Summit County Fishing Report: Dillon Reservoir opening up |

Summit County Fishing Report: Dillon Reservoir opening up

It’s been a while in the coming, but Dillon Reservoir is opening up. While not fully open, a few brave souls have been packing hand-launch craft to the water. For their efforts they’ve been rewarded with a fair number of smaller rainbows in the 10-12 inch class. Ten Mile Creek inlet, and likely the others, is a good place for shore anglers. Reports indicate most worms, power bait, streamers and spoons are producing.

Below the reservoir the Blue River is still running low and clear for those waiting out the high, roily water of most rivers. Midges and mysis shrimp patterns are the mainstay for most, but don’t hesitate to run a small streamer through the deeper runs, especially during low-light conditions and low angler pressure.

South Park reservoirs are drawing a number of anglers and even producing a few fish. Antero and Spinney are both seeing fair numbers of cruising trout near shore. Midge and chironomid patterns below a strike indicator are producing a few fish. Streamers also will work for those liking a more active approach. Eleven Mile and Tarryall reservoirs are worth visiting, Eleven Mile for bigger fish, Tarryall for fast action. The road to Jefferson is not yet open.

A few quick notes.

Williams Fork Reservoir is closed to trailered boats and no motors are allowed at this time.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir is low, but filling. Consequently, water clarity is bad, although bait is working somewhat.

Granby Reservoir has decent clarity, and remains cold. It’s under 45 degrees and a great opportunity for shallow lake trout. Only the Sunset ramp is open. Also, hazard buoys are not out and a fair amount of debris is floating on the surface, so caution is needed when boating. Both Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir are open and fishing fair.

David Coulson is the state editor for He can be reached at

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