The DSP offers some of the largest carp in the area, and some of the wisest. Carp fly fishing has a dedicated local following, putting pressure on the fishery. The extra element of river current adds to the challenge of fooling these fish. But again patience, perseverance, and respect for the fish will pay off in time.
The Denver South Platte is truly an urban fishery, cutting right through the heart of the city. Parts of the river have undergone restoration, and work continues to bring back the resource. Denver’s temperate winters don’t allow the river to freeze over, and the carp that inhabit it will feed throughout the year. This allows for good growth rates and some BIG carp!
The South Platte through Denver, Colorado is also the competition grounds for the famous South Platte Pro-Am Carp Slam. The tournament was started as a way of helping promote restoration, improvement, and usage of our local waterway. Professional and amateur anglers get together at the end of each summer in randomly assigned two-man teams to stalk carp right through the city. 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the tournament. Our Chris Galvin was fortunate enough to win the tournament in both 2015 and 2016.
It’s not well known that the South Platte through Denver is a year-round fishery for carp, smallmouth bass, and even trout. In the cooler months, the best days are during a warming trend. Give us a call, or quick email to inquire about current conditions.