Summit County Fishing Report: Cast early, then cast late
May 6, 2016
With the warming waters, trout move deeper during the day. This is a good time to take a nap, fish rivers or, from a watercraft, fish deeper water, preferably along a weed line or underwater dropoff. Concentrate your efforts on early morning and late evening fishing. Enjoying sunrises and sunsets are added bonuses. Fly and bubble rigs are at their best right now.
South Park waters, particularly Elevenmile and Antero reservoirs, are mostly reporting good success early and late, though a few anglers are anchoring their boats just off shore 10 to 20 feet doing well with baits. Just up the hill, Jefferson continues to produce good numbers of smaller rainbows and an occasional lake trout. The road is rough, and the south parking area is closed.
Dillon Reservoir and Green Mountain Reservoir downstream continue to have a steady bite, especially around the inlets. At Dillon, good numbers of smallish kokanee are being caught. Nearby Wolford is clearing, and the fishing has started to pick up. Those trolling small spoons with lead core line have been picking up a number of kokanee, most in the 12-inch class.
Rocky Mountain National Park is an overlooked fishery, and few folks experience it more than a few hundred yards from a parking lot. Spend a little time hiking into some of the upper stream reaches and lakes; it's rewarding both mentally and physically. Plus, the fishing has been excellent for cutthroat.
Attractor fly patterns often work well when the fish are rising, and when they're not, they frequently respond well to woolly buggers or small spinners. Be sure to check the regulations before packing your gear into any of the park's High Country waters.
Rivers and streams are doing well for the most part. Look for evening caddis hatches, and don't hesitate to fish late, even a bit after dark (know your waters well before attempting it, though), as the fish will often feed long after the sunsets. This is also the time to start fishing terrestrials, especially when the winds are up.
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Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for http://www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily.