Tail Waters/Sarvis Creek Fishing, Yampa River Fishing -

Fishing Report 1.14.21 - Written by John Almen

It’s been cold here in the Yampa Valley but the fishing has been fantastic! Last week we kicked off our guided ice fishing tours and had an awesome time out there on the ice. There’s been a couple of trips out to Stagecoach Reservoir so far and we caught some sizable trout and pike. We had a lot of success at 20 to 25 feet depth.


Out at Steamboat Lake we measured 13 to 18 inches of ice. We had more bites around 13 to 20 feet depth and we recommend sticking to the edges of the lake because that’s where the fish have been hanging out.

Bait/Flies to use for dead sticks:

  • Mealworms
  • Waxworms
  • Super worms

Bait for Jigging:

  • Master cast spoons
  • Gulp Minnows 


As we mentioned before, the road to the Stagecoach tailwaters closed January 1 but you are still allowed to fly fish there as long as you’re willing to hike the 1.75 miles to get there.



It’s been fairly cold the last few days but don’t let that stop you from going outside. In fact, it’s very comfortable between 10AM and 3PM when the sun is directly overhead.



The Elk River is completely covered with snow. If you’re looking to fly fish at a location other than the tailwaters, the ice shelves on the side of the Yampa River downtown are fishable and we’re finding small midges. Make sure you find sections with faster moving water because there is less ice build up and you’ll get a cleaner drift.

Thanks for reading and we can’t wait to see you out there!