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Summit County Fishing Report: The freeze is coming, but ice isn’t quite ready

Editor’s note: Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily News. For more local and regional fishing info, visit

The recent snowstorm blanketed much of the mountains with a coat of white, and that has many chomping at the bit for ice fishing season. However, we’re still a few weeks off before there’s enough ice to venture out. For now, rivers remain an excellent choice.

The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir has been picking up, with midge patterns being the top choice for most anglers. As with most tailwater fisheries, light tippet, 6X or finer is the rule. Couple that with midge patterns in the 20s and you have the recipe for success. Another option is to try small cream, pink or pale orange egg patterns, especially downstream of redds. Please do not fish spawning browns.

The Colorado, Eagle, and Roaring Fork rivers are also fishing decent at this time. Look for the fish to have moved into their winter haunts, the heads of the deeper runs. Typically, nymphing will be your best bet, using small stones, midges, mayfly larvae and egg patterns. As the waters continue to cool, anglers will often find the best action mid-morning through the late afternoon. On cloudy – even snowy – days, look for surface action.

The Dream Stream has been producing good numbers of kokanee as of late, along with a few trophy-class browns and trophy-class crowds. While visiting South Park, Spinney and Eleven Mile reservoirs continue to produce decent numbers of fish. Just be aware all fishing is now from shore or from hand-launched/powered craft, as the boat ramps close today.