With temperatures dropping, it won’t be long before folks start encountering iced-over waters. Until then, it’s a good time to enjoy some great fall fishing. As waters cool, fishing typically picks up as the fish feel an urge to fatten up as much as possible before nature puts a lid on their home.
Williams Fork Reservoir has been producing the occasional northern pike, but the best action has been trolling pop gear with a worm harness for rainbow trout. Run a second line with a small, bright spoon and you have a good shot at an occasional kokanee.
Wolford Mountain Reservoir fishing has been on the slow side, but that hasn’t kept folk from trying their hand for kokanee off the dam. A float with a pink jig is a good option. Expect them to start showing up as the waters continue to chill. A better choice for kokes is the inlet area of Green Mountain Reservoir, where several fishers have reported taking their limits.
Granby Lake has cooled down to the low 50s, which has the lake trout moving shallow to both spawn and feed. The dikes one and two are popular with anglers this time of year. Work slab spoons such as Kastmasters or 2- to 4-inch tube jigs. With the jigs, use light heads to minimize snags and lost gear.
South Park waters have been fishing well recently. As of last week, Jefferson Lake was still accessible and fishing well for smaller trout. Dough baits, such as power bait, were producing well. Now is a good time to consider using larger tubes around steeper areas for lake trout. This one will be closed due to snow before long.
Tarryall Reservoir has great water clarity and is producing a few trout on traditional baits. This is also a good time to try minnow-style lures for larger fish and the northern pike that prowl the shallows. Spinney Mountain Reservoir closes to boating at the end of the month, Oct. 31, so now is the time to make the run up. Trolling weed edges in 10 to 20 feet of water has been producing some good pike. Trout have also been active. Small streamers have been effective.
Eleven Mile Reservoir has cooled to the high 40s. It won’t be long before shore ice starts forming. Trolling remains the most consistent way to take fish, with silver spoons working well. Crankbaits have been doing well for northern pike, especially in the afternoons as waters warm slightly.