoir, is owned and run by the Denver Water Board. Located nearby to I-70 near Dillon, it is among the most accessible mountain tanks in the state.Lake Dillon
was formed when the Dillon dam was integrated in 1963 to supply storage for Denver’s water supply. The old town of Dillon was flooded and a lot of the buildings were moved to the present towns of Dillon and Silverthorne. It took a couple of years for the reservoir to fill. By the mid-1970s Lake Dillon turned into one of Colorado’s premier brown trout fisheries.For several years Lake Dillon was the location to be if you wished to catch a trophy brown trout. Then, in the early 1980s, freshwater shrimp were artificially presented. It was believed that the shrimp would enhance the fishing by offering forage for the brown and rainbow trout. An opposite effect occurred as the shrimp population blew up out of control and crashed the food chain. The fishing was poor, with a lot of catches consisting of small slim brown trout and equipped rainbows.Randy Ford, from Alpine Fishing Adventures, joined me on my radio show last Saturday to bring me up to speed on a renewal of the Dillon Reservoir fishery. For many years, wildlife supervisors have actually worked to bring back the fishery by stocking hundreds of thousands of fingerling rainbow trout to fill the gap in the food cycle by providing forage for the mature fish in the tank. The bigger fish can then make the most of a respected sucker population in the lake.In the late 1990s arctic char, a deep water home species that feeds prolifically on the shrimp, was presented. Lake Dillon and another lake in Maine are the only waters arctic char can be found in the lower 48. Additional stocking of rainbows continues and extra arctic char equipping over the previous years by Colorado Parks and Wildlife have actually shown to be efficient. “We are experiencing the very best fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, arctic char and kokanee salmon that Dillon Lake has actually offered in numerous years,” Ford said.In addition to being only one of 2 reservoirs in the lower 48 that has arctic char, Lake Dillon has the only recognized naturally taking place, self-sufficient kokanee salmon run. The reservoir has not been equipped with kokanee salmon for over Ten Years, yet there are some extremely respected kokanee salmon performs at the reservoir. The salmon tend to run little and are mainly pursed by ice anglers.Once once again Dillon Tank is taking its place as a premier fishery in Colorado. With the restored development rate of the brown trout I expect to begin hearing of trophy captures as soon as again.
The arctic char are becoming prolific. The equipped fish have actually developed and successfully replicated. Huge char, fish over 20 inches, are becoming more common.Arctic char are comparable in look to lake trout and brook trout, our other Colorado char species. Some of the differences are that arctic char have a relatively little mouth (especially compared to lake trout), their body shape is slim, they do not have the “halos”around the areas on their body that brook trout have, and they have no markings on the dorsal fin. Like other char types, the fall colors of the male fish are spectacular.Dillon as soon as again offers excellent fishing from a boat, from shore and through the ice. During the winter season the char are distributed throughout the lake and can be simple to find. Little jigs fished through the ice can be really effective. You do not need to wait up until
spring to delight in the rebirth of one of Colorado’s premier fisheries.You can discover Colorado Parks and Wildlife”lake survey”of Dillon Reservoir by click on this link. Click the
link listed below to listen to my whole interviews with Randy Ford. Join Terry every Saturday at 9 a.m. for all your outdoor info on Terry Wickstrom Outdoors FM 104.3 The Fan.