Tailwaters continue to fish well for those wishing for open water. South Park’s South Platte River, aka the “Dream Stream,” in is producing good numbers for those working midge, baetis and small egg patterns. Fish mid-week, when pressure is lower. Simple conditions exist on the Blue River below Dillon. Add mysis patterns to your box to increase your chances of success.
Ice fishing is going to be your best option for the next couple of months. Dillon Reservoir is fully capped and offering fair fishing. The best action is in the shallower waters near shore, less than 20 feet. Any number of baits will work, but small ice jigs tipped with a meal or wax worm are great choices. The inlets are producing a few fish, but it’s best to be early and ahead of the crowds.
Downriver, Green Mountain Reservoir has been producing good numbers of rainbows in shallow water. If you keep quiet and work jigs with sucker, you have a shot at lake trout, but they’re spooky. For more consistent lake trout action, fish deeper waters.
Lake trout action on Granby Lake is solid, with limits not uncommon. Taking the smaller fish is a good idea; larger fish, longer than 24 inches, are best released. As with most lake trout waters, moving shallow is a good way to find faster trout action. Downsize your offerings and be sure to work the various depths to ensure good action. If Granby is slow, consider heading over to Willow Creek Reservoir, where action has been outstanding for 8- to 12-inch trout. Ice is a good — 18 inches thick.
South Park waters continue to be very popular with anglers. Persistence has a way of producing an occasional fish, especially when there’s a chance of one longer than 18 inches. Elevenmile Reservoir has around 20 inches of ice. Most successful anglers have been using tube jigs, but reports indicate fish are being taken on a large number of items. Antero Reservoir also has been fishing on the slow side. The situation is similar to Elevenmile. Tarryall Reservoir is a little better for faster action, but not much.
If you’re up for a trip, head west and fish the Grand Mesa. Island Lake is one of many waters fishing well. Rainbows are abundant, and an occasional splake is being taken. Just remember to take snowshoes or skis; otherwise, you will be limited to fishing near the snowmobile trails.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily News.