Summit County Fishing Report: Steer clear of spawning sites; trout biting on variety of bait |

Summit County Fishing Report: Steer clear of spawning sites; trout biting on variety of bait

Dave Coulson
Special to the Daily

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As brown trout color up in preparation for the spawn, they will start forming redds in the next few weeks. Avoid fishing and wading in spawning sites. However, fishing egg patterns below the redds will often produce good rainbow trout.

The Eagle River continues to run low and clear. While nymphs, such as pheasant tails, hare’s ears, aebra midges and caddis are working well, don’t hesitate to give dries a try, especially around sunset. Adams, blue dunes, blue-winged olives, renegades and midges are also all good choices for the Eagle River as well as for the Blue River above Green Mountain Reservoir and most sections of the Colorado River.

Though there was an early surge of kokanee a couple weeks ago, they have not shown up at the inlet to Green Mountain Reservoir in any numbers since. Still, good numbers of folks snagging have tried. The good news is the trout fishing has been excellent on a variety of baits, such as power bait.

Grand Lake and Granby Reservoir are cooling and lake trout action has been picking up. Though most fish are being caught fairly deep, at 60-100 feet or so, using primarily jigging tubes and spoons tipped with sucker, look for fish to start moving shallower as water temperatures continue to drop. Fish will move up onto shallow shelves (10-40 feet) to spawn over the next couple of months.

South Park waters continue to attract good numbers of anglers. Of the group, Tarryall Reservoir has been getting good reports. Trout are doing well on a variety of small lures and flies, but anglers should consider northern pike as another good option. Jerk baits, spinner baits, large spoons or huge streamers work along drop-offs and weed edges, solid choices for luring the pike.

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