Dream Stream fishing still good around Colorado Parks and Wildlife improvements
Special to the Daily
The Blue River below Dillon continues to fish fair. Midges are the primary fare, but there has been some dry-fly action with blue-wing olives and ant patterns. With the recent rains, the lower sections of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers are off-colored. It’s a good time to give dark streamers or large, black nymphs a go. When things clear up, terrestrials will once again be a good choice for surface action. Midges and blue-wing olives will be other options. Big flashy streamers will become increasingly effective on the river for browns as we move into October.
Note that Colorado Parks and Wildlife is doing improvement work on the lower portion of the Dream Stream. Work occurs downstream of County Road 59 from 7 a.m. to early afternoon Monday through Thursday. Expect the stream to be clear outside those hours; the upstream section is very fishable while the work is occurring.
Green Mountain Reservoir is seeing lots of anglers looking to snag a few kokanee. A few have been taken and are still fairly bright. It’ll be a couple of weeks or more before the run is in full swing. Trout anglers are doing fair on rainbows with a variety of baits and lures.
Wolford Mountain Reservoir continues to produce a few kokanee, which are starting to show spawning colors, and fair numbers of rainbows. Most fish are being caught by trollers using small spoons around 10 to 15 feet down. Tipping the spoon with a bit of bait, such as worm, will help the catch rates. Boat traffic has been light.
Williams Fork Reservoir is another option for kokanee. As in other area waters, the fish have begun to stage near spawning areas, but have not yet started to run. Trolling near inlets can be productive.
South Park’s Eleven Mile Reservoir has been producing a few nice trout and an occasional northern pike. Persistence appears to be the most effective tactic as most methods are producing an occasional fish. Spinney Mountain Reservoir is a better bet. Trolling minnow-style lures is a good option. Lots of small northern pike are in the shallows at this time. Fly-fishers will have a good time on them using streamers. Antero Reservoir is getting mixed reviews, but a number of trout have been falling to worms. Tarryall is a good option for smaller trout. Look for evening surface action.
Dave Coulson is the Colorado editor for http://www.fishexplorer.com. He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily News.
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