Run-off has picked back up, so expect rivers — especially lower sections — to have high water levels and to be off-colored. The higher you go in elevation the more likely you’ll find clearer water, but even there the water will often be high making difficult fishing. Tail water fisheries, such as the Dream Stream and Blue River below Dillon and Green Mountain will be your best bet for moving waters at this time.
There are plenty of still-water fisheries to enjoy as alternatives. Taylor Park Reservoir has been fishing well and is ice free. The marina is open for the season. Most of the fish have been healthy rainbows, but an occasional pike has been reported.
Twin Lakes boat ramp is open and trollers are doing well on small rainbows, as are shore anglers. Most baits are working but the more popular are worms and dough baits.
South Park waters are a good option at this time. Of area reservoirs, Elevenmile Reservoir has been fishing the slowest. Tarryall Reservoir has been well stocked and is producing well. Most anything will produce, but give spoons a try for some steady action. Spinney Mountain Reservoir has a lot of nice fish holding shallow near shore. Egg patterns have been productive for fly fishers, as have midge patterns. Jefferson Lake still has a bit of ice, but they have opened the lower gate so you can drive most of the way up.
Shadow Mountain Reservoir is murky and fishing slow for the most part. Worms have been producing a few fish. Grand Lake is still in the low 40s making it a great time to chase lake trout, although the best action has been for brown trout. Working the shoreline with minnow-styled lures has yielded good results. Granby Lake is still below 50 degrees so there is still time to chase shallow lake trout with big streamers — Arapaho Bay is a good place to start.
Williams Fork Reservoir has been producing fair numbers of rainbows and a few lake trout. While a lot of pike are seen shallow, few are coming to the net. These are but a few of the open water options right now, so get out there and fish.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado editor for www.fishexplorer.com and writes a weekly column for the Summit Daily News.