Dave Coulson
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July 16, 2014
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Summit County Fishing Report: Options abound but you may not be alone

South Park’s Eleven Mile Reservoir is clear and full. Unfortunately, the catching has slowed down recently. Those trolling spoons, crank baits and spinners have been managing a few nice rainbows. Evening and early mornings will be best for fly-fishing. Spinney Mountain Reservoir is also full and is seeing good hatches of callibaetis, midges and damselflies. Morning has been best for midges; afternoons are good for damselfly adults and nymphs. Tarryall Reservoir has been well stocked and anglers are catching good numbers of rainbows on a wide variety of baits, lures and flies. It’s a great option just to catch a few fish; however, expect to encounter lots of your fellow anglers.

Dillon Reservoir is starting to warm, and is nice and full. Unfortunately, the trout have been relatively uncooperative. A better option is to fish the Blue River below the reservoir, especially during the week when the crowds are lighter. Mysis shrimp and midges continue to be the favored flies, though small attractors are also effective. At current flows, concentrate on the shore edges and use caution when wading.

Downstream Wolford Mountain Reservoir is dropping and clearing, but remains stained. Evening trolling has been producing a few kokanee; small, brightly colored spoons worked near the surface are good options.

Granby Lake is also full and fishing well for small lake trout using the ever-popular small jig and sucker meat. Most of the fish are being caught around breaks/edge in 50-100 feet of water.

Those trolling Williams Fork Reservoir are picking up a number of small lake trout and kokanee with spoons, especially silver in fairly shallow waters. Like many popular areas, if you go don’t expect to have the lake to yourself.

Other solid lake trout options right now are Turquoise Lake and Taylor Park Reservoir. Working jigging spoons, such as larger Kastmasters, in 25-100 feet of water is an effective tactic at this time.

Rivers continue to drop, clear and warm up. The Eagle River is offering outstanding action at this time, especially dry-fly action.

While you may catch a morning hatch, the afternoon caddis hatches are your best bet. Pale morning dun’s and golden stonefly patterns also are good choices, especially when the caddis are not obvious.

The Colorado River is fishing solid, as the flows are still strong; use caution wading, particularly the lower river around Glenwood. Streamers are working well, as are larger stonefly nymphs fished along the shore edges.

Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily News.


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