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Summit County fishing report

Dave Coulson
special to the daily

Free! Now’s there’s an attention-getting word and this upcoming weekend should be on your horizon as it’s free fishing weekend. You don’t need a fishing license Saturday or Sunday to fish. That’s good for many, but it also means you should expect more traffic, on many waters, such as Dillon Reservoir.

Fishing has been a bit slow at Dillon, but fishing with worms, eggs or PowerBait has been producing a few rainbows. Another decent option is to toss hardware, such as small spoons.

The Blue River, below Dillon continues to be consistent and a popular fishery. Don’t expect to be alone, but when an area has minimal traffic, look for fish to be active in the ripples, where they will readily take small midges fished on 6 or 7X tippet.

Further downstream, Green Mountain Reservoir continues to fill slowly. The Heeney Marina has shore launching for boats. The inlet areas have been fishing well with lures, such as Mepps or Panther Martins. Worms will always produce a few fish.

The upper section of the Eagle River is also fishing well. Minnow-style lures and tube jigs are good alternatives to fly fishing. Flows are up, but the river is generally clear, although expect it to muddy slightly in the afternoon. Small stones or other larger versions of Copper Johns and Prince Nymphs are good choices.

While a little bit of a drive, Taylor Park Reservoir might be worth the effort. Fishing has been excellent as of late. Good numbers of rainbow being caught on most trout flies/lures/baits. But it’s the lake trout and pike that are exciting many, with both being caught from the shore.

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