Summit County Fishing Report: Lower rivers means great fishing
Ryan Summerlin July 2, 2014
Rivers continue to recede, making for some outstanding fishing conditions this week. Streamers continue to be a good choice. Don’t hesitate to fish them in a “double” fashion, cast upstream and dead drift them past you and then swing them across at the end. You may be surprised at how often the take will be on the drift. Look for the caddis hatches to occur with regularity over the next few weeks. Early mornings and evenings are typically the best dry-fly action.
Not often mentioned, but light (1/8 ounce or less) marabou jigs are deadly right now. Cast across current in the deeper runs and give time for the jig to get to, or near to, the bottom and work back with a lift/drop retrieve. If you’re doing it right, expect to lose a number of them to the rocks, a small price for some great catching.
Dillon Reservoir is generally slow, but bait fishers are picking up a few in the inlet areas. Trolling minnow-style lures, such as Rapala’s, have been productive. Downstream Green Mountain Reservoir has been steady for those trolling dodgers followed by small lures. Look for the best action when there is a bit of chop on the water. Nearby Wolford continues to be slow and the water remains badly stained.
Williams Fork, Willow Creek, Grand Lake and Granby Reservoir are seeing decent action for those willing to work small crankbait-style lures near shore early in the day. As the day progresses, consider switching over to small jigs, such as Gulp minnows, which can be very effective. Casting spoons is also a good choice as they can be fished deeper.
South Park’s Eleven Mile Reservoir has been getting mixed reports, from skunked to great fishing. Morning action has been best for most anglers. Those trolling are having success using shad-colored crankbaits worked near shore in waters less than 20 feet deep. Shore anglers are catching a few on dough-style baits and worms. Working two rods (be sure you have a second rod stamp), one bait and throwing hardware, such as Kastmaster lures, is a great tactic.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir is seeing some damsels coming off, especially along the west side. Small olive woolly buggers work great as a larva imitation. Use short, quick strips with long pauses for maximum effectiveness.
Tarryall Reservoir has been producing lots of small rainbows with a variety of baits. Up the hill Jefferson Lake is fishing well for those trolling small spoons. Just expect large crowds at this time.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily.