Summit County Fishing Report: Ice begins to form on upper elevation waters |

Summit County Fishing Report: Ice begins to form on upper elevation waters

Dave Coulson

In upcoming weeks, lots of change to the landscape will occur, including many waters developing an ice coat. It’s already happening on some of the small ponds near timberline. Even Dillon Reservoir is showing a bit of ice along the shore at the inlets, and anglers are reporting icing guides as they fish early in the morning – even though fishing is on the slow side.

Early ice is strong ice, but anglers need to use extreme caution and not venture out for a couple of weeks after first freeze, or until at least four inches of ice is in place.

Reports indicate a few kokanee have moved into the Blue River and that they are showing up periodically at the inlet to Green Mountain Reservoir. However, snagging has been slow and anglers are outnumbering the fish at this time. As kokanee can move in and out quickly, either plan on sitting it out, hoping to hit the run, or look to catch better fish while waiting for them. Switch up techniques when you spot porpoising.

If you’re just looking to catch, but not keep kokanee, the Dream Stream in South Park is a good option right now, with both salmon and brown trout showing in good numbers. Those numbers also meant plentiful fishermen.

Wolford Reservoir is another option for kokanee, especially around the dam area. Keep in mind that snagging is not permitted there. However, bright lures, jigs, flies, and jigs worked below a float all have the potential to produce. Trout action has been slow, and the waters are fairly stained.

Rivers, especially the Eagle River all the way downstream to Gypsum, remain low and clear. Not much has changed since last week, so fly-fishers should look for sporadic hatches of blue-winged olives and midges, especially when skies are cloudy or during low-light periods. Streamers early and late in the day have the best shot at larger browns, but please avoid fishing redds. During the day, any variety of nymphs will work, particularly reddish brown and peacock patterns. As the waters continue to cool, look for the fish to move into deeper, slower waters.

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