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Summit County fishing report

special to the dailyFor all those who think winter isn't for fishing, take a look at this. Alan Gallegos of Silverthorne welcomed in the New Year by reeling in a 27-inch long (14-inch girth) brown trout on the Colorado River. 'It was a wonderful fight and an incredible blessing,' Gallegos said.

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Lake trout action continues to be good at area waters, most notably Green Mountain, William Fork and Granby. The ticket seems to be to fish deeper water from 30-60 feet with tube jigs tipped with a strip of sucker, although there is a small group of anglers who consistently work shallow waters, 10 feet or less. Typically these folks fish from shelters. The darken space allows them to watch the action unfold in the hole. This tactic also works well for other species, especially walleye and northern pike.

With the warmer days, many fly fishers have been taking to the tailwater fisheries, such as the Blue, below Dillon, and South Park’s Dream Stream. Don’t expect to be alone, especially on the weekends. With open water at a premium, runs frequently get shared. Midges are always a good bet right now, sizes 20-24 in black or red on lighter tippet.

For those just looking to catch a few trout, consider fishing some of the less popular waters such as Officers Gulch, Sylvan State Park or Williams Creek Reservoir. The fish are generally cooperative and you’ll make up size with action. Even popular water, such as Dillon, remains productive, if you take the time to set up shop away from the crowds. At inlet areas, fish a bit further out on the channel, which will often produce better action. For rainbows, small teardrop jigs tipped with a mealworm is a good choice. Be sure to work the entire water column until you find the right depth.