Summit County Fishing Report: Lower Blue River in Silverthorne fishing well |

Summit County Fishing Report: Lower Blue River in Silverthorne fishing well

Dave Coulson
special to the daily

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Dillon Reservoir is seeing quite a bit of traffic from shore anglers, especially around inlet areas. While the reports aren’t outstanding, fair numbers of rainbows are being caught on any number of baits and lures. Look for good fly and bubble action in the evenings. Work the steeper banks from a boat with marabou jigs. While this isn’t a highly productive technique, it will produce few nice browns.

The Blue River below Dillon Dam through Silverthorne continues to fish well. Those anglers who take the time to spot fish and then fish to them with midges, small mayfly nymphs or Mysis shrimp are doing best. Light tippets, 6 or 7X are a must.

Below Green Mountain Reservoir the river is experiencing flow changes throughout the week as the Bureau of Reclamation makes adjustments based on the numerous user demands. Anglers should be prepared for this, as the pattern is expected to continue into the fall. Frequent changes can disrupt the fishing as the fish try to adjust. Expect the best fishing shortly after the releases are bumped up.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir is still reporting good kokanee action, although not for everyone. A depth finder makes the task easier, but even then anglers need to change up depths, speed and lures until they pick up a fish. Once one is caught, continue to work the area hard as these schooling fish will often stick around. Keep in mind that as we move toward fall the kokanee will tend to work toward inlet areas. This is true for Green Mountain, Dillon, Elevenmile and other kokanee waters.

South Park waters have been producing a few fish, but the numbers are down. Very few are limiting out. No need to travel to fish at this time.

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