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Summit County Fishing Report: Choices abound for fall fishing

Dave Coulson
Special to the Daily

For the most part, the rivers continue to fish well and, short of an afternoon storm, are running clear. Increased flows on the Blue River below Dillon have made it more comfortable to fish and brought about a bit of a Mysis "hatch." Keep in mind that with each passing week, brown trout will become aggressive and streamers will become increasingly effective. Fall is a great time for caddis, terrestrials and attractor patterns. Once we have a frost, the terrestrials will be less effective.

Williams Fork Reservoir has been fishing well for small pike, most less than 24 inches long. Fly-fishers using streamers along edges (weeds or drop-offs) will do well. As the waters begin to cool, concentrate on fishing in the afternoons and don't be afraid to fish waters up to 20 feet deep for northern pike. Note that the boat ramp is closed Tuesday through Thursday.

Green Mountain Reservoir has a lot of interest in the kokanee, but snagging success has been limited to date. As the weather cools, expect the fish to move in and out. Until then, fishing has been decent for trout on most standard baits.

Dillon Reservoir is a good fallback choice for anglers who've given Green Mountain a try for salmon. Anglers working the Snake River inlet area have been picking up fair numbers of rainbows and brown using worms and/or eggs below a float. Fly and bubble rigs work well when there's surface action, especially early and late.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir has been producing a few kokanee fishing from boats near the dam. Any small lure with pink seems to being having some success. Many feel tipping them with a bit of worm or a gulp maggot helps. Shore anglers should consider trying a float, long leader and crappie-style jigs.

South Park's waters have slowed way down the past week, with the exception of Jefferson Lake, which has been producing well thanks to recent stockings by Colorado Parks & Wildlife. While the fish are small, it might be a good choice to take the kids for a High Country outing to just catch something.

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Dave Coulson is the Colorado state editor for He contributes a weekly fishing report to the Summit Daily.