Rivers continue to be at their best in terms of flows, clarity and fishing. Look for better action in the afternoons as the waters warm slightly. Early and late in the day will be best for dry-fly action as midges and mayflies will be coming off at those times. Cloudy days will often see midday hatches. During the bright hours concentrate on the deeper runs with nymphs and attracter patterns, such as eggs. Streamer fishing should remain solid right up until the rivers start icing up.
For those looking to launch trailered boats, High Country options are becoming increasingly slim. South Park waters, other than Tarryall have closed their ramps for the season. Most are allowing float tubes only, nothing else. The same is true for Williams Fork Reservoir concerning boating. However, the fishing on most waters has been good, which should last for a couple more weeks until the waters start icing over.
Taylor Park Reservoir has been fishing well for rainbows using spoons, spinners and jigs. The kokanee have also been cooperative, with some nice fish up to 21 inches being caught. Wolford Reservoir is another good choice for kokanee at this time. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been running egg-collection operations and giving fish to license holders. Fishing for them is more fun, and folks have been seeing some solid action off the dam.
The next few weeks will be a great time to chase lake trout from the shores of reservoirs before they ice up. Good options include Williams Fork, Green Mountain, Granby and Grand Lake. Spoons, minnow crankbaits, spinners, tube jigs and large streamers are all good bets. The best action is typically early or late, though fishing a storm can be productive. The best color choices are white or black.
Waters over 11,000 are seeing ice. A few hardy souls hiking into high mountain waters have been having good early season success. However, extreme caution is needed on early ice. Don’t go it alone, carry a throw rope, consider wearing a life jacket and carrying a pair of ice picks to assist if you fall through. Be safe. No fish is worth a life.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily.