May 23, 2013
Thursday 6/7, 2012
Crystal Lake is open and fishing very well. It was recently stocked and the midge and mayfly activity is underway, with damselflies bringing some big fish to the surface. Anglers are doing well from shore or float tube fishing surface dries or suspending a few nymphs beneath an indicator.
The Crystal Lakes are located on the west side of US 24 about six miles south of Leadville, a few miles north of where Highway 24 crosses over the Arkansas River and the railroad. The lakes adjoin the Reddy State Wildlife Area on the Arkansas River at the upstream end of public access to the Hayden Meadows area. The Crystal Lakes are considered mid-elevation lakes, fed by springs and a tributary stream, and typically ice-off in mid-May. Rich in midges and mayflies, the lake is home to both a healthy resident trout population and regularly stocked rainbows. A good alternative when high flows muddy even the uppermost end of the river, the Crystal Lakes has a good damselfly hatch in June.