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Trouts Journal

Snowpack Update

Ivan Orsic / Apr 13, 2016

As we move into the middle part of April, we approach the "peak" of our Winter snowpack and can begin to predict our how our Summer fishing season is likely to shape up. As the map below shows, we currently stand at 88% of our statewide average. What is notable though is near and above snowpack percentages in the Northern part of the state, and the sub-100 regions in the South. While Southern Colorado received significant early season snow, the Northern part of Colorado has been the fruitful receiver of tremendous spring snow. We have yet to see what this weekends "Snow/RainMagedon" will bring, but it is fair to say that we are looking good heading into runoff.

On that note, let's chat a bit on our Spring runoff. As in any year, our runoff is entirely dependent on weather. Daytime temperatures, sun and clouds, rain or snow - all of these factors will play into how fast or slow our winter bounty melts. So far this spring we have seen a mix of warm and cool temperatures in Denver and the High Country, so at this point it's anyone's guess as to how fast or slow our winter snow will melt. While the weather may remain uncertain at this point, we'll be sure to keep you up-to-speed on how everything develops.

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